The Philosophy of Jñānadeva: As Gleaned from the Amṛtānubhava
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1998 - 354 pages
The Present work is devoted to the philosophical teachings of Jnanadeva the well-known 13h century saint and genius of Maharashtra in whom we find a rare combination of poetry, philosophy and deep religious experience. The author has based his work mainly on Jnanadeva`s Amrtanabhava, but he has also taken into consideration other works of Jnanadeva. He gives a clear and lucid exposition of Jnanadeva's theory of Chidvilasa, which is approached by him through an acute criticism of the theory of Avidya. He also shows how Jnanadeva's philosophy culminates in his conception of natural devotion and forms a firm foundation of the Bhakti-cult in Maharashtra. The views of Jnanadeva are also compared with those of Eastern and Western thinkers.
This is the first attempt to present in English the Philosophy of Jnanadeva in a systematic form and to convey a clear vision of his lofty and integral idealism.
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Abhangas Absolute Alandi Amritanubhava appearance Atman Avidya become Bhagawat Bhashya bliss Brahman called camphor cause Changadeva chapter Chidvilas commentary conception of Bhakti darkness destroy devotion disciple Divine Love enjoy existence experience fragrance futile Gita Goddess Gorakhanath Guru Hence Ibid ideal ignorance Indian Philosophy Jiva Jnana Jnanadeva says Jnaneshwari Kashmir Shaivism Kenopanishad knower knowledge lamp light ll^ll Madhva Maharashtra manifestation Marathi Maya Mayavada means mirror Moksha monism moon Namadeva Narada nature Nescience Nivritti Nivrittinath non-existence object Pandharpur Pandurang Sharma Pasasthi Pendse perceive person philosophy of Jnanadeva Plotinus Prakriti Pramanas Prof Pure Consciousness Pure Intelligence Ramanuja refutation regards Samkhya Sanskrit seer Shaivism Shamkar Shandilya Shiva and Shakti Shivakalyan Shri Siva sleep Spinoza spiritual teacher supreme Sutras sweet thing tion Ultimate Reality universe Upanishadas Vaishnavism Vallabha vanish Vedant verses Vithalpant word worship XVIII Yogavasishtha
Page x - ... he has gained by the moral contests of this life, and the value of those experiences will not have been destroyed by the death which has destroyed the memory of them. "There remains love. The problem here is more important, if, as I believe, it is in love, and in nothing else, that we find not only the supreme value of life, but also the supreme reality of life, and, indeed, of the universe.