Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 751

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 751

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address [email protected].

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Philosophy > Hindu > The Mystery of Creation
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
The Mystery of Creation
The Mystery of Creation
Description
About The Book

Thinkers have tried to probe the mystery of creation from time immemorial. Scientists have expounded numerous theories and amassed enormous amounts of data to support their theories. However, a comprehensive explanation of the origin of creation still eludes us. This rises the question:

Can the process of creation be measured and explained by mere physical instrument, however sophisticated ?

Is there a deeper underlying principle behind all creation that is available only to subjective investigation.

The Mystery of Creation presents a rigorous introduction to Vedantic discussion on creation. The many articles raise exciting possibilities that can transform one’s understanding of the origin and the purpose of existence.

Preface

The quest to solve the riddle of the universe is one of the oldest pursuits of man. The question is not merely academic, for its solution has enormous implications about the purpose and goal of existence.

We have religious answers, based on revelations of the prophets. We have scientists’ theories, opening vast, but inconclusive possibilities. We have the philosophers’ speculations, thought-provoking, yet again, inconclusive. The question remains and the search goes on, each hoping to discover the key to life’s mysteries.

An intriguing fact exists that there are people with astonishingly clear and rational minds who claim to have solved the riddle. If looking for proof, we can see it in such people’s lives, evidenced by a joyous and vibrant peace possible only in one who has understood a timeless truth. But when we seek explanation from them, the answers are nearly unintelligible— fascinating, yet confounding.

Many seekers demand logical explanations of creation. They argue the logical fallacy of an imperfect finitude, the world, emerging from a perfect finitude, God. Their demand for an easy explanation is not dissimilar to a child demanding a quick explanation of relativity!

Vedantic masters reply that knowing the truth of creation is tantamount to knowing the truth of God. The knowledge is subtle, not rational, for it crosses beyond the boundaries of cause and effect. It can be fathomed only by a contemplative mind. To the elementary student who demands a cause-effect explanation, the answer is, ipso facto, impossible. But to the contemplative student, the answer becomes self-evident.

Vedanta thus characteristically dismisses the interest in creation. And yet, Vedanta never retreats from a sincere question. Vedanta skillfully meets the seeker at his own level of interest and guides him into a contemplative inquiry. So it is with the question of creation.

The Vedantic explanation of creation is a difficult one. It cannot be accepted or dismissed quickly. This issue is designed as a take-off point for serious students. It offers no easy conclusions, nor is it an exhaustive coverage of the subject. We have extracted discussions on creation from several noted authors to serve as an introduction to the topic. The discussions are hard, often dry and technical, yet probing and subtle. The more technical discussions have been placed in the beginning, the more general at the end.

In Part One, Swami Chinmayananda defines the mechanism of creation and summarizes several of the prominent Eastern schools of thought. He explains the nondual (Advaitic) school’s analysis of creation through the concept of Maya and superimposition. Eliot Deutsch, an eminent scholar of Eastern thought, gives a philosophically terse and thorough presentation of Vedantic analysis and logic. Swami Nirvedananda of the Ramakrishna Mission explains different Vedic mythological explanations of creation and concludes with the Advaitic view that the mystery can be fully understood only by realizing God.

Part Two contains comparative views of the universe. The author of Space-Time is Fritj of Capra, a scientist who has delved deeply into Eastern philosophy concurrently with science and has correlated many of the ancient truths with modern scientific findings. Dr. Capra explains how the new theories of relativity are shaking Western assumptions of the absolute nature of time and space and are substantiating the ancient Eastern views. Next the dualist and qualified nondualist schools of Vedanta and their contrast with the nondual school of Advaita are briefly outlined. Lastly, a Vaisnava Puranic creation story is recounted, bringing out the devotional flavor characteristics of the Puranas.

Part Three discuss the larger implications of the Advaitic view of creation. Swami Nikhilananda of the Ramakrishna Order explores how one’s understanding of the origin of the universe affects one’s response to life. Dr. Radhakrishna, the great statesman and philosopher of twentieth century India, explains the Advaitic view that the world does not have absolute reality, but warns against concluding that the creation is therefore without value or relevance. The universe, he writes, “is in essence the ultimate reality itself.” This is in striking contrast with the following article by Nisargadatta Maharaj, an Advaitaic sage who recently lived in Bombay. Their conclusions that a Godly bliss pervades all life is the same, yet Nisargadatta Maharaj attempts to lift the listener out bodily consciousness altogether by negating the existence of the creation.

The issue finally concludes where it began, that a logical sequence of cause and effect between the infinite and the finite cannot exist, and, in Swami Iswarananda’s words, that “the question of how the world came out of Brahman will become meaningless when the truth of the unborn Brahman is realized.”

Contents

Preface1
Part One : Advaitic Analysis Of Creatio
IVedantic Explanation of Creation8
Theories of Creation9
Theory of Noncreation15
Truth about Maya16
Sri Sankara's Explanation19
IIBrahman and the World23
Maya24
Superimposition26
Cause Effect Relationship28
Philosophical Validity of Maya31
IIIFundamentals of Brahmanda35
The Mechanics of Dissolution35
The Mechanics of Creation37
Apparent Nature of Creation39
Realization Alone Solves the Mystery41
Part Two : Comparative Views Of The Universe
IVSpace - Time48
Timeless Present53
VThe Dualistic View57
VIRamanuja on Creation61
VIIVaisnava Creation Story63
In the Beginning64
The Supreme Person65
Part Three : Creation The Expression Of God
VIIISpiritual View of the Universe72
Creation Myths73
Nature of Maya75
Affirmative View of Creation76
Message for the Modern World80
IXCreation : The Expression of Bliss83
Aristotle and Vedic Metaphors84
The World as God's Revelation86
Essential Harmony of the Universe87
XBeyond Space and Time90
True Happiness91
Beyond the Mind94
XIHow the Many Emerge96

The Mystery of Creation

Item Code:
NAF194
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2007
ISBN:
9788175972247
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inc
Pages:
97 (3 B/W Illustrations)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 120 gms
Price:
$10.00   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
The Mystery of Creation

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 3523 times since 3rd Apr, 2019
About The Book

Thinkers have tried to probe the mystery of creation from time immemorial. Scientists have expounded numerous theories and amassed enormous amounts of data to support their theories. However, a comprehensive explanation of the origin of creation still eludes us. This rises the question:

Can the process of creation be measured and explained by mere physical instrument, however sophisticated ?

Is there a deeper underlying principle behind all creation that is available only to subjective investigation.

The Mystery of Creation presents a rigorous introduction to Vedantic discussion on creation. The many articles raise exciting possibilities that can transform one’s understanding of the origin and the purpose of existence.

Preface

The quest to solve the riddle of the universe is one of the oldest pursuits of man. The question is not merely academic, for its solution has enormous implications about the purpose and goal of existence.

We have religious answers, based on revelations of the prophets. We have scientists’ theories, opening vast, but inconclusive possibilities. We have the philosophers’ speculations, thought-provoking, yet again, inconclusive. The question remains and the search goes on, each hoping to discover the key to life’s mysteries.

An intriguing fact exists that there are people with astonishingly clear and rational minds who claim to have solved the riddle. If looking for proof, we can see it in such people’s lives, evidenced by a joyous and vibrant peace possible only in one who has understood a timeless truth. But when we seek explanation from them, the answers are nearly unintelligible— fascinating, yet confounding.

Many seekers demand logical explanations of creation. They argue the logical fallacy of an imperfect finitude, the world, emerging from a perfect finitude, God. Their demand for an easy explanation is not dissimilar to a child demanding a quick explanation of relativity!

Vedantic masters reply that knowing the truth of creation is tantamount to knowing the truth of God. The knowledge is subtle, not rational, for it crosses beyond the boundaries of cause and effect. It can be fathomed only by a contemplative mind. To the elementary student who demands a cause-effect explanation, the answer is, ipso facto, impossible. But to the contemplative student, the answer becomes self-evident.

Vedanta thus characteristically dismisses the interest in creation. And yet, Vedanta never retreats from a sincere question. Vedanta skillfully meets the seeker at his own level of interest and guides him into a contemplative inquiry. So it is with the question of creation.

The Vedantic explanation of creation is a difficult one. It cannot be accepted or dismissed quickly. This issue is designed as a take-off point for serious students. It offers no easy conclusions, nor is it an exhaustive coverage of the subject. We have extracted discussions on creation from several noted authors to serve as an introduction to the topic. The discussions are hard, often dry and technical, yet probing and subtle. The more technical discussions have been placed in the beginning, the more general at the end.

In Part One, Swami Chinmayananda defines the mechanism of creation and summarizes several of the prominent Eastern schools of thought. He explains the nondual (Advaitic) school’s analysis of creation through the concept of Maya and superimposition. Eliot Deutsch, an eminent scholar of Eastern thought, gives a philosophically terse and thorough presentation of Vedantic analysis and logic. Swami Nirvedananda of the Ramakrishna Mission explains different Vedic mythological explanations of creation and concludes with the Advaitic view that the mystery can be fully understood only by realizing God.

Part Two contains comparative views of the universe. The author of Space-Time is Fritj of Capra, a scientist who has delved deeply into Eastern philosophy concurrently with science and has correlated many of the ancient truths with modern scientific findings. Dr. Capra explains how the new theories of relativity are shaking Western assumptions of the absolute nature of time and space and are substantiating the ancient Eastern views. Next the dualist and qualified nondualist schools of Vedanta and their contrast with the nondual school of Advaita are briefly outlined. Lastly, a Vaisnava Puranic creation story is recounted, bringing out the devotional flavor characteristics of the Puranas.

Part Three discuss the larger implications of the Advaitic view of creation. Swami Nikhilananda of the Ramakrishna Order explores how one’s understanding of the origin of the universe affects one’s response to life. Dr. Radhakrishna, the great statesman and philosopher of twentieth century India, explains the Advaitic view that the world does not have absolute reality, but warns against concluding that the creation is therefore without value or relevance. The universe, he writes, “is in essence the ultimate reality itself.” This is in striking contrast with the following article by Nisargadatta Maharaj, an Advaitaic sage who recently lived in Bombay. Their conclusions that a Godly bliss pervades all life is the same, yet Nisargadatta Maharaj attempts to lift the listener out bodily consciousness altogether by negating the existence of the creation.

The issue finally concludes where it began, that a logical sequence of cause and effect between the infinite and the finite cannot exist, and, in Swami Iswarananda’s words, that “the question of how the world came out of Brahman will become meaningless when the truth of the unborn Brahman is realized.”

Contents

Preface1
Part One : Advaitic Analysis Of Creatio
IVedantic Explanation of Creation8
Theories of Creation9
Theory of Noncreation15
Truth about Maya16
Sri Sankara's Explanation19
IIBrahman and the World23
Maya24
Superimposition26
Cause Effect Relationship28
Philosophical Validity of Maya31
IIIFundamentals of Brahmanda35
The Mechanics of Dissolution35
The Mechanics of Creation37
Apparent Nature of Creation39
Realization Alone Solves the Mystery41
Part Two : Comparative Views Of The Universe
IVSpace - Time48
Timeless Present53
VThe Dualistic View57
VIRamanuja on Creation61
VIIVaisnava Creation Story63
In the Beginning64
The Supreme Person65
Part Three : Creation The Expression Of God
VIIISpiritual View of the Universe72
Creation Myths73
Nature of Maya75
Affirmative View of Creation76
Message for the Modern World80
IXCreation : The Expression of Bliss83
Aristotle and Vedic Metaphors84
The World as God's Revelation86
Essential Harmony of the Universe87
XBeyond Space and Time90
True Happiness91
Beyond the Mind94
XIHow the Many Emerge96
Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to The Mystery of Creation (Philosophy | Books)

Metaphilosophy of Creation - Cosmos and Beyond Cosmos
by Dr. Prattipati Ramaiah
HARDCOVER (Edition: 2016)
Notion Press
Item Code: NAQ340
$100.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Creation and Existence in Indian Tradition
by Shashi Tiwari
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Pratibha Prakashan
Item Code: NAP903
$28.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Indian Theories of Creation: A Synthesis
by Dr. K.P. Sinha
Hardcover (Edition: 1985)
Chaukhambha Orientalia
Item Code: IDE320
$14.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Samkara's Concept of Creation
by Siddheswar Jena
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Pratibha Prakashan
Item Code: NAO745
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Creation (Srishti Vignana)
Item Code: NAF421
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Three Great Epic Creations of Sri Vedantha Desika
by K. R. Krishnaswami
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
A and K Prakashana
Item Code: NAM297
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Adwaita Rahasya: Secrets of Creation Revealed
by Chandra Bhan Gupta
Paperback (Edition: 2008)
Macmillan India Ltd.
Item Code: IDG178
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Happiness is Your Creation
by Swami Rama
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
Himalayan Institute
Item Code: NAI067
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Process of Creation In Dasa Sahitya
Item Code: NAG153
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Shree Sukta (A Treatise on Creation And Preservation of Wealth)
Deal 20% Off
by Nagesh D. Sonde
Hardcover (Edition: 1998)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: IHL430
$10.50$8.40
You save: $2.10 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Bhagavatam for Beginners (Quest for Creation)
by Swami Ramanujananda
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Ramakrishna Math, Thrissur
Item Code: NAC568
$6.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Guru Gobind Singh and Creation of Khalsa
Item Code: IDF493
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA
I am so very grateful for the many outstanding and interesting books you have on offer.
Hans-Krishna, Canada
Appreciate your interest in selling the Vedantic books, including some rare books. Thanks for your service.
Dr. Swaminathan, USA
I received my order today, very happy with the purchase and thank you very much for the lord shiva greetings card.
Rajamani, USA
I have a couple of your statues in your work is really beautiful! Your selection of books and really everything else is just outstanding! Namaste, and many blessings.
Kimberly
Thank you once again for serving life.
Gil, USa
Beautiful work on the Ganesha statue I ordered. Prompt delivery. I would order from them again and recommend them.
Jeff Susman
Awesome books collection. lots of knowledge available on this website
Pankaj, USA
Very easy to do business with your company.
Paul Gomez, USA
Love you great selection of products including books and art. Of great help to me in my research.
William, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India