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Samnyasins in the Hindu Tradition

Changing Perspectives

The present book, "Samnyasins in the Hindu Tradition: Changing Perspectives", covers a wide territory, trying to look at the samnyasins and the samnyasashrama in their long existence from the times of Shankara to the pr....read below

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The present book, "Samnyasins in the Hindu Tradition: Changing Perspectives", covers a wide territory, trying to look at the samnyasins and the samnyasashrama in their long existence from the times of Shankara to the present day. This book traverses a slightly different trajectory from the usual book on samnyasins as it attempts an overview of the samnyasin and the institution over a long period from Vedic to post-Independence times and speculates on the future of the institution as well. Samnyasins and scholars not only from India, but from countries as diverse as Canada, South Africa, UK and USA also figure in this collection. The samnyasashramas covered also range from the traditional Advaita, Vishishthadvaita and Dvaita to include many more later ashrams such as the Vira Shaiva (Lingayat), Dharmapuram Adheenam, Arya Samaj, Shivananda Ashram, Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Narayan and many others. Another departure from other books on the subject is that it also compares institutions like the Ramakrishna Mission for instance, as they function in India and in foreign countries where they have established ashrams. In the midst of varied opinions regarding the samnyasin and the samnyasashrama this book will throw light on how scholars, common people, as well as the samnyasins themselves view their roles, both as individual personalities and as persons living in an institution relating to society as a whole.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124605745
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124605742
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2011
  • Pages : viii, 283p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 30 Coloured photographs; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 900 gm

Preface 
Introduction 
1. Swamis/Samnyasins/Monks/Ascetics in the Cultural World of the Hindus: An Overview

1. Vedic Age (c. 2000-500 bce) 
2. Classical or Post-Vedic Phase (c. 500 bce - ce 500) 
3. Purana Phase (c. ce 300-1000) 
4. Phase Four (ce 800-1900) 
5. The Fifth Pre-Independence Phase (1885-1947) 
6. Post-Independence Period 
7. Conclusion 

2. Samnyasins and the Samnyasashrama as seen by Scholars

1. G.C. Pandey 
2. Lakshmithathachar 
3. K.T. Pandurangi 
4. R.K. Sharma 
5. Srivatsa Goswami 
6. Gautam Patel 
7. Christopher Chapell 

3. Interviews with Samnyasins/Samnyasinis 

1. Swami Svarupananda Saraswati 
2. Swami Bharati Teertha 
3. Swami Jayendra Saraswati 
4. Swami Maheshanand Giri 
5. Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha 
6. Swami Advaitananda 
7. Swami Ranganathananda  
8. Swami Gokulananda 
9. Swami Dayatmananda 
10. Parivrajika Vivekaprana 
11. Swami Saradananda 
12. Swami Sahajananda 
13. Swami Mahadevananda 
14. Swami Chidananda 
15. Swami Dayananda Saraswati 
16. Swamini Pramananda 
17. Srirangam Andavan Swamigal 
18. Swami Vishvesvara Tirtha 
19. Swami Sugunendra Teertha 
20. Shanmuka Desika Swamigal 
21. Swami Shivamurthy Shivacharya 
22. Sivaya Subrahmuniyaswami 
23. Swami Veda Bharati 
24. Swami Agnivesh 
25. Swami Shankarashram 
26. Swami Sacchidananda of Anandashram 
27. Swami Gurusharanananda 
28. Swami Prashantananda 
29. Swami Maheshananda (of Kaivalya Dham) 
30. Tamal Krishna Goswami 
31. Swami Radha Govinda Das Goswami (ISKCON) 

4. Endings 

1. Part I: Shared Views by Scholars 
2. Part II: Individual Views of Samnyasins on Common Topics

Appendix : Questionnaire 
Glossary 
Bibliography 
Index

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