The Nature of Living Tradition : Distinctive Features of Indian Parampara

Edited by Baidyanath Saraswati, D.K. Printworld, 2001, 126 p, ISBN : 8124601771, $20.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

The Nature of Living Tradition : Distinctive Features of Indian Parampara/edited by Baidyanath Saraswati

Contents: Introduction. 1. Parampara: a universal paradigm/Baidyanath Saraswati. 2. Aspects of parampara in early stages of Buddhism/M.C. Joshi. 3. Tiruppavai: a living parampara of two thousand years/Prema Nandakumar. 4. Parampara in Indian music/Prem Lata Sharma. 5. The parampara predicament/Raghava R. Menon. 6. Parampara and poetry: ambiguity of the charmed word/Sitakant Mahapatra. 7. Parampara and the individual/Ramesh Chandra Shah. 8. Parampara and the individual: beyond duality/S.C. Malik. 9. The individual and the Indian spiritual tradition/M.M. Agrawal. 10. Longing and belonging: the question of tradition/Alok Rai. 11. Tradition, modernity and the individual: an Indian viewpoint/Ashok R. Kelkar. 12. Patterns and the pattern/Keshav Malik. Index.

"Indian Parampara is a response to secular western thought on tradition and modernity. Presented here are contributions from a distinguished group of Indian scholars representing a wide spectrum of disciplines. It raises many questions: what is the source of parampara? How is it transmitted? Does it hold in potential the characteristics of all orders of knowledge? Who was the parent of its primal seed? How does the individual sustain the flow of parampara or tradition? Is the individual artist capable of sustaining creativity and initiating change? Does he have to take the path of confrontation with parampara? How does the person transcend the small ‘I’ to enlarge himself into the ‘We’? What is that experience of the ‘Self’ where duality between the subject and the object is lost?

"To answer such central questions the authors of this volume reflect on anthropological, philosophical, spiritual, musical, poetical, and experiential dimensions. This book is an important contribution to traditional thought and culture." (jacket)

[Baidyanath Saraswati has also written Pottery Making Culture and Indian Civilization and Brahmanic Ritual Traditions in the Crucible of Time.]

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