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Blissful Experience Bhakti: Quintessence of Indian Philisophy / Sribhashyam, T.K. & Sheshadri, Alamelu
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Blissful Experience Bhakti: Quintessence of Indian Philisophy
Sribhashyam, T.K. & Sheshadri, Alamelu
 
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  Book ID : 38297
  ISBN-10 : 81-246-0613-7 / 8124606137
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0613-1 / 9788124606131
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2012
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  xxiv, 335p., 10 B/W Illus., Gloss., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-
1. Introduction; Lord Rama's Disappointment; The Soul; God and the World; Concept of Soul and Supreme Soul, Atma and Paramatma; God and the Soul; The Aim of Devotion; What Does Man Achieve in Devotion?; The Supremacy of Devotion.
2. Concept of Bhakti.
3. Stages of Bhakti; Different Stages of Bhakti; Four Stages of Approach; Salokya - Samipya - Sarupya - Sayujya; Stages of Bhakti in Narayaniyam.
4. Ramanuja's Teaching of Bhakti; Ramanuja's Views in a Nutshell; Ramanuja's Teaching Through His Life and Works; Two Types of Human Pursuit; Surrender to God; The Theology of Ramanuja; Universality of God; Fruits of Self-surrender.
5. The Sevenfold Discipline of Ramanuja (Sadhana Saptaka); Introduction; Ramanuja's Philosophy; Importance of Means and Practical Examples; Sevenfold Practice, Sadhana Saptaka; Discrimination (Viveka); Means to Purify the Mind, the Intellect, the Ego and the Cit; Freedom from Desires (Vimoka); Constant and Uninterrupted Spiritual Practice (Abhyasa); Good Action (Kriya); Virtuous Qualities and Conduct (Kalyana Guna); Truthfulness (Satya); Straightforwardness or Sincerity (Arjava); Compassion to Living Beings, Deep Sympathy (Daya); Harmlessness, Non-violence (Ahimsa); Gift of Duly Earned Belongings (Dana); Satvika Dana; Rajasika Dana; Tamasika Dana; Non-covetousness (Anabhidaya); Cheerfulness (Anavasada); Non-exultation (Anuddharsha).
6. Value of Uttering God's Name; Importance of God's Name; Relation Between Name and Form or Image; The Inherent Power of the Name (Nama-shakti); The Means.
7. Symbolism in Devotion, Pratika Upasana; Importance of Symbols; The Relevance of Symbols in Devotion; Symbols; Symbols in Buddhism; Symbols in Hinduism; Pranava (OM) - Shri Cakra - Tantra - Mandala - Svastika - Shiva-Linga - Shalagrama or Shaligrama; Symbolic form of Worship (Pratika); Worship Through Meditation.
8. Peaceful Emotion Shanta Rasa; Birth of Human Emotions; Peaceful Emotion (Shanta Rasa); Shanta Rasa and Bhakti.
9. Image in Devotion; Need for Images in Devotion; How Images Develop Bhakti; Greatness of Images in Spiritual Evolution.
10. Adoration of God (Prayer); Adoration of God; Prayer; Japa; Sound is in Fact the Breath of Brahman - Pranava and Pranava Japa - Rama Nama Japa; Mahatma Gandhi's view on Rama Nama; Gayatri.
11. Dietary Regulations in Devotion: Ahara Niyama; Praise of Food (Annastuti); Efficacy of a Proper Diet; Mind is Made of Food; The Quality of Mind Depends upon the Quality of Food; The Twofold Classification of Creatures; The Concept of Anna in the Upanishads; Chandogya Upanishad on Food; Prasada, the Divine Food; The Six Tastes of Food in Ayurveda; Sweet (Madhura) - Sour (Amla) - Salty (Lavana) - Bitter (Katuka) - Pungent or Spicy (Tikta) - Astringent (Kashaya); The Concept of Ojas; The Concept of Personality in Hindu Philosophy; Factors that Influence Man's Personality; Birth and Development of Different Emotions; Vegetarianism and Non-vegetarianism in Hinduism; Scriptural Awareness of Animals; The Three Types of Food According to Bhagavad-Gita; Food Regulations in Yoga; Disciplines in Food Habits; Ramanuja on Food Regulations; Vedanta Deshika on Food Regulations; Forbidden Foods; Foods to be Avoided; Eating Regulations (Bhojana Niyama); Indications for Daily Life; A Note of Caution.
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Bhakti-yoga is seen as the direct path to perfection that leads to the very heart of religious consciousness. Ramanuja's concept of bhakti (devotion) emphasised the practice of self-surrender through which a person realises his personality, strengths and weaknesses, and hidden powers. Bhakti, for him, acts as a link between mortals and the Ultimate Reality.

This book examines the views of Vishishtadvaita of Ramanuja on bhakti and prapatti (self-surrender). It studies in-depth the meaning of God, the soul and the Supreme Soul, and the world; the concept of bhakti; the different stages of bhakti referring to numerous sources that include the Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads and the Puranas. It focuses on Ramanuja's teaching of bhakti, examining his philosophy in general and his sevenfold practice, Sadhana Saptaka to generate bhakti that expounds the qualities and significance of discrimination for viveka, freedom from sensual attachment or anger for securing vimoka, repeated reflection of God, performance of religious duty for inner mental strength, development of ethical virtues, freedom from despair and freedom from excessive joy. It understands the relevance of symbols in devotion and examines nature and use of symbols in Buddhism and Hinduism. The scholarly study discusses the importance and cultivation of peaceful emotions, and need for prayer and dietary regulations in devotion.

The volume will prove an indispensable work for scholars of Indian philosophy and religious studies.

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