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By Sucharita Adluri

Theistic Vedānta originated with Rāmānuja (1077-1157), who used to be one of many most effective theologians of Viśistādvaita Vedānta and in addition an start up of the Śrīvaisnava sectarian culture in South India. As devotees of the God Visnu and his consort Śrī, the Śrīvaisnavas confirmed themselves via quite a few approaches of legitimation as a strong sectarian culture. one of many procedures wherein the authority of the Śrīvaisnavas was once consolidated used to be Rāmānuja’s synthesis of renowned Hindu devotionalism with the philosophy of Vedānta.

This e-book demonstrates that by way of incorporating a textual content frequently regarded as of secondary value - the Visnu Purāna (1st-4th CE) - into his interpreting of the Upanisads, which have been the traditional of orthodoxy for Vedānta philosophy, Rāmānuja was once capable of interpret Vedānta in the theistic context of Śrīvaisnavism. Rāmānuja used to be the 1st Brahmin philosopher to include devotional purānas into Vedānta philosophy. His man made theology referred to as Viśistādvaita (unity-of-the-differenced) wielded super impression over the growth of Visnu devotionalism in South India and past. during this publication, the exploration of the exegetical functionality of this purana in arguments salient to Rāmānuja’s Vedānta allows our figuring out of the techniques of textual lodging and reformulation that permit the incorporation of divergent doctrinal claims.

Expanding on and reassessing present perspectives on Rāmānuja’s theology, the e-book contributes new insights to broader concerns in spiritual stories resembling canon growth, commentarial interpretation, tradition-building, and the comparative learn of scripture. it is going to be of curiosity to scholars and students of Indian philosophy and non secular Studies.

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