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K.R. Paramahamsa was a retired civil servant in India borne on the Indian Administrative Service. He is Adjunct Faculty to the Hindu University of America in the USA. He is presently a resident of the Ashram of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai at Prashanthi Nilayam - 515134, India, in pursuit of spiritual advancement in his own little way.

K.R. Paramahamsa has created the website Sri Sathya Sai Veda Pratishtan at www.vedamu.org, which is the repository of all the Vedic texts in Devanagari and Grandha scripts. The website has audio of over 415 hours of Vedic chanting of ten Veda sakhas presently available in India, in different modes of chanting, in a representative way.

K.R. Paramahamsa is author of the following books:
Buddhism in Scripture and Practice
Publishing House: TotalRecall Publications
Publication Date: 6/27/2007
ISBN: 9781590958926


Dharma
Publishing House: Total Recall Press
Publication Date: 1/27/2007
ISBN: 643977588722

Ekam Sat 1
Publishing House: Total Recall Press
Publication Date: 6/27/2007
ISBN: 9780974693729

TAT SAT
Publishing House: Total Recall Press
Publication Date: 6/27/2007
ISBN: 9780974693705

Living in spirit (eBook)
Publishing House: Total Recall Press
Publication Date: 6/27/2007
ISBN: 9781590958919

 

In one important aspect, however, the Bhagavad-Gita takes a position antagonistic to the position advanced in the Upanisads. In the Katha Upanisad, there is the description of ‘the eternal Asvattha tree with its root upwards and branches downwards, which is the pure immortal Brahman,
There is a great truth in the famous saying that ‘the Upanisads are like a cow; Krishna like a milkman; Arjuna like the calf that is sent to the udders of the cow before milking; and the Bhagavad-Gita like the milk nectar that is churned from the udders of the cow'. The Bhagavad-Gita borrows ideas, phrases, and even sentences from the Upanisads.
The Upanisads are generally considered entirely different from the tenor and argument from the systems of Nyaya-Vaiseshika.
The Svetaasvatara Upanisad gives a detailed account of the Saamkhya philosophy as understood at the time the Upanisad was written.
Like Buddhism, Saamkhya was a system of philosophy that came into existence very early. Its origin may be traced to the Upanisadic literature, if not earlier.
The Upanisads constitute the bottom line for the growth and development of various systems of Indian thought such as the Buddhist as well as the Jain philosophy, the Samkhya as well as the Yoga, Mimamsa as well as Saivism, the theistic-mystic philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, or the Dvaita, the Visista- Advaita and the Advaita.
It is now established that the real source of belief in transmigration among any people, under certain circumstances, lies in their own ethno-psychological development, and not in an unproven or unprovable inter-influence from one country to another.
When we consider that the soul comes to inhabit the body, it is to be recognized as passing through certain psychical states. The Mandukya Upanisad makes an acute analysis of the four states of consciousness, which is wholly extraordinary.
When the question of the seat of the soul is raised, a spatial view of the habitation of the soul arises. As the soul is bereft of all spatial connotations, it is generally ignored.
The question as to what becomes of a man’s soul after death of the body recurs time and again in the Upanisads. The seers of the Upanisads are not content to discuss man’s life here on earth. They make the eschatological question assume an extraordinary importance.
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