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Cultures and Cosmos (The Cosmic Anthropological Principle)

Cultures and Cosmos (The Cosmic Anthropological Principle)

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Item Code: IDD761

by Baidyanath Saraswati

Hardcover (Edition: 2004)

Aryan Books International, New Delhi.
ISBN 81-7305-258-1

Language: English
Size: 9.75" X 7.5"
Pages: 152 (Figures: 8, Tables: 8)
Price: $35.00   Shipping Free
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About the Book:

The present volume, Cultures and Cosmos: The Cosmic Anthropological Principle is an endeavour to explore the numerous dimensions of the fundamental concepts in Cosmic Anthropology such as Nature, Sound, Space, Time, Mind, etc. This remarkable work reflects the importance of Cosmology in human organization, which is an important tool for understanding human nature and culture

The book is pioneering attempt to explore the cosmic principle while integrating it with Anthropology and Sociology. It will help the reader to discern a crucial dimension of human self and organization. It is hoped that this interdisciplinary study will facilitate a deeper comprehension and evoke a stimulating response from students, scholars and general readers alike. With increasing specialization and fragmentation, this is a unique work of reflection and integration.

About the Author:

Baidyanath Saraswati was born in Mithila and now lives in Varanasi. A former Professor of Anthropology at North-Eastern Hill University; Ranchi University; Visva-Bharati; Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; he also worked as UNESCO Professor in Culture and Development at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

He is the author of Pottery-making Cultures and Indian Civilization, Brahmanic Ritual Tradition, Kashi: Myth and Reality, The Spectrum of the Sacred, The Sacred Science of Man, The Sacred Science of Nature, and has written many articles on Religion, Culture, Art, Anthropology. He is also the editor of seven volumes of Culture and Development and two volumes of Prakriti. Baidyanath Saraswati is the founder of N.K. Bose Memorial Foundation, a Gandhian Institution experimenting with children's education, and a center for heritage research in Varanasi.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Introduction

  1. THE LIVING UNIVERSE
      The Golden Germ
      Brahman Zero God One
      The One and the Many
      God One Animal Two
      Unique Forms
      Animal Two Man Three
      Animal Weirdness
      Positive Symbiosis

  2. THE ORDER OF NATURE
      The Sacred Numbers
      The Living Matter
      The Fivefold Order
      The Integral Vision
      The Ayurvedic Tradition
      The Ritualistic Tradition
      The Musical Tradition
      The Form and the Formless
      Geometrical Forms
      Conceptual Forms

  3. THE NATURE OF SOUND
      The Supreme Soundless
      The Soul of Sound
      The Organic Sources of Sound
      The Sound of Nature
      Sound Contexts
      Chaotic Sound
      Sound as Measure
      Sound as Ritual
      Sound and Light
      Sound and Time
      The Sound Beyond

  4. THE ARENA OF SPACE
      The Body of the Universe
      The Four Quarters of the Sky
      The Worlds of Endless Space
      The Articulation of Sacred Space
      Patterns in Social Space
      Canons of Ritual Space
      The Cosmic Play
      Transforming Principle
      Beyond the World of Inner and Outer

  5. THE APPERCEPTION OF TIME
      Meditation Upon Time
      Upon Time All the Worlds Repose
      The World Beyond Time
      Cosmology of Time
      Time Born with Sacrifice
      Form of Time
      Experiencing Time
      Multiple Time Systems
      Space-Time
      Act-Order-Time
      Transcendence of Time
      The Presence of Future Time
      Great Time
      The Seven Sutras

  6. THE ONTOLOGY OF MIND
      What is Mind? Who is It?
      What is Man? Who is He?
      Man and Mind
      Mind and Maya
      What is Mask? Who is it?
      Mind and Mask
      Who Masks Whom
      The Mind Metaphor

  7. THE COSMIC ANTHROPOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE
      The Manu Principle
      One as Many
      Man as Microcosm
      Science as Society
      Theodicy as Cosmodicy
      Mind as Cosmos
      Word as World'
      Knowledge as Experience
      Knowledge as Culture
      Nature as Culture
      Ritual as Language
      Tradition as Hiero-history
      Unification Principle
      Ecological Principle
      Ordering Principle
      Transcending Principle
      The One Mystery
Bibliography
Index
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