Swami Vivekananda’s History of Universal Religion and its Potential for Global Reconciliation

Swami Vivekananda’s History of Universal Religion and its Potential for Global Reconciliation
Title Swami Vivekananda’s History of Universal Religion and its Potential for Global Reconciliation PDF eBook
Author Sister Gayatriprana
Publisher Lulu.com
Total Pages 606
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Swami Vivekananda’s History of Universal Religion and Its Potential for Global Reconciliation

Swami Vivekananda’s History of Universal Religion and Its Potential for Global Reconciliation
Title Swami Vivekananda’s History of Universal Religion and Its Potential for Global Reconciliation PDF eBook
Author Sister Gayatriprana
Publisher Cook Communication
Total Pages 604
Release 2020-09-01
Genre Religion
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This book presents in the words of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) a history of Vedanta, the deep exploration of the inner human world going back to the most ancient rishis or seers whose testimony is still revered in India. He traces the tradition up to the beginning of the twentieth century, showing how the dynamics of social structures within Vedanta and the appearance from within Vedanta of traditions such as Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism influenced and molded the tradition. In addition, he studies the impact of the Western, Abrahamic invasions of India that began around the eleventh century CE. These brought to bear on Vedanta a worldview which operated on the assumption that the physical world was the primary reality and that the kind of radical exploration of the inner world embraced by Vedanta was highly suspect and not valid. The Vedantic tradition adapted in many different ways, producing a variety of philosophical positions that are still extant today. Along with these traditions went various forms of yoga or self-transformation, in Vedanta the key to experiencing the inner meaning of not only philosophy, but also of our human condition, and of reality itself. This tradition presents four contexts of experience (chatushpad), suggesting the “right brain” mode of approach as described by Iain McGilchrist (2009). Under the influence of Shri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) Vivekananda gained access to vijnana or a knowledge higher than those classically described and known in the chatushpad. Vijnana permitted the acceptance of not only the traditional, deeply experiential truths of Vedanta, but also of the validity of Western materialism when seen as related to each other on a continuum of consciousness to be traversed by contemporary forms of yoga. I see the result as a resolution of “right-left” brain conflict à la McGilchrist and thereby a model for universal human understanding, conciliation and co-operation. In my introduction I attempt to show how the whole picture can be related both experientially and conceptually to matrices of consciousness developed in India as far back as the early medieval period. A large glossary and index-cum concordance indicate the various contexts and depths of thought that emerge from Vivekananda’s multi-contextual vijnana.

Animal Sacrifice, Religion and Law in South Asia

Animal Sacrifice, Religion and Law in South Asia
Title Animal Sacrifice, Religion and Law in South Asia PDF eBook
Author Daniela Berti
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Total Pages 314
Release 2023-07-13
Genre Social Science
ISBN 1000930106

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This book presents original research on the controversies surrounding animal sacrifice in South Asia through the lens of court cases. It focuses on the parties involved in these cases: on their discourses, motivations, and contrasting points of view. Through an examination of judicial files, court decisions and newspaper articles, and interviews with protagonists, the book explores how the question of animal sacrifice is dealt with through administrative, legislative, and judicial practice. It outlines how, although animal sacrifice has over the ages been contested by various religious reform movements, the practice has remained widespread at all levels of society, especially in certain regions. It reveals that far from merely being a religious and ritual question, animal sacrifice has become a focus of broader public debate, and it discusses how the controversies highlight the contrast between ‘traditional’ and ‘reformist’ understandings of Hinduism; the conflict between the core legal and moral principles of religious freedom and social progress; and the growing concern with environmental issues and animal rights. The Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 7 of this book are available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.taylorfrancis.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International license. Funded by Centre National de la Recherche Scientific.

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda
Title Swami Vivekananda PDF eBook
Author Santinath Chattopadhyay
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Total Pages 466
Release 2001
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Present work is to explore the creative essence of human freedom and peace from intercultural perspective. Importance of thid publication lies in the ecaluation of the global ideas and outlook of Swami Vivekananda the World thinker done by distinguished scholars in India and abroad from scientific, philosophical, aesthetic, religious, sociological, ethical and many other multidimensional states of human existence in harmony. The First part of the book is to explian the impact of Swamij's Global Vision in guiding the humanistic changes of society. The Second part deals with the Cultivation of comprehensive system of thought in organising global philosophy. The Third part examines Swamiji's global idea with the expression of universality in an intercultural form. The Fourth part is a concluding evaluation of intercultural relation and understanding in a harmonious process of advancing the spirit of 'Unity in Plurality' with a prospect of developing global freedom and peace.

The Quest

The Quest
Title The Quest PDF eBook
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Total Pages 618
Release 1988
Genre Theosophy
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VIVE KANANDA A Biography

VIVE KANANDA A Biography
Title VIVE KANANDA A Biography PDF eBook
Author SWAMI NIKHILANANDA
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Total Pages 2
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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue
Title The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue PDF eBook
Author Catherine Cornille
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages 514
Release 2020-06-08
Genre Religion
ISBN 1119572592

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This comprehensive volume brings together a distinguished editorial team, including some of the field’s pioneers, to explore the aims, practice, and historical context of interfaith collaboration. Explores in full the background, history, objectives, and discourse between the leaders and practitioners of the world’s major religions Examines relations between religions from around the world, moving well beyond the common focus on Christianity, to also cover over 12 major religions Features a wealth of case studies on contemporary interreligious dialogue Charts a long-term shift away from a competitive rivalry between belief systems, and a change in focus towards the more respectful, cooperative approach reflected in institutions such as the World Council of Churches Includes up-to-date commentary on the growing dialogue of recent years, written by some of the leading figures working in the field of interfaith discourse