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From Devotion to Total Surrender Saranagati Yoga: In the Light of Indian Philosophy

T.K. Sribhashyam & Alamelu Sheshadri

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ISBN 10: 8124606374 / ISBN 13: 9788124606377
Published by D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd, 2012
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The volume is a comprehensive work on bhakti yoga or bhakti marga, seen as the direct path to perfection, the principal means to the progressive perfection of the soul. The book begins with a detailed study of the origin of bhakti in the Vedas and its understanding in the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, the Upanishads and the Puranas, and other works. It attempts to approach bhakti as a representation of God in the created world and devotion without religious convictions. It throws light on man`s need to develop such devotion through absolute self-surrender to God. The bhakti concept in Vedanta is explored in-depth by referring to Vedanta schools of Adi Shankara, Bhaskara Bhatta, Ramanuja, Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Alvar Saints of south India and the concept of devotion of Andal. Quoting from the thoughts of diverse bhakti saints of India, it explores the bhakti devotion in Shaivism referring to Shiva as the Supreme God and the concept of Shakti, aspects relating to moral responsibilities, bondage and liberation, and the doctrine of Shatstha. The emphasis is on Ramanuja?s teachings on bhakti: his understanding of the Absolute, jnana and consciousness, jiva and atma, time and spiritual consciousness. There is a chapter that provides a practical approach to bhakti thought, for instance, ways of developing consciousness of it and non-meditative forms of bhakti. Contents: Life Sketch of Sri T. Krishnamacharya Genealogy Benediction by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar Preface Presentation List of Tables and Figures 1. Dawn of Bhakti Origin of Bhakti in Vedas Bhakti in the Brahmanas Bhakti in the Aranyakas Bhakti in the Upanishads The Concept of Bhakti in the Puranas Great Devotees of the Puranas Representation of God in the Created World Shandilya?s and Narada?s Aphorisms on Bhakti Narada?s View on Bhakti Anjaneya?s Devotion Devotion in Patanjali?s Yoga-Sutra Devotion Without Religious Convictions 2. Way to Develop Devotion Man?s Need to Develop Devotion Developing Devotion Developing Devotion in Absence of a Spiritual Education Absolute Self-surrender to God, Prapatti 3. Concept of Bhakti in Vedanta Bhakti in Vedanta Bhakti in Vedanta Schools 4. Bhakti in Shaivism Introduction Devotion in Shaivism Shaiva Agama Shiva, the Supreme The Concept of Shakti in Kashmir Shaivism The Concept of Shakti in Shiva Mahapurana Moral Responsibilities Concept of Bhakti Shaiva Philosophy in Vayaviya Samhita The Supreme Soul Bondage and liberation The Four Means to attain the Supreme Specificity in the Virashaiva Practice of Devotion The Doctrine of Shat-sthala 5. Chosen Deity, Ishta Devata Spiritual Ideal Devata Deity in Vedic Religion Deity Worship Chosen Deity, Ishta Devata Role of Chosen Deity in Devotion The Universal Validity of Choosing a Deity 6. Ramanuja`s Teaching of Bhakti A Résumé of the Concept of Vishishtadvaita The Universality of Ramanuja`s Teaching 7. Practical Approach to Devotion Consciousness of Devotion Developing Devotion Means of Developing Devotion The Concept of Purity in Devotion Concentration, Contemplation and Meditation in Devotion Means to Different Stages of Devotion Ramanuja`s Indications for Devotional Exercises Non-meditative Forms of Bhakti Glossary Bibliography Index Printed Pages: 375. Bookseller Inventory # 55065

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Title: From Devotion to Total Surrender Saranagati ...

Publisher: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Softcover

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The volume is a comprehensive work on bhakti yoga or bhakti marga, seen as the direct path to perfection, the principal means to the progressive perfection of the soul. The book begins with a detailed study of the origin of bhakti in the Vedas and its understanding in the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, the Upanishads and the Puranas, and other works. It attempts to approach bhakti as a representation of God in the created world and devotion without religious convictions. It throws light on man's need to develop such devotion through absolute self-surrender to God. The bhakti concept in Vedanta is explored in-depth by referring to Vedanta schools of Adi Shankara, Bhaskara Bhatta, Ramanuja, Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Alvar Saints of south India and the concept of devotion of Andal. Quoting from the thoughts of diverse bhakti saints of India, it explores the bhakti devotion in Shaivism referring to Shiva as the Supreme God and the concept of Shakti, aspects relating to moral responsibilities, bondage and liberation, and the doctrine of Shatstha. The emphasis is on Ramanuja s teachings on bhakti: his understanding of the Absolute, jnana and consciousness, jiva and atma, time and spiritual consciousness. There is a chapter that provides a practical approach to bhakti thought, for instance, ways of developing consciousness of it and non-meditative forms of bhakti.

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Mr. T.K. Sribhashyam obtained his Master's degree in accountancy as well as in Hindu philosophy. He also received intensive lessons on yoga philosophy, and Indian psychology. Ayurveda, the Indian medical science, was another subject of study under his father, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Since 1971, he has been transmitting his father's teachings in Europe, in French as well as in English. In 1999, the Mysore Sanskrit College conferred on him the title of Acharya for his faithful and devoted teachings of Hindu philosophy. He is the Head of all Yogakshemam schools in Europe. His book Emergence du Yoga (in French) has been recently published from France and its English translation is under preparation. Two of his books in English viz. Blissful Experience-Bhakti -- Quintessence of Indian Philosophy and From Devotion to Total Surrender-Shanagati Yoga -- In the Light of Indian Philosophy are appearing from India in 2012. He has published many articles in different yoga journals in Europe. He is an honorary life member of the International Yoga Federation and the World Yoga Council.

Mrs. Alamelu Sheshadri, second daughter of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, is graduated from Mysore University. Sri T. Krishnamacharya initiated her to Yajurveda, tought her all major Upanishads, Brahmasutras and the Bhagavad-Gita in the traditional way. He also trained her in yoga, both practically and philosophically. From 1985 until 1989 she continued studying many philosophical subjects, especially Vishishtadvaita.

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