By Barbara A. Holdrege
The historic shift from Vedic traditions to post-Vedic bhakti (devotional) traditions is followed by means of 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 validated temple websites. In Bhakti and Embodiment Barbara Holdrege argues that a few of the changes that signify this ancient shift are an immediate end result of newly rising discourses of the physique in bhakti traditions during which buildings of divine embodiment proliferate, celebrating the suggestion deity, whereas ultimate translocal, can look in manifold corporeal kinds in numerous instances and varied localities on varied planes of lifestyles. Holdrege means that an exploration of the connections among bhakti and embodiment is necessary not just to illuminating the precise variations that signify the emergence of bhakti traditions but additionally to knowing the myriad types that bhakti has traditionally assumed as much as the current time.
This research is anxious extra in particular with the multileveled versions of embodiment and platforms of physically practices wherein divine our bodies and devotional our bodies are shaped in Krsna bhakti traditions and focuses specifically on case stories: the Bhagavata Purana, the consummate textual monument to Vaisnava bhakti, which expresses a particular kind of passionate and ecstatic bhakti that is exotic by way of its embodied nature; and the Gaudiya Vaisnava culture, an enormous bhakti tradition inspired by means of the Bengali chief Caitanya within the 16th century, which articulates a powerful discourse of embodiment relating 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