The Hidden Lives of Brahman: Sankara's Vedanta Through His Upanisad Commentaries, in Light of Contemporary Practice (SUNY Series in Religious Studies)

The Hidden Lives of Brahman: Sankara's Vedanta Through His Upanisad Commentaries, in Light of Contemporary Practice (SUNY Series in Religious Studies)

Joël André-Michel Dubois


FINALIST - 2014 American Academy of faith most sensible First ebook Award within the background of Religions

Uses either textual and ethnographic resources to illustrate that during Śaṅkara’s vedānta, brahman is an energetic strength in addition to a transcendent ultimate.

Śaṅkara’s inspiration, advaita vedānta or non-dual vedānta, is a practice fascinated by brahman, the final word fact transcending all specific manifestations, phrases, and concepts. it's regularly thought of that the transcendent brahman can't be attained via any attempt or job. whereas this perception is technically right, within the Hidden Lives of Brahman, Joël André-Michel Dubois contends that it really is misleading.

Hidden lives of brahman come into sight whilst research of Śaṅkara’s seminal commentaries is mixed with ethnographic descriptions of latest Brahmin scholars and academics of vedānta, a gaggle principally neglected in such a lot experiences of this practice. Dubois demonstrates that for Śaṅkara, as for Brahmin culture often, brahman is simply as a lot an lively strength, totally attached to the dynamic energy of phrases and mind's eye, because it is a transcendent ultimate.

“The significant inspiration of a multifaceted brahman in Śaṅkara’s notion is unique and may be good received.” — Frederick Smith, coeditor of recent and worldwide Ayurveda: Pluralism and Paradigms

“The author’s certain descriptions of the particular pedagogical practices of up to date Brahmin education is a welcome contribution. One will get a true experience of the teacher-student courting from this book.” — Andrew O. fortress, writer of Jīvanmukti in Transformation: Embodied Liberation in Advaita and Neo-Vedānta

“[Dubois] captures the sounds, attractions, and tastes of India’s Brahmin faculties and facilities of research, conveying a feeling of what he calls the ‘hidden lives’ of kids who later emerge to hold at the culture of advaita vedānta. In stylish, descriptive language, Dubois conjures up the temper and effort of the lifestyle through those younger males as they arrange for hugely really good careers.” — from the Foreword via Christopher Key Chapple

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