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Caitanya Vai??avism In Bengal

Author : Joseph T. O'Connell
ISBN : 9780429817960
Genre : Social Science
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Within the broad Hindu religious tradition, there have been for millennia many subtraditions generically called Vaiṣṇava, who insist that the most appropriate mode of religious faith and experience is bhakti, or devotion, to the supreme personal deity, Viṣṇu. Caitanya Vaiṣṇavas are a community of Vaiṣṇava devotees who coalesced around Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (1486–1533), who taught devotion to the name and form of Kṛṣṇa, especially in conjunction with his divine consort Rādhā and who also came to be looked upon by many as Kṛṣṇa himself who had graciously chosen to be born in Bengal to exemplify the ideal mode of loving devotion (prema-bhakti). This book focusses on the relationship between the ‘transcendent’ intentionality of religious faith of human beings and their ‘mundane’ socio-cultural ways of living, through a detailed study of the social implications of the Caitanya Vaiṣṇava devotional Hindu tradition in pre-colonial and colonial Bengal. Structured in two parts, the first analyzes the articulation of Kṛṣṇa-bhakti within the broad Hindu sector of Bengali society. The second section examines Hindu–Muslim relationships in Bengal from the particular vantage point of the Caitanya Vaiṣṇava tradition, and in which the subtle influence of Kṛṣṇa-bhakti, it is argued, may be detected. In both sections, the bulk of attention is given to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when Bengal was under independent Sultanate or emergent Mughal rule and thus free of the impact of British and European colonial influence. Arguing that the Caitanya Vaiṣṇava devotion contributed to the softening of the potentially alienating socio-cultural divisions of class, caste, sect and religio-political community in Bengal, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of Asian Religion and Hinduism, in particular devotional Hinduism, both premodern and modern, as well as to scholars and students of South Asian social history, Hindu-Muslim relations, and Bengali religious culture.

Bengal Vaisnavism And Sri Chaitanya

Author : Janardana Cakrabartī
ISBN : UOM:39015002332412
Genre : Chaitanya (Sect)
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Unforgetting Chaitanya

Author : Varuni Bhatia
ISBN : 9780190686246
Genre : History
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What role do pre-modern religious traditions play in the formation of modern secular identities? In Unforgetting Chaitanya, Varuni Bhatia examines late-nineteenth-century transformations of Bengali Vaishnavism-a vibrant and multifaceted religious tradition that traces its origins to the fifteenth century Krishna devotee Chaitanya (1486-1533). Drawing on an extensive body of hitherto unexamined archival material, Bhatia finds that both religious modernizers and secular voices among the Bengali middle-class invoked Chaitanya, portraying him simultaneously as a local hero, a Hindu reformer, and as God almighty. She argues that these claims should be understood in relation to the recovery of a "pure" Bengali culture and history in a period of nascent, but rising, anti-colonialism in the region. Who is a true Vaishnava? In the late nineteenth century, this question assumed urgency as debates around questions of authenticity appeared prominently in the Bengali public sphere. These debates went on for years, even decades, causing unbridgeable rifts in personal friendships and tarnishing reputations of established scholars. Underlying these debates was the question of authoritative Bengali Vaishnavism and its role in the long-term constitution of Bengali culture and society. At stake, argues Bhatia, was the very nature and composition of an indigenously-derived modernity inscribed through the politics of authenticity, which allowed an influential section of Hindu, upper-caste Bengalis to excavate their own explicitly Hindu pasts in order to find a people's history, a religious reformer, a casteless Hindu sect, the richest examples of Bengali literature, and a sophisticated expression of monotheistic religion.

Srik???a Caitanya

Author : A. N. Chatterjee
ISBN : UOM:39015048426418
Genre : Chaitanya (Sect)
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A Study Of Vaisnavism In Ancient And Medieval Bengal Upto The Advent Of Caitanya

Author : Shyam Chand Mukherji
ISBN : UOM:39015058447254
Genre : Vaishnavism
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The Legacy Of Vai??avism In Colonial Bengal

Author : Ferdinando Sardella
ISBN : 9781351357777
Genre : Social Science
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This book offers a focused examination of the Bengali Vaiṣṇava tradition in its manifold forms in the pivotal context of British colonialism in South Asia. Bringing together scholars from across the disciplines of social and intellectual history, philology, theology, and anthropology to systematically investigate Vaiṣṇavism in colonial Bengal, this book highlights the significant roles—religious, social, and cultural—that a prominent Hindu devotional current played in the lives of wide and diverse sections of colonial Bengali society. Not only does the book thereby enrich our understanding of the history and development of Bengali Vaiṣṇavism, but it also sheds valuable new light on the texture and dynamics of colonial Hinduism beyond the discursive and social-historical parameters of an entrenched Hindu "Renaissance" paradigm. A landmark in the burgeoning field of Bengali Vaiṣṇava studies, this book will be of interest to scholars of modern Hinduism, religion, and colonial South Asian social and intellectual history.

The Chaitanya Movement

Author : Melville T. Kennedy
ISBN : UOM:39015000534563
Genre : Vaishnavism
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Vai??avism In Bengal 1486 1900

Author : Ramakanta Chakravarti
ISBN : UOM:39015028793811
Genre : Vaishnavism
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Awakened India

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ISBN : UVA:X001932209
Genre : Brahmanism
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Caitanya His Life And Doctrine

Author : Asoke Kumar Majumdar
ISBN : UOM:39015002335928
Genre : Vaishnavism
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A Vaisnava Poet In Early Modern Bengal

Author : Rembert Lutjeharms
ISBN : 9780192561923
Genre : Religion
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This book examines the practice of poetry in the devotional Vaiṣṇava tradition inspired by Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (1486-1533), through a detailed study of the Sanskrit poetic works of Kavikarṇapūra, one of the most significant sixteenth-century Caitanya Vaiṣṇava poets and theologians. It places his ideas in the context both of Sanskrit literary theory (by exploring his use of earlier works of Sanskrit criticism) and of Vaiṣṇava theology (by tracing the origins of his theological ideas to earlier Vaiṣṇava teachers, especially his guru Śrīnātha). Both Kavikarṇapūra's poetics as well as the style of his poetry is in many ways at odds with those of his time, particularly with respect to the place of phonetic ornamentation and rasa. Like later early modern theorists, Kavikarṇapūra reaches back to the earliest Sanskrit poeticians whom he attempts to harmonise with the theories current in his time, to develop a new poetics that values both literary ornamentation and the suggestion of emotion through rasa. This book argues that the reasons of and purposes for Kavikarṇapūra's literary innovations are firmly rooted in his unique Vaiṣṇava theology, and exemplifies this through a careful reading of select passages from the Ānanda-vṛndāvana, his poetic retelling of Kṛṣṇa's play in Vṛndāvana.

A Discourse On Bengal Vai??avism

Author : Ranjit Kumar Acharjee
ISBN : UOM:39015052962464
Genre : Bengal (India)
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The Present Work Is An Humble Attempt At Exhibiting The Guests And Development Of Bengal Vaisnavism Focussing Its Distinctive Features And Abiding Essentials In Its Historical Perspective.

The Philosophy And Religion Of ?r? Caitanya

Author : O. B. L. Kapoor
ISBN : UCAL:B3936686
Genre : Hare Krishnas
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Illustrations: 1 B/w Illustration Description: This is a comprehensive, critical and comparative study of all aspects of the philosophy and religion of Sri Caitanya. In the first three chapters the history of the Vaisnava religion is traced from the earliest Vedic period to pre-Caitanya Vaisnavism in Bengal and some controversies regarding the life of Sri Caitanya and the Sampradaya or the sect to which he belongs are set at rest. In the succeeding chapters the problems of philosophy and religion are discussed in detail. It is shown how Sri Caitanya breathes a new spirit into philosophy and religion by transcending the narrow and mutually conflicting 'isms' and dogmas and reconciling them in a higher synthesis by means of the concept of the absolute as Bhagavan and the doctrine of Acintya-bhedabheda or inconceivable identity-indifference. The importance of Bhakti as the exclusive means of attaining God is His highest and sweetest form is stressed. Prema or divine love is distinguished from eroticism and established as the highest end. The doctrine of Rasa or transcendental relish is explained and Parakiya Rasa is established as the highest Rasa.

Philosophical Foundation Of Bengal Vai??avism

Author : Sudhindra Chandra Chakravarti
ISBN : UOM:39015069872300
Genre : Vaishnavism
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Bengal Vai??avism Orientalism Society And The Arts

Author : Joseph T. O'Connell
ISBN : UOM:39015019365702
Genre : Arts
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Theistic Ved?nta

Author : R. Balasubramanian
ISBN : UOM:39015069127358
Genre : Vedanta
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The Important Message Of All Vedantic Systems Is That The Understanding Of The Nature Of Brahman As The Source And Support Of All Beings Must Culminate Not Only In A New Vision, But Also In A New Way Of Lige. This Volume On Theistic Vedanta, Which Is A Sequel To The Earlier Volume On Advaita Vedanta, Contains Three Sections: The First One Explains The Heritage Of Saivism And Vaisnavism; The Second One Highlights The God-Man-World Relation Through A Variety Of Doctrines And Arguments As Formulated By The Illustrious Preceptors Of Vaisnava And Saiva Traditions; And The Third One Gives As Account Of The Teachings And Practices Of The Mystic-Saints Who Authenticated The Heritage Through Varieties Of Spiritual Experience. This Volume Will Be Of Interest For All Those Who Are Concerned With The Vedic-Agamic Heritage Which Has Gone Through A Long Span Of Time Retaining Its Identity.

J?vagosv?m? S Religion Of Devotion And Love Bengal Vai??avism

Author : Jadunath Sinha
ISBN : UOM:39015049272274
Genre : Bhakti
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The Neo Vai??avite Movement And The Satra Institution Of Assam

Author : Satyendranath Sarma
ISBN : UOM:39015082093066
Genre : Hindu monasticism and religious orders
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Obscure Religious Cults

Author : Shashi Bhushan Dasgupta
ISBN : UCSC:32106014855974
Genre : Bengali literature
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Early History Of The Vaisnava Faith And Movement In Bengal

Author : Sushil Kumar De
ISBN : UCSC:32106017687200
Genre : Bengal (India)
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