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The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Nagappa Gowda

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198072065
eISBN:
9780199080748
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

The Bhagavadgita has lent itself to several readings to defend or contest various views on life, morality, and metaphysics. It has played an important role in the formation of nationalist discourse ... More


Popular Portrayals of the Yogin

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195395358
eISBN:
9780199777303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Hinduism

In chapter 3 covers the topos of the performing yogin. As a result of economic and political repression in the late eighteenth century, many haṭha yogins resorted to street performance as a means of ... More


Defining Hinduism

Torkel Brekke

in Makers of Modern Indian Religion in the Late Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199252367
eISBN:
9780191602047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925236X.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Bengali Hindu Swami Vivekananda sought to establish a new Hindu identity, which emphasized the individual’s right to unmediated access to the religious culture of India. His goal was to create a new ... More


Swami Vivekānanda and the Politics of Religion

Torkel Brekke

in Makers of Modern Indian Religion in the Late Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199252367
eISBN:
9780191602047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925236X.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Swami Vivekananda sought to establish a new Hindu identity under a programme of national solidarity and uplift. He championed tolerant Hinduism, while emphasizing that other religions were ... More


Internal Criticism

A. Raghuramaraju

in Modernity in Indian Social Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198070122
eISBN:
9780199080014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070122.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter examines how reading contemporary Indian philosophers' writings as modern texts or considering them as modern authors fails to capture some important ideas contained in them. There are ... More


Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial, and Contemporary

A. Raghuramaraju

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693027
eISBN:
9780199080359
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693027.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book elucidates the debate between Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, V.D. Savarkar and Gandhi, and Sri Aurobindo and Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya. It also compares and contrasts for the ... More


Tracings The Inner World in Culture and History

Sudhir Kakar

in The Inner World: A Psychoanalytical Study of Childhood and Society in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077152
eISBN:
9780199081103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.003.0021
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Fears and anxieties as well as specific psycho-social strengths are rooted in the earliest ‘pre-verbal’ experiences and connections of life. It is this residual dark soil of infantile experience that ... More


 Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism, and “Vedic Science”

Meera Nanda

in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195172256
eISBN:
9780199835546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195172256.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Indian intellectuals influenced by postmoderism such as Ashis Nandy and Vandana Shiva, put local folk beliefs on a par with science. Hindu nationalists, especially members of the Vishwa Hindu ... More


Non-Dualism (Advaita Vedanta)

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269618
eISBN:
9780191683718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology, World Religions

This chapter examines the view of Advaita or non-dualistic Vedanta on human nature. Advaita Vedanta proposes a ‘one self’ view of human nature. Swami Vivekananda, one of its greatest teachers, has ... More


Nishkama Karma and the Masses: Vivekananda’s Understanding of the Gita

Nagappa K. Gowda

in The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198072065
eISBN:
9780199080748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines Swami Vivekananda's reading and interpretation of the Bhagavadgita. It suggests that Vivekananda considered karma yoga as the central teaching of the Bhagavadgita. It highlights ... More


Hindu Nationalism and Foreign Policy

Ian Hall

in Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781529204605
eISBN:
9781529204650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529204605.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter analyses the Hindu nationalist tradition of political thought, focusing on its assessment of international relations and India’s role in the world. It explores the work of a series of ... More


Modern Hindu Personalism: The History, Life, and Thought of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

Ferdinando Sardella

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199865918
eISBN:
9780199979998
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199865918.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book explores the life and work of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī (1874–1937), a guru of the Chaitanya (1486–-1534) school of Vaishnavism, who, at a time when various interpretations of nondualistic ... More


Vedanta and the Revitalization of Indian Life

Amiya P. Sen

in Hindu Revivalism in Bengal c.1872-1905: Some Essays in Interpretation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195655391
eISBN:
9780199080625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195655391.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter begins with a short reappraisal of the life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda and describes the social and spiritual world of Ramakrishna. It argues ... More


Eknath Ranade, Gurus, and Jīvanvratīs: the Vivekananda Kendra’s Promotion of the “Yoga Way of Life”

Gwilym Beckerlegge

in Gurus of Modern Yoga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199938704
eISBN:
9780199345892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Vivekananda Kendra characterizes itself as a lay, service-oriented spiritual movement and acknowledges as its “two mothers” the Ramakrishna Math and Mission and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The ... More


The Builders

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693553
eISBN:
9780199080328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The establishment of British rule brought India in direct contact with Christianity and English education which led to fresh awakening. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the emergence of ... More


Conversations between Rolland and Tagore

Chinmoy Guha (ed.)

in Bridging East and West: Rabindranath Tagore and Romain Rolland Correspondence (1919-1940)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780199489046
eISBN:
9780199093885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199489046.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter includes three dialogues mainly on music and fascism between Tagore and Rolland on 24 and 25 June 1926 in Villeneuve, Switzerland and on 28 August 1930 in Geneva. These spontaneous ... More


Deodorized Tantra: Sex, Scandal, Secrecy, and Censorship in the Works of John Woodroffe and Swami Vivekananda

Hugh B. Urban

in Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230620
eISBN:
9780520936898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230620.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the various attempts, on the part of both Western and Indian authors, to deodorize, sanitize, or reform Tantra. The most famous of these is the eccentric Supreme Court judge and ... More


Universalists Abroad

Steven Kemper

in Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226199078
eISBN:
9780226199108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226199108.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In his travels Dharmapala encountered many universalizing projects-from Theosophy to Kakuzo Okakura’s pan-Asianism, from the World’s Parliament of Religions to the branding and projection of world ... More


Mind Cure and Meditation at Greenacre and Beyond

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter examines the practices of Buddhist meditation and Raja yoga in New Thought. Leaders of New Thought were first exposed to Buddhism and Vedanta philosophy through the publications of ... More


Rise of Nondualism in Bengal

Ferdinando Sardella

in Modern Hindu Personalism: The History, Life, and Thought of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199865918
eISBN:
9780199979998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199865918.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter addresses the formulation of a one-sided interpretation of Indic religions during the early colonial period, prompted in part by three predispositions that originated from the early ... More


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