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A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti

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By Tamal Krishna Goswami; edited by Graham M. Schweig


Essential Teaching of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the Hare Krishna movement, traced his lineage to Sri Chaitanya, the fifteenth-century Indian saint and incarnation of Krishna. Prabhupada wrote more than fifty volumes of English translation and commentaries on Sanskrit and Bengali texts, serving as a medium between these distant authorities and his modern Western readership.

Prabhupada used his writings as blueprints for spiritual change and a revolution in consciousness by speaking the language of a people vastly disparate from the original recipients of his tradition’s scriptures, without compromising fidelity to the tradition.

Tamal Krishna Goswami claims that the social-scientific, philosophical, and "insider" forms of investigation previously applied have failed to explain the presence of a powerful interpretative device – a mahavakya or "great utterance" – that governs and pervades Prabhupada’s "living theology" of devotion, or bhakti. For Prabhupada, the wide range of "Vedic" subject matter is governed by an axiomatic truth: Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Goswami’s academic training at the University of Cambridge, his thirty years’ experience as a practitioner and teacher, and his extensive interactions with Prabhupada as both personal secretary and managerial representative, afforded him a unique opportunity to understand and illuminate the theological contribution of Prabhupada. In this work, Goswami proves that the voice of the scholar-practitioner can be intimately connected with his tradition while sustaining a mature critical stance relative to his subject.

A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti includes a critical introduction and conclusion by Graham M. Schweig (Garuda Dasa), Professor of Religion and Director of the Asian Studies program at Christopher Newport University.

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Hardbound, 286 pages, dust-jacket, index, 6.5" x 9.5". First published 2012.

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