genres: Philosophy, Environment
Vasudevacharya completed his BA (UNSW) in the 1970s, majoring in the History and Philosophy of Science and he also holds an MA (Univ. of Sydney) in Religious Studies. In the early 1980s he spent three years living in a seminary run by the Chinmaya Mission where, under the tutelage of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, he studied Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit. He later earned his Ph.D (ANU) in Classical Indian Philosophy under the supervision of the renowned Indologist professor J.W. de Jong. He has taught at the University of Sydney and has published three books in India on aspects of Vedanta philosophy. He is the first person in Australia to have taught the entire Bhagavad Gita and most of the major Upanishads to the general public. He continues to teach privately, in Australia and in India.
God’s existence raises the question about the relation between the cosmos and its Creator. In this readable, historically based discussion, the author takes up the question of God’s existence and the three possible answers to the above question. He argues in favour of one of them and shows the implications for the welfare of the environment.