Philosophy Category

Declaration of Sentiments

We cannot acknowledge allegiance to any human government; neither can we oppose any such government by a resort to physical force. We recognize but one Lord and Lawgiver, one Judge and Ruler of mankind: We are bound by the laws of a kingdom - which is not of this world, the subjects of which are forbidden to fight; - in which Mercy and Truth are...

War Inconsistent With Religion of Jesus Christ

War Inconsistent With the Religion of Jesus Christ: An inspired apostle has informed us from whence come wars and fighting: They come from the lusts of men that war in their members. Ever since the fall, mankind has had naturally within it a spirit of pride, avarice, and revenge: The gospel is directly opposed to this spirit. It teaches humility, it inculcates love, it breathes...

Light of Rāmānuja’s School | Śrīnivāsa

This is a very detailed and lucid compendium on all most important tenets of Viśiṣṭādvaita or “Qualified Dualism” school of understanding as founded by great Āchārya Śrī Rāmānuja and transmitted and practised in Śrī Vaishnavism. The name of the present work is “The Light of Rāmānuja’s School” or “Yatīndra-Mata-Dīpikā” by Śrīnivāsa Āchārya, who lived probably in the beginning of the 17th century. “The Light of...

Philosophy of Rāmānujācārya

What has been attempted is only the presentation of Rāmānuja’s views on important points with just so much reference to the doctrines of Śaṅkara, as is necessary to understand Rāmānuja. Enough has, however, been said to show that Rāmānuja and his system, though not possessing the, simplicity or universality of Śaṅkarācārya’s, is yet an eminently sound one, compatible with an admission of the reality of...

Rahasyatraya-saram-vedanta-desikan

This collection is dedicated to the fundamental, most important life’s work of Vedanta Deśikan (1268–1370) about the fundamental doctrines, teachings and philosophy of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism. The present classical work is known as Śrīmad Rāhasyatraya Sāram, which could be translated as The Essence of the Holy Three Secrets – referring to the 3 fundamental Secrets-Mantras of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism – Tirumantra, Dvaya Mantra and Charama Shloka -...

6 Schools | Hindu Philosophy | Shivananda

In the following pages you can find a short overview of the six major schools of Indian Philosophy, also traditionally termed Six Darśanas or Shad-Darśanas, such as: The Nyāya, The Vaiśeṣika, The Sānkhya, The Yoga, The Pūrva Mimāṁsa 6. The Uttara-Mimāṁsa or The Vedanta + as also the major teachings of Shaivism and Śaktism. Hindu philosophy is not mere speculation or guesswork. It is lofty,...

What I believe | Leo Tolstoy

In his book What I believe Leo Tolstoy introduces the doctrine of non-violence as based on the Christ’s teachings and commandments in Gospel and Bible, as they have revealed themselves to Leo Tolstoy and how these teachings and the new-found understanding and light can give a real meaning of life and happiness to people – and influence the world - not only some abstractly imagined...

Confession | Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910) or as we also know him - Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy – was a famous Russian writer and novelist at first, a cult figure in Russia and also in the world; But in his later years – he became also well known as spiritual and religious seeker, pacifist philosopher and educator; his role and influence may...

Nyāya | The School of Logicians

The Nyāya is the science of logic, and provides the only sound methodology of philosophical inquiry into the nature of knowledge and the objects of knowledge. It is the means to obtain Right Knowledge(pramā)about the Self and to discover the purpose of life. The only way to impart our experience to others and to elucidate their implications for the rest of our life and defend...

Mīmāṁsa – Interpretation of Sacred Texts

The Vedānta which is the major school of Hindu philosophy is based primarily upon revealed texts — the Upaniṣads, which are the revelations of enlightened sages or mystics called Rishis, but the teachings derived from them and the theological and philosophical systems grounded on these ‘revelations’ are subjected to rigorous semantic analysis and reasoned debate. Thus all Hindu philosophers/theologians are required to study logic (nyāya)...

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