Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism (Suny Series in Religious Studies)

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Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism is the critical edition and translation of a twelfth-century Sanskrit text written by Yadava Prakasa, whose life and activities are of historical interest because, according to tradition, he was the teacher of the great Vaisnava theologian Ramanuja. This text is the oldest and most comprehensive example of medieval Sanskrit literature devoted to examining the duties of ascetics. Yadava Prakasa is the only one who explicitly examines the thorny question of whether ...
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Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism is the critical edition and translation of a twelfth-century Sanskrit text written by Yadava Prakasa, whose life and activities are of historical interest because, according to tradition, he was the teacher of the great Vaisnava theologian Ramanuja. This text is the oldest and most comprehensive example of medieval Sanskrit literature devoted to examining the duties of ascetics. Yadava Prakasa is the only one who explicitly examines the thorny question of whether asceticism is a legitimate way of life for Brahmins. His topics include the people qualified to become ascetics; the rite for becoming an ascetic; the clothes and belongings of an ascetic; techniques of meditation; daily routines such as bathing, divine worship, and begging; proper conduct and etiquette; the manner of wandering; residence during the rains; expiatory penances; and the funeral. In his introduction, Patrick Olivelle examines the place of Yadava's text within the literary and institutional history of Brahmanical asceticism. He discusses the origins of asceticism in India; its incorporation into the Brahmanical mainstream; and its variations within Hindu sects, as well as in Buddhist and Jain traditions.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Author: His Life and Works 1
Yatidharmasamuccaya and the Ascetic Literary Tradition 4
Structure and Contents 6
The Domestication of Asceticism 12
Translation
1 The Rule Sanctioning Itinerant Asceticism 29
2 Age of Eligibility of a Candidate for Itinerant Asceticism 39
3 Examination of the Insignia 49
4 The Procedure of Renunciation 60
5 Principal Activities 71
6 Daily Practices 89
7 Proper Conduct 126
8 Rules on Insignia and Related Penances 141
9 Wandering and Rain Residence 150
10 Penances 159
11 The Procedure of an Ascetic's Funeral 176
Text
Introduction to the Critical Edition 183
1 parivrajyavidhih 195
2 parivrajyadhikaridasanirupanam 203
3 lingnirupanam 213
4 samnyasaprayogah 226
5 mukhyakarmavidhih 238
6 ahoratrakriya 261
7 acarah 312
8 lingadharmaprayascittavidhih 333
9 gatisthitinirupanam 344
10 prayascittavidhih 356
11 yatisamskaravidhih 380
Appendix 1: Long Variant Readings 387
Appendix 2: Index of Authors Cited 398
Appendix 3: Index of Citations 400
Abbreviations and Bibliography 443
Index 449
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