Dr. (Smt) Shobha Hemant Doshi was a brilliant student of Philosophy with a shining career. For more than three decades she worked as the teacher of Philosophy in Joshi-Bedekar College at Thane, affiliated to Mumbai University. As an Associate Professor, she was very popular among student fraternity as well as faculty. However, she remained a student of Philosophy, constantly reading further, and presenting papers at various national seminars and conferences. She had about six publications to her credit. As a scholar and a consultant she held a respectable position on the faculty, and also as a resource person in EHV (Education in Human Values) at Dharmakshetra, Mumbai. Dr. Doshi was a National Council Member for Satya Sai Schools, Puttaparthi. She was regular participant in the activities of Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute, Mumbai.
This work titled `Man-God Relationship in the Systems of Vedanta' aims at a detailed study of the Bhasyas, which are the commentaries on the Brahma Sutras, given by the seven Vedantic Acharyas, viz., Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhya, Nimbarka, Vallabha, Caitanya and Swaminarayana, belonging to different Vedantic schools of thought.
Each of the Seven Acharyas have given their commentaries on the Brahma Sutras, where the relation between jiva and Brahman is dealt with in a unique way, depending upon the school of thought propounded by each Vedantic philosopher.
In order to comprehend this relation between jiva and Brahman, it was necessary to understand the Nature of Brahman, which constitutes Chapter 1, as well as the Nature of jiva, which constitutes Chapter 2, and how Brahman and jiva could be thus related, which constitutes Chapter 3, from the point of view of the Seven Acharyas.
In this pursuit, efforts were made to read the translation of the original commentaries of the Seven Acharyas, so as to gain a better understanding and insight into this relation between Man and God.
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Vedanta is the science of Reality. The term 'Vedanta' literally means "The end of the Vedas" or the doctrine set forth in the concluding section of the Vedas, which are the Upanisads.
Vedas, which have remained for centuries the highest religious authority, are the statements or utterances of inspired seers, of their spiritual experiences. The Vedas are apauruseya, i.e., having no human author to it, rather they are born of divine inspiration. The latter section of the Vedas is known as the Vedanta, the end of the Vedas or the goal or gist of the Vedas.
The Brahma Sutras, also called as the Vedanta Sutras, is the exposition of the philosophy of the Upanisads and it is so called as it is concerned with the doctrine of Brahman. The Upanisads are inspired by the divine and its intention is to enable us to realize the divine that is present within all. But the Upanisads do not have a consistent system of thought. Hence, the need was felt for systematizing the thought of the Upanishads.
The author of Brahma Sutras is Badarayana (Vyasa).
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