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Upanisads and Saivism

K.B. Archak (Author)
Synopsis The present book is a complete and analytical exposition of the fourteen Saiva upanisads, bringing out the religious and metaphysical consistency in Saiva concepts. Various aspects of Saivism within the frame work of upanisadic mantras, have been arranged and explicated with systematic coherence. It runs into six chapter. The opening introductory chapter provides the information regarding the history of Saiva philosophy from the Vedic period. The second chapter elucidates the contents of the fourteen Saiva upanisads. The third chapter entitled as Doctrine of Siva: Brahman, explains the nature of Siva, His attributes and His cosmic activities. The fourth chapter i.e. means of liberation, deals with the origination of Bhasma, method of its application, its efficiacy origin and nature of Rudraksa, method of preparing its garland, worship of Siva, method of meditating on Him, The fifth chapter unfolds the doctrine of liberation. The sixth being the last chapter offers the concluding remarks. In a nutshell, this work brings out special significance of architectonic unity of Saiva doctrines. It makes reader mark the precise value and comprehensiveness of the upanisadic doctrines of Saivism. The present book therefore claims a fresh exposition of the upanisads in defence of Saivism.
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About the author

K.B. Archak

Dr. K.B. Archak, Reader in Sanskrit, Karnataka University, Dharwad is a devoted scholar in the field of Vedanta and classical literature. He has necessary background of traditional studies. He is recipient of the Karnataka State Award, The Chancellor Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Award for having secured I class I rank at M.A. examination during 1977 at state level. He completed Ph.D. degree in 1984. Besides, he possesses the degrees-M.A. (Hindi), Vedanta-Dharmashastra-Acharya, Alankara-Vidwan. He has more than twenty years experience in teaching and research. He is associated with several academic bodies of national and international repute. He has participated in various conferences/seminars/workshops, and delivered special lectures in different Universities. He wields his pen in English, Sanskrit, Hindi and Kannada with equal felicity. He has to his credit several research papers published in various leading journals of India. He has already published eleven works on Vedanta, Dharmashastra and literature. Other Works of the Author:- 1. Sankara and Madhva on the Isavasya Upanisad; 2. Upanisad-Khandarthas of Raghavendrayati-A critical exposition; 3. A Primer of the Advaita Vedanta; 4. Vedantasara and Its teachings; 5. Tattvamasi in Brahmasutra-sankarabhasya; 6. Manusmriti and Stri (Kannada); 7. Satyadharmayati's Gangalahari-A literary study; 8. Manusmriti and woman (English); 9. In praise of Manu; 10. Varatrayam (A Sanskrit play); 11. Upanisat-katha-kaumudi (Kannada).

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Bibliographic information

Title Upanisads and Saivism
Author K.B. Archak
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175741279
length viii+112p., 23cm