Primal Spirituality, Philosophical Knowledge and Plenary Experience
Prof. R. Balasubramanian, one of the greatest authorities on Advaita-vedanta and a renowned philosopher, is the former chairman of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR). In this short book the learned scholar has dealt in depth the pristine concepts of Spirituality, Knowledge and Experience as presented in the Upanishads and the literature of Advaita Vedanta. This book, being a good summarization of the important thoughts on the topic, is sure to provide the reader a good grasp of salient thoughts. The mention of corresponding ideas from important Western and Continental Philosophers is indeed an added treat.
Synthesis of Yoga
This is a very beautifully simplistic exposition on the three core yogas – Bhakti, Jnana and Karma – written by the erudite Prof. R Balasubramanian, former Chairman, Indian Council for Philosophical Research, New Delhi. Extremely readable in easy to comprehend English, Synthesis of Yoga lays out simply the composition of each of the three yogas, how to approach them, and importantly how all three lead to the goal of Self-realisation. The author quotes profusely from the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads to validate his thoughts.
Systems of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism
The monograph, Systems of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism (c. A.D. 300–1000) is an excellent overview of the essential concepts of the various schools of Vedanta as offered by its acharyas who lived within the epochal time of Indian philosophy around A.D. 300–1000. Kashmir Shaivism — as the very name indicates — which pertains to Kashmir, is non-dualistic in approach unlike its southern counterparts, the Shaiva-Siddhanta and Vira-Shaivism. It is noteworthy that the author has also taken for consideration this less known, yet sophisticated non-dualistic school of Kashmir Shaivism. Other lesser known schools of Vedanta, which we find mentioned in the vast commentarial tradition — such as the Bhedabheda as well as Shabdadvaita of Bhartrhari — have also been briefly covered.
Indian Philosophy: A Brief Analytical Study (9 DVDs)
The tradition of textual exegesis is a unique distinguishing feature of all Indian Schools among which Advaitha occupies a prominent place. This school possesses a rich legacy of texts written over a period of centuries that has been preserved through an unbroken chain of teachers and disciples. These thinkers have produced several texts that shed light not only on the fundamental tenets of Advaitha but also on the complex articulation of the nuances relating to Advaitha metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics and so on. A ten-day textual workshop on Indian philosophy: A Brief analytical study was conducted at Chinmaya International Foundation from June 4th to 14th2010. This workshop aimed at acquainting the student with the fundamentals of Advaitha Vedanta and the complexities of their nuances through the detailed study of the following topics:
Overview of Shad-darshanas by Prof. R. Balasubrahmanian, Former chairman, ICPR, New Delhi
Manamala with the commentary of Ramananda by Prof. Revathy Sukumar, University of Madras
Vishaya Pariccheda in Vedanta Paribhasha of Dharmaraja