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The Vivekacudamani of Sankaracarya Bhagavatpada: An Introduction and Translation (review)

The Vivekacudamani of Sankaracarya Bhagavatpada: An Introduction and Translation (review) Rao criticizes Hindus and Christians alike for not having established a proper forum or an atmosphere congenial to interreligious dialogue. The second part of Rao's essay is the presentation of Advaita in the context of interreligious dialogue. In putting forward the philosophy of Advaita, he appeals to the age-old method of analysis of the fourfold requirement (anubandha-catustaya) and how it is meaningful in one's attainment of the state of liberation while one is alive (jivanmukti). He explains the concept of Adhyasa (superimposition) and Maya ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ and contextualizes the self-revelation principle of Brahman, which was taught in the past by the seers and in the present by modern seers like Ramana Maharshi. Sara Grant's brilliant essay, ``The Contemporary Relevance of the Advaita of ´ Sankaracarya,'' sheds much light on the significance of spirituality to the under¯ ¯ standing of Advaita. I must commend this essay for furthering what S. N. Rao suggests in the previous essay and showing the practical possibility and way forward for intercultural/religious dialogue through an insightful appreciation of reality in ´ Sankara and Jesus. Grant is open-minded and questions both traditions, prescribing ´ the study of Thomas Aquinas and Sankara for a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

The Vivekacudamani of Sankaracarya Bhagavatpada: An Introduction and Translation (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 55 (4) – Oct 24, 2005

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Abstract

Rao criticizes Hindus and Christians alike for not having established a proper forum or an atmosphere congenial to interreligious dialogue. The second part of Rao's essay is the presentation of Advaita in the context of interreligious dialogue. In putting forward the philosophy of Advaita, he appeals to the age-old method of analysis of the fourfold requirement (anubandha-catustaya) and how it is meaningful in one's attainment of the state of liberation while one is alive (jivanmukti). He explains the concept of Adhyasa (superimposition) and Maya ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ and contextualizes the self-revelation principle of Brahman, which was taught in the past by the seers and in the present by modern seers like Ramana Maharshi. Sara Grant's brilliant essay, ``The Contemporary Relevance of the Advaita of ´ Sankaracarya,'' sheds much light on the significance of spirituality to the under¯ ¯ standing of Advaita. I must commend this essay for furthering what S. N. Rao suggests in the previous essay and showing the practical possibility and way forward for intercultural/religious dialogue through an insightful appreciation of reality in ´ Sankara and Jesus. Grant is open-minded and questions both traditions, prescribing ´ the study of Thomas Aquinas and Sankara for a

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Published: Oct 24, 2005

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