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Samnyasin in the Hindu Tradition: Changing Perspectives

T S Rukmani (Author)
Synopsis The present book, “Samnyasins in the Hindu Tradition: Changing Perspectives”, covers a wide territory, trying to look at the samnyasins and the samnyasarama in their long existence from the times of Sankara to the present day. This book traverses a slightly different trajectory from the usual book on samnyasins as it attempts an overview of the samnyasin and the institution over a long period from Vedic to post-Independence times and speculates on the future of the institutions as well. Samnyasins and scholars not only from India, but from countries as diverse as Canada, South Africa, UK and USA also figure in this collection. The samnyasaramas covered also range from the traditional Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita to include many more later asrams such as the Vira Saiva (Lingayat), Dharmapuram Adheenam, Arya Samaj, Shivananda Ashram, Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Narayan and many others. Another departure from other books on the subject is that it also compares institutions like the Ramakrishna Misssion for instance, as they function in India and in foreign countries where they have established asrams. In the midst of varied opinions regarding the samnyasin and the samnyasarama this book will throw light on the how scholars, common people, as well as the samnyasins themselves view their roles, both as individual personalities and as persons living in an institution relating to society as a whole.
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About the author

T S Rukmani

Dr. T.S. Rukmani is currently Professor and Chair in Hindu Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Before joining the present assignment she had the distinction of being the first Chair in Hindu Studies and Indian Philosophy at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. She had a distinguished academic career at the University of Delhi, where her last assignment was Principal, Miranda House. She is the author of ten books which also includes the Yogavarttika of Vijnanabhiksu, translated into English, 4 vols. (New Delhi, 1981-89). She has innumerable papers to her credit and publishes regularly in academic journals both in India and abroad.

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Bibliographic information

Title Samnyasin in the Hindu Tradition: Changing Perspectives
Author T S Rukmani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.01.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124605742, 9788124605745
length viii+283p., Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.