CONCEIVING THE CANON IN DVAITA VEDANTA: MADHVA'S DOCTRINE OF "ALL SACRED LORE"

CONCEIVING THE CANON IN DVAITA VEDANTA: MADHVA'S DOCTRINE OF "ALL SACRED LORE" CONCEIVING THE CANON IN DVAITA VED ¯ ANTA: MADHVA’S DOCTRINE OF “ALL SACRED LORE” V ALERIE S TOKER Summary The past decade has witnessed a growing scholarly interest in the Veda’s status as a canon for precolonial, Brahminical Hinduism. In an effort to refute the notion that Hinduism is a purely Orientalist construct, several scholars have attempted to locate an indigenous set of shared religious beliefs in Brahmins’ consistent reference to the Veda as the standard for religious orthodoxy. 1 Yet even as such arguments posit the Veda as a unifying feature for the diverse Hindu tradition, 2 their very emphasis on the Veda’s role as a canon reveals a plurality of understandings of the Veda’s nature and message. Heeding J.Z. Smith’s (1982) assessment of the role of canon in religious traditions, scholars interested in the Veda’s signiŽ cance for Hinduism have analyzed how speciŽ c Brahmin communities innovatively reinterpret the Veda to preserve its relevance in the face of changing circumstances. 3 Because these circumstances are often beyond the pale of Brahminical society, scholarly emphasis on the Veda’s canonicity historicizes the Brahminical tradition, highlights that tradition’s links to other communities, and breaks down the Orientalist monolith. This http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Numen Brill

CONCEIVING THE CANON IN DVAITA VEDANTA: MADHVA'S DOCTRINE OF "ALL SACRED LORE"

Numen , Volume 51 (1): 47 – Jan 1, 2004

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CONCEIVING THE CANON IN DVAITA VED ¯ ANTA: MADHVA’S DOCTRINE OF “ALL SACRED LORE” V ALERIE S TOKER Summary The past decade has witnessed a growing scholarly interest in the Veda’s status as a canon for precolonial, Brahminical Hinduism. In an effort to refute the notion that Hinduism is a purely Orientalist construct, several scholars have attempted to locate an indigenous set of shared religious beliefs in Brahmins’ consistent reference to the Veda as the standard for religious orthodoxy. 1 Yet even as such arguments posit the Veda as a unifying feature for the diverse Hindu tradition, 2 their very emphasis on the Veda’s role as a canon reveals a plurality of understandings of the Veda’s nature and message. Heeding J.Z. Smith’s (1982) assessment of the role of canon in religious traditions, scholars interested in the Veda’s signiŽ cance for Hinduism have analyzed how speciŽ c Brahmin communities innovatively reinterpret the Veda to preserve its relevance in the face of changing circumstances. 3 Because these circumstances are often beyond the pale of Brahminical society, scholarly emphasis on the Veda’s canonicity historicizes the Brahminical tradition, highlights that tradition’s links to other communities, and breaks down the Orientalist monolith. This

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