Essays in Life and Eternity
by Swami Krishnananda

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Part 1: Metaphysical Foundations

  1. The Absolute and the Relative
  2. The Universal and the Particular
  3. The Cosmological Descent
  4. The Gods and the Celestial Heaven
  5. The Human Individual
  6. The Evolution of Consciousness
  7. The Epistemological Prediciment
  8. The World of Science
  9. Psychology and Psychoanalysis
  10. Aesthetics and the Field of Beauty

Part 2: The Social Scene

  1. The Phenomenon of Society
  2. Axiology: The Aims of Existence
  3. The Normative Features of Ethics and Morality
  4. Civic and Social Duty
  5. The Economy of Life
  6. Political Science and Administration
  7. The Process of History
  8. Education and Culture

Part 3: The Development of the Religious Consciousness

  1. The Inklings and Stages of a Higher Presence
  2. The Exploration of Reality
  3. The Epics and Puranas
  4. The Role of Mythology in Religion
  5. The Ecstasy of God-Love
  6. The Agama Sastra
  7. Tantra Sadhana
  8. The Yoga-Vasishtha
  9. Philosophical Proofs for the Existence of God
  10. Empirical Systems of Philosophy
  11. The Mimamsa Doctrine of Works
  12. The Gospel of the Bhagavad Gita
  13. The Path of Divine Devotion
  14. The Integral Philosophy of the Vedanta
  15. Fundamentals of the Spiritual Ascent
  16. The Art of Meditation
  17. The Recession of Effects to Causes
  18. Experiences in Meditation
  19. The Yoga System of Patanjali
  20. Life After Death
  21. Moksha: The Final Liberation

Part 4: Regarding Justice, Judgment and Human Solidarity

  1. On the Concept of Righteousness and Justice
  2. In Defence of a Proper Philosophical Analysis
  3. Creation and Some of Its Implications
  4. Concerning Inter-Philosophical Dialogue and International Understanding

Part 5: Principles of a Higher Order of Life

  1. The Import of the Gita's First Chapter
  2. The Import of the Gita's Second Chapter
  3. The Import of the Gita's Third Chapter
  4. The Import of the Gita's Fourth Chapter
  5. The Import of the Gita's Fifth Chapter