A Hermeneutical Approach to Sri Madhvacarya's Interpretation of the Srutis
Henry D'Almeida, SJ
  • ISBN : 9789395457262
  • year : 2022
  • language : English
  • binding : Softcover
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The important issue explored in the book is the interpretation of the Srutis by Sri Madhvacarya (1238 CE – 1317 CE), the historical founder of the Dvaita Vedanta. The study specially focuses on Madhva's interpretation of the Rgveda, the Brahmasutras and the Upanisads in order to highlight his contribution to Sruti Hermeneutics. The work has mainly focused on Madhva's hermeneutical enterprise. Towards this end, it has highlighted Madhva's method of interpretation by means of 'Paramamukhyavrtti'. The book has also discussed Madhva's unique contribution to Vedic hermeneutics in terms of three layers of meanings. Madhva's creative interpretation of the four adhikaranas in the Brahmasutras is an interesting feature. The central chapter on the interpretation of 'tattvamasi' emphasizes the importance of the context and the 'Bimba-pratibimba-bhava' as the import of 'tattvamasi'. There is also a discussion on the presuppositions like 'Visnusarvottamattva' and the concepts of 'Sadagama' and 'bheda'informing Madhva's interpretation. The field of hermeneutics is very fascinating, though it is very complex. The scope for further research in Madhva's hermeneutics is immense. One could for example focus on his creative interpretation of the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata PuraÄa. 'Paramamukhyav¾tti' as the chief hermeneutical device needs further study and research. Contents Preface Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Sri Madhvacarya: Life, Context and Works 3. Philosophy of Sri Madhvacarya 4. Padavrttivicara and the Scriptural interpretation of Sri Madhvacarya 5. Interpretation of the Rgveda 6. ‘Tat-tvam-asi’ in the Chandogya Upanisad and its Interpretation 7. Interpretation of some other important Srutis 8. Interpretation of the Brahmasutras 9. Sri Madhvacarya’s Contribution to Sruti Hermeneutics 10. Conclusion Index of Quotations Glossary of Technical Terms Bibliography About the Author: Fr Henry D'Almeida, SJ is a Jesuit belonging to the Karnataka Province of the Society of Jesus. He teaches Logic, Indian Philosophy, Sanskrit, Pali, Buddhist Classics, Faith and Reason, Summa Theologiae and Bhagavadgita at Jnana Deepa, Pune. He is also a Visiting Staff at Karnataka Regional Theology Centre, Anekal (Bangalore) and Mater Dei Institute (Goa). His areas of interest are Logic, Indian Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Language. The Scriptural Hermeneutics of Madhvacharya was the area of his doctoral work. At present the author is the Head of the Department of Epistemology and the Coordinator of the Licentiate Programme in Systematic Philosophy at Jnana Deepa.