Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Festivals & Rituals > Yajnyawalkya
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Yajnyawalkya
Pages from the book
Yajnyawalkya
Look Inside the Book
Description
About the Book

Yajnyawalkya : a novel based on the writer's insights into ancient Indian Upanishads, it depicts Yajnyawalkya’s, journey towards self realization. It is also attempt to understand the human condition.

The writer is rooted in the philosophy of existentialism. However, there is no need to relate to any philosophy, know or unknow. A readiness to understand humanity takes us along the path Upanishads.

Yajnyawalkya’ is the name of the quest for eternal life. ‘Maitreyi’ is the script of that quest. The quest did not die. Because unknown to her, every Maitreyi carries the knowledge of deathlessnes, the nectar of life, within her.

"The insights you express in the story of your characters vibrate and reveal the human condition in a new and wonderful manner. This depiction brings cross-cultural exchanges to a new level of communication. Wonderful!. - Robert West, Greater Philadelphia.

About the Author

Prof. Sushama Karnik graduated from Elphinstone College, Mumbai, with English as principal and Sanskrit as subsidiary subject. She did her post-graduation from the University of Mumbai, with English as principal and Aesthetics as subsidiary subject. She has post-graduate diploma in teaching English from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad. She taught English and American literature and Aesthetics to the undergraduate and the post-graduate class in College and in the University Of Mumbai. She retired as Head of Department of English horn S.S. and L. S. Patkar College, Goregaon, Mumbai.

Foreword

Upanishads, known as Vedanta, are the culmination of the ancient Vedic quest for the knowledge of Atman: the inner self. Yajnyawalkya, Janaka, Gargi, Shakalya, Artabhaga, Maitreyi, Katyayani; the major characters of this novel, belong to an Upanishad called Brihadaranyaka, which is known to be the longest and the oldest of all Upanishads. Though these characters owe their origin to Brihadaranyaka, there is a considerable departure in my treatment of them in this novel. Brihadaranyaka formed the ground from where I gathered the seed and transplanted it to grow in the modern soil, with the sensibility and the idiom which belongs to our time. However, at certain points, I have tried to reproduce the archaic tenor of the Sanskrit language to recreate the atmosphere of formal debates in ancient India.

I met the character of Yajnyawalkya in the pages of a Sanskrit text prescribed for study at the undergraduate level of college. The text contained a few excerpts from Brihadaranyaka. There was one more excerpt from another Sanskrit text called Yajnyawalkya Smruti, the authorship of which is conventionally attributed to Yajnyawalkya himself.

Whereas Yajnyawalkya, the proponent of Yajnyawalkya Smruti, is a prudent and pragmatic law-giver of society, the one in Brihadaranyaka appears to be a recalcitrant egoist who challenges the smug pedagogues who are out to devalue him at the symposium held under the auspices of King Janaka. The ostensible purpose of the symposium is to seek enlightenment on 'Brahma': the Absolute and the Ultimate principle of life of the universe.

But everyone is aware that it is impossible to expound on it. Yajnyawalkya who has been watching in silence all this while, comes forward, and defying all decorum, dares the audience to stop him as he directs his disciple to walk away with the coveted prize of a thousand cows, meant to be won by the scholar who could prove to the assembly that he knew 'Brahma', and was capable of explaining its nature to the assembly.

In all, by his acts, gestures, and language, Yajnyawalkya rose far above his time and sounded a note for a new age. Though a priest by vocation, he detested the vacuity of the shallow intellectualism of his time. It was intellectualism raised to the level of a dignified ritualism in the form of performances of ostentatious rites. Yajnyawalkya knew that those scholars who had gathered at the assembly could not go beyond rituals and dogmas to grasp the inner meaning of 'Brahma'.We see him making a mockery of their empty rhetoric as he cleverly silences them all, beating them on their own ground by his suave and apparently deep exposition of the subject at hand. His disdainful attitude to his fellow academia bears testimony to the rupture that divides his vocation from his deeper understanding of life and humanity.

The Sanskrit language of these parts of Brihadaranyaka dons a robe of other-worldly metaphors and an occult imagery of personification for the abstract, intangible realities of the mind and the spirit in order to negotiate an experience of another domain. Decoding the meaning of certain mystifying occurrences that took place at Janaka's symposium as reported in the Upanishad was a challenge. At those crucial points, language was used to hide, rather than to reveal the meaning. It was a dense forest of obscurities which sheathed riddles of psychology and parapsychology. While working my way through those riddles, I realized the existence of a tempestuous clash of personalities: Yajnyawalkya and Shakalya. When these two personalities engage in a formal debate, the apparently pedagogic questions and answers suddenly take a turn for an indignant denunciation of Gargi: a female participant in the debate: and a terrible curse pronounced by Yajnyawalkya upon Shakalya: a fellow participant in the debate. To me, this event seemed to loom like a configuration out of the dark and cast its shadow over those portions of Brihadaranyaka wherever Yajnyawalkya made an appearance. The event had too much of reality in it to be dismissed as a mythical, enigmatic phenomenon.

**Contents and Sample Pages**









Yajnyawalkya

Item Code:
NAR145
Cover:
PAPERBACK
Edition:
2013
Publisher:
ISBN:
9789383185153
Language:
English
Size:
8.00 X 5.00 inch
Pages:
363
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 0.36 Kg
Price:
$21.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Yajnyawalkya
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 724 times since 6th Jul, 2019
About the Book

Yajnyawalkya : a novel based on the writer's insights into ancient Indian Upanishads, it depicts Yajnyawalkya’s, journey towards self realization. It is also attempt to understand the human condition.

The writer is rooted in the philosophy of existentialism. However, there is no need to relate to any philosophy, know or unknow. A readiness to understand humanity takes us along the path Upanishads.

Yajnyawalkya’ is the name of the quest for eternal life. ‘Maitreyi’ is the script of that quest. The quest did not die. Because unknown to her, every Maitreyi carries the knowledge of deathlessnes, the nectar of life, within her.

"The insights you express in the story of your characters vibrate and reveal the human condition in a new and wonderful manner. This depiction brings cross-cultural exchanges to a new level of communication. Wonderful!. - Robert West, Greater Philadelphia.

About the Author

Prof. Sushama Karnik graduated from Elphinstone College, Mumbai, with English as principal and Sanskrit as subsidiary subject. She did her post-graduation from the University of Mumbai, with English as principal and Aesthetics as subsidiary subject. She has post-graduate diploma in teaching English from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad. She taught English and American literature and Aesthetics to the undergraduate and the post-graduate class in College and in the University Of Mumbai. She retired as Head of Department of English horn S.S. and L. S. Patkar College, Goregaon, Mumbai.

Foreword

Upanishads, known as Vedanta, are the culmination of the ancient Vedic quest for the knowledge of Atman: the inner self. Yajnyawalkya, Janaka, Gargi, Shakalya, Artabhaga, Maitreyi, Katyayani; the major characters of this novel, belong to an Upanishad called Brihadaranyaka, which is known to be the longest and the oldest of all Upanishads. Though these characters owe their origin to Brihadaranyaka, there is a considerable departure in my treatment of them in this novel. Brihadaranyaka formed the ground from where I gathered the seed and transplanted it to grow in the modern soil, with the sensibility and the idiom which belongs to our time. However, at certain points, I have tried to reproduce the archaic tenor of the Sanskrit language to recreate the atmosphere of formal debates in ancient India.

I met the character of Yajnyawalkya in the pages of a Sanskrit text prescribed for study at the undergraduate level of college. The text contained a few excerpts from Brihadaranyaka. There was one more excerpt from another Sanskrit text called Yajnyawalkya Smruti, the authorship of which is conventionally attributed to Yajnyawalkya himself.

Whereas Yajnyawalkya, the proponent of Yajnyawalkya Smruti, is a prudent and pragmatic law-giver of society, the one in Brihadaranyaka appears to be a recalcitrant egoist who challenges the smug pedagogues who are out to devalue him at the symposium held under the auspices of King Janaka. The ostensible purpose of the symposium is to seek enlightenment on 'Brahma': the Absolute and the Ultimate principle of life of the universe.

But everyone is aware that it is impossible to expound on it. Yajnyawalkya who has been watching in silence all this while, comes forward, and defying all decorum, dares the audience to stop him as he directs his disciple to walk away with the coveted prize of a thousand cows, meant to be won by the scholar who could prove to the assembly that he knew 'Brahma', and was capable of explaining its nature to the assembly.

In all, by his acts, gestures, and language, Yajnyawalkya rose far above his time and sounded a note for a new age. Though a priest by vocation, he detested the vacuity of the shallow intellectualism of his time. It was intellectualism raised to the level of a dignified ritualism in the form of performances of ostentatious rites. Yajnyawalkya knew that those scholars who had gathered at the assembly could not go beyond rituals and dogmas to grasp the inner meaning of 'Brahma'.We see him making a mockery of their empty rhetoric as he cleverly silences them all, beating them on their own ground by his suave and apparently deep exposition of the subject at hand. His disdainful attitude to his fellow academia bears testimony to the rupture that divides his vocation from his deeper understanding of life and humanity.

The Sanskrit language of these parts of Brihadaranyaka dons a robe of other-worldly metaphors and an occult imagery of personification for the abstract, intangible realities of the mind and the spirit in order to negotiate an experience of another domain. Decoding the meaning of certain mystifying occurrences that took place at Janaka's symposium as reported in the Upanishad was a challenge. At those crucial points, language was used to hide, rather than to reveal the meaning. It was a dense forest of obscurities which sheathed riddles of psychology and parapsychology. While working my way through those riddles, I realized the existence of a tempestuous clash of personalities: Yajnyawalkya and Shakalya. When these two personalities engage in a formal debate, the apparently pedagogic questions and answers suddenly take a turn for an indignant denunciation of Gargi: a female participant in the debate: and a terrible curse pronounced by Yajnyawalkya upon Shakalya: a fellow participant in the debate. To me, this event seemed to loom like a configuration out of the dark and cast its shadow over those portions of Brihadaranyaka wherever Yajnyawalkya made an appearance. The event had too much of reality in it to be dismissed as a mythical, enigmatic phenomenon.

**Contents and Sample Pages**









Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Yajnyawalkya (Hindu | Books)

The Philosophy of Jnanadeva
Item Code: NAR341
$29.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Thank you so much. Your service is amazing. 
Kiran, USA
I received the two books today from my order. The package was intact, and the books arrived in excellent condition. Thank you very much and hope you have a great day. Stay safe, stay healthy,
Smitha, USA
Over the years, I have purchased several statues, wooden, bronze and brass, from Exotic India. The artists have shown exquisite attention to details. These deities are truly awe-inspiring. I have been very pleased with the purchases.
Heramba, USA
The Green Tara that I ordered on 10/12 arrived today.  I am very pleased with it.
William USA
Excellent!!! Excellent!!!
Fotis, Greece
Amazing how fast your order arrived, beautifully packed, just as described.  Thank you very much !
Verena, UK
I just received my package. It was just on time. I truly appreciate all your work Exotic India. The packaging is excellent. I love all my 3 orders. Admire the craftsmanship in all 3 orders. Thanks so much.
Rajalakshmi, USA
Your books arrived in good order and I am very pleased.
Christine, the Netherlands
Thank you very much for the Shri Yantra with Navaratna which has arrived here safely. I noticed that you seem to have had some difficulty in posting it so thank you...Posting anything these days is difficult because the ordinary postal services are either closed or functioning weakly.   I wish the best to Exotic India which is an excellent company...
Mary, Australia
Love your website and the emails
John, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India