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The Advaitic Theism of The Bhagavata Purana
The Advaitic Theism of The Bhagavata Purana
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The Advaitic Theism of the Bhagavata Purana 'can be considered as the most significant study of the Purana in its deeper principles....None of the other studies have such interpretative insight into this scripture or into its place in the larger context of India's thought traditions.' - Dr. Thomas Berry, Riverdale Center of Religious Research, New York

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 blending of 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 special 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.

About the Author :

Daniel P. Sheridan studied at St. John's and Fordham universities in New York, and graduated in Theology and History of Religions. He has written a number of scholarly research papers. Some of them were published in Purana (Varanasi), Horizons (Villanova), Studies in Formative Spirituality (Pittsburgh), Anima (Pennsylvania), The Journal of Religion (Chicago), and The Thomist (Washington D.C.)

Dr. Sheridan is Associate Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

CONTENTS

Foreword by Thomas Berryvii
Chapters
I.INTRODUCTION1
The Bhagavata Purana2
Unity and Date4
Authorship and Provenance7
Puranic Genre12
Contents of the Bhagavata14
Method of Redaction Criticism15
II.THE NON-DUALISM OF THE BHAGAVATA17
The Supreme Person17
The One and the Many20
The Absolute 'With' and 'Without' Qualities24
Non-dualism and the Self28
Bhagavan's Creative Energy31
Energy As Power (sakti)34
Yogic Energy35
Illusion and Bondage38
Non-dualism and Pluralism39
III.THE SAMKHYA OF THE BHAGAVATA42
IV.THE IDENTITY OF BHAGAVAN52
Krsna Over Visnu52
The Four Ages53
The Questions of the Sages55
Bhagavan Krsna57
Manifestations of the Divine: The Avatara59
The Cosmic Manifestation (gunavatara)62
The Presiding Manifestations (vyuha)63
The Play Manifestations (lilavatara)65
V.DEVOTION: THE REALITY OF BHAGAVAN71
The Forms of Devotion71
Characteristics of Devotion79
The Ninefold Practice of Devotion81
Yoga and Knowledge85
Superiority of Devotion90
Liberation92
VI.DEVOTION: THE REALITY OF THE DEVOTEE97
The Alvars97
Ecstatic Devotion100
The Ecstatic Play (rasalila)102
Allegory and Eroticism107
Separation113
VII.INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BHAGAVATA118
Madhva118
Vallabha123
The School of Caitanya129
Summary134
VIII.THE RELIGIOUS STRUCTURE OF THE BHAGAVATA136
Non-dualism and Difference-in-Identity136
The Bhagavata's Difference-in-Identity140
IX.CONCLUSION144
Appendix149
Bibliography151
Index of Texts cited and Quoted161
Index of Names and Texts165
Index of Subjects167

The Advaitic Theism of The Bhagavata Purana

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1986
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From the Jacket :

The Advaitic Theism of the Bhagavata Purana 'can be considered as the most significant study of the Purana in its deeper principles....None of the other studies have such interpretative insight into this scripture or into its place in the larger context of India's thought traditions.' - Dr. Thomas Berry, Riverdale Center of Religious Research, New York

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 blending of 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 special 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.

About the Author :

Daniel P. Sheridan studied at St. John's and Fordham universities in New York, and graduated in Theology and History of Religions. He has written a number of scholarly research papers. Some of them were published in Purana (Varanasi), Horizons (Villanova), Studies in Formative Spirituality (Pittsburgh), Anima (Pennsylvania), The Journal of Religion (Chicago), and The Thomist (Washington D.C.)

Dr. Sheridan is Associate Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

CONTENTS

Foreword by Thomas Berryvii
Chapters
I.INTRODUCTION1
The Bhagavata Purana2
Unity and Date4
Authorship and Provenance7
Puranic Genre12
Contents of the Bhagavata14
Method of Redaction Criticism15
II.THE NON-DUALISM OF THE BHAGAVATA17
The Supreme Person17
The One and the Many20
The Absolute 'With' and 'Without' Qualities24
Non-dualism and the Self28
Bhagavan's Creative Energy31
Energy As Power (sakti)34
Yogic Energy35
Illusion and Bondage38
Non-dualism and Pluralism39
III.THE SAMKHYA OF THE BHAGAVATA42
IV.THE IDENTITY OF BHAGAVAN52
Krsna Over Visnu52
The Four Ages53
The Questions of the Sages55
Bhagavan Krsna57
Manifestations of the Divine: The Avatara59
The Cosmic Manifestation (gunavatara)62
The Presiding Manifestations (vyuha)63
The Play Manifestations (lilavatara)65
V.DEVOTION: THE REALITY OF BHAGAVAN71
The Forms of Devotion71
Characteristics of Devotion79
The Ninefold Practice of Devotion81
Yoga and Knowledge85
Superiority of Devotion90
Liberation92
VI.DEVOTION: THE REALITY OF THE DEVOTEE97
The Alvars97
Ecstatic Devotion100
The Ecstatic Play (rasalila)102
Allegory and Eroticism107
Separation113
VII.INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BHAGAVATA118
Madhva118
Vallabha123
The School of Caitanya129
Summary134
VIII.THE RELIGIOUS STRUCTURE OF THE BHAGAVATA136
Non-dualism and Difference-in-Identity136
The Bhagavata's Difference-in-Identity140
IX.CONCLUSION144
Appendix149
Bibliography151
Index of Texts cited and Quoted161
Index of Names and Texts165
Index of Subjects167

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