Tapta-Marga: Asceticism and Initiation in Vedic India

Tapta-Marga: Asceticism and Initiation in Vedic India

by Walter O. Kaelber

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ISBN-13: 9780887068140
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/28/1989
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Walter O. Kaelber is Professor of Religious Studies at Wagner College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Vedic Inter-entities: An Overview

Observations on Method

1. Tapas, Rainfall, and Fertility

Natural Heat: Sun and Fire

Ascetic Heat: The Brahmacarin

Ritual Heat

2. Tapas, Birth, and Spiritual Rebirth

Tapas and Procreation

Tapas and Spiritual Rebirth

3. Tapas and Purification

Tapas: Destructive Heat and Purification

Tapas: Pain, Asceticism, and Purification

Tapas: Penance and Purification

4. Tapas, Knowledge, and Spiritual Rebirth

"In the Beginning" and "On High"

Now and Here Below

5. A Vedic Watershed: Karma/Jñana

6. Tapas, Knowledge, and Liberation

Tapas and Knowledge in the Principal Upanisads

Homology, Meditation, Liberation

7. The Emergence and Development of Brahmanic Asceticism

Heuristic Models

The Brahmacarin

8. The "Dramatic" Element in Vedic Initiation

Symbols of Death, Danger, and Difficult Passage in Early Vedic Initiation

The Doctrine of Transmigration and Its Impact on Initiation Symbolism

Conclusions

Notes

General Works and Translations Cited

Index

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