ESSENCE OF VEDANTA


ESSENCE OF VEDANTA

BRIAN HODGKINSON    Book Number: 87573    Product format: Hardback

Vedanta is an existential philosophy that grows from two schools of thought: Veda, which is the most ancient and sacred of Indian scriptures, and the work of Sankara, the early medieval master of Vedanta's dominant form, Advaita. In times of stress, or self-reflection, this book looks at the centre of Vedanta and encourages readers to study this way of reason and ask what is the self and how does it relate to the world around it? Learn about the main principle of Vedanta, 'Brahman' or universal spirit, which means everything without exception is the one spirit, and uncover the ancient origins of the philosophy, a collection of Sanskrit writings called the Veda which were discovered 1000 years before the earliest Greek philosophers, written anonymously in keeping with the belief that the Veda were originally 'heard' by sages and then passed on orally through generations of teachers. In this guide, Hodgkinson compares Vedanta with the ideas of great thinkers and writers, from discussing the similarities between Vedanta and Freud's explanation of 'ego' as the executive function of personality, studying Shakespeare's presentation of sleep in Macbeth as the same way of considering sleep in the philosophy, and meditating on a line in T. S. Eliot's Burnt Norton 'to be conscious is not to be in time' which is not only a poetic insight, but also a statement that mirrors Vedanta's ideas of consciousness. Discover the fascinating existentialism of Vedanta that will change how the reader understands themselves and the world around them. Paperback, 230pp.
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