Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism

Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism

by Patrick Olivelle, Yadavaprakasa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791422844

ISBN-13: 9780791422847

Pub. Date: 10/28/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791422847
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Series:
SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Author: His Life and Works1
Yatidharmasamuccaya and the Ascetic Literary Tradition4
Structure and Contents6
The Domestication of Asceticism12
Translation
1The Rule Sanctioning Itinerant Asceticism29
2Age of Eligibility of a Candidate for Itinerant Asceticism39
3Examination of the Insignia49
4The Procedure of Renunciation60
5Principal Activities71
6Daily Practices89
7Proper Conduct126
8Rules on Insignia and Related Penances141
9Wandering and Rain Residence150
10Penances159
11The Procedure of an Ascetic's Funeral176
Text
Introduction to the Critical Edition183
1parivrajyavidhih195
2parivrajyadhikaridasanirupanam203
3lingnirupanam213
4samnyasaprayogah226
5mukhyakarmavidhih238
6ahoratrakriya261
7acarah312
8lingadharmaprayascittavidhih333
9gatisthitinirupanam344
10prayascittavidhih356
11yatisamskaravidhih380
Appendix 1: Long Variant Readings387
Appendix 2: Index of Authors Cited398
Appendix 3: Index of Citations400
Abbreviations and Bibliography443
Index449

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >