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A Dictionary of Advaita Vedanta

Swami Harshananda (Author)
Synopsis Among the six systems of Indian philosophy, Vedanta the last is the most well-known and widely studied. Based in the writings of Sankara, Ramanuja and Madhva, it has branched off into three major traditions which are very much alive even today. Literature on the Advaita Vedanta is legion, thanks to the numerous descendants and defendants of the tradition. Among the simpler and more elementary treatises of Advaita, commonly called 'prakarana-grantha,' the Vedantasara of Sadananda is very popular. Being a later work, it has the advantage of systematizing all the important doctrines of the earlier works and presenting them in a comprehensive but compact way. This dictionary has been prepared, drawing heavily from the Vedantasara. But, to understand the terms given here, some background is needed. This has been provided in the two essays given in part one. The first essay, the Advaita Vedanta Darsana, gives a brief history of the school and presents its essential teachings, including the later ramifications, in a nutshell. The second essay, Sadananda's Vedantasara, summarises the salient features of this work. The dictionary itself is given in part two. Part three contains ten charts which give in a condensed form all the essential information of Advaita Vedanta as depicted in the Vedantasara. This can serve as a revision lesson to the students of Advaita.
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Swami Harshananda

Swami Harshananda is a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order.  Initiated into spiritual life by Swami Virajananda, the sixth president of the Ramakrishna Order, he joined the Bangalore branch of the Ramakrishna Math in early 1954.  He was administered the monastic vows by Swami Vishuddhananda, the eighth president, in 1962.  The Swami has worked in the various centers of the Order such as Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Belur Math (the Headquarters of the Order) and Allahabad.  He has been the president of the Ramakrishna Math of Bangalore since 1989.  He has several books to his credit in English, Kannada and Sanskrit.  Some of his books have been translated into foreign languages like French, Korean and Indonesian.  He is a good speaker in English and Kannada (his mother-tongue).  The Swami can also sing devotional songs well.  His cassette tapes and CD's of discourses and Bhajans are quite popular.

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Title A Dictionary of Advaita Vedanta
Format Softcover
Date published: 17.05.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 108p., 15cm.