RULES AND REGULATIONS OF Brahmanical Asceticism

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Item Code: IDG252
Author: Patrick Olivelle
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Language: English
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 8170305152
Pages: 460
Cover: Hardcover
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About the Book:

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 as ascetic; the clothes and belongings of an ascetic; technique 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.

About the Author:

Patrick Olivelle is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions at the University of Texas, Austin.

Excerpts from Review:

"Many exotic and strange things pass for Eastern religions today. Books like this help call attention to the traditional and authentic aspects of the religions of the East. This work is very authentic, and it evidences and embodies first-rate scholarship in the historical-critical, literary, and philosophical senses. It will be an excellent addition to modern scholarly literature in the field."

-John G. Arapura, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University


The Author: His Life and Works1
Yatidharmasamuccaya and the Ascetic Literary Tradition4
Structure and Contents6
The Domestication of Asceticism12
The Character of Ancient Indian Asceticism13
The Asrama System as a Structure for Inclusion16
The Domestication of Asceticism in Yadava17
1The Rule Sanctioning Itinerant Asceticism29
2.Age of Eligibility of a Candidate for Itinerant Asceticism39
Renunciation after Marriage39
Renunciation Permitted at Any Time40
Renunciation before Marriage Only for the Handicapped42
Renunciation before Marriage for Detached People43
Renunciation When Death Is Imminent48
3Examination of the Insignia49
Bodily Insignia49
External Insignia51
Description of the External Insignia54
4The Procedure of Renunciation60
Renunciation When Death Is Imminent69
5Principal Activities71
Renouncers Who Abandon Vedic Rites73
Mendicant Renouncers74
6Daily Practices89
Morning Duties89
Midday Duties97
Procedure of Eating112
Rites Following the Meal119
Evening Duties121
Behavior toward Ascetics123
7Proper Conduct
8Rules on Insignia and Related Penances141
9Wandering and Rain Residence150
Rain Residence153
11The Procedure of an Ascetic's Funeral176
Introduction to the Critical Edition183
Description of the Manuscripts183
Genealogical Relation of the Manuscripts188
Constitution of the Text190
Appendix 1: Long Variant Readings387
Appendix 2: Index of Authors Cited398
Appendix 3: Index of Citations400
Abbreviations and Bibliography443

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