Hindu Theology in Early Modern South Asia

Hardcover | August 31, 2014

byKiyokazu Okita

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Focusing on the idea of genealogical affiliation (sampradaya), Kiyokazu Okita explores the interactions between the royal power and the priestly authority in eighteenth-century north India. He examines how the religious policies of Jaisingh II (1688-1743) of Jaipur influenced theself-representation of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, as articulated by Baladeva Vidyabhusana (ca. 1700-1793). Gaudiya Vaiisnavism centred around God Krsna was inaugurated by Caitanya (1486-1533) and quickly became one of the most influential Hindu devotional movements in early modern South Asia. In the increasingly volatile late Mughal period, Jaisingh II tried to establish the legitimacy of his kingship by resorting to a moral discourse. As part of this discourse, he demanded that religious traditions in his kingdom conform to what he conceived of as Brahmanicaly normative. In this contextthe Gaudiya school was forced to deal with their lack of clear genealogical affiliation, lack of an independent commentary on the Brahmasutras, and their worship of Goddess Radha and Krsna, who, according to the Gaudiyas, were not married. Based on a study of Baladeva's Brahmasutra commentary,Kiyokazu Okita analyses how the Gaudiyas responded to the king's demand.

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Focusing on the idea of genealogical affiliation (sampradaya), Kiyokazu Okita explores the interactions between the royal power and the priestly authority in eighteenth-century north India. He examines how the religious policies of Jaisingh II (1688-1743) of Jaipur influenced theself-representation of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, as articulated...

Kiyokazu Okita is an Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research in the Department of Indological Studies at Kyoto University. After obtaining his D.Phil. from the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford, he served as a lecturer at the Department of Religion, University of Florida. Subsequently, he wa...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:August 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Historical Background2. The Genealogy of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas3. Bhagavata Theologies in Comparison4. Baladeva's GovindabhasyaConclusionBibliography