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Brahma-Vada

Doctrine of Sri Vallabhacarya

Stirred on, perhaps mystified, by Nature's grand design, the Vedic seers pondered upon the nature of Ultimate Reality: 'Brahman', and how it is related to Man and the World. Over the time, these early reflections tu....read below

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Stirred on, perhaps mystified, by Nature's grand design, the Vedic seers pondered upon the nature of Ultimate Reality: 'Brahman', and how it is related to Man and the World. Over the time, these early reflections turned into profound, intricately metaphysical discussions, even polemics. And the dialogue continued vigorously in the post-Upanishadic period -- leading to the emergence of many spiritual-metaphysical schools of thought, represented notably by Gaudapada's Ajata-Vada, Shankara's 'Advaita (Kevaladvaita), Bhskara's Bhedabheda-Vada, Ramanuja's Vishishtadvaita, Madhva's Dvaita, and Shripati Pandit's Dvaitadvaita (also called Shakti Vishishtadvaita). Dr. Tagare here tries to locate Shri Vallabhacarya's worldview in this centuries-long discourse on Brahman.

A highly erudite, Telugu brahmin, the great 'Acarya Shri Vallabha: 1478(?) - 1530 ad, was not only involved in the metaphysical niceties of the Brahman-related dialogue, but also came to develop his own doctrine, called Shuddhadvaita which, literally meaning "pure advaita", views Brahman as "pure" (shuddha) Karya-Karana- Rupa: the cause and effect (of the universe), without the least mix of maya. Highlighting the tenets of his Brahma-Vada, the book spells out Shri Vallabha's views of Ultimate Reality (Brahman/Krishna), Individual Soul (Jivatman), and the Phenomenal World (Jagat), together with his concepts of Akshara Brahman and Pushti Bhakti.

The author charts the historical development of Brahman-Vada, underscoring therein the uniqueness of Shri Vallabha's position. And also the relevance of his message of Bhakti-Karma-Samuccaya to the distraught, tension-ridden world of ours.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601129
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601127
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 1998
  • Pages : xiii, 119 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Bibliography; Glossary of Sanskrit Terms; Indices
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 250 gm

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations

Introduction

Condition of Hindus Under Islam

1. Vallabhacarya : A Life-Sketch

Pilgrimages of Vallabhacarya

2. Evolution of Indian Philosophical Thought (From the Vedas to the Brahmna Sutra)

Shruti: The Basis Of All-isms
Prasthanas

Upanishads -- The Bhagavad Gita -- The Brahma Sutra

3. Pre-Brahma Sutra Teachers

Contents of the BrSu
Pre-Brahma Sutra Teachers

Ashmarathya -- Atreya -- Audulomi -- Badarayana -- Badari -- Jaimini -- Karshnajini

4. Pre-Vallabha Vedanta Thought

Gaudapada
Shankara

The Ultimate Reality -- The Individual Soul -- The Phenomenal World

Vallabacarya's View
Bhaskara (ad 1000)
Ramanuja (ad1017-1127)
Madhva (ad 1238)
Shrikantha (circa ad 1300)
Shripati Pandit (ad 1500?)
Moksha

5. The Concept of the Deity

Pramanas (Valid Means of Knowledge)
Number of Pramanas
Vallabhacarya's Views
Gradation of Pramanas
Prameya: The Brahman: Krishna
The Concept of The Brahman
Impartiality of God
The Doctrine of Grace
The Doctrine of Avatara

6. The Concept of Akshara Brahman 

Epithets of the Akshara Brahman
Concept of the Akshara Brahman
Difference with other Vaishnava Schools

7. The Individual Soul (Jivatman)

Vallabha's Concept of the Soul
The Attributes of the Soul
The Size of the Soul (BrSu, 2.3.19-32)
The Soul as an Agent (Karta) (BrSu, 1.3.40)
Jiva's Dependence on the Brahman
The Relation between the Individual Soul and the Brahman

Souls: Eternal, Uncreated -- Attributes of the Soul(s) -- Relations between the Jiva and the Brahman

8. The Jagat (World)

The Brahman: The Material Cause of Jagat
Conclusion
To Sum Up

9. Epilogue

Appendix I: Pushti Bhakti
Appendix II: Verses Attributed to Vishnusvamin
Bibliography
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
Subject Index
General Index

 

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