By H. W. Schomerus, Humphrey Palmer, Mary Law

ISBN-10: 8120815696

ISBN-13: 9788120815698

The e-book being an English translation of Der Saiva Siddhanta via H.W. Schomerus offers a whole and documented account of the theistic stream. The booklet is the main reference paintings during this box in any eu language. Schomerus cites Siddhanta scriptures on every one element. It bargains a scientific theology of the stream, from its personal easy texts.

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Like the question about which 36 Saiva Siddhänta came first, the tree or the seed, it never answers the question about which came first, karma, or the bondage of tfre soul with matter; nor does it answer the question whether the soul is bound to matter because it has committed karma, of whether the soul commits karma because it stands in bondage to matter. The assumption that Maya (matter) is the basic cause of evil, is rejected as totally impossible, because of the service that it performs for souls.

You will say that the post-mortem set-up, usually called Bliss (when one 32 Saiva Siddhänta realises it's the intelligent supreme Being one is), that this state of affairs just is the All-Brahma. But saying this sets a limit, inflicting Mala on the Mala-free. (15) Freedom from Mala could not be achieved inside time, by the Supreme, but must be without beginning. You say an intelligence subjected to what you call Mäyä is affected by impurity. But then that (eternal) intelligence is also affected, as (for you) both are identical.

Unfortunately the translation is not quite faithful. An accurate translation in some European language would be very helpful, as this book has much to tell us about the philosophical character of the Saivägamas and about the culture of southern India in former times, a topic which has so far been treated in stepmotherly fashion by European scholars, who prefer Northern India. A wider circle supporting the Saiva Siddhäntin philosophy of life would have grown first from the work of the four Saiva-äcäryas.

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