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Bhaktisiddhānta in Context

Ferdinando Sardella

in Modern Hindu Personalism

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199865918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979998 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199865918.003.0006
Bhaktisiddhānta in Context

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The previous chapters have shown that the idea of “spiritual” or non-material personhood informed the entirety of Bhaktisiddhānta's thought, religious vision and understanding of agency. For him, personhood (beginning with the personhood of the supreme absolute) implied a moral and spiritual dimension that structured human existence, giving it a fundamental sense of presence, responsibility and meaning across time and space. This concluding chapter places Bhaktisiddhānta's life and work within a taxonomy of modern Hinduism and compares the significance of his work to the contributions of major figures such as Swami Vivekananda. The issue of reform versus revivalism is also addressed herein. Finally, Bhaktisiddhānta's work is linked to the development of ISKCON, a worldwide movement that today encompasses thousands of American and European practitioners, a number of whom have become respected representatives of Caitanya bhakti in India itself.

Keywords: spiritual; non-material personhood; Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī; Hinduism; Swami Vivekananda; ISKCON

Chapter.  12090 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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