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Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta
Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta
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Arvind Sharma - Author
Price: $35.00 
Hardcover - 191 pages
Release Date: October 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6251-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6251-5

Price: $35.00 
Electronic - 191 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8430-2

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Explores deep sleep (susupti), one of the three states of consciousness in Advaita Vedanta, and the major role it plays in this philosophy.

Indian philosophy bases itself on three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. Deep sleep, or susupti, plays an important role in Advaita Vedanta, the major philosophical school that advocates a doctrine of pure consciousness. Explaining and savoring this paradox, this book shows how the concept of deep sleep can be used in Advaita Vedanta to reveal a philosophical insight, validate an argument, illustrate a moral, or adorn a tale. Arvind Sharma explores why sleep is a phenomenon that philosophers should be interested in and examines it in classical Hindu religious texts, including the Upanisads, and in foundational, early, and modern Advaita Vedanta.

“The book puts together the realizations and ideas of various savants, spiritual personages and scholars regarding the state of deep sleep. Any scholar investigating the avasthatraya viveka of Advaita, or one interested in the philosophical significance of the physiological state of deep sleep, should find this work invaluable.” — Prabuddha Bharata

“This is a superb treatment of an important topic.” — John M. Koller, author of Asian Philosophies, Fourth Edition

Arvind Sharma is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. His many books include Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface with Women’s Studies, also published by SUNY Press, and The Study of Hinduism.

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Table of Contents



1. Sleep in Advaita Vedanta: A Prologue

2. Sleep in the Prasthanatraya
(Upanisads, Brahmasutra, Bhagavadgita)

3. Sleep in Mandukyakarika

4. Sleep in Sankara Advaita

5. Sleep in Later Advaita

6. Sleep in Modern Advaita




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