The Advaitic Theism of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1986 - Religion - 170 pages
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Within a compass of eight chapters of this volume the author makes a close examination of the fundamental tenets of Bhagavata Purana. By penetrating analysis he shows how as a unified scripture Bhagavata Purana combines Vedantic non-dualism and Vaisnava devotionalism; and how the Bhagavata non-dualism accommodates the reality of the universe and of the individual selves in it within the all-encompassing reality of Brahman. According to the author, this wonderful beldning the devotionalism and non-dualism in the Bhagavata Purana finds its expression in the worship of Krsna as transcendent and supreme deity by all Vaisnavas.Discussion and delineation throughout the chapters single out 'each of the major forces' determining 'the religious structure of the Bhagavata which has a significance and meaning for the study of religion beyond that of situating a scriptural text within a religious history.'The present scholarly work will be of speical appeal to the students of Indian religion and philosophy. It will also find place in the bookselves of the general reader interested in Indian history and culture.

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Page 42 - The syncretism effected through this doctrine," in the words of S. Jaiswal, "was sometimes brahmanical and sometimes popular in character, but to a great extent it was the reconciliatory attitude of Vaisnavism which gave the country a kind of cultural unity and succeeded in establishing the same kind of social structure all over India."1 The Bhagavata Purana played an important role in this process. Further, the character of its Deity and his appearances, its non-dualism, and the fervor of its devotion,...
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Page 128 - This doctrine left no room for the exercise of love and piety in the world of reality, though its followers allow it in the ordinary illusive condition of the human souls, and therefore it laid the axe at the root of Vaisnavism.
Page 48 - He now understands that the two, Visnu and Krsna, are identical and that Visnu has adored his companion, giving him preeminence. The two are one, Visnu displaying his glory in heaven and Krsna sporting on earth for the sake of virtue. In canto twelve there is a Tantric meditation, presumably derived from a Pancaratra source.
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