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India has perhaps the oldest living philosophical tradition in the world. Though both Buddhism and Jainism began in India, its primary influence is the Vedic tradition. The Vedas are the fundamental Hindu scriptures and the basis of the six systems of Indian philosophy. Hindu philosophy affirms an ultimate or universal reality, but it is also individualistic, embracing many alternatives or paths to one reality. Also characteristic is the belief in reincarnation, and in karma, the law of moral causation.

The World of Philosophy series presents the questions, interests, and worldviews of the world's great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations, in understandable language, give you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

Don't miss other titles in the World of Philosophy series.
©1996 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products (P)1996 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products

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Excelent overview

A very good introductory summary. Created more questions than answers, which is excellent. I am now much more interested in studying Indian philosophy. The narration was good, the organization is good too.

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Opened my mind

Just finished listening to this book and I was just hooked to it and couldn’t stop listening, finished it in one day:) The author has done such an amazing job of narrating the origin of various religious and spiritual philosophies in India. Starting with the ancient scriptures of orthodox Hindus created by aryan invaders, The Vedas (including descriptions of what each of the 4 Vedas include and special emphasis on the teachings of Upnishads which was the end of Vedas or Vedanta - how upanishads emphasize on critical analysis of the concept of ultimate reality). Concepts of Karma, Rebirth and Dharma and how those influenced the Hindu way of life in ancient india. This is followed by the description and teachings of Bhagwad Gita (Song of the lord), Explanation of how Krishna talks about the consequences of action or inaction and why Arjuna should focus on the action without being attached to the consequences and that is the only way to accomplish ultimate reality. Then comes Siddharta Gautamas Buddhism that focuses on the principles of Impermanence, No Self and Suffering and how it rejects the concept of Atman and Brahman and even though it talks about absolute truth and reality in terms of nirvana but all that means is end of suffering by non identification of self compared to how upanishads talk about the ultimate reality or mokhsha being in the realization that self is illusion and the absolute reality is the oneness with universe and all other beings. Then it traverses into Jainism and ends with the Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non violence and Karma and how it was influenced by various other philosophers from Socrates to Leo Tolstoy to various other philosophers within India. Gandhi basically incorporated all the concepts of karma yoga, non self, loving kindness, ability to see beyond physical dimension and the concept of that same substance that makes everybody in this universe as “non violence” and he called the ultimate reality as truth so that he is inclusive of every religion and all philosophies but at the end that was his way of being inclusive of everybody around him. Such a mind opener book and I think I may listen to it for the second time soon. ♥️😀

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The book was kind of a downer.

I struggled to finish this book, the narrator seems to really have a negative viewpoint on Western civilization and it showed through the book... I downloaded this book to get informed not indoctrinated.. If you hate Western culture and philosophy then this seems to be the books for you.

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too basic

this is an intro to only the very basic philosophies and they too are not completely covered.
what is more, the listener is unnecessarily confused by the convolutions.
but it is better than nothing

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True till it espoused fake aaryan theory

World now already realized that the Ayan theory is a fake narrative. This book either needs to be ignored or corrected because, any work shouldn’t propagate fake theories or lies

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Fairly well done and a good intro though a bit dry like most of the series

Like most titles in the series this functions as a good intro and is fairly well read but comes off as a bit dry. Analogous to some of the PBS documentary tv shows of the 90s.

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Excellence pure Excellence

For the lifelong learners and students of any age, these superb audiobooks are a treasure to be used alongside the physical book, a lifetime of one's own creation love always Tom O'Rourke. 1953....?