- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Sanskrit Religions Inst; Revised edition (May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188975630X
- ISBN-13: 978-1889756301
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hindu Encounter with Modernity: Kedarnath Datta Bhaktivinoda, Vaishnava Theologian Hardcover – May, 1999
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"Bhaktivinode's explanation of human comprehension of the divine not only sheds light on Vaishnavism but also blasts many ridiculous stereotypes held by some Westerners. ... those earnestly pursuing an understanding of Indian religion, history and culture-especially devotional yogic practice-will find this book vitally interesting." -- Jeff Ahrens, American Library Association Booklist 10/97
"Dr. Shukavak has written a clear analysis of the strains between traditional faith and modern critical thought and the distinctive ways that Kedarnath sought to resolve these tensions. He examines how Kedarnath, a modern, sophisticated man could understand, experience and explain lucidly the complex theology and simple faith of devotion to Radha-Krishna in the Caitanya Vaishnava fashion." -- Joseph T. O'Connell, University of Toronto
"I have read Dr. Shukavak's work with great interest and enjoyment. I find it to be an excellent work of scholarship: carefully researched, convincingly argued, and very well written. This book is an important scholarly contribution to our knowledge of modern India and of the Hindu tradition in the modern world." -- Thomas J. Hopkins, Franklin & Marshall College
"Shukavak Das acknowledges his own identification with the spiritual lineage of Kedarnath Dutta. He at the same time stands back from offering a hagiographic exposition and says so openly at the outset. If I were studying a figure from my own tradition, I would do the very same thing. In my view, Shukavak's book displays real intellectual integrity on this point." -- Willard G. Oxtoby, University of Toronto
"Shukavak Das demonstrates both excellent research skills and scholarly integrity in bringing to light a much more complete - and much more compelling - account of Bhaktivinode's religious development than hagiographies have previously told us, and, that he (Bhaktivinode) had perhaps the broadest ranging religious experience of anyone of his generation...Variety of experience, of course, does not in itself produce great religious thought; it must be synthesized in the mind of a spiritual genius. Shukavak Das leaves little doubt that Bhaktivinode was such a genius, a devotee whose vision transcended his culture and his time.""Shukavak's assessment of these issues and his analysis of Bhaktivinode's solutions is quite simply the best I have seen... The result is a clarification of Bhaktivinode's thought from a scholarly perspective without in the least infringing on his integrity as a devotee." -- Thomas J. Hopkins, Franklin & Marshall College
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Bhaktivinode envisioned the modern Hindu as the saragrahi (essence seeker). One who could appreciate the truth held within all religious perspectives.In this well-researched, comprehensive, and objective study Dr. Shukavak systematically examines Bhaktivinode's reinterpretation and application of Hinduism in the context of rational thought. Bhaktivinode's spiritual insights which divide religion into two constituent parts, the phenomenal and the transcendent allowed him to combine critical rational analysis with the best of Hindu mysticism, Krishna lila. This created a unique synthesis of tradition and modernity. Instead of relinquishing modernity, he utilized it in his writings; instead of rejecting Hindu tradition in the presence of rational thought, he strengthened it.