Steven Paul Hopkins

in Singing the Body of God

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

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The Conclusion takes note, in a discursive way, with an eye to methodological issues, of some of the most important themes the book has touched upon, summarizing what might be termed the patterns of Deóika's devotional poetics in Tamil, Sanskrit, and Pråkrit, and placing his work within south Indian bhakti literatures. Themes include Sanskrit and the “cosmopolitan vernacular” (Tamil and Pråkrit), the “philosopher as poet,” bhakti themes of the shrine and its sacred locale, icon, temple and päjå (temple ritual veneration), anubhavas, a theology of beauty, divine absence and “emotionalism,” Vedåntadeóika's creative synthesis of philosophy and poetry, and his affirmation of the distinct powers of his three working languages.

Keywords: cosmopolitan; Divine absence; emotionalism; icon; Päjå; philosopher as poet; temple; theology of beauty; vernacular

Chapter.  6048 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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