Modern Hindu Personalism
Modern Hindu Personalism : The History, Life, and Thought of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī / Ferdinando Sardella. - New York : Oxford University Press, 2013. - ca. 360 S.
Hochschulschrift. Teilw. zugl.: Göteborg, Univ., Diss., 2010 unter dem Titel: Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati : the context and significance of a modern Hindu personalist (siehe hier --> [11.07.2010] Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati)
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Modern Hindu Personalism explores the life and works of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī (1874-1937), a Vaishnava guru of the Chaitanya school of Bengal. Ferdinando Sardella examines Bhaktisiddhanta's background, motivation and thought, especially as it relates to his creation of a modern traditionalist institution for the successful revival of Chaitanya Vaishnava bhakti. Sardella provides the historical background as well as the contemporary context of the India in which Bhaktisiddhanta lived and functioned, in the process shedding light on such topics as colonial culture and sensibilities, the emergence of an educated middle-class, the rise of the Bengal Renaissance, and the challenge posed by Protestant missionaries.
Bhaktisiddhanta's childhood, education and major influences are examined, as well as his involvement with Chaitanya Vaishnavism and the practice of bhakti. Sardella places Bhaktisiddhānta's life and work within a taxonomy of modern Hinduism and compares the significance of his work to the contributions of other major figures such as Swami Vivekananda. Finally, Bhaktisiddhanta's work is linked to the development of a worldwide movement that today involves thousands of American and European practitioners, many of whom have become respected representatives of Chaitanya bhakti in India itself. [Verlagsinformation]
Phonetic Guide. xv
1. The Rise of Nondualism in Bengal. 14
2. Life and Works. 54
3. Bhakti Universalist. 134
4. Social Philosopher. 181
5. Bhaktisiddhānta in Context. 219
Appendix A: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations. 253
Appendix B: Images. 279
Appendix C: Documents. 289
Appendix D: Tour to Central Europe. 293
Appendix E: Works by Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī. 297
FERDINANDO SARDELLA is a researcher and the Director for the Forum for South Asia Studies for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Uppsala University. He is a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. In 2010 he received the Donner Institute Prize for outstanding research in the field of Religious Studies at the Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Profile page.