The Tamil Veda: Pillan's Interpretation of the Tiruvaymoli


In this work, the authors clarify historical developments in South Asian religion and make important contributions to the methodology of textual interpretation and the comparative study of world religions.
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In this work, the authors clarify historical developments in South Asian religion and make important contributions to the methodology of textual interpretation and the comparative study of world religions.
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A critical study of Pillan's commentary, supplemented by English translations from both the poem and the commentary. Pillan's writings contain early evidence of the ways the Srivaisnava sect combined the sacred Sanskrit and vernacular Tamil traditions of devotion of Visnu. The authors demonstrate how traditional lore can be critically evaluated in historical analysis and provide a view of the ways in which followers of a religious tradition understand and use their own sacred texts. Paper edition $19.95 also available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226093062
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Translations
Part One - The Two Streams
1. Ubhaya Vedanta: The Confluence of Tamil and Sanskrit Scriptures
2. The Alvars and Their Sweet Tamil Songs
3. The Vedanta in Sanskrit according to Yamuna and Ramanuja
4. Reflections of the Alvar Hymns in the Sanskrit Stotras
Part Two - The Commentator's Synthesis
5. The First Commentary on Nammalvar's Tiruvaymoli: Tirukkurukai Piran Pillan's Six Thousand
6. Tattva: The Fundamental Reality of God and God's World
7. God's Manifestations in the Universe
8. The Devotee's Relation to God: Separation and Union
9. The Means to Salvation: The Question of Upaya
10. The Devotee's Final Goal (Purusartha)
Part Three - Beyond the Commentary
11. The Commentator as Disciple: Pillan's Relation to Ramanuja
12. Looking behind Pillan's Commentary: "Swallowing" as a Metaphor in the Poem
13. Ubhaya Vedanta: Two Traditions or One?
Part Four - Translation of Selected Decads from the Tiruvaymoli


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