Monday, March 14, 2011

Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta

It begins with a survey of historical sources of sleep (Upanisads, Gita, commentaries by important philosophers such as Sankara, etc), and gradually moves through some very deep and mind-altering explanations of deep sleep to finish with modern interpretations of the state from the very active field of current Indian philosophy. The overall theme of this book is a critique/explanation of why sleep can be used as an (imperfect) model for Brahman-experience. This book is full of Sanskrit terms as well as english philosophical terms and is not for the casual reader, but for those with serious interest in philosophy, consciousness, and/or advaita vedanta, it is an essential read. Any serious and enthusiastic student of this subject will be able to extract many layers of understanding of reality from this well-organized text.

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