The Bhakti Cult in Ancient India

 
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Language: English
Pages: 450
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Originally submitted as a thesis for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Calcutta University which was adjudicated upon by such eminent Orientalists as M. Winternitz, Sylvain Levi, and Julious Jolley, this scholarly treatise "Bhakti Cult in Ancient India" was first published by the author in a limited edition in 1924. For the last thirty years or so this illuminating work has been out of print and therefore without the easy reach of scholars and research students of Philosophy and Religion. In response to insistent demand from different parts of India and elsewhere we are issuing a second reprint.

In the course of twenty-two chapters the author gives a running survey of the various aspects of the cult of Bhakti in Ancient India, particularly the Krshnaite Bhakti groups of North India with the history, beliefs and practices of the Madhavas, Nimbarkas, Vishnuswamins, Chaitanyas, Vallabhas and the minor sects of India. Herein one finds an illuminating pen-picture of not only the theological conceptions, the ascetic practices and the ritualistic details but also the history of the Bhakti movement from 1100 A.D. till the present times. The treatment of the subject as a whole is quite objective and not from the sectarian point of view of any particular one. He effectively deals, on the basis of works of proved antiquity and other relevant records, with the earliest phase of the Sraddha-Bhakti Cult, Jnana Karmavadas, the rise of distinct philosophical systems in India to support orthodoxy, Bhavana-Bhakti, the rise of the Satwata or Bhagavata schools, Suddha Bhakti, Vishnuism, Suddha Sadhana, Suddha Bhavana and Suddha-Prema etc. to establish the philosophy of life divine.

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