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THREE ESSAYS ON SRI RAMAKRISHNA AND HIS TIMES

THREE ESSAYS ON SRI RAMAKRISHNA AND HIS TIMES
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Item Code: IDF957
Author: Amiya Prosad Sen
Publisher: Indian Institute Of Advanced Study, Shimla
Language: English
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 8185952876
Pages: 160
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.6"
weight of the book: 365 gms
About the Book:

In essence, this collection of essays represents a contribution towards the writing of social history, more so the social and intellectual history of religion. Thematically, these essays deal with the life and times of the famed Bengali mystic Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa [1836-86] and seek to bring out in clearer relief, the dialogic process that tied the saint to his many admirers, across time and tradition. One of the important arguments of this work is that while specified historical conjunctures as say the colonial society of late 19th century Bengal do explain why certain elements of the saint's life and teachings become attractive for several stratas in contemporary society, his popularity as a social being or importance as a religious figure has also to be understood outside such short term temporalities. Not all of the Ramakrishna that we know is the tendentious construction of the contemporary bhadralok. A good part of his appeal also seems to lie in the fact that his preachings and parables reflect a fairly continuous history of certain upper-caste cultural beliefs and practices.

About the Author

AMIYA PROSAD SEN [b.1952] took his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in History from St. Stephen's College, University. Of Delhi followed by a Ph. D. from the same university. After a brief career in the Civil Services, he settled down to teaching and research with which he has been engaged since 1984. He currently serves the Department of History, Deshbandhu Collage, and University of Delhi.

DR. Sen. has been Agatha Harrison Fellow at St, Antony's college, Oxford [1993-95] and Visiting Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla [1998-99]. He is the author of Hindu Revivalism in Bengal. 1872-1905. Some Essays in Interpretation. OUP. Delhi. 1993 and Swami Vivekananda. OUP. Delhi. 2000 his special area of interest is the intellectual history of modern Bengal

CONTENTS
Foreword9
Preface11
Introduction15
IThe Anatomy of a Text. Sri Ramakrishan and the writing of the Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita25
IIThe Dialogic Process. Sri Ramakrishna and social anxieties in late nineteenth century Bengal60
IIIThe religious Worlds of Sri Ramakrishana. An Historical and philosophical Reappraisal89
[i] Universality and Sri RamaKrishna
[ii] Sri Ramakrishna and Bahminical Thought.An Exploratory Essay
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