By Rebecca Manring

Reconstructing culture explores the devotional Hindu Krishnaite revival of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and its endurance into sleek occasions via an exam of 1 of its critical figures, Advaita Acarya. He was once the topic of numerous texts, and Manring considers them all by way of altering historic, social, and sectarian contexts.Rebecca Manring considers the position of hagiography in a single tuition of Bengali Vaisnavism opposed to the backdrop of local spiritual heritage, interpreting the ways that Advaita Acarya fans designed and used his lifestyles tale for political and non secular reasons. (January 2006)

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The triumvirate of Caitanya, Advaita Acarya, and Nityananda worked together, yet in very distinctly different ways, to advance their mutual cause. Nityananda was slightly older than Caitanya and died soon after Caitanya's death. He is usually described as mad with devotion, often to the point of ignoring the usual conventions governing public behavior.

They sought to stress their separation from Nityananda and his followers-even perhaps from Caitanya. Why was this necessary? Nityilnanda, the avadhata, was a wild-eyed iconoclast with no respect for social convention. His devotion took a very different form than did Advaita's, and he garnered, and still has, a tremendous following. Advaita was a caste-sensitive brahman, always careful to observe the relevant rules and restrictions. The few exceptions prove the case, as we shall see in subsequent chapters.

In the first stage of the Gauc;li:ya Vai$I:lava movement the presence of an established and elderly scholar in its midst provided the group with respectability. The loud ecstatic kirtana processions Caitanya led through the streets ofNavadvipa at all hours of the day and night hardly seemed models of priestly decorum. Further, in addition to the status conferred by the simple fact of his age, Advaita Acilrya as a recognized exponent of orthodox brahmanism linked the new movement with that tradition.

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