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From Devotion to Total Surrender Sharnagati Yoga

In the Light of Indian Philosophy by: T.K. Sribhashyam , Alamelu Sheshadri

The book is an in-depth study of the origin of bhakti as expounded in ancient scriptures including the Vedas. While the emphasis is on RÀmÀnuja’s understanding of the Absolute, it explores the bhakti devotion in Œaivism and throws ample light on man’s need for devotion without religious convictions.

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Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxvii, 348p.
Bibliographic Details : 2 b/w photographs, Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 670

Overview

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.

Contents

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 Vedânta
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

Meet the Author
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1940
Mr. T.K. Sribhashyam obtained his Master’s degree in accountancy as well as in Hindu philosophy. He also received intensive lessons on yoga philosophy, and Indian psychology. Ayurveda, the Indian medical science, was another subject of study under his father, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Since 1971, he has been transmitting his father’s teachings in Europe, in French as well as in English. In 1999, the Mysore Sanskrit College conferred on him the title of Acharya for his faithful and devoted teachings of Hindu philosophy. He is the Head of all Yogakshemam schools in Europe. His book Emergence du Yoga (in French) has been recently published from France and its English translation is under preparation. Two of his books in English viz. Blissful Experience-Bhakti — Quintessence of Indian Philosophy and From Devotion to Total Surrender-Shanagati Yoga — In the Light of Indian Philosophy are appearing from India in 2012. He has published many articles in different yoga journals in Europe. He is an honorary life member of the International Yoga Federation and the World Yoga Council.
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Mrs. Alamelu Sheshadri, second daughter of Shri T. Krishnamacharya, is graduated from Mysore University. Shri T. Krishnamacharya initiated her to Yajurveda, taught her all major Upanishads, Brahmasutras and the Bhagavad-Gita in the traditional way. He also trained her in yoga, both practically and philosophically. From 1985 until 1989 she continued studying many philosophical subjects, especially Vishishtadvaita.
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