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The Philosophical System of Śiva Śatakam and Other Śaiva Poems by Nārāyaṇa Guru

The Relation to Tirumandiram by Tirumūlar

by Hanna Urbańska (Author)
Monographs 478 Pages

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Summary

This full-scaled monograph, rich in factographic material, concerns Nārāyaṇa Guru (1855/56--1928), a founder of a powerful socio-religious movement in Kerala. He wrote in three languages (Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil), drawing on three different literary conventions. The world of this complex philosophic-religious literature is brought closer to the reader with rare deft and dexterity by the Author who not only retrieves for us the original circumstances, language and poetic metre of each work but also supplies histories of their reception. Thanks to numerous glosses, comments and elucidations supplied by the Author, we can much better understand how Nārāyaṇa’s mystical universe creatively relates to the Tamil Œaiva Siddhānta and to Kerala’s variety of Vedānta tradition.
Prof. Cezary Galewicz

Biographical notes

Hanna Urbańska (Author)

Dr Hanna Urbańska is professor at the University of Wrocław (Institute of Classics, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies). The present monograph, devoted to the influence of Tamil literature (Tirumandiram in particular) on the philosophical system of Nārāyaṇa Guru, is a fruit of many years’ research conducted by the author in Kerala.

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Title: The Philosophical System of Śiva Śatakam and Other Śaiva Poems by Nārāyaṇa Guru