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All theistic philosophies of the world conceive of a Supreme God but none except Indian Vedanta Metaphysics of the two great schools, Advaita and Visishtaadvaita, ventures deeply to inquire further into the real nature of Godhead: Is God an abstract ideal, “nirguna”? Or a paragon of ideal qualities, “saguna”?
This book explains the uniqueness of the Visishtaadvaita interpretation of Theism in contradistinction to the Advaitin’s.
Although its subject is a formidable one, the book written in a very novel format renders Vedanta Metaphysics intelligible to even a common reader and layman. Eight Dialogues, informal yet fluent and informative, between a philosophy-student and his mentor, the “Unknown Sri Vaishnava”, present the main Vedantic thesis of this engaging and very readable book in truly absorbing style
Vedanta is considered by the common man as it is to do with spirituality and does not concern him. On the contrary, Vedanta is very much relevant to every living being to lead a life of sreyas to oneself and to society. Vedanta talks about Tattva (realities), Hita (means) and Purusartha (the goal). In Visistadvaita tattva is further classified as three realities cit (the sentient) acit (the insentient) and isvara the controller of the other two. It is the relationship between these three which is so significant, and that is what is discussed by all acaryas. The cit, when it is associated with acit in the form of sarira, is able to transact with the grace of Isvara to attain moksa the goal, the purusartha. Cit like Isvara is unperishable and it survives even after the body is dead. It enters another body based on the karma-phala that had fructified. This study is a comparison of the above concept as described by two great Vaisnava acarvas namely Pillai Lokacarya and Svami Desika.
The first section of this book gives an insight into both the worldly and the supernatural. At an early stage, book establishes the relationship between beauty and art and says that Art and Beauty have a direct relationship, where there is art, there is beauty. With the realization of joy and expression of the soul what man creates is an art.
Whether Beauty is Subjective or Objective? The thing is so beautiful because it gives pleasure? Or It gives pleasure because it is beautiful? The answers to the most controversial questions like these are also discussed in this section.
The second section deals with aesthetics, especially from a musical perspective. At the beginning of this section there is an interesting analysis of the Beauty of Music in terms of ‘Physics’, then in terms of ‘Western Aesthetics’ and finally in terms of ‘Indian Aesthetics’.
Jeevan Tattva Vivechan” is a simple and spiritual path through which man paves his way for freedom from bondage. The book is an experiential analysis of the simple and easy-to-understand elements of life. In this, the multi-dimensional aspects of life have been thoroughly discussed with short and understandable formulas.