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Classical Hindu ThoughtAn Introduction$
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Arvind Sharma

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.001.0001

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A Conceptual Introduction

A Conceptual Introduction

(p.1) Chapter I A Conceptual Introduction
Classical Hindu Thought

Arvind Sharma

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an introduction to classical Hindu thought. It is organized into six parts. Part I discusses the concept of Brahman. Part II considers the nature of a human being according to Hindu thought. Part III addresses the following questions: What is liberation? Why would one want to become liberated? How does one become liberated? And, what happens when one becomes liberated? Part IV focuses on the movement from birth to death to rebirth within the larger cycle of samsāra. Part V describes the Hindu worldview that emerges from a study of the Vedānta, while Part VI concludes by attempting to answer the question ‘How will one know that one has arrived in one's search for the Truth?’

Keywords:   classical Hindu thought, Hinduism, Brahman, human being, liberation, Hindu worldview, Vedānta, samsāra

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