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Ways to Truth: A View of Hindu Tradition

Ananda Wood (Author)
Synopsis In India, there has long been a tendency to emphasize the spoken word which is passed on alive from an individual teacher to each individual student.  But, through the development of modern media, more use is now made of the written word which records information externally, in institutions that have been industrially, socially and culturally organized.  How then can we understand the Hindu tradition as alive today with its ancient emphasis upon the spoken word and the living individual? That is the question which this book investigates.  Accordingly, it asks for a broader understanding of history, which would allow for a rightful accounting of the Vedas and of other oral learning.  Through its continued emphasis upon the living word, the Hindu tradition asks for a deeper understanding of reasoned enquiry.  Such a reasoning does not work primarily through mechanical instruments in the restricted way that modern physics does.  Instead, it works essentially through a reflective investigation of our living faculties, which are thus cultivated and clarified.  The goal of truth is not here sought through an institutional consensus; but rather as a common ground, which is approached quite differently through different personalities and institutions of culture.
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About the author

Ananda Wood

Ananda Wood, as his name suggests, is one of those people with a rather mixed background.  He was born and brought up in India, studied mathematics at King's College Cambridge, and went on to a Doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.  After completing his university education, he returned to India, where he has now settled down to concentrate on along-standing interest, in the modern interpretation of Advaita philosophy.  He is currently a moderator on the Advaitin e-group at yahoo-com.  And most of his books and articles may be accessed at http://www.advaitin.net/Ananda Books from this author-From The Upanishads, Interpreting The Upanishads, Ways To Truth

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Bibliographic information

Title Ways to Truth: A View of Hindu Tradition
Author Ananda Wood
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124604355, 9788124604359
length x+269p., Figures; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.