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The teacher in the text: exploring the intertextuality of the Vacanāmṛta

Hegarty, James ORCID: and Brahmasetudas, Sadhu 2019. The teacher in the text: exploring the intertextuality of the Vacanāmṛta. Journal of the BAPS Swaminarayan Research Institute 2 (1) , pp. 25-51.
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Considerable attention has been given to the circulation of key philosophical concepts and the development of religious practices in the Vachanāmrut. However, less attention has been given to the way in which the work makes use of direct and indirect references to a wide variety of key Sanskrit religious texts – from the Upaniṣads, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa, to the Purāṇas. The way in which the Vachanāmrut does this is important for several reasons. First, it allows us to gain a sense of the relationship between the teachings of the Vachanāmrut and the wider world of Sanskrit religious literature. Second, it provides insights into those texts that were important to the audiences of the Vachanāmrut. And third, and perhaps most importantly, these textual inter-relationships help us to explore not just the teachings of the Vachanāmrut, but also the role of Bhagwan Swaminārāyaṇa as a teacher in this foundational text. The present paper will explore the way in which one perennially popular Sanskrit text, the Mahabharata, appears in the Vachanāmrut. By exploring the complex relationship between this pillar of Sanskrit religious literature and the Vachanāmrut, the paper will offer some insight into the complex relationship between pedagogy and theology in the Vachanāmrut.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 June 2020
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2023 08:24

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