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Bhakti: A Contemporary Discussion

Bhakti: A Contemporary Discussion
Item Code: IDG535
Author: Edited by: Daya Krishna, Mukund Lath, Francine E. Krishna
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8185636443
Pages: 264
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.2" X 5.3"
About the Book :

The book explores the philosophical dimensions of Bhakti tradition India in all their variety and depth, and raises the question such as whether the world of feelings which is intrinsically subjective and personal in character can ever be an 'object' of rational enquiry. It asks " Is Bhakri possible without belief in personal God or any God whatsoever?" and, tries to articulate the 'ideals' immanent in the life of fellings without reference to those involved in knowledge.
Bhakti is seen as purusartha embedded in the world of feelings than man lives in. The issues related to this "seeking" are discussed in a spirit of free and critical enquiry which may come as a surprise to those who see the tradition as "closed" in respect of such things. Who would ever believe that such a discussion was held at Vrindavan, and that too under the Chaitanya Prem Samsthan, seat of the foremost Bhakti tradition of India. But the Regions of Indic origin have had a tradition of free enquiry which is not found elsewhere.
The life of feelings has too long been neglected by philosophers and "ideals" involved in it have hardly been paid any attention uptill now.
The book thus attempts to shift the attention of the philosophical world to this neglected dimension of human personality which, if properly cultivated, might change the 'inner' life of man as it is ' lived' and experienced by him/her.

About the Editors:

DAYA KRISHNA is currently Editor of Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

MUKUND LATH was formerly reader in the Department of History, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Author of Tatailam, Ardha Kathanaka and Transformation as Creation.

FRANCINE E. KRISHNA was formerly Reader in the Department of English, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Author of Rudyard Kipling: His Apprenticeship


(The list here provides rough clue to themes in as much as they can be distinguished in the flow of the discussion, where some themes, as is only to be expected, maintain continuity, emerging and sometimes relatively submerging)

Introduction by Professor Daya Krishani
Session I
The opening speech by Prof. Daya Krishan:
The adventure of exploring the intellectual dimension of the bhakri tradition ; feling and philosophy1
Darsana as reason and sadhana, and bhakti as sakti12
Bhakti: feeling and cognition13
What is the purvapaksa of bhakti ?16
What is the laksana of bhakti19
Session II
The lakasana and the purvapaksa of bhakti24
Tattva-jnana, bhakti and reason29
Bhakti and its history33
The sastra texts34
Vaidika dharma as the purvapaksa of bhakti 39
Jnana and Bhakti44
Bhakti and a personal god46
Session III
Cultural style and the question of innovation50
Bhakti as feeling and a personal god; and candid liik at the tradition and texts
Session IV
Bhakti and feeling; the question of Purvapaksa55
Bhakti as protest57
Feeling and the stages of bhakti58
Vira Saivism60
Why did kamsa achieve moksa> : the question of universal feeling62
Is one determined to be a bhakta77
A mapping of feelings78
Bhakti as rasa80
A priori forms of feeling, or its universals84
Session V
How to understand the tradition and characterize it98
Back to universal feelings and the guna/rasa theories100
The Parakiya-bhava112
Feeling for Nature and sharing of felling114
Is bhakti possible for everyone?115
Bhakti as a seeking for freedom in the realm of Felling; second order feeling 117
Session VI
A visit to the remarkable Temple of Govindadeva : a fascinating chapter in the history of the Caitanya bhakti movement127
Session VII
Back to bhakti as felling144
Kavikrnapura's theory of improvising with feelings145
The laukika and alaukika distinction between feelings149
Session VIII
K.C Bhattacharya on feeling and the Absolute in alternative forms; knowing, willing and feeling174
Session IX
The social, political and intellectual ideal projected by bhakti192
The Sandilya Bhakti-sutra is this context193
Session X
Feeling and knowledge or truth220
Conceiving a community of 'feelers' the social aspect of bhakti; Basavesvara and the Lingayatas222
Bhakti and social equality227
Renewing the Indian intellectual tradition236
God and bhakti; what it teaches241
Appendix I : The issues posed for the discussion 254
Appendix II : List of participants256

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