BooksHistoryFrom Hag...

From Hagiographies to Biographies: Ramanuja in Tradition and History

Description Read Full Description
About the Book The image of an individual is usually a result of accretions of motifs in history. However, most modern biographies crucial for popularizing Ramanuja have overlooked this fact. Emphasizing the dialogic interaction between the hagiographies and biographies, this study argues that the two cannot always be understood merely within the binaries of the sacred and the secular. Based upon a range of historical sources, the book delineates various mome...

About the Book

The image of an individual is usually a result of accretions of motifs in history. However, most modern biographies crucial for popularizing Ramanuja have overlooked this fact. Emphasizing the dialogic interaction between the hagiographies and biographies, this study argues that the two cannot always be understood merely within the binaries of the sacred and the secular.

Based upon a range of historical sources, the book delineates various moments of interactions in history when the notion of a remembered past and the historical memories through which the past would become a received tradition were being configured.

About the author

Ranjeeta Dutta teaches at the Department of History and Culture, Jamia Milla Islamia, New Delhi, and was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, from 2009to2011.

Foreword

The collective memory of a community grows through a process that selectively archives what it considers the most important elements of its historical or believed past. This archiving of information about a person, event, or an experience is not a one-time act. On the contrary, it is an ongoing practice that requires social memories to be periodically recalled and rejuvenated. Such acts of recall and rejuvenation occur at different points of time in a society’s history and each such act introduces new elements. The sheer passage of time, the force of circumstances and, not the least, the aspirations of a changing community coalesce to transform older memories so as to make them useful for a different purpose. Even as collective memories seek legitimacy through the pretence of being truthful registers of the past, they are, even more importantly, a means of creating an appropriate past that complements contemporary objective. Remembering is a selective procedure. In the life of communities, it is one where choices are made by each succeeding generation at significant historical junctures. This results in a layering of memories that blend and permeate into each other and are almost impossible to peel apart. Belief and history, thus merged, pose an enormous challenge to historians who despite the recent theoretical expansions that have occurred in the discipline are still expected to engage in reasonably sound empirical research.

This book traces the trajectory of several long-term trends that enable us to situate Ramanuja within the Srivaisnava community as well as in the empirical historical situation. Early hagiographies initially represented the identity of Ramanuja in several different ways, yet, elements of continuity in these hagiographies enabled his community of followers to further create a distinct identity for itself. A close connection existed between the perceived actions of Ramanuja, his image as an acarya, and the manner in which Srivaisnava beliefs came to projected. The significance and contribution of the historical context within which all this happened has been perceptively elaborated by the author. Hagiographers and biographers-whatever the case may be-were nurtured by the particular milieu in which they lived and worked and this resulted in their divergence of perspectives. Some central questions, such as the one attempting to deal with the reality of social hierarchies, were indeed common to both genres. They transgressed the limitations by the existential conditions of the authors and forged a bond between narratives produced during different historical periods. Nevertheless, the diversity both in hagiographical and biographical works persisted. In short, the core academic concern of the author is to elucidate interplay between religious convictions, social processes, and historical situations, and reveal how this contributed to the processes of writing about, and representing, Ramanuja to his followers and those beyond.

It is always a matter of great satisfaction to see research supported by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study appear in the form of an important publication. I am inclined to believe that book by Ranjeeta Dutta is the result not simply of financial support extended by the Institute, but also of the Institute, but also of the environment of fellowship and constructive debate that it creates for scholars in residence.

Contents

 

Foreword

ix

 

Acknowledgements

xi

1

Encountering Ramanuja:

 

 

Some Preliminaries

1

2

Texts, Tradition, and the Srivaisnava Community

27

3

Texts, Contexts, and the Srivaisnava Community

78

4

Ramanuja as an Acarya

111

5

Devotion and Dissent: Ramanuja as a ‘Social Reformer’

166

6

From Hagiographies to Biographies: Some Concluding Remarks

209

 

References

218

 

Index

239

 

About the Author

247

 

Sample Pages
















Item Code: NAL445 Author: Ranjeeta Dutta Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2014 Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi ISBN: 9780198092292 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 262 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 430 gms
Price: $40.00
Shipping Free
Viewed 3646 times since 12th Mar, 2019
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to From Hagiographies to Biographies: Ramanuja in Tradition and History (History | Books)

Ramanuja’s Vedarthasamgraha (A Rare Book)
In Praise of Sri Ramanuja
Bhakti Schools of Vedanta (Lives and Philosophies of Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Madhva, Vallabha and Caitanya (Chaitanya))
The Vedanta (A Study of The Brahma – Sutras with The Bhasyas of Samkara, Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Madhva and Vallabha) - An Old and Rare Book
The Philosophy of the Vedanta Sutra (Brahmasutra): A Study based on the Evaluation of the Commentaries of Samkara, Ramanuja and Madhva
The Philosophy of the Bhagavadgita: A Study Based on the Evaluation of the Commentaries of Samkara, Ramanuja and Madhva
Sri Ramanuja Gita Bhasya
Yatindramatadipika (A Hand Book on the Philosophy of Ramanuja)
Sri Ramanuja (The Sole Refuge)
Get to Know Great Acharya Ramanuja
A Critical Study of The Philosophy of Ramanuja
A Glossary of Technical Terms in The Commentaries of Sankara, Ramanuja and Madhva on The Brahma - Sutras (Set of 2 Volumes) - An Old and Rare Book
Shree Gadhya Trayam of Sri Ramanuja
Bhagavad Gita with Sri Ramanuja Bhashya Endowed with Exhaustive Vishada (A Commentary by Prof. P. Krishnamachar)
Testimonials
Thank you for such wonderful books on the Divine.
Stevie, USA
I have bought several exquisite sculptures from Exotic India, and I have never been disappointed. I am looking forward to adding this unusual cobra to my collection.
Janice, USA
My statues arrived today ….they are beautiful. Time has stopped in my home since I have unwrapped them!! I look forward to continuing our relationship and adding more beauty and divinity to my home.
Joseph, USA
I recently received a book I ordered from you that I could not find anywhere else. Thank you very much for being such a great resource and for your remarkably fast shipping/delivery.
Prof. Adam, USA
Thank you for your expertise in shipping as none of my Buddhas have been damaged and they are beautiful.
Roberta, Australia
Very organized & easy to find a product website! I have bought item here in the past & am very satisfied! Thank you!
Suzanne, USA
This is a very nicely-done website and shopping for my 'Ashtavakra Gita' (a Bangla one, no less) was easy. Thanks!
Shurjendu, USA
Thank you for making these rare & important books available in States, and for your numerous discounts & sales.
John, USA
Thank you for making these books available in the US.
Aditya, USA
Been a customer for years. Love the products. Always !!
Wayne, USA