Śaivism in Philosophical Perspective: A Study of the Formative Concepts, Problems, and Methods of Śaiva Siddhānta
Saivism is one of the pervasive expressions of Indian Religious Culture stretching to the dim past of pre-history and surviving as a living force in the thought and life of millions of Hindus especially in Southern India and Northern Ceylon. The present work is scholarly reconstruction of Saivism in its characteristic and classical from as Saiva Siddhanta, focusing mainly on the philosophical doctrine and presenting a conceptual analysis of its formative notions, problems and methods. Anteceding the rise of the great systems of Vedanta including that of Sankara, Saiva Siddhanta in its fully systematised form as Mystical Theology in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries represents a constructive reaction to the theological, ethical and aesthetic aspects of Vedanta as a whole. A patient study of this much neglected phase of religo-philosophical development of India should prove useful for a more balanced understanding of Indian religiosity, providing a corrective to the view entertained not without justification that Indian religious thought does not affirms the values of freedom, love and personality. This methodical study, appended with very exhaustive glossary, bibliography and index and two-hundred pages of references and foot-notes is designed to meet the requirements of seriious students of Eastern religious thought.
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Selfvalidity of Knowledge and Revelation
Examination of Extrinsic Apprehension of Validity
Some Objections Considered
Spiritual Life as Means Sadhana
Spiritual Life as End Moksa
NOTES AND REFERENCES
God and the Absolute 189
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absence of knowledge admit advaita Agama agent Aghora apprehension argument arise asat avastha becomes bhoga Bindu Bliss bondage brahman buddhi causal characteristic cit-sakti cited cognition Comm conceived concept condition consciousness constitutive cosmic functions creation determinate diksa Dissolution distinction Divine effect empirical error eternal evolution existence experience freedom God's Grace ground guna ibid identical ignorance ihid illumination implies inference infra Ch intelligent involves jnana judgment kala karana karma latter ledge mala manifest Mapadiam material cause maya means metaphysical Meykandar moksa nacre namely nature negation non-difference non-valid Nyaya object one's pasa pasu pati perceived perception prakrti pramana predicate present reality reference relation reveals sadhana Saiva Siddhanta Saivagama Saivism sakti self's sense silver Siva Sivagra yogin spirit Srikantha suddha Supakkam tattvas term theory thing tion transcendent transcendental truth Umapati upadana valid knowledge Veda vrtti word yogin
Page 17 - Memory requires more than mere dating of a fact in the past. It must be dated in my past. In other words, I must think that I directly experienced its occurrence. It must have that 'warmth and intimacy...
Page 15 - ... rigid, motionless, and totally lacking in initiative or influence, cannot call forth our worship. Like the Taj Mahal, which is unconscious of the admiration it arouses, the Absolute remains indifferent to the fear and love of its worshippers, and for all those who regard the goal of religion as the goal of philosophy — to know God is to know the real — Sarhkara's view seems to be a finished example of learned error.