The Advaitic Theism of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa
Within a compass of eight chapters of this volume the author makes a close examination of the fundamental tenets of Bhagavata Purana. By penetrating analysis he shows how as a unified scripture Bhagavata Purana combines Vedantic non-dualism and Vaisnava devotionalism; and how the Bhagavata non-dualism accommodates the reality of the universe and of the individual selves in it within the all-encompassing reality of Brahman. According to the author, this wonderful beldning the devotionalism and non-dualism in the Bhagavata Purana finds its expression in the worship of Krsna as transcendent and supreme deity by all Vaisnavas.Discussion and delineation throughout the chapters single out 'each of the major forces' determining 'the religious structure of the Bhagavata which has a significance and meaning for the study of religion beyond that of situating a scriptural text within a religious history.'The present scholarly work will be of speical appeal to the students of Indian religion and philosophy. It will also find place in the bookselves of the general reader interested in Indian history and culture.
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FOREWORD BY THOMAS BERRY
THE NONDUALISM OF THE BHAGAVATA
THE SAMKHYA OF THE BHAGAVATA
THE IDENTITY OF BHAGAVAN
THE REALITY OF BHAGAVA N
THE REALITY OF 1 HE DEVOTEE
INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BHAGAVATA
absolute reality action Alvars avatara beatitude Bhagavad Gita Bhagavan Krsna Bhagavata Purana Bhakti Bhattacarya bliss Brahma Sutras Brahman Caitanya canto canto eleven canto three cause Chowkhamba Sanskrit cosmic cowherd girls cowherd women creation Dasgupta death and rebirth Delhi described devo dharma difference-in-identity discipline of devotion distinction divine doctrine dualism dvaita ecstatic play evolution existence goal grace Hari Highest Hindu human identity Indian Philosophy individual inherited destiny interpretation Kali age Kr?na liberation Lord Madhva Mahabharata maya means meditation mind Narada non-dualism non-dualist Pancaratra passages path of knowledge phenomenal prakrti presiding manifestations pure purusa Ramanuja realization redaction criticism redactor religion religious structure sages Samkara Samkhya Sanskrit sattva says Scripture sense South India Srimad-Bhagavata stories Study Suka Supreme Deity Suta teaching three qualities tion tradition transcendent Uddhava unity unmanifest unreal Upanisads Vaisnava Vallabha Vasudeva Vedantic Vedas Visnu Vrndavana Vyasa vyuha worship yatha Yoga