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History of the Dvaita School of Vedanta and its Literature

History of the Dvaita School of Vedanta and its Literature

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  • Dimensions:9.9' x 6.6'
  • Edition:2008
  • Author:B.N.K. Sharma
  • Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  • ISBN:8120815750
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:690
  • From the Jacket

    This book was first published from Pune in 1961 in two volumes and received the highest national literary award of the Central Sahitya Academy in 1963. A revised enlarged single volume edition was brought out in 1981 by Motilal Banarsidass. The present is the second revised and enlarged edition. The passage of time and the coming to light of fresh information and materials have necessitated some amount of corrections, revisions and deletions which have been shifted to a separate place at the end as a matter of expediency for the present.

    Eight more Appendices, some discussing standing issues like the alleged Christian influence on some of the spiritual order (Parampara), the maintainability of the report of Caitanya's visit to Udupi and the adverse remarks said to have been made by Caitanya on the place of Karma and Jnana in M's. system on the occasion, the influence of M's. GB on Jnanesvari etc. have been added. 

    The reader is enabled to see how the genius of the founder has dived deep into the recesses of the Vedic and Upanisadic heritage ending with the Puranas and restored to posterity a robust system of Vedantic Theism in which the three eternal verities of the Supreme Being and the world of matter and souls receive their legitimate place of honour. 

    About the Author

    Born on 9th June, 1909 in a family of Asthana Vidvans of the former Cochin State of Kerala Dr. B.N.K. Sharma combines in himself a solid background of traditional Sastric learning with the highest attainments in modern University Education.

    Vicissitudes of fortune have taken him from Tamil Nadu to far off Punjab and Karnataka and finally landed him in Maharashtra in 1953 where he was appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit in the newly founded Ruparel Collage of the Modern Education Society of Pune in 1953. After his retirement in 1969, Dr. Sharma was on a U.G.C. tenure of five years on a massive research project on the Brahmasutras and Their Principal Commentaries of the three leading schools of Vedanta. This standard research work was published by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, between 1971-78 in three large volumes. Subsequently, a re-print edition of the same has bee brought out by Munshiram Manoharlal of Delhi (1986). This work has been hailed as an event in Vedantic Scholarship. Dr. Sharma's Madhva's Teachings in His Own Words sponsored by the Bhavans has now gone into its 4th edition.

    Dr. Sharma is the recipient of the President of India's Award for Eminent Sanskrit Scholars in 1992 and the Government of Maharashtra's Award for Sanskrit (1993) and the prestigious Sri Vidyamanya Prasasti of the Purnaprajna Pratisthana in 1996. He has also been honored by the Late Periaval of the Kanchi Mutt and several Madhva Pithadhipatis.

    Today with over a dozen publications of outstanding merit in lucid English, Dr. Sharma has verily established the highest record of the present century in his chose field with his latest English rendering of the Samanvayadhyaya of Jayatirtha's Nyayasudha.

    Contents:

    Foreword

    Abbreviations

    Preface to the Reprint Edition

    Preface to the Second Edition

    Preface to the First Edition

    PART I

    EVOLUTION OF DVAITA THOUGHT

    Chapter I The Concept of Dvaita and Its Significance
    Chapter II Mantras, Brahmanas and Aranyakas
    Chapter III Early Upanisads
    Chapter IV Later Upanisads and Svetasvatara
    Chapter V Post-Svetasvatara Thought-Ferment : Ekayana, Khila and Other Expatiatory Literature
    Chapter VI Post-Vedic Period : Epics, Puranas, Pancaratras and Gita
    Chapter VII The Dawn of Schism and Heretical Schools
    Chapter VIII Brahma Sutras
    Chapter IX Early Commentators on the Sutras, Recrudescence of Buddhism, Hindu Revival, The Rise of the Advaita Vedanta and Early Theistic reactions to It
    Chapter X Decline of Mayavada. Theistic Reaction of Ramanuja and the Need for a New Darsana

    PART II

    THE CREATIVE PERIOD OF MADHVA AND HIS IMMEDIATE DISCIPLES

    Chapter XI Date, Life and Works of Madhva
    Chapter XII Gita and Sutra-Prasthana
    Chapter XIII Purana Prasthana
    Chapter XIV Dasa Prakaranas
    Chapter XV Upanisad-Bhasyas and Rg Bhasya
    Chapter XVI Poems Stotras and Miscellaneous Works of Madhva
    Chapter XVII Emergence of the Astamathas of Udipi and Other Mutts. Tables of Mutts
    Chapter XVIII Taulava Disciples, Their Lives and Works
    Chapter XIX Pracina Tikakaras

    PART III

    STANDARDIZATION OF DVAITA THOUGHT UNDER JAYATIRTHA

    Chapter XX Place of Jayatirtha in Dvaita Thought
    Chapter XXI Life and Works of Jayatirtha (1365-88)
    Chapter XXII Jayatirtha's Dialectics

    PART IV

    AGE OF NEO-DIALECTICISM IN DVAITA-VEDANTA

    Chapter XXIII Sad-Darsanivallabha Visnudasacarya
    Chapter XXIV Dialectics of Vadaratnavali
    Chapter XXV Life of Vyasatirtha (1478-1539)
    Chapter XXVI Works of Vyasatirtha
    Chapter XXVII Glimpses of Vyasatirtha's Polemical Review of the Brahma-Sutra Interpretations of Samkara, Ramanuja and Madhva
    Chapter XXVIII The Place of Vyasatirtha in the Dvaita System
    Chapter XXIX Vyasatirtha's Dialectics
    Chapter XXX Dialectic Sequel tot he Nyayamrta

    PART V

    THEOLOGICAL CONTROVERSIES AND REINFORCEMENT OF SIDDHANTA

    Chapter XXXI Vijayindra Tirtha (1514-95)
    Chapter XXXII Vadiraja Tirtha
    Chapter XXXIII Narayanacarya (C. 1600-1660)
    Chapter XXXIV Satyanatha Yati (1648-1674)
    Chapter XXXV Gauda Purnananda Cakravartin (circa 17th cent.)

    PART VI

    NON-POLEMICAL LITERATURE

    Chapter XXXVI Major Commentators
    Chapter XXXVII Minor Commentators

    PART VII

    TERRITORIAL EXPANSION OF THE DVAITA SCHOOL THROUGH SOCIAL, RELIGIOUS AND LITERARY PROPAGANDA

    Chapter XXXVIII Reformatory and Devotional Movement of the Haridasakuta. Its History and Literature
    Chapter XXXIX Influence of Madhva thought on Bengal Vaisnavism
    Chapter XL Expansion of Madhva Sampradaya in Maharashtra and among the Gauda-Sarasvatas and Other Communities in Various Parts of India

    PART VIII

    MODERN PERIOD

    Chapter XLI Transitional Literature of XIX Century and After
    Chapter XLII New Literature in English and Other Modern Languages
    Chapter XLIII Retrospect and Prospect

    APPENDICES

    Appendix I List of Works Cited by Madhvacarya
    Appendix II The Sri Kurman Iscription of Narahari Tirtha
    Appendix III Insufficiently Known and Undatable Authors and Anonymous Works in Davita Literature
    Appendix IV The Kasi and the Gokarna Mathas
    Appendix V Baladeva's Govinda-Bhasya and the concept of 'Acintyabhedabheda'
    Appendix VI A New Controversial Work of Vyasatirtha
    Appendix VII The Birth-place of Purandara Dasa
    Appendix VIII The Gokarna-Partagali Jivottama Matha-A Historical Sketch
    Appendix IX Krsnadevarayakrtih by Krsnadevaraya
    Appendix X Alleged Influence of Christianity on Madhva-A Baseless Assumption
    Appendix XI Infoluence of Sri Madhvacarya on the Jnanesvari
    Appendix XII Pre-Madhva Sanaka-Sampradaya Guruparampara of Madhva does not Belong to the Direct Disciplic Line of Sankara
    Appendix XIII Vaisnava Studies
    Appendix XIV Sesa-Ramacandracarya's Prakriya-Kaumudi (Face Page 576)
    Appendix XV (To be read on page 578 between lines 12 and 13)
    Appendix XVI A Surviving Madhva-Sampradaya Matha in Madhya Pradesh
    Appendix XVII A Vernacular (Tulu) Poem of Vadiraja Tirtha (Face Page 431)
    Appendix XVIII Vijayindra-Vijaya-Kavya of Madhvakavi (Face Page 397)
    Appendix XIX Nyayacandrika of Vidyasagara Anandapurna and Jaya Tirtha's Nyayasudha
    Appendix XX The Problem of Non-extant Source Books Cited by Madhva

    Bibliography

    Index

    Supplemental Index

    Addenda and Corrigenda

    Sample Pages

















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