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From Devotion to Total Surrender Sharnagati Yoga

In the Light of Indian Philosophy

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 underst....read below

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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.
 

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606360
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124606366
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2012
  • Pages : xxvii, 348p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 2 b/w photographs, Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 670 gm

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  

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