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A Living Theology of Krishna BhaktiEssential Teachings of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada$
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Tamal Krishna Goswami and Graham M. Schweig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796632.001.0001

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Conclusion: Prema, Purest Love: Prayojana

Conclusion: Prema, Purest Love: Prayojana

(p.200) Conclusion: Prema, Purest Love: Prayojana
A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti

Graham M. Schweig

Oxford University Press

This chapter serves as a conclusion to Goswami's thesis, which he failed to finish before he died. The discussion immediately starts with the nature of prema, or Love, and shows how the concepts of bhakti and bhakta are related to the factors and events that surrounded Goswami's death. Next, it reviews Goswami's conception of the word theology and tries to determine if there is a present “theology” of the Chaitanya School. It also examines the three manifestations of the loving divinity and the three foundational sacred texts and the ultimate theological focal point of ISKCON. The living theology of the Krishna movement and the concepts of Gita and Krishna are also examined.

Keywords:   prema, bhakti, bhakta, Chaitanya School, loving divinity, foundational sacred texts, living theology, Krishna movement, Gita

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