In this book, Anantanand Rambachan offers a fresh and detailed perspective on Advaita Vedanta, Hinduism's most influential and revered religious tradition. Rambachan, who is both a scholar and an Advaitin, attends closely to the Upanisads and authentic commentaries of Sankara to challenge the tradition and to reconsider central aspects of its current teachings. His reconstIn this book, Anantanand Rambachan offers a fresh and detailed perspective on Advaita Vedanta, Hinduism's most influential and revered religious tradition. Rambachan, who is both a scholar and an Advaitin, attends closely to the Upanisads and authentic commentaries of Sankara to challenge the tradition and to reconsider central aspects of its current teachings. His reconstruction and reinterpretation of Advaita focuses in particular on the nature of brahman, the status of the world in relation to brahman, and the meaning and relevance of liberation.Rambachan queries contemporary representations of an impersonal brahman and the need for popular, hierarchical distinctions such as those between a higher (para) and lower (apara) brahman. Such distinctions, Rambachan argues, are inconsistent with the non-dual nature of brahman and are unnecessary when brahman's relationship with the world is correctly understood. Questioning Advaita's traditional emphasis on renunciation and world-denial, Rambachan expands the understanding of suffering (duhkha) and liberation (moksa) and addresses socioeconomic as well as gender and caste inequalities. Positing that the world is a celebrative expression of God's fullness, this book advances Advaita as a universal and uninhibited path to a liberated life committed to compassion, equality, and justice....
|Title||:||The Advaita Worldview: God, World, and Humanity|
|Number of Pages||:||145 Pages|
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The Advaita Worldview: God, World, and Humanity Reviews
An interesting, informative book. Very clearly written, especially for the abstractness of topic. I knew nothing about Advaita before reading this book and I now believe I have a very thorough basic understanding. Certainly, the author stretches the traditional Advaita concepts in his own direction, but he forewarns the reader of this intent, and makes it clear that this is what he is doing, as he is doing it. Re-envisioning Advaita so that it is meaningful for a compassionate world perspective only expands the truth of brahman, in my opinion. Well written, just a bit repetitive. Almost as though the author put together several separate articles that he had written and forgot to remove the redundancies. However, it is a relatively short read and for a beginner (such as myself), the repetition (though annoying) perhaps helped to solidify everything.
This book was an enlightening (mundane sense!) read that helped me massively in my final year at university when studying Advaitic thought. The book is well written, lucid and very thorough. Recommended for anybody with any type of beginner-intermediate interest in Advaitic thought and Indian Philosophy in general.
I liked this book for the in-depth analysis of difficult philosophical concepts. I also liked the way Rambachan makes the concept of oneness relevant for contemporary issues.