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Indian Philosophy in EnglishFrom Renaissance to Independence$
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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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Bringing Brahman Down to Earth

Bringing Brahman Down to Earth

Līlāvāda in Colonial India*

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(p.435) 9 Bringing Brahman Down to Earth
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Indian Philosophy in English
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Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.003.0024

This chapter examines Sri Aurobindo’s Līlāvāda interpretation of Vedānta and the significance of that interpretation in colonial India as a vehicle for modernity. It first considers the political and philosophical problems confronting Indian philosophy during the period before discussing how Aurobindo understood Līlāvāda, along with the impact of this understanding on subsequent developments in Indian philosophy and culture. It also explores the use of both the language of Māyā and of lālā in Advaita Vedānta.

Keywords:   modernity, Sri Aurobindo, Līlāvāda, India, Indian philosophy, culture, Māyā, lālā, Advaita Vedānta

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