By John Grimes
It includes etymological roots and the meanings of phrases primary to epistemology, metaphysics, and functional teachings of the heterodox and orthodox faculties of Indian philosophy. Cross-referncing has been supplied and numerous charts are integrated that supply information about relationships, different types, and sourcebooks correct to the person faculties. This new and revised 3rd variation provides a entire dictionary of Indian philosophical phrases, delivering the phrases in either devanagari and roman transliteration in addition to an English translation. It deals specified meanings of phrases used as technical phrases inside specific philosophical platforms.
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28 Therefore the children, S:uka and Parêks≥it, must take up the task, by trying “a different way of dying,” so to speak. Let us return again to “The Examiner” and his preparation for death. Is this the Bha\gavata’s principal point of focus? Not really. The Bha\gavata does not have a singular focus or not a literal one anyway. One could thematically say that bhakti is its focus, yes, but I would argue that bhakti is more of its polemic or its underlying mood, than its focus. Beneath the various family and dynastic dramas, prescriptive behavioral guides, and geographical descriptions of the world, there is the ongoing narrative practice of telling the tale of “what happened in days of old” (pura\n≥a).
Just what is this aesthetic vision? When we look at Sanskrit aesthetics we find a deeply developed and categorized map of the human emotional terrain which is said to be stimulated by the work of art, literary or otherwise. The purpose of art is not expressive (to give vent to emotions) as much as it is contemplative, to experience the refined “universal” of emotion known as rasa. ”24 This was expressed by the word alaukika or “non-worldly,” often used in the critical literature to describe the aesthetic experience.
13 And this sense of its own sacredness characterizes the Bha\gavata’s narrative along with its aesthetic and narrative sensibility. 14 For the Bha\gavata is mytho-poetic narrative in its most anagogical sense. 15 Beyond both its efforts to present itself as a Vedic evolute and its philosophical predilections and historical reconstructions, however, the narrative/aesthetic focus of the Bha\gavata stands as predominant. 16 In this regard, the text frequently employs classical (ka\vya) instead of Epic s;loka meters and moves its narrative toward the figurative dimension whenever possible.
A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy: Sanskrit Terms Defined in English by John Grimes