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The Hidden Lives of Brahman

The Hidden Lives of Brahman 
Sankara`s Vedanta through his Upanisad Commentaries, in Light of Contemporary Practice 

by Joel Andre-Michel Dubois  /   Christopher Key Chapple    
ISBN(Hardbound): 9381406367, 9789381406366
Price(Hardbound): 1,425.00 INR 
Pages: 445
Language: English
Year of Pub.: 2014
Publication: Motilal Banarsidass

About The Hidden Lives of Brahman:


Uses both textual and ethnographic sources to demonstrate that in Sankara?s vedanta, brahman is an active force as well as a transcendent ultimate. 

Sankara?s thought, advaita vedanta or non-dual vedanta, is a tradition focused on brahman, the ultimate reality transcending all particular manifestations, words, and ideas. It is generally considered that the transcendent brahman cannot be attained through any effort or activity. While this conception is technically correct, in The Hidden Lives of Brahman, Jo?l André-Michel Dubois contends that it is misleading. 

Hidden lives of brahman become visible when analysis of Sankara?s seminal commentaries is combined with ethnographic descriptions of contemporary Brahmin students and teachers of vedanta, a group largely ignored in most studies of this tradition. Dubois demonstrates that for Sankara, as for Brahmin tradition in general, brahman is just as much an active force, fully connected to the dynamic power of words and imagination, as it is a transcendent ultimate. 


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