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Max Muller and His Contemporaries: Papers read at a seminar held at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, India, on 15 and 16 December 2000

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About the Book: Max Muller and His Contemporaries is a collection of papers presented at an international seminar to commemorate the death centenary of the great German Indologist (1823-1900). The seminar was a part of the German Festival in India and was organized by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture in collaboration with the Governments of India and the Federal Republic of Germany. The purpose of the seminar was to appraise the current Indological situation and look ahead...

About the Book:

Max Muller and His Contemporaries is a collection of papers presented at an international seminar to commemorate the death centenary of the great German Indologist (1823-1900).

The seminar was a part of the German Festival in India and was organized by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture in collaboration with the Governments of India and the Federal Republic of Germany. The purpose of the seminar was to appraise the current Indological situation and look ahead to the future in areas like Sanskrit studies, comparative religion, philosophy, and social criticism in which Max Muller made significant contributions. The seminar was held on 15 and 16 December 2000 and its inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Twenty-one scholars from India and abroad participated.

Publishers' Note:

When the formal request came from Dr. R. V. Iyer, Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, to participate in the German Festival in India by holding a seminar, we heartily welcomed it. Besides fostering Indo-German friendship, the festival would also commemorate the death centenary of Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), regarded by Swami Vivekananda as the reincarnation of Sayana, the great ancient rsi. The theme chosen for the seminar here was 'Max Muller and His Contemporaries'. Its purpose was to take stock of the field of Indology today and look ahead to the future in areas - such as Sanskrit studies, comparative religion, philosophy, and social criticism - in which Max Muller made such outstanding contributions.

Twenty-one scholars from India and abroad participated in the seminar, which was held on 15 and 16 December 2000, at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture. Mr Wolfgang Seiwert, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata, inaugurated the seminar. Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, was the chairman of the inaugural session. Concluded by a dinner given at the Institute, the seminar brought smiles of satisfaction to its participants and also generated interest among scholars in general.

The dinner given by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata, in his residence, as well as the presentation of the film, 'I Point to India', prepared and introduced by Dr Georg Lechner, were nice additions to the seminar.

We are grateful to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for their active support and financial assistance to the Institute to partially meet expenses, and also to Mr Wolfgang Seiwert, Mrs Aruna George, Coordinator, Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi, Mr S. V. Raman, Programme Officer, Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata, Dr Georg Lechner, Commissioner, German Festival in India, and several others, for the planning and success of the seminar.

This volume presents the papers read by the participants in the seminar, along with portions of the interesting question-answer sessions that could be deciphered from the tapes. We are thankful to Dr Visvanath Chatterjee, Professor Hiranmoy Banerjee, and a few others, for editing these papers.

8 August 2001

Swami Prabhananda

 

CONTENTS

 

Publisher's Note v
Welcome Address 1
  Swami Prabhananda  
Inaugural Address 4
  Wolfgang Seiwert  
Keynote Address 9
  D. P. Chattopadhyaya  
Chairman's Benedictory Address 19
  Swami Ranganathananda  
I Point to Max Muller 23
  Georg Lechner  
Max Muller's Contribution to Sanskrit Studies 39
  K. Kunjunni Raja  
Max Muller on Sanskrit Language and Literature 48
  Visvanath Chatterjee  
Max Muller on Indian Literature 63
  Sisir Kumar Das  
Whither Orientalism? 76
  Kapila Vatsyayan  
Max Muller on Indian Philosophy 91
  Albrecht Wezler  
Max Muller and His Influence on
Indian Philosophy
105
  J. N. Mohanty  
Vyasa Parampara, Text Renewal Mechanisms,
Max Muller, and Contemporary European
Scholarship
117
  Kapil Kapoor  
Moksa and Ananda 135
  Bina Gupta  
Non-Centricity 151
  Prinz Rudolf zur Lippe  
Social Criticism in Max Muller's Life and Works 164
  Johannes H. Voigt  
Speaking of Indology: Cultural Studies
as Communication
178
  Aditya Malik  
VALEDICTORY SESSION  
Introductory Address 193
  Swami Prabhananda  
Valedictory Address
Max Muller on Ramakrishna and Vivekananda
195
  R. K. DasGupta  
Max Muller's Indology Revisited 204
  Ratna Basu 204
Chairman's Address 213
  Tapan Raychaudhuri  
APPENDIX  
Discussions (Question-Answer Sessions) 219
The Contributors 234

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Item Code: IDG399 Author: Max Muller Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2010 Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture ISBN: 9788187332176 Size: 8.5" X 5.5" Pages: 245 (Color Illus: 10) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 480 gms
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