Vaiṣṇavism: Its Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Discipline

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 1994 - Religion - 383 pages
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This is a scholarly book on one of the oldest living relgions of India. Tracing the basic tenets of Vaisnavism to the hymns of Rgveda the earliest religious literature of the world, the author has shown how an ancient cult has developed itself by successive stages into a well formulated monotheistic system in the hands of Ramanuja and his illustrious followers. In the second part of the book the fundamental philosophical theories of Visistadvaita Vedanta are presented to prove that Vaisnavism is not a mere religious cult, but has a credible philosophic foundation.
 

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A must read for all Vaishnavas, Sri Vaishnavas. an easy scholarly revelation.

Contents

HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT or vAi uvisM I45
3
ms nocrRmn or ULTIMATE REALITY 4965
49
THE DOCTRINE OF INDIVIDUAL SELF
67
Freedom of the Individual
74
THE DOCTRINE OF COSMIC MATTER 8397
83
THE DOCTRINE OF BHAKTIYOGA 99120
99
THE DOCTRINB OF MOKSA 121127
121
VISNU AS SUPREME BEING 131 156
131
visnu and nityavibhuti 233243
233
visnu and Jiva 245260
245
PRAPATTI AS A MBANS OF ATTAINMENT OF VISNU 261285
261
VISKU AS SUPREME GOAL OF LIFE 28729?
287
RELIGIOUS DISCIPLINE OF VAISNAVISM 303332
303
conclusion 333343
333
Glossary
345
Bibliography
365

VISNU AND GODDESS SRi 157183
157
VISNU AND HIS ATTRIBUTES 185205
185
VISNU AND HIS INCARNATIONS 207232
207

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