The Search for the Self (Vaishnava Hinduism)

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269618
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683718 | DOI:
The Search for the Self (Vaishnava Hinduism)

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This chapter examines the ‘search for the self’ principle in Vaishanava Hinduism. This belief system is committed to the ‘many self’ or to the view that each individual soul has an eternal existence and that the supreme goal of every soul is to be released from the material world and achieve endless life in Goloka. One important school of this belief system is the Gaudiya Vaishanavism that teaches the eternity of each individual self.

Keywords: Vaishanava Hinduism; eternal existence; soul; Goloka; Gaudiya Vaishanavism; self

Chapter.  6148 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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