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Against DogmatismDwelling in Faith and Doubt$
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Madhuri M. Yadlapati

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037948

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037948.001.0001

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Faith and Transcendence in Hindu Traditions

Faith and Transcendence in Hindu Traditions

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(p.97) Chapter Four Faith and Transcendence in Hindu Traditions
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Against Dogmatism
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Madhuri M. Yadlapati

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037948.003.0005

This chapter explores several notes of ambiguity or self-correction in Hindu faith: the relationship between mystical certitude and discursive doubt in the Upanishads; bhakti (devotional faith) and the limitations of dharma in the epics; the questioning of assumptions about reality spurred by the doctrine of maya; and the paradoxical character of Hindu theism as reflected in the figure of Shiva. This fourfold examination illustrates ambiguities in a few of the very different strands of Hindu thought and practice. Behind all four thematic strands is a sense that beyond the worldly values of dharma teachings, the spiritual journey requires self-correction as part of the transformative experience of religious transcendence.

Keywords:   Hindu faith, ambiguity, self-correction, Upanishads, bhakti, dharma, maya, Hindu theism, Shiva, religious transcendence

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