The study presented here begins with a phenomenological analysis of mystical experience in general. The author proceeds, after a brief examination of the concept of self in the various schools of Indian thought, to the proofs Meykanda Deva adduces in support of the existence of the self. This is followed by an examination of what Meykanda says about the nature and attributes of the self, about pasa, anavamala, the nature of maya, maya-mala, the tattvas, sadhana and its effects, and about the nature of mukti. The study shows how, in spite of the purely philosophical terminology used, Meykanda's doctrine of the self had already been experienced by Appar as his hymns unmistakably testify to.|
About the Author:
J.X. MUTHUPACKIAM, S.J. has a postgraduate degree in philosophy and religion and a doctorate in philosophy from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He did post-doctoral studies at the Institut fur Indologie, Vienna. He has taught philosophy at various institutes of philosophy and is now engaged in inter-religious dialogue.