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Singing The Body of God
Singing The Body of God

Singing The Body of God

by Steven Paul Hopkins

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English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0 19 566403 5 - Year: 2003 - Pages: 344

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Hardcover

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Author: Steven Paul Hopkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 344
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 19 566403 5

Description

This is the first full-length study of the devotional poetry and poetics of the fourteenth-century poet-philosopher Vedantadesika, one of the most outstanding and influential figures in the Hindu tradition of Sri-Vaisnavism (the cult of Lord Vishnu).

Despite their intrinsic beauty and theological importance, the poetry and philosophy of Vedantadesika have received very little scholarly attention. For the millions who belong to the Vaisnava tradition, however, these poems are not just classical literature; they are committed to memory, recited, sung, and enacted in ritual both in India and throughout the Hindu diaspora.

Steven Paul Hopkins here offers a comparative study of the Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Tamil poems composed by Vedantadesika, the philosopher and logician, in praise of important Vaisnava shrines and their icons poems that are considered to be the apogee of south Indian devotional literature. He examines the varied ways in which Vedantadesika works his thought through the distinctive at times antithetical medium of the poem. He also gives particular attention to the poems emotional and visionary center of gravity: the different temple icons of Lord Vishnu, referred to by the poet simply as the various lovely bodies of god.

This volume brings to light a unique example of the creative synthesis of Sanskrit and Tamil traditions in medieval Tamil Nadu, and makes an important contribution to our understanding of intellectual and religion cosmopolitanism in South Asia. It will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies, religion, history, and Indian literature.

Contents

A Note on Orthography and the Pronunciation of Word

Introduction: Singing in Tongues

Introduction

Summary of Themes

Methodological Framework

A Note on Sources and Translation

Outline of Chapters

PART I: THE BELL OF TIRUPATI

CHAPTER 1: Philosopher, Preacher, Poet

CHAPTER 2: Between Two Dynasties: Desika in the Art of Srivaisnava Narrative

PART II: TAMIL AND BEYOND

CHAPTER 3: The Tears of Brahma: Desika’s Tamil Poetry and the Praise of Kings

CHAPTER 4: The Fruits of Mukunda’s Mercy: Desika’s Tamil Poetry in the Akam Mode

CHAPTER 5: A God From Toe to Crown: In Love with the Body of Vishnu

PART III: THE OLD NORTHERN TONGUE AND ITS COSMOPOLITAN COUSIN: SINGING THE SOUTHERN TRADITION IN SANSKRIT AND PRAKRIT

CHAPTER 6: The Dark Blue Flame of the Sacrifice: Praises of Kanci in the Northern Tongue

CHAPTER 7: AN Ornament for Jewels: Seeing the Body of Devanayaka in Sanskrit and Prakrit

CONCLUSION: His Own Words: The Hymns of Vedantadesika in Their South Indian Tradition

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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