By Barbara A. Holdrege
The ancient shift from Vedic traditions to post-Vedic bhakti (devotional) traditions is followed via a shift from summary, translocal notions of divinity to particularized, localized notions of divinity and a corresponding shift from aniconic to iconic traditions and from transitority sacrificial arenas to confirmed temple websites. In Bhakti and Embodiment Barbara Holdrege argues that some of the differences that signify this old shift are a right away end result of newly rising discourses of the physique in bhakti traditions during which buildings of divine embodiment proliferate, celebrating the thought deity, whereas ultimate translocal, can seem in manifold corporeal kinds in numerous occasions and diverse localities on diversified planes of life. Holdrege means that an exploration of the connections among bhakti and embodiment is important not just to illuminating the unique variations that represent the emergence of bhakti traditions but in addition to realizing the myriad kinds that bhakti has traditionally assumed as much as the current time.
This research is worried extra in particular with the multileveled types of embodiment and structures of physically practices by which divine our bodies and devotional our bodies are formed in Krsna bhakti traditions and focuses particularly on case reviews: the Bhagavata Purana, the consummate textual monument to Vaisnava bhakti, which expresses a particular type of passionate and ecstatic bhakti that is special via its embodied nature; and the Gaudiya Vaisnava culture, a major bhakti tradition inspired by way of the Bengali chief Caitanya within the 16th century, which articulates a powerful discourse of embodiment concerning the divine our bodies of Krsna and the devotional our bodies of Krsna bhaktas that's grounded within the canonical authority of the Bhagavata Purana.
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Bhakti and Embodiment: Fashioning Divine Bodies and Devotional Bodies in Krsna Bhakti (Routledge Hindu Studies Series) by Barbara A. Holdrege