Ramanuja on the Bhagavadgita: A Condensed Rendering of his Gitabhasya with Copious Notes and an Introduction
Titles, foreword to second edition, preface, list of abbreviations, contents & introduction to front; followed by this scholarly study of one of the lesser known works of this Indian philosopher. Ramanuja also known as Ramanujacharya, was an Indian Hindu philosopher, guru and a social reformer. He is noted to be one of the most important exponents of the Sri Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism. His Vishishtadvaita (qualified non-dualism) philosophy has competed with the Dvaita (theistic dualism) philosophy of Madhvāchārya, and Advaita (non-dualism) philosophy of Ādi Shankara, together the three most influential Vedantic philosophies of the 2nd millennium. Ramanuja presented the epistemic and soteriological importance of bhakti, or the devotion to a personal God (Vishnu in Ramanuja's case) as a means to spiritual liberation. His theories assert that there exists a plurality and distinction between Ātman (soul) and Brahman (metaphysical, ultimate reality), while he also affirmed that there is unity of all souls and that the individual soul has the potential to realize identity with the Brahman.
Reprint; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Gilt titles spine; red cloth covers severely faded but in sound condition; Slight foxing to page edges; Previous owners' signatures in ink to fep.; Includes appendices & indexes.
Author Buitenen, J. A. B. Van
Binding Hardcover (Original Red Cloth)
Publisher Motilal Banarsidass; Delhi, India
Condition Good Condition (no Dust Jacket)
Pages xiii + 187