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Love and Devotion

by: Nitya Chaitanya Yati

This book is essentially a poetic/spiritual treatment of poetic and spiritual themes. It presents a breadth of understanding that illuminates the text, and extends the meaning of the text through both personal and universal experience.

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ISBN: 9788124600580
Year Of Publication: 2002
Edition: 2nd
Pages : x, 203
Bibliographic Details : Index; Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 24 cm.
Weight: 350

Overview

Developed from Guru Nitya’s talks given at the Stanford and Portland State Universities, the book represents a study in the universal force of love in two major examples of sacred and prophetic literature : Jayadeva’s Gita Govindam and the poetry of St. John of the Cross. The foundation of Guru Nitya’s approach lies in an exciting, at once original unification of Eastern meditation practices and Western humanistic psychological theory. The outcome is his Love and Devotion, highlighting how the erotic mysticism of Jayadeva and St. John of the Cross exemplify as the two different expressions of the perception of God. Unlike most works of literary criticism, Nitya’s book presents a breadth of understanding that illuminates the text, and then extends the meaning of the text in terms of both personal and universal experience. It is essentially a poetic and spiritual treatment of poetic and spiritual themes, for Love and Devotion is itself a treatise on spirituality.

Contents

Foreword
Introduction

Part – 1
Gita Govindam
Introduction
The Historical Background of Krishna
Scheme of Correlation Implied in Aum
Invocation
Ashtapadi
The Sting of Love and the Pinch of Rejection
The ‘I’ And the ‘Other’ in the Context of Love
The First Phase of Love
Fantasy and Sharing with a Friend
Hope, Agony and Seeking Help
Reciprocal Agony
Krishna’s Reciprocal Agony and Attempt for Rapprochement
The Climax of Love is in the Mutual Resonance of Agony
Descending to the Zero Point of Negativity
Hope Versus Frustration
Disadoption, Negative Projection and Cathrsis
Crossing the Ego Boundary
The Aftermath of Catharsis and the Rekindling of Fresh Hope
Wonder in Oneness
The Divine Lover at the Feet of of his Earthly Beloved
Sex as the Functional Dynamic of the Word of God and the Word that is God
The Joyous Wonder of the Lovers’ Reunion
The Musical and Poetic Quality of Gita Govindam
Conclusion — Jayadeva’s Three Main Arguments

Part – 2
St. John of the Cross
An Approach to St. John of the Cross
The Dark Night
Ascent of Mt. Carmel
St. Johan of the Cross’ Sketch of Mt. Carmel
Meditation on the Dark Night
Spiritual Canticle
The Outline of the Song of Songs
The Canticle of Canticles, the Spiritual Canticle and the Indian Song of Songs
Meditation on the Spiritual Canticle
O Living Flame of Love
Index
Selected Bibliography

Meet the Author
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1924
After his matriculation, Guru Nitya left home as a wandering mendicant to familiarize himself with the land and people of his country of birth. He met great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and poets of high repute and sat at the feet of several spiritual masters, including Sufi fakirs, Jain munis, and Buddhist monks, and Hindu teachers such as Ramana Maharshi and Nityananda. In 1947 he joined the University College, Alwaye, Kerala to continue his academic studies. After specializing in philosophy and psychology, he taught these subjects in Indian universities. In 1951, he accepted Nataraja Guru - founder and head of the Narayana Gurukula - as his spiritual preceptor. In 1973 he followed him as head and Guru of the Gurukula, a world community of spiritual seekers. Between 1970 and 1980 he taught courses in psychology, philosophy, yoga, and aesthetics at universities in the US and other countries. He also was the chairperson of the East-West University of Unitive Sciences and the Commissioner for World Education. Guru Nitya published over 120 books in Malayalam and 80 books in English, as well as countless articles on philosophy, psychology, social ethics, and aesthetics. His writings combine rare insight and profound wisdom with an ability to communicate in terms readily understood by students everywhere.
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