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An Outline of History of Saiva Philosophy

An Outline of History of Saiva Philosophy (New)

by Pandey, Kanti Chandra

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9788120800915, 8120800915


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Saiva Philosophy is an outgrowth of the religion characterized by the worship of the phallic form of god Siva. Saivism as a religion has persisted since the pre-historic time of the archaeological finds of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. It has a continuous history of at least five thousand years. It is a living faith practiced all over India.

The available literature shows that there were eight systems of the Saiva Philosophy, viz.,

  1. Pasupata
  2. Siddhanta
  3. Lakulisa Pasupata
  4. Visistadvaita Saiva
  5. Visistadvaita Saiva
  6. Nandikesvara Saiva
  7. Rasesvara Saiva
  8. Monistic Saiva of Kashmir.

According to Abhinava's classification, however, there are three Saiva systems :

  1. Dvaita
  2. Dvaitadvaita
  3. Advaita

An Outline of History of Saiva Philosophy first appeared as part of Volume III of Bhaskari in 1954 in the Princess of Wales Saraswati Bhavan Texts Series. The work is now reprinted as an independent volume to meet an increasing demand of the interested readers and scholars.

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