Bhakti Religion in North India: Community, Identity and Political Action

Author:

David N. Lorenzen

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2020
ISBN-13

9788173041716

ISBN-10 8173041717
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 341 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x2.5
Weight (grms) 496

In India, religion continues to be an absolutely vital source for social as well as personal identity. All manner of groups – political, occupational, and social – remain grounded in specific religious communities. This book analyses the development of the modern Hindu and Sikh communities in north India starting from about the fifteenth century, when the dominant bhakti tradition of Hinduism became divided into two currents: the sagu]nī and the nirgu]nī.


The sagu]nī current, led mostly by Brahmins, has remained dominant in most of north India and has served as the ideological base of the development of modern Hindu nationalism. Several chapters explore the rise of this religious and political movement paying particular attention to the role played by devotion to Rām. Alternative trends do exist in sagu]nī tradition, however, and are represented here by chapters on the low-caste saint Chokhāme_lā and the tantric sect founded by Kīnā Rām.
The nirgu]nī current, led mostly by persons of K]satriya and artisan castes, formed the base of both the Sikh community, founded by Gurū Nānak and of various non-Brahmin sectarian movements derived from such saints as Kabīr, Raidās, Dādū, and Shiv Dayal Singh. Two chapters discuss the formation of distinctive Sikh theology and a Sikh community identity separate from that of the Hindus. Other chapters discuss the validity of the sagu]nī-nirgu]nī distinction within Hindu tradition and the interplay of social and religious ideas in nirgu]nī hagiographic texts and in sectarian move­ments such as the Ādi Dharma Mission and the Radhasoami Satsang.

David N. Lorenzen

David N. Lorenzen is the author of Kabir Legends and Anata Das’s Kabir Parachai, also published by SUNY Press.
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