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The Hindu Philosophy of Conduct (Vol III)

The Hindu Philosophy of Conduct (Vol III)
$32.50
Item Code: IDH566
Author: M. Rangacharya
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 8121505109
Pages: 420
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
From the Jacket

The Hindu Philosophy of Conduct, lectures on the Bhagavadgita brings out clearly in a distinctive style and in a cogent manner translations and all explanations wherever required in a scientific temper with a modern outlook to widen the Indian thought with a fresh outlook merging the old thoughts of the East with the new ones of the West.

Gita is recognized as the scriptural authority and all its religious, moral instructions are to be taken as the mandate of God for the betterment, welfare, and progress of the human community, Sri Krsna explains with a strikingly catholic approach and upholds the doctrine of human conduct of Arjuna.

It is difficult to get salvation by studying all the scriptures. Sri Krsna explains the path of Karma and Jnama yogas according to their particular sphere of life and points out that pure bhakti to the Lord guided by duty with non-attachment will be ultimate means of salvation. The chief doctrine of the Bhagavad-Gita is Karmanyevadhikarasthe M.A. Phalesu Kadacana.

About the Author

M. Rangacharya (1861-1916)was professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philosophy at Presidency College, Madras and Curator Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, Madras (1904-14). He wrote number of books out of which the Vedantasutras, with Sribhasya of Ramanujacarya, 3 Vols. And The Hindu Philosophy of Conduct, Lectures on the Bhagavad-Gita, 3 Vols. are the foremost.

CONTENTS
Preface Xi
CHAPTER 13
Lecture LVII The scope and purpose of Chapters 13 to 18- The Ksetra and the Ksetrajna- God as the Ksetrajna-What constitutes the ksetra 1
Lecture LVIII Jnana or the qualities that lead to redeeming knowledge- God as the Jneya or that which is to be known 15
Lecture LIX Further description of the Jneya-Both prakrti and Purusa are Beginningless-Their role in experience 26
Lecture LX God in the ksetra-Ways of realization the scope and nature of Revelation- Right vision prevents the destruction of one's self through one's self- the redeeming Knowledge 39
CHAPTER 14
Lecture LXI Resume of chapter 13-Deussen on the Vedanta and the golden rule-Importance of the study of Prakrti-God as father and Prakrti as mother –The three gunas and their varied effects- there binding influence 55
Lecture LXII The effects of the dominant guna at the time of death-Moral progress and retrogression under the influence of the gunas-Transcending hte gunas 69
Lecture LXIII The way of life of one who has transcended the gunas-Devotion to God as the Means for such transcendence-God as the basic support of matter, soul, everlasting righteousness and the bliss in moksa 80
CHAPTER 15
Lecture LXVI Chapter 15 elaborates the last verse of chapter 14-The metaphor of the asvattha tree with its roots upward and branches downwards-Attaining emancipation after cutting the roots of the tree. 94
Lecture LXV The world of indestructible immortality- The Soul as an amsa of God- The soul and the senses-God as the sources of all light and life-His intimate relationship with the universe. 103
Lecture LXVI God as the source of memory-Memory as a proof of the existence of the soul- The unity of theme between the Veda and the Vedanta- The destructible and the indestructible purusas- The Highest Purusas-The most secret science 117
CHAPTER 16
Lecture LXVII Resume of Chapter 15-Why men sometimes, knowing the better, choose the worse-How prakrti acts as divine and demoniacal in regard to different persons 135
Lecture LXVIII The qualities of those born with a demoniacal endowment- Arjuna's own inheritance-the conduct and philosophy of the demoniacal group 150
Lecture LXIX Further characteristics of the demoniacal group-Their insatiable greed and restlessness- Their hatred of God. 158
Lecture LXX Demoniacal persons are thrown into hell- What this hell is-The gateway to hell-Those who escape going to hell-How the scriptures help and are authoritative. 171
CHAPTER 17
Lecture LXXI Resume of Chapter 16-Arjuna asks about those who, giving up the ordinances of the scriptures, worship with faith-Man is as his faith is-Three kinds of faith-The gods worshipped therein, the penances practised and the acts of charity carried out 185
Lecture LXXII Tapas and dana classified into the Sattvika, the rajasa and the tamasa categories-the significance of Om tat sat 198
Lecture LXXIII The use of Om tat sat to complete religious acts-Resume of Chapter 17 211
CHAPTER 18
Lecture LXXVI The truth about samnyasa and Tyaga-Three types of tyaga 224
Lecture LXXV Further particular of sattvika typa- Five causes of action 233
Lecture LXXVI The threefold incitement to action-Three types of knowledge and action 246
Lecture LXXVII Three types of agents-Classification of intellect 258
Lecture LXXVIII Three types of will 267
Lecture LXXIX The threefold classification of pleasure-Castes and their functions 276
Lecture LXXX The function and character of each caste-The way to perfection through the performance of one's own duty 284
Lecture LXXXI The Fit men for the fit office- The dangers of choosing another's duty as one's own 293
Lecture LXXXII Stages to realization-Supreme devotion. 305
Lecture LXXXIII God's grace and the devotion of the devoted-Arjuna's nature and duty arising from that nature-God and prakrti in the agency of work 314
Lecture LXXXIV The doctrine of prapatti as the last word of Sri Krsna- Other interpretations of XVIII. 66 327
Lecture LXXXV To whom should the Gita be taught, and from whom withheld- The responsibility of teachers of religion-Arjuna's final reaction-How the Gita concludes 337
Lecture LXXXVI A running summary of Chapters 1-18 349
Lecture LXXXVII The plan and purpose of the Gita-Is the Gita a synthesis or a jumble of discordant views?- Its dialogue form-its beginning and end- Its theme s the answer to Arjuna's doubts about his duty-How is duty determinate?- The metaphysical postulates underlying the teaching about duty-matter, soul and God as conceived in the Gita- the four paths of moral discipline-The Gita synthesis of Samkhya, Yoga and other systems- The Gita and tradition-The ideal society-Mankind as a family 362
Glossary of Sanskrit Words 380
Index to Slokas 417

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