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Understanding Bodhasara

Cover, Jennifer:
Understanding Bodhasāra : an eighteenth century Sanskrit treasure / Jennifer Cover. - Saarbrücken : VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009. - ca. 256 S.
Hochschulschrift. Teilw. zugl.: Sidney, Univ., Diss., 2008 unter dem Titel: Bodhasāra by Narahari : an eighteenth century Sanskrit treasure
ISBN 978-3-639-19147-9
EUR 79,00

Bodhasara, written in the 18th century, is a valuable example of Indian thought immediately before the colonial period. It is still compelling reading. Superficially it could be mistaken for just another presentation of Vedanta, but a guided reading reveals a refreshing new style. Bodhasara means 'essence of knowledge' and Narahari, the author, having exposed a lack of understanding of traditional practices, poetically leads learned scholars to look afresh, throw off self-imposed bondage, and rest in the substance of their tradition. "The Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of Colonialism" project studied Sanskrit works written between the 16th-18th centuries and proposed a 'renaissance' of Indian thought during this period. They discovered a 'newness' in these works, coming from a re-examination of the original Shastras. Bodhasara also turns back to the original Shastras and expresses them in a 'new' way, thus presenting fresh evidence for the notion of a pre-colonial Indian 'renaissance'. Bodhasara is a Sanskrit treasure for academic scholars, for readers of fine literature, and for students of Advaita Vedanta and Yoga.

JENNIFER COVER, PhD: Sanskrit and Indian studies, University of Sydney, has studied Advaita Vedanta intensively over 30 years, both in Australia and India. She lives on a small island in Sydney and delights in teaching and discussing Sanskrit and Indian culture, in translating Sanskrit texts and in practising spoken Sanskrit.

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