Encyclopaedia of Indian Philosophers : Philosophers, Saints Sages Thinkers Acharyas and Great Religious Leaders (9 Vols-Set)

Edited by Subodh Kapoor, Cosmo, 2002, xxv, 2763 p, ISBN : 8177552899, $358.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Encyclopaedia of Indian Philosophers : Philosophers, Saints Sages Thinkers Acharyas and Great Religious Leaders/edited by Subodh Kapoor

Contents: Vol. I: 1. General survey of ancient Indian historical tradition. 2. Brahman families and chronological table of Rishis. 3. The Vedic schools and teachers and the Brahmans. 4. The ancient Brahmans and the Vedas. 5. History, literature and religion of the Hindu philosophers and their opinions. 6. Gotras. 7. The Bhargavas. 8. The Vasisthas. 9. The Angirasas and Kanvas. 10. The Atreyas and Kasyapas. 11. The Visvamitras. 12. Agastyas, Paulastyas, Paulahas and Kratus.

Vol. 2: 13. Ksatriyan Brahmans. 14. Legend of the Brahman Parasurama the exterminator of the Kshattriyas. 15. Valmiki Ramayana. 16. Varahamihira the period of the Siddhantas. 17. Bhaskaracharya epitome of the Surya-Siddhanta. 18. Aryabhata and later astronomers. 19. Vatsyayana: The science of love. 20. Panini and his followers. 21. Kapila Sankhya Darshana. 22. Patanjali Darshana. 23. Jaimini Mimamsa system of philosophy. 24. Goutama the Nyaya philosophy. 25. Kanada Vaisheshika philosophy. 26. Veda-Vyasa: Vedanta system of philosophy.

Vol. 3: 27. Introduction to Apastamba. 28. Gautama: an introduction. 29. Vasishth: an introduction. 30. Baudhayana: an introduction. 31. Narada: an introduction. 32. Introduction to the fragments of Brihaspati. 33. Manu: Hindu law books: i. Manu Smriti. ii. Laws of Manu. iii. Manava Dharma Shastra.

Vol. 4: iv. Principles of Hindu laws. 34. Introduction to the Grihya-Sutras: i. Introduction to the Sankhyana Grihya Sutras. ii. Introduction to the Asvalayana Grihya Sutras. iii. Introduction to the Paraskara Grihya Sutras. iv. Introduction to the Khadira Grihya Sutras. v. Introduction to the Grihya Sutras of Gobhila. vi. Introduction to the Grihya Sutras of Hiranyakesin. vii. Introduction note to the Grihya Sutras of Apastamba. viii. Apastsamba’s Yagna Paribhasha Sutras. 35. Vishnu: an introduction. 36. Gaudapada. 37. Gaudapada, philosophical grandfather of Sankara. 38. Yagnavalkya and Maitreyi. 39. Prajapati teaches Indra and Virocana. 40. Dattatreya. 41. Dattatrey’s Avadhuta Gita. 42. Samkara. 43. Sri Adisankaracharya. 44. Jagat Guru Srisankaracharya. 45. Jagat Guru Adisankaracharya: a life profile.

Vol. 5: 46. Sankara and his school. 47. The Bhaskara school of philosophy. 48. Yamuna the doctrine of soul. 49. Ramanuja life and works. 50. Ramanuja’s Vedarthasangraha. 51. Life of Ramanuja. 52. Madhwa life, works and philosophy. 53. The function and goal of Madhwa philosophy. 54. Vallabha life, works and philosophy. 55. Sri Caitanya life, works and philosophy. 56. The Sampradaya of Sri Caitanya.

Vol. 6: 57. Sri Ramakrsna. 58. Nimbarka’s philosophy a general idea. 59. Asvaghosa and early Buddhist Kavya. 60. Kalidasa’s life, works and thought. 61. Kalhana’s life and times. 62. Vararuci. 63. The Carvaka philosophy. 64. Matanga. 65. Life and works of the Alvars. 66. Nammalvar. 67. Andal. 68. The religion of the Alvars from the Alvars to Ramanuja. 69. The Arvars the chronology of the Arvars.

Vol. 7: 70. The age of Jnanadeva. 71. Nathamuni. 72. Eknath: an introduction. 73. Mandana, Suresvara and Visvarupa. 74. Mandana Misra. 75. Suresvara. 76. Padampada. 77. Vacaspati Misra. 78. Sarvajnatma Muni. 79. Anandabodha Yati. 80. Vedanta dialectic of Sriharsa. 81. Citsukhas’s interpretations of the concepts of Sankara Vedanta. 82. Vimuktatma (A.D. 1200). 83. Ramadvaya (A.D. 1300). 84. Vidyaranya (A.D. 1350). 85. Nrsimhasrama Muni (A.D. 1500). 86. Appaya Diksita. 87. Prakasananda (A.D. 1500-1600). 88. Madhusudana Sarasvati (A.D. 1500). 89. The Aragiyas from Nathamuni to Ramanuja. 90. Venkatanatha the ontological catagories of Ramanuja. 91. Meghanadarai. 92. Vatsya Varada. 93. Ramanujadasa alias Mahacarya. 94. Kasturi Rangacarya. 95. Saila Srinivasa.

Vol. 8: 96. Rangacarya. 97. Vanamali Misra. 98. The philosophy of Vijnana Bhiksu. 99. The philosophy of Baladeva Vidyabhusana. 100. Jiva Gosvami and Baladeva Vidyabhusana philosophy of the followers of Sri Caitanya. 101. Siva Jnana Bodha. 102. Anubhava Sutra of Mayi Deva. 103. Philosophy of Srikantha. 104. Saiva philosophy according to Bhoja and his commentators. 105. Sripati Pandita the fundamentals of Vira-Saivism. 106. The Manvatara tradition of the seven rsis. 107. Philosophy of Bhagvan Sri Ramana Maharishi. 108. Sri Aurobindo’s teachings and method of Sadhana. 109. Saint Namdev and his works. 110. Shri Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparti. 111. Brief outline of a history of Indian philosophy. 112. Radhakrishnan’s world.

Vol. 9: 113. Vinoba Bhave: pure reason. 114. Gorakhnath: A Yogi and a philosopher. 115. The philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore. 116. The initial teachings of J. Krishnamurti. 117. The philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti. 118. Krishnamurti. 119. Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s philosophy of Karmayoga. 120. Anandamayi Ma’s Lila. Bibliography.

"It is stated by an eminent scholar that India has been a nation of philosophers having produced a galaxy of wise thinkers and geniuses from the earliest times beginning with the Vedas of hoary antiquity down to the modern period. Thus we find in the list of philosophers the names of Apantaratamas, Vasistha, Viswamitra, Vamadeva, Yagnavalkya, Sanatkumara, Sandilya and others as Vedic seers; Jaimini and Vyasa as the founders of the Purva-mimamsa and Uttara-mimamsa or Vedanta schools of philosophy respectively; Kumarila Bhatta and Sankaracharya the well known commentators on the Miamamsa and Vedanta Sutras respectively. Kapila, Asuri and Panchashikhi as the founders and propagators of the Sankhya Philosophy; Patanjali as the author of the Yoga Sutras; Gotama and Kanada as the founders of the Nyaya and Vaisheshika schools of philosophy and Vatsyayana and Prasastapada the well known commentators of the Nyaya and Vaisheshikha Sutras of Gotama and Kanada. The promoters of Bhakti Movement like Caitanya, Jnaneswar and Eknath. The scientist-sages with the likes of Bhaskaracharya, Varahmihara, Aryabhatta and others who gave the scientific theories to the ancient Indians. The above philosophers and several others have made themselves famous by their valuable and incomparable publications and treatises on philosophy.

On taking a historic survey and following the trend of thought of the Indian philosophers, one finds a regular evolution and development of thought that gave rise to different schools of philosophy in different periods. It culminated ultimately in the doctrine of Indian monism in the school of the Vedanta as the very essence of Indian philosophy as exposed by that eminent and world-renowned scholist and philosopher Sankaracharya in his commentaries on the Upanisads, Gita and the Vedanta. The churning process of philosophical outpouring continues to the present time with philosophical thinkers and religious leaders still leading the way for man to realize the ultimate truth of the supreme reality and Cosmic truths.

This pioneering work of reference brings together the fundamental doctrines of almost all the lading philosophers, seer saints, rishis, sages, Acharyas, great religious leaders and thinkers from the ancient times to the modern era. This is a work that is unprecedented in its scope and coverage of these great men." (jacket)


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