From the Jacket:
Professor Rama Rao Pappu, Who has been teaching philosophy in US Universities since the sixties founded the "International Congress of Vedanta" in 1986 at Maimi University, Oxford, Ohio, USA. Vedanta Congresses initiated and organized systematically and selflessly by Dr. Pappu during the past nineteen years have played a very productive and positive role. Most of the essays included here are the papers presented by the contributors at the "Fifteenth International Congress of Vedanta" apart from the invited essays contributed by Professor Pappu's friends and admirers in India and abroad.
Essays in this volume have been arranged in six sections covering the areas of Vedanta Metaphysics, Advaita Epistemology and Ethics, Schools of Vedanta and other systems, Global Parallels and finally Vedanta and the Contemporary World. Both intellectually stimulating and academically entertaining, this volume contains analytic discussions on Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, Vallabha and Tyagaraja. Enlightening articles on Radhakrishnan, Sri Satya Saibaba and Sunderlal Bahuguna are also included. As a whole, covering the concepts of Adhyasa, Saksi, and Jivan-mukti, perspectives of Sruti, Yukti, and Tarka, discussions on Yoga, Tantra and Music and the East-West Parallels have culminated in Sartrean Existentialism and Chinese Dao.
About the Author:
Professor P. George Victor has been on the faculty of philosophy at Andhra University since 1981, from which he earned MA earlier (1978) and PhD later (1986). Padma Vibhushan Professor K. Satchidananda Murthy was his mentor, under whose direction his doctoral dissertation on the social Philosophy of Vedanta, a study of the Prasthana-trayi and Sankara's commentaries was published in 1991. His published books include - Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya (2002) and Moral Science (1994). He is the editor for "Andhra University Philosophical Studies" series and has edited Saints and Gurus, Social Relevance of Philosophy, and Teaching Philosophy in the Twenty-first Century.
Professor V.V.S. Saibaba did his PhD (1985) on Faith and Devotion in Buddhism, directed by Professor K. Satchidananda Murty. Since 1981 he was on the faculty of philosophy at Andhra University. From 1987 to 1989, he was Head in the centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies at Nagarjuna University, where he taught Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Texts. He has participated in many international and national conferences, seminars and summer schools, and has contributed several research articles in Indian and foreign journals. Professor Saibaba is the author of Theravada Buddhist Devotionalism in Ceylon, Burma and Thailand; Faith and Devotion in Theravada Buddhism; and Facets of Buddhist philosophy: Theravada and Mahayana.
THE importance of societies and organizations, both formal
and informal, for the promotion of scholarship, exchange of
ideas and spread of knowledge needs no emphasis. Imagine a
poet who finds no forum to read his work and no publisher
to print and distribute his books. His world is indeed a lonely
world, his creativity will find no recognition and he will have
no admirers. Scholarship and creativity cannot flourish in the
absence of societies, forums and organizations, which promote
scholarship. Those who start academic societies and
organizations do so with a vision; and the International
Congress of Vedanta is the product of such a vision.
When Professor Rama Rao Pappu, who has been teaching
philosophy in US universities since the sixties realized that scholars
of Indian Philosophy in the West were studying texts and
conducting research in relative isolation, or at most with negligible
interaction at professional Western philosophical associations, he
had a vision to start a forum which will bring together Indian
Philosophy scholars on a common platform. Professor Rama Rao
Pappu has organized for the first time a panel on 'Perspectives
on Vedanta' during the "Midwest Conference on Asian
Affairs, October 11-13, 1985." Later on he translated his vision
into reality with the founding of the 'International Congress
of Vedanta' in 1986 at Miami University; and over the past
two decades, he had organized sixteen such conferences. One
of the special features of these conferences was the celebration
of the life and assessment of the contributions of various Indian
philosophers, ancient and modern, like Sankaracarya and
Jnanesvara, Radhakrishnan and Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo
and Krishnamurti. Though Professor Pappu is a scholar
pursuing his own scholarship in Indian and Comparative
Philosophy, Philosophy of Law and Ethics, he takes pride in
assembling the scholars together in the forum he named
'International Congress of Vedanta.'
'Global Understanding with Vedantic Spirit' has been the
motto and tradition of the Philosophy Department of Andhra
University, starting from the foundation head, Professor
Sailaswar Sen, inculcated in the works of Padma-bhushan P.T.
Raju and Padma-vibhushan K. Satchidananda Murty.
Accordingly Professor Rama Rao Pappu thought it fit to
organize the "Fifteenth International Congress of Vedanta"
at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam during January 3-6,
2005 with local assistance from the faculty of the departments
of Philosophy, Sanskrit and Physics, and Prof. George Victor
assuming the role of the Conference Director. The conference
was a great success. It was during the conference, the Andhra
University's philosophy faculty expressed a desire to honour
Professor Rama Rao Pappu by presenting him a festschrift in
his honour for his contributions to advance Vedantic studies
in particular and Indian philosophy and culture in general
around the world. This idea was also supported by professors
V. V. Raman, George A. James, J. S. R. L. Narayana Moorty,
Klaus Witz, R. Puligandla, Patricia Reynaud, and Sarada Puma
Sonty from USA, and professors A. Ramamurty, Godabarisha
Mishra, and K. Srinivas in India. A festschrift to Professor
Pappu by the Andhra University faculty was also thought
fitting because Visakhapatnam is his hometown, and great
academicians of Vedanta like S. Radhakrishnan, P. T. Raju, K.
Satchidananda Murty, and Saileswar Sen taught at Andhra
Most of the essays included here are revised papers
presented at the "Fifteenth International Congress of
Vedanta," in addition to the invited essays contributed by
Prof. Pappu's friends and admirers. Space limitation however
has prevented the inclusion of all the papers presented in the
Vedanta Congress; and language limitations also made it
impossible to include several excellent papers presented in
Sanskrit. Starting from the analytic explanations, the essays in
this volume have been arranged in six sections covering
Vedanta Metaphysics, Advaita Epistemology and Ethics,
Schools of Vedanta, Other Indian Systems to Global Parallels
and Contemporary World. Covering the entire gamut of
Vedanta philosophy, the essays were written by both young
and senior scholars of India and America.
We have included Studies in Vedanta: Essays in Honour of
Professor 5.5. Rama Rao Pappu in the" Andhra University
Philosophical Studies" series, which was started a few years
ago to expound the spiritual and ethical issues of our tradition
and its contemporary relevance. Volumes already published
in this series include Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya, Saints
and Gurus, Social Relevance of Philosophy, and Teaching Philosophy
in the Twenty-first Century. The last volume consists of the
Proceedings of an international conference "Teaching
Philosophy in the Twenty First Century" which was jointly
organized at Andhra University by Professor Rama Rao Pappu
and Professor George Victor.
Our special thanks are due to Professor A. Ramamurty,
University of Hyderabad and Professor Godabarisha Mishra,
University of Madras for selecting and scrutinizing the papers.
Professor V.V.5. Saibaba has made considerable editing of the essays
and even changing the title of the essays in some cases. Professor
P. George Victor has procured the papers and formalized the
contents. Being the editors of this volume, while the former
took care of transliteration problems, the latter has made
changes in the translation of Sanskrit words and was
responsible for the overall editorial tasks. The administrative
help given by professors S. Satyanarayana, T. Christanandam,
and S. D. A. Joga Rao, and the executive assistance of Dr. G.
Veerraju and Mr. B. Ravi Babu are immense. We would be
failing in our duty if we do not express our thanks to Mr. B.
Raju for typing the entire manuscript. We are extremely
grateful to Shri Susheel K. Mittal, Director, D. K. Printworld,
New Delhi for undertaking the publication.
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