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This issue features "Universal Values for the World Conscience" by Shelley Brown

Vedanta Glossary
of Sanskrit and Bengali words, with guide to English pronunciation




VEDANTA
by Karan Singh

Indian Hardcover
56 pages
ISBN 81-7167-347-3
Rupa & Co.
$6.95

     
VEDANTA is an explanation of Vedanta philosophy in concise and engaging prose that brings India's timeless wisdom to bear on the promise and well as the problems of globalization in our world today. "We live in an age of turmoil, tension, and transition," the preface begins. "The old is collapsing and the new is struggling to be born, and we find ourselves adrift on a turbulent ocean with no established landmarks between the vanished past the an indeterminant future." Dr. Singh posits some fresh answers to this global conundrum from the spiritual heritage of India. In the Vedas and Upanishads that form the roots of Vedanta, he explores universal teachings that have become increasingly relevant to a potentially destructive technological age, and which support the harmonious pluralism of the interfaith movement, of which Dr. Singh is himself a distinguished leader.
     Dr. Singh has included his translation of the Mundaka Upanishad ("The Bridge to Immortality"), which contains the eternal truths imparted by the seer Angiras to his disciples in ancient times.
     
DR. KARAN SINGH is respected in India and abroad as an eminent scholar whose academic achievements have been complemented by both a distinguished political career and a dedication to global concerns. Born heir-apparent to the Maharaja and Maharani of Jammu and Kashmir in 1931, he ruled in his youth as Regent before he became a Cabinet Minister, and later a Member of Parliament, during his long and active political career. Dr. Singh has authored many philosophical books while continuing his leadership in solving some of our most pressing planetary problems.


EXCERPT

(from the Preface)

 
The Vedanta is a very powerful statement of the Interfaith philosophy. There is a beautiful verse in the Mundaka Upanishad—
     "As rivers in their flowing reach their destination in the ocean and there cast off their names and forms, so do those who have achieved divine realization transcend all differences and realize the Great Being."
     If there is a divinity that in fact informs the universe, it can appear in many ways but it cannot be the exclusive property of any particular formulation. This must become a very significant element of the new world consciousness that is emerging, and an essential prerequisite for a harmonious global society. It in the name of religion, or in the name of particular beliefs, we are still going to indulge in conflict as has happened through history, disaster will ensue. It is astounding that while every religion looks upon its own manifestation of the divine as being compassionate, merciful and loving, yet in the name of that very divinity we have inflicted the most terrible horrors upon fellow human beings. This is something which can no longer continue in the global society. We must respect religious differences, and look upon them as a philharmonic orchestra with many different instruments being played, but all of them playing in harmony for the divine. That is what the Vedanta teaches us.
 
Copyright © 2003 Karan Singh

 





 

 



 
 
     
 

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