The Unified Universe: The Theory of Brahman

By Indira Y. Junghare.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Everyone has always wondered about the origin and nature of life. Physicists are trying to unite the theories of the large and of the small by tying together general relativity and quantum mechanics. Given the modern world’s abuse of natural resources, it has become necessary to understand the essence of life. India’s philosophies consider the universe unified and sacred. The theory of Brahman focuses on positive, constructive, and spiritual aspects of human nature, and recognizes the contribution other beings make to “all-inclusive” living. The theory of Brahman weaves together insights from studies of positive emotions in neuroscience, evolution, and philosophy and can be used to develop solutions for protection and preservation of the universe and peaceful existence. This paper examines and explains the theory of Brahman and its utility and application for betterment of the world.

Keywords: Brahman, Theory, Evolution, Nature, Life, Unified, Sacred, Universe, Co-existence

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.055MB).

Dr. Indira Y. Junghare

Professor, South Asian Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Institute of Linguistics, ESL, & Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Dr. Indira Junghare completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Texas-Austin. Since 1971 she has been teaching at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include South Asian languages (Marathi, Hindi, & Sanskrit), South Asian linguistics (Marathi-Hindi-Indian linguistics), historical linguistics, language variation and change, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and language and ethnicity, and literature (Marathi, Hindi, classical and modern Indian), and South Asian culture (Indian Philosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism and Comparative Religions). She has published extensively in linguistics, literature, philosophy, and religions of India. Junghare’s most outstanding contribution to Indian Studies lies in her efforts to preserve the South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures curriculum at the University of Minnesota. She served as chair of the Department of South Asian Languages and Cultures and as director of its graduate and undergraduate programs. She ran the South Asian Languages and Cultures newsletter (Mahfil) from 1994-2002. She led the establishment of the Institute of Linguistics, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures (ILASLL) in 1991, the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures (ALL) in 2000, and the India Center in 2007; also she co-founded the School of Indian Languages and Cultures (SILC) in the Twin Cities in 1977. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the CLA Distinguished Teacher Award, Outstanding Faculty Award, Gordon L. Starr Award, the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award, and the Council of Asian-Pacific Minnesotans-Leadership Award. She has served on the Screening Panel of the Fulbright Scholarship Awards for India Studies in 2002, 2003, & 2004. Drawing on the philosophies of India, her present projects are to create a scholastic discipline of Diversity-Ethics-Peace, offer curriculum and academic programs in the discipline, and establish the Institute of Diversity, Ethics, and Peace Studies at the University of Minnesota. Diversity-Ethics-Peace studies received a Tony Diggs’ Excellence Award for Innovation in April 2006.

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