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The Study of Nature as Vaishnava-Yoga

Jonathan B. Edelmann

in Hindu Theology and Biology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641543
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641543.003.0005

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Study of Nature as Vaishnava-Yoga

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Explains how and why the study of the natural world is important within the Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s theology and practice, arguing that the text sees the development of an analytic and quantitative understanding of the natural world as necessary to have the concentration to meditate on God himself. It shows how the Bhāgavata’s approach relates with other Indian traditions such as Sāṁkhya-yoga, and the specific ways it appropriates these traditions within its devotionally oriented theology. It also sets the groundwork for thinking creatively about contemporary Western science–religion issues to come in Chapters 5–6.

Keywords: eight limbs of yoga; Bhāgavata’s Sāṁkhya; Bhāgavata’s cosmogony; Bhāgavata’s cosmography; study of nature as dhāraṇā; gross and subtle levels of meditation; purpose studying nature

Chapter.  10744 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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