AUTHOR: Ovidiu Cristian NEDU NATURAL RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AND THEOLOGICAL MINIMALISM, IN THE THOUGHT OF FR. SCHLEIERMACHER Danubius, XL, Galati, 2022, pp. 221-240. Abstract For Friedrich Schleiermacher, the founder of the Liberal stream of Protestant theology, religion is a particular and irreducible experience of humans, consisting in the direct intuition of the total dependence of any…

AUTHOR: Ovidiu Cristian NEDU AITAREYA UPANISAD (INTRODUCTORY STUDY, TRANSLATION AND NOTES) Danubius, XXVI, Galaţi, 2008, pp. 189-210. Abstract Aitareya Upanisad is one of the oldest Upanisads; apart from this, the text is also important due to some doctrinal reasons. In its first part, it consists of a cosmogony, which depicts a classical Indian anthropological conception,…

AUTHOR: Ovidiu Cristian NEDU VASUBANDHU VIJÑAPTIMĀTRATĀSIDDHI. TRIMSIK$K$RIK$ (THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOLE EXISTENCE OF IDEATION. THE TREATISE IN 30 VERSES) Danubius, XXX, Galaţi, 2012, pp. 449-464.   Abstract VIJÑAPTIMĀTRATĀSIDDHI is probably the most famous of Vasubandhu’s writings and it consists of two treatises: Viikkrik and Triikkrik. The first of them is rather an apologetical text,…

AUTHOR: Ovidiu Cristian NEDU THE MIND (MANAS) AND THE ILLUSORY PROJECTION OF THE AFFLICTED (KLIȘȚA) INDIVIDUAL SELF (ĀTMAN), IN VIJÑĀNAVĀDA BUDDHISM Abstract According to Vijñanavada, the idealist school of Buddhism, individual being represents an erroneous limited projection of the universal consciousness, of the storehouse consciousness (alayavijñana). The sphere of human experience does not represent a…

AUTHOR: Ovidiu-Cristian NEDU Danubius, XXXII, Galati, 2014, pp. 459-496. Abstract After being engendered through the appropriating activity (upadana) of the mind (manas), applied to the universal experience of the storehouse consciousness (alayavijñana), the individual experience is constituted through the conjoint activity of the six “operational consciousnesses” (pravrtti vijñana): the five sensory consciousnesses and the mental…

AUTHOR: Ovidiu Cristian NEDU TAITTIRIYA-UPANISAD (ANNOTATED TRANSLATION) Danubius, XXXIV, Galaţi, 2016, pp. 321-376. Abstract Taittiriya-Upanisad is one of the oldest Upanisads, belonging to the branch of the Black Yajur-Veda. The text interlaces the ancient cosmological and dynamic approach to reality, of Vedic influence, with more recent ontological and substantial approaches. Whether cosmological or ontological, all…

AUTHOR: Ovidiu Cristian NEDU KNOWLEDGE (JÑĀNA) VERSUS DEEDS (KARMAN). MUNDAKA-UPANISAD. (ANNOTATED TRANSLATION) Danubius, XXXV, Galaţi, 2017, p. 321-376. Abstract Mundaka-Upanisad is one of the oldest Upanisads and also one of the classical Brahmanic texts dealing with the ultimate reality (Brahman) and its relation to the Universe. Its ontological approach considers the reality as unique, as…

AUTHOR: Ovidiu Cristian NEDU REJECTION OF THE NATURAL AND TRANSCENDENT SALVATION, IN BRAHMANISM. MAITREYA-UPANISAD AND JĀBĀLA-UPANISAD (ANNOTATED TRANSLATIONS) Danubius, XXXVI, Galaţi, 2018, p. 301-346. Abstract The existential and religious attitude of classical Brahmanism has always been utterly anti-naturalistic; those philosophers looked down at all human conditions and accomplishments. Consequently, they put forward renunciation, ascesis, the…