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The Philosophy of Narayan Guru

by Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

Publisher: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi

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Narayana Guru (1854-1928), a much-revered philosopher-saint of South India, revisualised the essential Upanisadic thought with a freshness of perspective. Further, he applied basic aspects of his Upanisadic philosophy successfully to bring about radical social transformations. This book deals with his philosophy as discussed in his major work, Atmopadesa Satakam (One Hundred Verses of Self-Instruction) but incorporates views and ideas from his other works as well. The work focuses on Narayana Guru's philosophic thought dealing with the meaning of Vedanta, the way to seek Reality, the role of the individual in life, and karma, maya, the atma's self-manifestation and sat-cit-ananda as the definition of the t7tma or Brahman and as the final goal. The various concepts are explained in relation to one another and from the viewpoint of achieving the final goal in life to present a unified thought construct that forms the core of Narayana Guru's philosophy. It also takes up the application of his Upanisadic philosophy in different disciplines like ethics and aesthetics and in practice of religion, temple-related matters and rites. The book will be particularly useful to scholars, teachers and students of Vedanta as well as all educated seekers of Reality. Contents Preface Introduction Part I : THE PHILOSOPHY : 1. Preliminaries : i. The Problems 2. The What of Vedanta : i. The World ii. What is Atman? What is Brahman? iii. The One Substance iv. Saccidananda 3. The How of Vedanta (Methodology) : i. Interiorised Perceiving ii. Dialectics of Interiorised Perception iii. Summary of Above iv. Peculiarity of the Method 4. The Why of Vedanta : i. Where are we Wrong? ii. What is Ananda? 5. We Prepare Ourselves : i. The Prerequisites ii. Tapas iii. Sin and Merit 6. The Search : i. The Experiment ii. Calculations iii. The Finding 7. The Individual : i. The Origin ii. The Simplest Fact iii. Vidya and Avidya iv. Tunya 8. Karma : i. What is Karma? ii. Individual's Karma iii. How Karma Works iv. Free Will v. Avidya and Karma vi. Classification of Karmas vii. Rebirth viii. The Karma-Yogi 9. The World : i. The What of the World ii. World as 'the Effect' iii. The How of the World iv. That Birth and Death are Unreal v. Why the World Continues to be Perceived vi. The Why of the World 10. Maya : i. The Undefinable ii. The Effects of Maya iii. The Source iv. A Veil (Avarana) v. Transcending Maya 11. Atma's Self-manifestation as the Known' : i. 'The Known' ii. Bhanas Differentiated iii. Sthula-bhana iv. Sfiksma-bhana v. Karana-bhana vi. Turiya-bhana vii. Another Scheme of Self-manifestation viii. The Dialectics of Appearance and Reality 12. Epistemology : i. Origin of Knowledge ii. Methods of Knowledge iii. Validity of Knowledge iv. Structure of Knowledge v. A Sadhana 13. Sat-Cit-Ananda : i. Sat ii. Cit iii. Ananda iv. Saccidananda Experienced 14. The Science of Sciences : i. A Schematic Representation ii. The Universe of Knowledge and Universities iii. A Science that Excludes Nothing iv. Logic and Mysticism v. The Guru's Vision Part II : APPLICATION : 15. Ethics : i. In the East ii. 'What is Good?' 'What is Evil?' iii. The Search for a Norm iv. As a Science v. Kindness and Ahimsa 16. Aesthetics : i. Beauty : A Non-dual Experience ii. What is the Beautiful? iii. What is Art? iv. The World : A Work of Art v. Effusions of Ecstacy vi. The World as a Dance-Drama vii. Emerging of Aesthetic Sentiments 17. Casteism : i. Casteism and Racism ii. The Guru's Role iii. Affirmative Actions iv. The Guru's Method v. Varna and Jati vi. The Guru's Directives vii. Jati Mimamsa viii. Jati-Laksanam (Kind Defined) ix. Why Can't it be Advantageously Used? x. Social Movements 18. Religion : i. The Role of Religion ii. Religion in the Age of Science iii. The Psychology of Religious Identity iv. God-Realisation v. The Parliament of Religions 19. God, Temples, Rites : i. Why Prayer ii. God, One or Many? iii. Temples iv. Rites

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The Philosophy of Narayan Guru
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Swami Muni Narayana Prasad
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Second Impression
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D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi
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15 x 23 cm
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0.25 kg
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1 b/w illustration.

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