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The Fading Light of Advaita Acarya: Three Hagiographies

Manring, Rebecca J.

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Rebecca J. Manring offers an illuminating study and translation of three hagiographies of Advaita Acarya, a crucial figure in the early years of the devotional Vaisnavism that originated in Bengal in the fifteenth century. Advaita Acarya was about fifty years older than the movement’s putative founder, Caitanya, and is believed to have caused Caitanya’s advent by ceaselessly storming heaven, calling for the divine presence to come to earth. Advaita was a scholar and highly respected pillar of society, whose status lent respectability and credibility to the new movement. A significant body of hagiography and related literature about Advaita Acarya has developed since his death, some as late as the early twentieth century. The three hagiographic texts included in this book examine the years of Advaita’s life that did not overlap with Caitanya’s lifetime, and each paints a different picture of its protagonist. Each composition clearly advocates his view that Advaita was himself divine in some way, and a few go so far as to suggest that Advaita reflected even greater divinity that Caitanya, through miraculous stories that can be found nowhere else in Bengali Vaisnavi literature. Manring provides a detailed introduction to these texts, as well as remarkably faithful translations of Haricarana Dasa’s Advaita Mangala, Laudiya Krsnadasa’s Balya-lila-sutra, and Isana Nagara’s Advaita Prakasa.

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