The Bhakti-ratnākara of Śaṅkaradeva: critically edited Sanskrit text, with a résumé in English and history of the concept of bhakti in a critical introduction

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Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, 1982 - Bhakti - 374 pages
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Verse treatise, with autocommentary, on devotion (bhakti) by the exponent of Vaishnavism in Assam.

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Professor Keshavananda Deva Goswami, the former Professor of Assamese,Dibrugarh University had commented “ The vast literature coming in the wake of the Sankaradeva movement would have remained sealed to all if he ( Professor Neog) had not come forward to interpret and edit some of these .Although variety and versatility have been the distinguishing mark of his talents, Professor Neog is, at the same time, regarded as the only authority on Sankaradeva’s religion, philosophy ,literature and music He is cosmopolitan in his outlook and approach ; but his centre of interest and admiration is the Vaisnava culture of the State with its unsurpassed vitality and continuity…..Professor Maheswar Neog’s contribution and interpretation to the Vedantic philosophy of Sankaradeva is very significant. In his treatment, the obscurities that may appear sometimes in the writing of the great saint, have been appreciably removed .Dr Neog like some other scholars without going deep into the subject ,did not agree that the Advaita system of Sankaracharya was fully followed Sankaradeva.According to him , Vaisnavism of Sankaradeva with its emphasis on humanism and the individual was revolutionary and democratic.Sankaradeva’s philosophy, Professor Neog argues is essentially, a synthesis of the highly intellectual Advaita and bhakti with its emotional surcharge which again, is quite different from any other Vaisnava school of thought. While editing Kirtana Ghosha and Nama-ghosha ,Dr Neog traces out the original sources of the stories as depicted in the Kirtana Ghosha and the slokos of about six hundred ghoshas from various sources out of the total of one thousand couplets in Madhavadeva’s work .While going through his edition, one would be surprised to note how he could spot out the exact number of slokas from such a huge number of Puranas and other Vaisnava scriptuires.” 



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