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Course Name South Indian Philosophy
Course Code 21PHL539
Program M.A. in Philosophy
Credits 3


Unit I

Saiva Siddhanta: Sources of Knowledge, Theories of Knowledge, Pati (God), Pasu (Soul) and Pasa (Bondage), Paths Towards the Realisation of the God, Proofs for the Existence of God.

Unit II

Chattampi Swamikal: Core Philosophical Teachings, Practical Implication of Philosophy to Common Man, Democratisation of Knowledge.
Sri Narayana Guru: Core Philosophical Teachings, Social Reformation through Philosophy, Imparting Knowledge to the Laymen.

Unit III

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma): Practical Implication of Vedanta, Methods adopted to Impart Bhagavad Gita, Compassion, Love and Universal Brotherhood, Man Making through Selfless Service.

Unit IV

Ramana Maharshi and Basaveswara

Unit V

Bhakti Movement: Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa and Tyaga Raja


South Indian Philosophy is a course offered in the fourth semester of the M. A. Philosophy Programme. The core concern of the course is to provide the learners with the opportunity to study the contributions the prominent representatives of spiritualist philosophy in South India. The course further highlights the doctrines of Saivism and Bhakti Movement as the unique interpretations of Indian spiritualism.   Its specific goal is to create an awareness in the learners about the views and positions of contemporary Indian philosophers that had been the motivation for what we refer to as the Indian Renaissance.

Course Objective

1. Discuss various aspects of Saiva Siddhanta
2. Explain philosophical ideologies of philosphers from kerala
3. Discussion on the Philosophy of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
4. Discuss various Bhakti movements

Course Outcomes

CO 1: Overall understanding of the doctrines and postulates of Saivism.
CO 2: Detailed study of the teachings of Chattampi Swamikal and Sree Narayana Guru.
CO 3: Analytic study of the contributions of Chattampi Swamikal and Sree Narayana Guru as the inspiration for social revolution in the Kerala context.
CO 4: Comprehensive study of the teachings of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi with focus on the core values and practical ethics for spiritualizing life.
CO 5: Detailed study of the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Basaveswara as the fingerposts to self-analysis and self-management.
CO 6: Exploratory study of the characteristics of Bhakti Movement as the pioneering effort of universalizing Vedanta darśana.




1, K. A. Neelakantha Sastri. Development of Religions in South India. Bombay: Orient Longmans, 1931. English.
2, K. S. Ramaswamy. The Tamils and Their Culture. Tamil Nadu, Annamalai University Press, 1976. English.

CO – PO Affinity

PO PO 1 PO 2 PO 3 PO 4 PO 5
CO 1  3 1 3 1 2
CO 2 3 3 3 1 2
CO 3 3 3 3 2 2
CO 4 3 3 3 2 3
CO 5 3 1 3 1 3
CO 6 3 3 3 2 2

3 – strong, 2 – moderate, 1 – weak

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