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Title : The Historical Development of the Bhakti Movement in India: Theory and Practice
Author : Iwao Shima, Teiji Sakata, and Katsuyuki Ida (eds.)
Edition : Hardbound
ISBN : 9788173048845
Pages : 300
Year of Pub : 2019
Price : Rs 995.00
`Bhakti` has formed an important part of religious life of the Indian people since the early medieval period. Devotees can be blessed with divine grace or attain union with God through their intense devotion called bhakti. This book attempts to elucidate the concepts of bhakti and traces its development, theoretical as well as historical, in the religious history of India.
This volume is divided in two parts. The first part, `The Theoretical Framework of Bhakti and its Historical Development`, contains seven chapters dealing with various types of theories of bhakti in the Indian traditions. These chapters specifically investigate how the idea of bhakti emerged, took shape and was established in such philosophical schools as Vedanta, Pāñcarātra, Śrīvai]s]nava and Tantras.
The second part, ‘The Philosophical Influence of Bhakti and its Popular Acceptance`, contains seven chapters focusing on how the idea of bhakti exerted an influence on the Indian religious traditions, or how bhakti was popularly accepted in the Indian cultural contexts. Each chapter deals with the popular devotional movements led by Jñāneśvar, Tukārām, Kabīr, Tulsīdās and Ramalingar with their works in the respective vernacular languages.
The late Iwao Shima was a Professor of Indian philosophy at Kanazawa University. He extensively contributed to the various subjects of Indian spirituality including Advaita Vedānta, Tantric and Śākta traditions, Marā_thī Bhakti movements and renewed phases in Indian Buddhism. He was the inspiring organizer of research projects on Indian devotionalism, the out-come of which is crystallized in this publication.
Teiji Sakata is Professor Emeritus of Takushoku University. He is working on Hindi folktales and medieval Hindi literature. He is an active member of the International Conference on Devotional Literature in New Indo-Aryan Languages.
Katsuyuki Ida is a Lecturer of South Asian Studies at Kanazawa University. He has been working on medieval Hinduism, focusing mainly on the Tantric practices and Puranic myths.


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