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Modern Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Arvind Sharma


In both classical and modern Hinduism, the ultimate reality is called brahman. While the time-honoured distinction between nirguna and saguna brahman remains important, it is somewhat less significant in the context of modern Hinduism as compared to the classical. The main issue for the Vedāntins, who came after Śankara (ninth century), was whether brahman was nirguna or saguna. Ramana Maharni (1879–1950) represents the tradition of emphasizing the nirguna aspect, whereas Devendranath Tagore (1817–1905) represents the saguna aspect. This book analyses the concepts of modern Hindu thought. It i ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, brahman, nirguna, saguna, Ramana Maharṣi, Devendranath Tagore, Vedas, karma, dharma, modern Hindu thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195676389
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arvind Sharma, author
McGill University, Montreal

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