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Swaminarayan HinduismTradition, Adaptation, and Identity$
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Raymond Brady Williams and Yogi Trivedi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463749.001.0001

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Akshara and Its Four Forms in Swaminarayan’s Doctrine

Akshara and Its Four Forms in Swaminarayan’s Doctrine

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Swaminarayan Hinduism

Smit Gadhia

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This chapter highlights different conceptualizations of akshara described by Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrut, and surveys its usage by Shankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, and Swaminarayan as understood by BAPS Swaminarayan Hindus. It pays special attention to the aspect of akshara as guru as emphasized by Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrut and draws connections with the concept of the ideal devotee as discussed in the traditions of Ramanuja and Chaitanya.

Keywords:   akshara, guru, Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit, Chaitanya, Ramanuja, BAPS, Swaminarayan, Upanishads

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