An Integrated Science of the Absolute

author: Nataraja Guru
edition: 2001, D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
pages: 1246
language: English
ISBN-10: 8124610576
ISBN-13: 9788124610572
Topic: Hindu-philosophy

Summary: This book deals with the study and translation of the Darsana Mala by Narayana Guru (19th century) which represents an exposition of Upanisadic thought and Mysticism. Narayana Guru was a philosopher, and visionary poet from Kerala who sought to propound the wisdom of Advaita philosophy. Nataraja Guru was his direct disciple but also studied Educational Psychology. In this book, he attempts to integrate science with philosophy (Darshana).

Alternative titles: Darśana-Mālā, Darśanamālā, Darshanamala, Darsanamala (Garland of Visions)

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It is not just the magnum opus, but a truly monumental effort of a scientist- philosopher who has spent a whole lifetime to formulate a unitive science, wherein all disciplines of human questing could find a common ground a science where modem science and ancient spiritual wisdom could meet and merge like two opposite poles of a magnet. As a direct disciple of one of the great rishis of the modem age, Nataraja Guru discovers this common ground in Brahma-vidya, which he calls the "Integrated Science of the Absolute", and which has, at its base, his Guru's Darsana Mala.

A string of hundred Sanskrit verses, composed by the mystic-poet, Narayana Guru (1854-1928), the Darsana Mala is the very "epitome of all visions of truth" inspired by his remarkable acquisitions of Upanisadic thought and, yet far more, by his Own tapas (mystical discipline). Reproducing these highly significative verses in Roman script, along with English translations, word meanings, and extensive commentaries, Nataraja Guru not only spells out his mentor's "Visions of the Absolute" in contemporary idiom, but also shows how these "visions" are fully validated by modem science.

Eclectic synthesis of varied scientific disciplines into a systematic whole is not all that Nataraja Guru accomplishes here. Rather, his book (now in third edition) is an attempt to reintroduce Brahma-vidya as the one Master Science that embraces every branch of science, every human interest.

Available pages:

[About the Author (Narayana Guru and Nataraja Guru)]
[The Three Steps in a Complete Philosophy]

Contents of this online book (index):

The full text of the An Integrated Science of the Absolute in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.

The Notion of the Absolute [link]
United Science Knows No Frontier [link]
The Structural Unity of Thought [link]
Laboratory Knowledge vs Seminary Wisdom [link]
Concepts and Percepts at Loggerheads [link]
The Axiomatic Origin of Possible Truth [link]
The 'Subject-Matter' and 'Object-Matter' of This Work [link]
The Status, Content and Scope of the Absolute [link]
The Term 'Absolute' Widely Used by Scientists [link]
Dialectical Implications of the Content of the Absolute [link]
Dialectical Approach to the Notion of the Absolute [link]
Dialectical Methodology [link]
Certitude Resides at the Core of Consciousness [link]
Further Light on the Scope and Limitations of This Science [link]
Contributions of Vedanta Epistemology [link]
The Scientific Certitude Claimed in This Work [link]
Normalization and Neutralization of Scientific Thinking [link]
The Gap Between Experimental and A Priori Thinking [link]
Experience and Experiment Have to Interpenetrate to Reveal the Absolute [link]
Would Not This Twofold Effort Make Us Relive the Absolute? [link]
Possibilities and Probabilities Meet in the Matrix of Relation-Relata [link]
The Dialectical and Structural Relationship Between Man and Machine [link]
Semantic Polyvalence of the Word and Its Meaning [link]
Steps from Logic to Dialectic [link]
Mathematics Reveals the Possibilities of a Science of the Absolute [link]
The Mathematical Frame of Reference [link]
The Delights and Puzzles of Mathematics [link]
Mathematics Falls Short of the Absolute [link]
The Possibility of Structural Analysis Inside the World of Discourse [link]
Bergson's Own Structural Prognostics [link]
A Structural Model with Absolute Status Already in Use [link]
Great Possibilities of Inter-Disciplinary Structuralism [link]
The Plan of This Work [link]
Inner and Outer Compatibilities [link]
The Common Parameter Passing through Cosmogony and Cosmology [link]
Merits of Mathematical Language [link]
The Prologue and Epilogue of Each Chapter Distinguished [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 1 [link]
Adhyaropa-Darsanam (Vision by Supposition) [link]
Speculation vs Observation [link]
Some Interesting Modern Views in Cosmogony [link]
Cosmogony in Rigveda [link]
Cosmogony in the Bible [link]
The Interchangeability and Homogeneity of Dialectical Counterparts [link]
Evolutionary Cosmological Processes [link]
Evolution in Terms of Consciousness [link]
The Place of Evolution in a Normalized Context [link]
Methodology and Structuralism [link]
Further Implications of Cartesianism [link]
Directing Human Understanding [link]
The Status of the Horizontal Reference [link]
A New Way in Physics [link]
Relative and Absolute Tune [link]
Bergson's Five Objections to Relativity [link]
Bergson's Objections Examined [link]
Bergson's First Objection [link]
Bergson's Second Objection [link]
Bergson's Third Objection [link]
Bergson's Fourth Objection [link]
The Plurality of Times [link]
Bergson's Fifth Objection [link]
The Figures of Light [link]
Space-Time of Four Dimensions [link]
The Time of the Restricted Theory of Relativity and the Space of the General Theory of Relativity [link]
Axiomatic Physics [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 2 [link]
Apavada-Darsanam (Vision of Non-Supposition) [link]
New Methodological Perspectives [link]
Demi-Relativity, Completer Correlations, [link]
Fuller Reciprocity, Time-Space Continuum, and Their Unity [link]
The Epistemological and Methodological [link]
A New Mathematical Language [link]
Structure More Compactly Conceived [link]
Ascending and Descending Movement in Reasoning [link]
The Transition from the Relative to the Absolute [link]
The Analytical Approach [link]
Concluding Remarks [link]
Conversant about the Mind [link]
Two Sets of Antitheses Involved [link]
The Noema and Noetic in Phenomenology [link]
The Idea of Process and Phenomenological Dynamism [link]
Varieties and Interrelations [link]
The Structure of Truth and Falsehood [link]
Phenomenological Ontology [link]
The Religious Aspect [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 3 [link]
Asatya-Darsanam (Vision of Non-Existence) [link]
The Epistemological Status of This Chapter [link]
The Colour Solid and the Universal Concrete [link]
Absolutist Reduction [link]
Some Terms of Structural Importance [link]
Two Grades of Eidetic Reciprocity [link]
Phenomenological Echoes in the Upanisads [link]
The Unborn Female [link]
The Thunderbolt Principle [link]
Phenomenological Monads [link]
The Enigma of the Inverted Cup [link]
The Negativity of Kant and German Idealism [link]
Schelling's More Normative Position [link]
A Description of Maya [link]
Wrong Perspectives about Maya [link]
Paradox and the Absolute [link]
Scientific Philosophy [link]
The Opposition to Maya [link]
The Contrary and the Contradictory [link]
The Gap Between Ontology and Teleology [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 4 [link]
Maya-Darsanam (Vision of Negation) [link]
A Schematic Definition of Maya [link]
The Dynamism of Maya [link]
The Subtle Limbs of the Transcendental Maya Factor [link]
The Concrete Universal Within Maya [link]
The Basis of Ambiguity and Paradox [link]
Pradhana and Prakrti [link]
Orthodoxy and the Revaluation of the Samkhya Philosophy by the Bhagavadgita [link]
Upanisadic References to Pradhana and Other Samkhya Terms [link]
From Non-Existence to the Atom [link]
The Dynamism of Mind-Matter Interaction [link]
The Machine Analogy [link]
Mathematical and Mystical Language [link]
Epistemological Revision of Science [link]
The Structure of Intuitionist Mathematics [link]
The Perceptual and Mathematical Realities of Relativity [link]
Elimination of Unnecessary Structural Aspects [link]
Bergson's Revaluation of Einstein [link]
The Fourfold Aspects of Bergson's Revaluation [link]
Structuralism in the Mandukya Upanisad [link]
Double Correction and Scientific Certitude [link]
Mathematical and Scientific Structuralism [link]
The Total Speculative Ground Revealed by Structuralism [link]
Structuralism Implied in shankara [link]
Jugglers [link]
The Umbrella-Men [link]
Mendicants and Brahmins [link]
The Falcon [link]
Parrots and Cages [link]
Translation and Commentary Darsana-Mala: Chapter 5 [link]
Bhana-Darsanam (Vision of Consciousness) [link]
Imponderable Substantiality [link]
The Refined World of Electromagnetics [link]
The Visual and Auditory Function of Pure Matter [link]
A Unit Notion of Thinking Substance [link]
The High Dignity of the Fourth State [link]
The Logical Frame or Structure [link]
Complex Numbers and Physics [link]
The Non-Dual Self [link]
The Three Steps in a Complete Philosophy [link]
The Twofold Universe of Values [link]
Dialectical Revaluation [link]
Contemplative Orientation [link]
Arivu (Knowledge): The Epistemology of Gnosis [link]
Structural Implications of Prayer [link]
Daiva-Dasakam [link]
Some Structural Impossibilities [link]
A Finer Circulation of Values [link]
Axiology in Greek Drama [link]
The Self as an Organon [link]
One Absolute Substance [link]
Dissolving the Paradox [link]
The Structural Pattern Emerging to View [link]
Two Ways of Approaching the Absolute [link]
A Running Review of the Six Darsanas [link]
The Nyaya Philosophy of Gautama [link]
Structural Features of the Nyaya Philosophy [link]
The Fourfold Correlates [link]
Vaisheshika Philosophy of Kanada [link]
Two Sets of Categories [link]
The Units of Ultimate Existence [link]
The Soul and Salvation [link]
The Samkhya Philosophy of Kapila [link]
The Dynamism of the Three Nature Modalities [link]
Kapila: The first-known Samkhya Philosopher [link]
Schematic Implications [link]
The Yoga of Patanjali [link]
The Mimamsas of Jaimini and Badarayana [link]
Semantics and Logical Form in the Mimamsa [link]
Brute Vedism Dialectically Revalued [link]
From the Roaring Bull to Pure Semiosis [link]
The Structure of the Eternal Word-Sound [link]
The Complementarity of the Mimamsas [link]
The Vedanta of Badarayana [link]
Vedanta Confined to the Brahmasutras [link]
A Critical Appraisal of the Brahmasutras and Vedanta in General [link]
General or Greater Vedanta [link]
Brahma-Vidya-Pancakam [link]
Municarya-Pancakam [link]
Higher Criticism and Mysticism [link]
Definition of Mysticism [link]
The Workings of Instrumental Mysticism [link]
Integration of Mystical Expressions [link]
Parity between Instrument and Action [link]
Normal and Abnormal Mysticism [link]
Nature Mysticism [link]
The Mysticism of Action [link]
Mysticism of Agony [link]
Philosophic Mysticism [link]
The Mysticism of the Sufis [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 6 [link]
Karma-Darsanam (Vision of Action) [link]
The Certitude in This Chapter [link]
The Type of Action in This Chapter [link]
Functional Units of Activity [link]
Transcending Action [link]
Absolutist Mystical Expressions [link]
Anukampa-Dasakam [link]
Jivakarunya-Pancakam [link]
Concluding Remarks [link]
Apodictic, Dialectic and Intermediary Certitude [link]
The Correct Position of Pure Reason [link]
Kant's Critique of Pure Reason [link]
The Non-Dialectical Logic of This Chapter [link]
Fourfold Absurdities of Non-Normalized Reason [link]
The Claims of the Axiomatic and the Dialectical [link]
The Togetherness of Thought in Pure Reason [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 7 [link]
Jnana-Darsanam (Vision by Awareness or Reason) [link]
The Elements of Awareness [link]
From Uncertainty to Certitude [link]
From the Psychological to the Logical Self [link]
The Importance of Verse Five [link]
Certitude by General Awareness [link]
The Teleological Pole of Logic [link]
Complementarity, Reciprocity, and Parity [link]
The Dynamics of Contemplative Life [link]
The Fundamentals of Ethics and Aesthetics [link]
Eastern and Western Norms for a Good Life [link]
Democracy and Citizenship [link]
The City of God [link]
Self-Contemplation as a Value [link]
Religious Expressions of Self-Contemplation [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 8 [link]
Bhakti-Darsanam (Vision by Contemplation) [link]
Bhakti in the Bhagavadgita [link]
Absolutist Ethics and Aesthetics [link]
The Coherence of This Chapter [link]
The Components of Normal Contemplative Value [link]
Three Modern Indian Contemplative Mystics [link]
Concluding Remarks [link]
The Interacting Counterparts [link]
Three Components of Yoga [link]
Sublimation of Instinctive Dispositions [link]
The Mysterious Linking Power [link]
A Unified Treatment of Yoga [link]
The Inner Factor Involved in Meditation [link]
Western Interest in Yoga [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 9 [link]
Yoga-Darsanam (Vision by Meditation) [link]
Perfect Participation in Yoga [link]
Some Original Features of the Yoga of the Upanisads [link]
Structural Implications and the Categories of Patanjali [link]
The Scope of Nirvana [link]
A Definition of Nirvana [link]
Grades and Degrees of Perfection and Purity [link]
The Principle of Compensation [link]
The Equilibrium of a Twofold and Double Correction [link]
Vedanta and Western Thought [link]
Further Eschatological Considerations [link]
Translation and Commentary of Darsana-Mala: Chapter 10 [link]
Nirvana-Darsanam (Vision by Absorption) [link]
The Two Brahmans Involved in Every State of Nirvana [link]
Positive and Negative Limiting Types [link]
A Normalized Version of Nirvana [link]
The Nirvana that Is One Degree Superior [link]
Other Precious Eschatological Indications [link]
The Seven Bhumikas of Yoga-Vasistha [link]
Reincarnation [link]
Reincarnation of Evil-doers [link]
Hereditary Birth by Jati (Caste) [link]
Transcending Birth and Rebirth [link]
A Retrospective Review [link]
A Word in Self-Defence [link]
Advaita-Dipika (The Lamp of Non-Duality) [link]
Some Additional Explanations [link]

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