The Philosophy of Jnanadeva: As Gleaned from the Amrtanubhava
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Book ID : 640
ISBN-10 : 81-208-1574-2 / 8120815742
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Language : English
xiv, 354p., App., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. The age of Jnanadeva; 2. Life and works of Jnanadeva; 3. The Amritanubhava and its commentators; 4. Metaphysics the nature of ultimate reality; 5. Cosmology--the nature of the world; 6. The nature of the Jiva; 7. Bhakti or God-realization; 8. Influences on the philosophy of Jnanadeva; 9. Amritanubhava and other works of Jnanadeva; 10. Different interpretations of Jnanadeva's philosophy--a critical survey; 11. Jnanadeva and some western philosophers; 12. Jnanadeva's place in the history of Indian philosophy.
The present work is devoted to the philosophical teachings of Jnanadeva, the well-known 13th century saint and genius of Maharashtra, in whom we find a rare combination of poetry, philosophy and deep religious experience. The author has based his work mainly on Jnanadeva's Amrtanubhava, but he has also taken into consideration other works of Jnanadeva. He gives a clear and lucid exposition of Jnanadeva's theory of Chidvilasa, which is approached by him through an acute criticism of the theory of Avidya. He also shows how Jnanadeva's philosophy culminates in his conception of natural devotion and forms a firm foundation of the Bhakti-cult in Maharashtra. The views of Jnanadeva are also compared with those of eastern and western thinkers. This is the first attempt to present in English the philosophy of Jnanadeva in a systematic form and to convey a clear vision of his lofty and integral idealism.