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Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. The Context and Significance of a Modern Hindu Personalist

Sardella, Ferdinando, 1960- (författare)
Uppsala universitet, Teologiska institutionen, Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, University of Gothenburg
Ferdinando, Sardella, 1960- (författare)
Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, University of Gothenburg, Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Uppsala universitet Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet. Teologiska fakulteten. Teologiska institutionen. (creator_code:org_t)
Göteborgs universitet Humanistiska fakulteten. Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion. 
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Göteborgs universitet Humanistiska fakulteten. Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion. 
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ISBN 978-91-88348-33-3
University of Gothenburg, 2010
Engelska 301 s.
Serie: Skrifter utgivna av institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion ; 34
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract Ämnesord
  • This study explores the life and work of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati (1874-1937), a Vaishnava guru of the school of Chaitanya (1486-1534), who, at a time that Hindu non-dualism was most prominent, managed to establish a pan-Indian movement for the modern revival of traditional personalist bhakti that today encompasses both Indian and non-Indian populations throughout the world.To most historians, the period between 1815 and 1914 is known as Britain’s Im-perial Century, when the power of British cultural influence was at its height, most especially in Calcutta, India, the jewel of the British crown. Here the profound ad-mixture of Western and Indic social structures, values and ideas gave rise to a new indigenous middle-class known as the bhadraloka: the class responsible for what has come to be known as the Bengali Renaissance, and for producing such transfor-mative figures as Rammohun Roy and Swami Vivekananda, both of whom believed non-dualism to be the fundamental expression of Indic thought. As a result of their efforts (especially those of Vivekananda), modern Hinduism gradually came to be identified with Vedantic non-dualism (advaita) in both India and the West—an outcome that has historically obscured personalist bhakti strands.To redress this imbalance, the thesis explores Bhaktisiddhanta’s background, mo-tivation and thought, especially as it relates to his forging of a modern traditionalist institution for the successful revival of Chaitanya Vaishnava bhakti. That institution, originally known as the Gaudiya Math, has a number of contemporary global off-shoots, the best known of which is the International Society for Krishna Conscious-ness. The missing piece has been the scholarly study of the little known individual whose vision and thought provided the original impetus for these more recent movements, and who during his lifetime established centres in both London and Berlin. Bhaktisiddhanta pursued a modern traditionalist approach within the context of the multiple trajectories of Hinduism. While remaining faithful to a traditional reading of religious texts, he was nonetheless able to adjust core principles so as to make them fitting for modern times.The results of this study carry implications for the understanding of modern Hin-duism and its development from pre-colonial to post-modern forms, which occurred during a time of global modernisation.


HUMANIORA  -- Filosofi, etik och religion -- Religionshistoria (hsv//swe)
HUMANITIES  -- Philosophy, Ethics and Religion -- History of Religions (hsv//eng)
HUMANIORA  -- Annan humaniora -- Övrig annan humaniora (hsv//swe)
HUMANITIES  -- Other Humanities -- Other Humanities not elsewhere specified (hsv//eng)


HUMANITIES and RELIGION Religion/Theology History of religion
HUMANIORA och RELIGIONSVETENSKAP Religionsvetenskap/Teologi Religionshistoria
History of Religions
Modern Hinduism
Bengal Renaissance
Övrig humaniora och religionsvetenskap
Other humanities and religion
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
Bengal intellectual life
Chaitanya doctrines
Gaudiya Math
India religion 20th century
modern Hinduism
worship (Hinduism)

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