Radhasoami Reality: The Logic of a Modern Faith

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In this book, Mark Juergensmeyer seeks to explain why the religious logic of Radhasoami, which is based on the teachings of medieval Hindu saints, is so compelling to hundreds of thousands of businessmen, intellectuals, office managers, and other urban professionals in North India. Juergensmeyer addresses the perplexing relationship between modernity and religious faith and examines it from historical, sociological, and phenomenological points of view.

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Overview

In this book, Mark Juergensmeyer seeks to explain why the religious logic of Radhasoami, which is based on the teachings of medieval Hindu saints, is so compelling to hundreds of thousands of businessmen, intellectuals, office managers, and other urban professionals in North India. Juergensmeyer addresses the perplexing relationship between modernity and religious faith and examines it from historical, sociological, and phenomenological points of view.

Radhasoami Reality explores the emergence of a new religious tradition that is expandiong rapidly across North India and throughout the world. Mark Juergensmeyer seeks to explain why the religious logic of Radhasoami, which is based on the teachings of medieval Hindu saints, is so compelling to today's society.

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Editorial Reviews

Sociology of Religion
This book provides the most consolidated, comprehensive and critical account of the Radhasoami movement to date.
— Arvind Sharma
Asian Studies Review
[A] badly needed . . . account of both the [Radhasoami] faith and its expansion. Juergensmeyer's account is more than merely competent. The book has been researched, planned and written with considerable skill and the result is one for which we can be very grateful.
— Hew McLeod
The Journal of Asian Studies
This book conveys the feeling of a well-seasoned and ripened academic offering.... Written so well, and covering so much, [this book] will be the definitive source to be mined for years by scholars of Radhasoami or a number of related interests.
— Robert L. Brown
The Journal of Asian Studies - Robert L. Brown
This book conveys the feeling of a well-seasoned and ripened academic offering.... Written so well, and covering so much, [this book] will be the definitive source to be mined for years by scholars of Radhasoami or a number of related interests.
Sociology of Religion - Arvind Sharma
This book provides the most consolidated, comprehensive and critical account of the Radhasoami movement to date.
Asian Studies Review - Hew McLeod
[A] badly needed . . . account of both the [Radhasoami] faith and its expansion. Juergensmeyer's account is more than merely competent. The book has been researched, planned and written with considerable skill and the result is one for which we can be very grateful.
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"This book conveys the feeling of a well-seasoned and ripened academic offering.... Written so well, and covering so much, [this book] will be the definitive source to be mined for years by scholars of Radhasoami or a number of related interests."--Robert L. Brown, The Journal of Asian Studies

"This book provides the most consolidated, comprehensive and critical account of the Radhasoami movement to date."--Arvind Sharma, Sociology of Religion

"[A] badly needed . . . account of both the [Radhasoami] faith and its expansion. Juergensmeyer's account is more than merely competent. The book has been researched, planned and written with considerable skill and the result is one for which we can be very grateful."--Hew McLeod, Asian Studies Review

Library Journal
Radhasoami, a new religion of Northern India, provides a fascinating case study in the rise and development of a religion which seeks to integrate post-Newtonian science, modern life, and religious faith derived in large part from the teachings of medieval Hindu saints. This useful book for those interested in Indian religions is a valuable study of the interaction between religion and society. It is also for those concerned with the survival of faith in today's world. This is recommended for academic and large public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691010922
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface to the Paperback Edition xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction
The Rise of a New Religious Tradition 3
Part I The Emergence of a Modern Faith
1 Remembering a Hidden Past 15
2 Shaping a Tradition 33
Part II The Radhasoami World
3 Someone to Trust 59
4 The Journey of Light and Sound 88
5 The Fellowship of the True 110
6 Selfless Service 127
7 The Sense of a Center 147
Part III Social Contexts
8 A New Community for a New Class 183
9 The Faith of Village Untouchables 195
10 A Transnational Culture 203
Conclusion: The Logic of Modern Faith 220
Appendix A The Radhasoami Family Tree 230
Appendix B Radhasoami Studies 232
Appendix C How Many Initiates Are There? 236
Bibliography 239
Index 261
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