Life and Works

Ferdinando Sardella

in Modern Hindu Personalism

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199865918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979998 | DOI:
Life and Works

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This is a detailed biographical chapter depicting the life and work of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī as well as the development of his modern religious movement, the Gaudiya Math. From his father Bhaktivinoda, Bhaktisiddhānta learned the advantages of a strong literary background, an organized institutional effort and making the bhadralok and the laity the financial backbone of his movement. He also inherited the universal vision of the Caitanya Vaishnava tradition, the doctrines of which he linked to the Vaishnava lines of South India. The development of a multi-lingual press made Bhaktisiddhānta's ideas accessible to larger strata of the Hindu intelligentsia, both within and outside Bengal. His publication of Caitanya Vaishnavism's early texts is indicative of his intention to retain core elements of his tradition that harked back to the time of Caitanya.

Keywords: biography; Bhaktisiddhānta; Bhaktivinoda; Caitanya; colonial Bengal; Gaudiya Math; press; religious institutions; Vaishnavism

Chapter.  32412 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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