Philosopher, Preacher, Poet

Steven Paul Hopkins

in Singing the Body of God

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195127355
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834327 | DOI:
Philosopher, Preacher, Poet

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This chapter focuses on Deóika's three‐fold contribution to South Indian religion and culture: as a philosopher, a theologian, and a poet. It surveys the milieux, both congenial and rival, in which went about his work, the sectarian debates, and the traditional and contemporary assessments of his work and its significance. Chapter One discusses in detail Vedåntadeóika in relationship to the work of Råmånuja and the Vióióìådvaita school of devotional Hinduism; his work in the area of nyåya or systematic logic; his association with the Vaìakalai or “Northern” School of àrâvaióïavism, his maïipravåöa writings and his relationships to the Çcåryas of the Teúkalai or “Southern” School; an account of the Vaìakalai and Teúkalai schisms and their western scholarly interpreters; the importance of two cities, Kåñcâpuram and àrâraígam, in the formation of these two schools and the importance of Kåñcâpuram to Vedåntadeóika's “cosmopolitanism.”

The final section focuses on theoretical issues central to the main subject matter of this study — and one of the most neglected areas of Vedåntadeóika's voluminous writings — his devotional poetry. Chapter tackles several key issues in South Indian bhakti literature, from religious devotion and the idea of the vernacular, poetry and commentary, and “viraha‐bhakti” (love in separation) and “emotionalism” in the work of Vedåntadeóika and other Çcåryas.

Keywords: àrâraígam; Çcåryas; emotionalism; Kåñcâpuram; Maïipravåöa; Nyåya; philosophy; poetry; Råmånuja; Teúkalai; theology; Vaìakalai; Vióióìådvaita; Viraha‐bhakti

Chapter.  11330 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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