Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta
Indian philosophy bases itself on three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. Deep sleep, or susupti, plays an important role in Advaita Vedanta, the major philosophical school that advocates a doctrine of pure consciousness. Explaining and savoring this paradox, this book shows how the concept of deep sleep can be used in Advaita Vedanta to reveal a philosophical insight, validate an argument, illustrate a moral, or adorn a tale. Arvind Sharma explores why sleep is a phenomenon that philosophers should be interested in and examines it in classical Hindu religious texts, including the Upanisads, and in foundational, early, and modern Advaita Vedanta.
- Hardback | 191 pages
- 152.4 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
- 14 Oct 2004
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
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About Arvind Sharma
Arvind Sharma is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. His many books include Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface with Women's Studies, also published by SUNY Press, and The Study of Hinduism.