Author: R Balasubramaniam
Publisher: Chinmaya Mission Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380864044
The Hindu thought represents a number of schools comprising philosophical idea, principles, and practices. The goal of each school is to idolize the supreme Deity representing a particulars aspect of the Ultimate Reality. Each school has separate identity with monastic communities and literature. Some of these schools hold such contrary views that each appears to be a complete one.
But they all believe in the central doctrines of Hinduism ouch as Karma, dharma, reincarnation, existence f the atman, worship of deity, tradition of teacher and disciple;, and the philosophical authority of the Vedas. None of these schools is in any superior or inferior to the others. They simply represent different ways of approach to the same goal and are meant for various classes of people having different tastes, aptitudes, temperaments, and levels of self-development.
This book is an excellent overview of the essential concepts of the various schools of Vedanta as offered by its Acaryas who lived within the epochal time of Indian philosophy around AD 300-1000. Kashmir Saivism which pertains to Kashmir, is non-daulistic in approach unlike its southern counterparts, the Saiva-Siddhanta and Vira_saivism. The specialty of this book is the precise and short summarizations of all relevant topics. This book is ideal for a student or a scholar who wants to get an over view of the Vedanta systems, compare and contrast their salient t features, and is eager to know the important contributions by the well-know Acaryas of yore.