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A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti

Goswami, Tamal Krishna:
A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti : Essential Teachings of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada / Tamal Krishna Goswami ; edited with introduction and conclusion by Graham M. Schweig. - New York : Oxford University Press, 2012. - viii, 286 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-0-19-979663-2
US$ 24,95
DDC 294.5512092

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda (1896-1977), founder of the Hare Krishna Movement, traced his lineage to the fifteenth-century Indian saint Sri Chaitanya. He authored more than fifty volumes of English translation and commentaries on Sanskrit and Bengali texts, serving as a medium between these distant authorities and his modern Western readership and using his writings as blueprints for spiritual change and a revolution in consciousness. He had to speak the language of a people vastly disparate from the original recipients of his tradition's scriptures without compromising fidelity to the tradition.
   Tamal Krishna Goswami claims that the social scientific, philosophical, and 'insider' forms of investigation previously applied have failed to explain the presence of a powerful interpretative device-a mahavakya or 'great utterance'-that governs and pervades Prabhupada's 'living theology' of devotion on bhakti. For Prabhupada, the wide range of 'vedic' subject matter is governed by the axiomatic truth: Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
   Goswami's academic training at the University of Cambridge, his thirty years' experience as a practitioner and teacher, and his extensive interactions with Prabhupada as both personal secretary and managerial representative, afforded him a unique opportunity to understand and illuminate the theological contribution of Prabhupada. In this work, Goswami proves that the voice of the scholar-practitioner can be intimately connected with his tradition while sustaining a mature critical stance relative to his subject. A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti includes a critical introduction and conclusion by Graham M. Schweig. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Abbreviations. vii
Introduction: Moving Between Worlds by Graham M. Schweig. 1
1. In Quest of the "Theological" Prabhupada. 21
2. The Travails of Illegitimacy: Historical Setting. 38
3. Sources of Knowledge: Pramāṇa. 87
4. Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead: Sambandha. 120
5. Bhakti, Devotional Service: Abhidheya. 158
Conclusion: Prema, Purest Love by Graham M. Schweig. 200
Works Cited. 233
Index. 259


Tamal Krishna Goswami (1946-2002) was one of the closest and most influential disciples of the founder of the Hare Krisna Movement. Before his untimely death in 2002 at the age of 56, he became a student of religion and theology at the University of Cambridge. This volume comprises the five chapters of Goswami's near-complete doctoral thesis. Memorial site. Wikipedia [en].

Graham M. Schweig is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Christopher Newport University of Virginia. He received his doctorate in comparative religion from Harvard University. Among his publications are Dance of Divine Love: The Rasa Lila of Krishna from the Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song. Profile page.

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Goswami: A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti, 2012