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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

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

Madhuri M. Yadlapati

University of Illinois Press

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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