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A Tradition of Teachers: Sankara (Shankaracharya) and the Jagadgurus Today
A Tradition of Teachers: Sankara (Shankaracharya) and the Jagadgurus Today
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The uniqueness of the Indian guru rests upon the uniqueness of the Indian teaching tradition. Before anything else, the Hindu saint and spiritual guide are teachers of tradition. An understanding of a religious figure in India can be achieved only within the framework of the teaching tradition from which that individual has come.

The study selects one way of understanding the guru in classical Hindu life in the belief that this articulation offers something normative for an understanding of guru in the wider Indian development and History. Sankara has been selected because he identified with the scriptural tradition of Upanishads and the early Vedanta system. Moreover, Sankara's conception of guru continued for 1200 years, even into our times.

The first part of this book is drawn from the texts that trace the role of guru and the guru-sisya relationship in the writing of Sankara. The second part of the book is an investigation of the five major acharyas of the Sankara tradition reigning during the last half of the twentieth century. Thus, the articulation of the guru in the writings of Sankara, in part one, is tested from the historical context among the Sankaracharyas of the recent past.

About the Author:

DR. WILLIAM CENKNER is the Katherine Drexel Professor of Religion at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Hindu Personality in Education: Tagore, Gandhi, and Aurobindo. He has also edited and authored, The Religious Quest; The Multicultural Church; and Evil and Response of world Religions. Having researched frequently in India, his teaching includes an Indian focus along with the religious traditions East Asia. His articles appear in various American, European and Asian Journals of religion and philosophy.

CONTENTS

NOTE TO 2001 EDITIONvii
NOTE TO 1994 EDITIONix
INTRODUCTIONxi
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONSxvii
PART ONE: THE TRADITION
ONEANCIENT TRADITION: VEDIC AND UPANISADIC3
ROOTS3
The Teacher in the Upanisads8
The Guru-Sisya Relationship15
Pedagogy in the Upanishads19
TWOSANKARA AND TEACHING TRADITION29
The Nature of the Guru32
The Personality of the Religious seeker45
The Guru-Sisya Relationship55
THREESANKARA'S PEDAGOGY IN RELIGIOS LIFE60
Self-Inquiry61
Triple-Method: Hearing, Reflection, Concentration65
The place of meditation71
Practice of meditation77
The Independence of Self-Realization80
FOURTHE TEACHING HERITAGE AFTER SANKARA84
The First Disciples of Sankara85
Works of the Late-Sankara90
Diversity within Advaita Vedanta96
The Threshold of the Present

03
PART TWO: PRESENT DAY SANKARACHARYAS
FIVETHE SANKARACHAYAS AND THE SEATS OF LEARNING109
The Vidyapithas Today112
The Pathasalas and Traditional Education117
The Present Sankaracharyas122
The Ministry of Sankaracharyas127
The Capacity of a Jagadguru

132
SIXTHE TEACHING OF THE SANKARACHARYAS135
The Dharma Path136
Themes of special interest142
The Supreme teaching: Advaita Vedanta146
The Exaltation of Adi Sankara

152
SEVENTHE TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP TODAY154
The Meaning of the Student Today161
The Experience of a Guru168
The Path of the Student170
EIGHTTHE GURU IN THE MODERN WORLD175
Hymn to Sri Daksinamurti175
The Guru in the Historical Order177
The Guru in Modern Life181
BIBLIOGRAPHY189
GLOSSARY202
INDEX209

A Tradition of Teachers: Sankara (Shankaracharya) and the Jagadgurus Today

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From the Jacket:

The uniqueness of the Indian guru rests upon the uniqueness of the Indian teaching tradition. Before anything else, the Hindu saint and spiritual guide are teachers of tradition. An understanding of a religious figure in India can be achieved only within the framework of the teaching tradition from which that individual has come.

The study selects one way of understanding the guru in classical Hindu life in the belief that this articulation offers something normative for an understanding of guru in the wider Indian development and History. Sankara has been selected because he identified with the scriptural tradition of Upanishads and the early Vedanta system. Moreover, Sankara's conception of guru continued for 1200 years, even into our times.

The first part of this book is drawn from the texts that trace the role of guru and the guru-sisya relationship in the writing of Sankara. The second part of the book is an investigation of the five major acharyas of the Sankara tradition reigning during the last half of the twentieth century. Thus, the articulation of the guru in the writings of Sankara, in part one, is tested from the historical context among the Sankaracharyas of the recent past.

About the Author:

DR. WILLIAM CENKNER is the Katherine Drexel Professor of Religion at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Hindu Personality in Education: Tagore, Gandhi, and Aurobindo. He has also edited and authored, The Religious Quest; The Multicultural Church; and Evil and Response of world Religions. Having researched frequently in India, his teaching includes an Indian focus along with the religious traditions East Asia. His articles appear in various American, European and Asian Journals of religion and philosophy.

CONTENTS

NOTE TO 2001 EDITIONvii
NOTE TO 1994 EDITIONix
INTRODUCTIONxi
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONSxvii
PART ONE: THE TRADITION
ONEANCIENT TRADITION: VEDIC AND UPANISADIC3
ROOTS3
The Teacher in the Upanisads8
The Guru-Sisya Relationship15
Pedagogy in the Upanishads19
TWOSANKARA AND TEACHING TRADITION29
The Nature of the Guru32
The Personality of the Religious seeker45
The Guru-Sisya Relationship55
THREESANKARA'S PEDAGOGY IN RELIGIOS LIFE60
Self-Inquiry61
Triple-Method: Hearing, Reflection, Concentration65
The place of meditation71
Practice of meditation77
The Independence of Self-Realization80
FOURTHE TEACHING HERITAGE AFTER SANKARA84
The First Disciples of Sankara85
Works of the Late-Sankara90
Diversity within Advaita Vedanta96
The Threshold of the Present

03
PART TWO: PRESENT DAY SANKARACHARYAS
FIVETHE SANKARACHAYAS AND THE SEATS OF LEARNING109
The Vidyapithas Today112
The Pathasalas and Traditional Education117
The Present Sankaracharyas122
The Ministry of Sankaracharyas127
The Capacity of a Jagadguru

132
SIXTHE TEACHING OF THE SANKARACHARYAS135
The Dharma Path136
Themes of special interest142
The Supreme teaching: Advaita Vedanta146
The Exaltation of Adi Sankara

152
SEVENTHE TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP TODAY154
The Meaning of the Student Today161
The Experience of a Guru168
The Path of the Student170
EIGHTTHE GURU IN THE MODERN WORLD175
Hymn to Sri Daksinamurti175
The Guru in the Historical Order177
The Guru in Modern Life181
BIBLIOGRAPHY189
GLOSSARY202
INDEX209

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