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Bhakti Schools of Vedanta (Lives and Philosophies of Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Madhva, Vallabha and Caitanya (Chaitanya))

Swami Tapasyananda (Author)

Generally Vedants is identified with the exposition of the system by Sri Sankaracarya and the followers of his tradition. An attempt is made in this book to treat in a brief compass the life and teachings of five other Acaryas who differ from Sankara and interpret Vedanta as essentially a system concerned with a God having infinite auspicious attributes, whose grace alone can give salvation to the Jivas involved in the cycle of births and deaths (Samsara). They are in no way less deserving recognition than Sri Sankara as Acaryas of Vedanta, as they all base their teachings on the three foundational texts of the system - the Upanisads, the Vedantasutras and the Bhagavad Gita. The teaching of these five schools have mutual differences, just as they have common differences from that of Sri Sankara. The Vedanta may as a consequence appear as a plethora of contradictions. The drift of this book in its introduction is to show that it is not so in the light of the experiences of Ramakrishna Vivekananda.


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Swami Tapasyananda

Swami Tapasyanandaji Mahara] (1904- 1991), a Vice-president of the Ramakrishna Order, was a disciple of Swami Shiva- nandaji Maharaj, one of the eminent disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, and received Sannyasa from his Guru in 1932. For three decades he was head of Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Trivandrum, and took over as President of the Chennai Centre in 1971.

He was an erudite scholar in both English and Sanskrit. He has written many books in English and also translated several important Hindu Scriptures into English. His translation of Srimad Bhagavatam in four volumes has been highly acclaimed in intellectual and devotional circles.

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Title Bhakti Schools of Vedanta (Lives and Philosophies of Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Madhva, Vallabha and Caitanya (Chaitanya))
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788178230382
length 397p., Color Illustration: 4; 8.2" X 5.3"cm.