Jivanmukti in Transformation: Embodied Liberation in Advaita and Neo-Vedanta

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SUNY Press, 3 sep. 1998 - 251 pagina's
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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
17
The Early Upanisads the Brahmasutras Gaudapada and the BhagavadGita
19
Sankara on Jivanmukti
31
Suresvara Sarvajnatman and Vimuktatman
47
Prakasatman Citsukha Madhusudana Sarasvati Prakasananda Sadananda and Dharmaraja
58
Part 2 Jivanmukti in Yogic Advaita
75
FIVE Ramanuja and SamkhyaYoga on Liberation While Living
77
Jivanmukti in the Yogavasistha
84
Adaptation and Innovation
127
NINE NeoVedanta and the Transformation of Advaitic Jivanmukti
129
The Case of Ramana Maharshi
134
Sankaracarya and Jivanmukta?
152
Vivekananda Radhakrishnan and the NeoVedantic Jivanmukta
172
Notes
187
Bibliography
235
Index
245

Liberation While Living in the Jivanmuktiviveka
97
Jivanmukti in the Pancadasi the Minor Upanisads and Madhusudanas Gudarthadipika
114

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Over de auteur (1998)

Andrew O. Fort is Professor of Asian Religions at Texas Christian University. His previous publications include Living Liberation in Hindu Thought (coedited with Patricia Y. Mumme), also published by SUNY Press and The Self and Its States: A States of Consciousness Doctrine in Advaita Vedanta.

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