The Philosophy of Jānadeva: As Gleaned from the Amṛtānubhava

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1998 - 354 pages
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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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Life and Works of Jnanadeva
The Amritanubhava and its Commentators
Metaphysics The Nature of Ultimate Reality
Cosmology The Nature of the World
The Nature of the Jiva
Relation of Self with Mind and Body
Play of Chinmatra
Supplementary Bibliography

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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.

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