The Role of Divine Grace in the Soteriology of SamI?karacarya

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This volume examines the role of divine grace in the non-dualist soteriology of Śamūkara. The author argues that grace is an essential but generally overlooked feature in Śamūkara’s enlightenment spirituality.
Introductory chapters summarize recent developments in Śamūkara research, Śamūkara’s epistemology and ontology, ancient Vedāntic teachings on grace, and modern scholarly disagreement about grace in Śamūkara’s Advaita system. The heart of the book consists of two lengthy exegetical chapters examining Śamūkara’s key passages on grace from his dozen genuine works. The final chapter presents for the first time a systematic summary of Śamūkara’s understanding of the operation and necessity of divine grace.
This book provides a useful summary of Śamūkara’s system as a whole besides offering a radical revision of the standard understanding of Śamūkara’s soteriology. It also reveals that Śamūkara was much more indebted in his thinking to his Vedantic predecessors than had hitherto been thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004120440
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/27/2001
  • Series: Numen Book Series, #91
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley J. Malkovsky, Ph.D. (1994), University of Tübingen, is Assistant Professor of Comparative Theology at the University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. He is the editor of New Perspectives on Advaita Vedānta, (Brill, 2000).
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Table of Contents

I Samkara's Life and Work
II Epistemology
III Metaphysics
IV Soteriology
V Grace in Pre-Samkara Vedanta
VI Modern Interpretations of the Role of Grace in Samkara's Thought
VII Samkara's Terms for Grace and Synonyms of Grace
VIII The Notion of Grace in Samkara's Brahma-Sutra-Bhasya
IX The Notion of Grace in Samkara's Other Writings
X Summary: The Role of Divine Grace in Samkara's Soteriology
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