A Hindu Perspective on the Philosophy of Religion by Arvind Sharma

By Arvind Sharma

This presentation of Hinduism really stresses the intermingling of philosophy and faith in the religion. It hopes to increase the horizons of the traditional philosophy of faith by way of including fabric drawn from Hindu notion to its scope of curiosity. by means of hence juxtaposing the philosophy of faith with Hindu philosophy, the ebook makes an attempt to maneuver in the direction of a cross-cultural philosophy of faith. This sequence of books explores modern non secular understandings of humanity and the universe. It covers the ongoing dialogues among faith and philosophy, scepticism and religion and among the several religions and ideologies.

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29 30 A Hindu Perspective on the Philosophy of Religion 83. Mariasusai Dhavamony, op. , p. 205. 84. For perceptive discussions of Hindu polytheism see Pratima Bowes, The Hindu Religious Tradition: A Philosophical Approach (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977); Alain Danielou, Hindu Polytheism (New York: Bollingen Foundation, 1964); Donald and Jean Johnson, God and Gods in Hinduism (New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann India, 1972); and other works. 85. ), The Cultural Heritage of India, p. 122. 86. S. 22.

Condescend to save me, 0 Lord, and describe at length how to put an end to the misery of this relative existence. As he speaks thus, tormented by the afflictions of the worldwhich is like a forest on fire - and seeking his protection, the saint eyes him with a glance softened with pity and spontaneously bids him give up all fear. IS Therefore the problem of evil or suffering must be treated as real. It is sometimes maintained, again, that according to the dicta of Advaita Vedanta, the universe is essentially dualistic and must, of necessity, consist of opposites, so that suffering is bound to exist along with joy.

M. P. Mahadevan, Outlines of Hinduism, p. 116). For more on its theistic or atheistic character see Jadunath Sinha, A History of Indian Philosophy, vol. II (Calcutta: Central Book Agency, 1952) pp. 88-92. Surendranath Dasgupta, A History of Indian Philosophy, vol. I (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1975 [first published by Cambridge University Press, 1922]) p. 325. For a possible limitation of this position see M. Hiriyanna, op. , pp. 12~7. S. Radhakrishnan, Indian Philosophy, vol. II (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1927) p.

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