Jivanmukti in Transformation: Embodied Liberation in Advaita and Neo-Vedanta
SUNY Press, 3 sep. 1998 - 251 pagina's
Liberation (mukti) is a central concern in Hinduism, particularly in Advaita (nondual) Vedanta, perhaps the best known school of Hindu thought. There has been vigorous debate and analysis about the possibility and nature of liberation while living (jivanmukti) in Advaita from the time of Sankara, the school's founder, to the present day. While the general conclusion seems to be that one can achieve living liberation, members of the Advaita tradition also regularly express reservations about, or describe limitiations to, full liberation while embodied.
Jivanmukti in Transformation examines the development and transformation of the concept of jivanmukti from the Upanisads to the modern era. It gives the most thorough treatment of the scholastic Advaita tradition on liberation while living, makes the novel argument for a distinct "Yogic Advaita" tradition found in the Yogavasistha and Jivanmuktiviveka, and explores the modern "neo-Vedanta" view of jivanmukti, which has been influenced by modern Western concepts like global ecumenism and humanistic social concern for all. The book includes analysis of the views of modern Hindu figures such as Swami Vivekananda, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Ramana Maharshi, and Sankaracaryas of Kanchi and Sringeri, and considers these thinkers in the context of current academic discussions about the encounter of India and the West.
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Part I Embodied Liberation in Traditional Advaita Vedanta
The Early Upanisads the Brahmasutras Gaudapada and the BhagavadGita
Sankara on Jivanmukti
Suresvara Sarvajnatman and Vimuktatman
Prakasatman Citsukha Madhusudana Sarasvati Prakasananda Sadananda and Dharmaraja
Part 2 Jivanmukti in Yogic Advaita
FIVE Ramanuja and SamkhyaYoga on Liberation While Living
Jivanmukti in the Yogavasistha
Liberation While Living in the Jivanmuktiviveka
Jivanmukti in the Pancadasi the Minor Upanisads and Madhusudanas Gudarthadipika
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