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Hindu Theology

The Concept of Laksmi in Srivaisnavism

Lecture Type: 
Wahlstrom Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor M Narasimhachary
Date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

 This lecture aims at presenting a holistic picture of Laksmi covering the earliest and later phases of the development of this concept. She, known by another popular name Sri, is the embodiment of all the powers which make the Lord her consort, a veritable ruler of the world. She, as the repository of benign love, plays the role of mother of all living beings. She plays a vital role in the redemption of the erring humanity by interceding on their behalf and mitigating the rightful wrath of the Lord in which act her motherly nature gets fully manifested.

 
Founder Professor and Head
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor M

Consuming Scripture

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Parimal Patil
Date: 
Monday, June 4, 2012 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library
What counts as "scripture"?
Wherein lies its authority?
What has been said about dharma on the basis of it?
How has what has been said been justified through exegesis (and other commentarial and "quasi-commentarial" practices)?
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Parimal

Transforming Traditions 1: The Dramatic God: New Approaches to the Metaphysics of Divinity in the Aesthetic Vedanta of Rupa Gosvami

Lecture Type: 
Transforming Traditions Series
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Jessica Frazier
Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2012 -
14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Jessica

Transforming Traditions 2: Krishna's Broken Contract: a Bhakti Reading of the Afghan Invasions in the 18th century

Lecture Type: 
Transforming Traditions Series
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Richard Williams
Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2012 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Richard

Transforming Traditions 3: Innovation in the Theology of Madhusudana Sarasvati

Lecture Type: 
Transforming Traditions Series
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sanjukta Gupta
Date: 
Monday, February 13, 2012 -
14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sanjukta

Transforming Traditions 4: ‘Why do we still sift the husk-like Upanisads?’: Revisiting Vedanta in Early Caitanya Vaisnava Theology

Lecture Type: 
Transforming Traditions Series
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Rembert Lutjeharms
Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2012 -
14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
OCHS Library
First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Rembert

The Importance of Aurobindo for the Contemporary Study of Religion

Lecture Type: 
Graduate Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Brainerd Prince
Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 -
14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
OCHS Library

The contemporary academic study of religion, dominated by both a call for the abandonment of the category ‘Religion’ and the dismantling of the discipline of Religious Studies, is thus faced with an impasse. In this paper, I explore the conditions that have brought about this impasse and argue that Aurobindo’s integralism offers a way forward.

 
Brainerd Prince is completing his PhD on Sri Aurobindo's Integral Philosophy under Professor Gavin Flood. He has interests in phenomenology and hermeneutics and in reconceiving the academic study of religion.
First name (inc. titles): 
Brainerd

God, Being and Beyond: Outlines of a Comparative Theology

Lecture Type: 
Majewski Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor C. Ram-Prasad
Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2012 -
17:00 to 18:00
Location: 
Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute

While the differences between Sankara's and Ramanuja's systems as found in their respective commentaries on the Brahmasutras are relatively well-known, much commented on and highly influential in the living traditions, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to a comparative understanding of their Bhagavad Gita commentaries. Yet, in those works, they offer interpretations particular to the nature and structure of the Gita that do not map directly onto their other standard works.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor C.

Classics of Hindu theology 1 (six lectures)

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 15:30
Location: 

To introduce students to systematic philosophical and theological thinking in Hindu theistic traditions, this term's lectures examine the Srimad Rahasyatrayasara (The Essence of the Three Holy Mysteries) of the 14th century south Indian Vaisnava theologian Vedanta Desika, in the context of earlier south Indian Vaisnavism. Some comparison and contrast will be made with another great classic, the Saiva Civananacittiyar (The Perfection of the Knowledge of Siva) of the 14th century Saiva theologian Arulnanti.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Francis X.

Nondualist Vedanta theology as propounded by Sri Shankara (four lectures)

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor M Narasimhachary
Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 15:30
Location: 

This is a course of four lectures on the Nondualist (Advaita) Vedanta theological system as propounded by Sri Sankara, the 8th century CE Hindu theologian. The aim is to focus on the contribution of Sankara to Vedanta theology in general and to Nondualist Vedanta in particular. Theistic Vedanta, articulated by later Vedanta theologians such as Ramanuja, Madhva, and Vallabha, cannot be fully understood without a proper understanding of the works of Sankara.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor M

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