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Philosophical Foundations of Hinduism
The Vedas, the Upanisads and the Bhagavadgita:
A Reinterpretation and Critical Appraisal
By R.S. Misra
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
649 pages, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
Philosophy and religion were never kept apart from each other in Indian philosophical
tradition. The Vedas, the Upanisads and the Bhagavadgita provide strong and
unshakable philosophical foundations to Hinduism. In the present book, Dr. Misra
has made a reinterpretation of the religious and philosophical thought of these
sacred and immortal works. It has been found necessary in order to dispel the
misinterpretations of Hinduism and meet the challenges that confront it today
at the ideological and practical levels. The concepts of the Absolute, Brahman,
of man and the world, the destiny of man and other fundamental issues have been
discussed with great clarity, thoroughness and depth. The author has brought
into clear focus the unique features of Hinduism and its intellectual depth
and spiritual grandeur. A distinguishing feature of the present work that the
fundamental ideas of Hinduism have been compared with that of other religions,
specially, Christianity and with the great idealistic tradition of the West.
The author has also made a critical analysis and evaluation of some current
ideas of contemporary Western thought. The present work provides ample evidence
of the author's conceptual ability, originality and intellectual integrity.