A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti: Essential Teachings of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), founder of the Hare Krishna Movement, traced his lineage to the fifteenth-century Indian saint Sri Caitanya. He authored more than fifty volumes of English translation and commentaries on Sanskrit and Bengali texts, serving as a medium between these distant authorities and his modern Western readership and using his writings as blueprints for spiritual change and a revolution in consciousness. He had to speak the language of a people vastly disparate from the original recipients of his tradition's scriptures, without compromising fidelity to the tradition. Tamal Krishna Goswami claims that the social scientific, philosophical, and 'insider' forms of investigation previously applied have failed to explain the presence of a powerful interpretative device-a mahavakya or 'great utterance'-that governs and pervades Prabhupada's 'living theology' of devotion on bhakti. For Prabhupada, the wide range of 'vedic' subject matter is governed by the axiomatic truth: Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Goswami's academic training at the University of Cambridge, his thirty years' experience as a practitioner and teacher, and his extensive interactions with Prabhupada as both personal secretary and managerial representative, afforded him a unique opportunity to understand and illuminate the theological contribution of Prabhupada. In this work, Goswami proves that the voice of the scholar-practitioner can be intimately connected with his tradition while sustaining a mature critical stance relative to his subject. A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti includes a critical introduction and conclusion by Graham M. Schweig.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami abhidheya academic avatāras Bengal Bhagavad Gītā bhagavān Bhāgavata Purāṇa Bhaktisiddhānta Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Bhaktivinoda bhāva Brahman Caitanya Caritāmṛta canto Chaitanya Chaitanya school Chaitanya Vaishnava chanting chapter Christian commentary cultural Daner dāsa deity Delhi devotional service disciples divine love English faith Gauḍīya Vaishnava guru guru’s Hare Krishna heart Hindu Hinduism Hopkins India interpretation ISKCON ISKCON Communications Journal Jīva Jīva Gosvāmin Journal of Vaiṣṇava kīrtana Krishna bhakti Krishna Consciousness Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇadāsa līlā Lipner living theology Lord mahāvākya mantra Mayapur means metaphor mission one’s original Personality of Godhead philosophy phrase Prabhupāda Prabhupāda’s thought Prabhupāda’s translation practice Rādhā Rāmānuja rasa religion religious Rūpa Rūpa Gosvāmin’s Rūpa’s sambandha Sanskrit Sarasvatī scholars scholarship Schweig sense Shinn smṛti souls specific Śrī śruti Supreme Personality Sūtra Tamal Krishna Goswami teachings temple tion tradition tradition’s ultimate University Press Urquhart Vaiṣṇava Vaiṣṇava Studies Vedānta Vedic verse Vraja Vṛndāvana word worship