A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti: Essential Teachings of by Tamal Krishna Goswami

By Tamal Krishna Goswami

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhup?da (1896-1977), founding father of the Hare Krishna move, 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 specialists and his sleek Western readership and utilizing his writings as blueprints for religious swap and a revolution in cognizance. He needed to communicate the language of a humans greatly 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' kinds 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 wide variety of 'vedic' subject material is ruled via the axiomatic fact: Krishna is the superb character of Godhead.

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

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Forty years would have to pass before Abhay Charan’s ocean crossing. First, Abhay would have to taste bitter disappointment in his personal life and business career. Although he was primarily occupied initially with these engagements, Bhaktisiddhānta’s order was never far from his mind. If anything, his circumstantial inability to immediately act on his guru’s words only deepened their significance. They became his constant meditation, gestating for eleven years, until 1933, when he received formal initiation from Bhaktisiddhānta and vowed to dedicate his life to the service of his guru’s mission.

Focusing on Prabhupāda’s charisma and religious innovation, Selengut 1996 has also cast him in the role of a charismatic prophet. 34. See n. 9 earlier in the chapter for Wach’s typology of charismatic leadership. 2 The Travails of Illegitimacy: Historical Setting Counterculture Discourse: The Mid-1960s to Mid-1970s “At first they will laugh at you,. ” A welter of youthful elation, parental dismay, public perplexity, cult deprogramming, and establishment opposition followed in the wake of ISKCON’s emergence as a new religious movement.

7. The term Gauḍīya generally refers to the eastern region of India known as Gauḍadeśa, located in Bengal, where this sect of Vaishnavism originated. Some scholars, therefore, prefer to call the sect Bengali Vaishnavism, but since the tradition spread southward throughout Orissa, as well as northwest to the region of Mathura-Vrindaban and Jaipur, I will use Gauḍīya Vaishnavism, or on occasion, Chaitanya Vaishnavism. Graham Schweig offers a further nuance: “ ‘gauḍa. . ,’ apart from its geographic designation, means ‘prepared from sugar or molasses’.

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