New PDF release: A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti: Essential Teachings of

By Tamal Krishna Goswami

ISBN-10: 0199796637

ISBN-13: 9780199796632

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhup?da (1896-1977), founding father of the Hare Krishna stream, traced his lineage to the fifteenth-century Indian saint Sri Chaitanya. He authored greater than fifty volumes of English translation and commentaries on Sanskrit and Bengali texts, serving as a medium among those far-off gurus and his sleek Western readership and utilizing his writings as blueprints for non secular switch and a revolution in recognition. He needed to converse the language of a humans tremendously disparate from the unique recipients of his tradition's scriptures with out compromising constancy to the tradition.

Tamal Krishna Goswami claims that the social clinical, philosophical, and 'insider' types of research formerly utilized have didn't clarify the presence of a strong interpretative device-a mahavakya or 'great utterance'-that governs and pervades Prabhupada's 'living theology' of devotion on bhakti. For Prabhupada, the big variety of 'vedic' subject material is ruled through the axiomatic fact: Krishna is the preferrred character of Godhead.

Goswami's educational education on the collage of Cambridge, his thirty years' adventure as a practitioner and instructor, and his huge interactions with Prabhupada as either own secretary and managerial consultant, afforded him a special chance to appreciate and remove darkness from the theological contribution of Prabhupada. during this paintings, Goswami proves that the voice of the scholar-practitioner should be in detail attached along with his culture whereas maintaining a mature severe stance relative to his topic. A dwelling Theology of Krishna Bhakti features a serious advent and end by way of Graham M. Schweig.

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Bards, appropriately, were assembled to herald its release. Allen Ginsberg, Thomas Merton, and Denise Levertov, as dissimilar in temperament and style as alike in their appreciation for poesy and for things Indian, take turns acquainting Macmillan’s readers with that ultimate Indian philosophical poem, the Gītā. Ginsberg begins by introducing its latest interpreter: Swami Bhaktivedanta came to USA and went swiftly to the Archetype Spiritual Neighborhood, the New York Lower East Side, and installed intact an ancient perfectly preserved piece of street India.

Smith introduced the term “cumulative tradition” to indicate “the entire mass of overt objective data that constitute the historical deposit, as it were, of the past religious life of the community in question: temples, scriptures, theological systems, dance patterns, legal and other social institutions, conventions, moral codes, myths, and so on; anything that can be and is transmitted from one person, one generation, to another, and that an historian can observe” (1978:156–157). 21. In a conversation with me in 1977, Prabhupāda approved the idea of a biography, but hinted that it should not be done while he was alive.

Even if its contents are in fact changed, they will have 23. For Prabhupāda, scriptural transmission is always as much a transformation as it is a translation, an exercise in preserving the canon’s authority while extending its boundaries; see Tamal Krishna 1998a. 24. See Lawrence 1998:340. For a summary of forty years of literature on the subject, see Waldman 1986. In Quest of the “Theological” Prabhupāda 31 the advantage of being thought of as unconsciously adopted, normative, unanalyzed, and ancestrally recognized.

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