Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780226152370 Published October 1989


The Place of the Hidden Moon

Erotic Mysticism in the Vaisnava-Sahajiya Cult of Bengal

Edward C. Dimock Jr.

The Place of the Hidden Moon

Edward C. Dimock Jr.

332 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1966, 1989
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780226152370 Published October 1989
The Vaisnava-sahajiya cult that arose in Bengal in the sixteenth century was an intensely emotional attempt to reconcile the sensual and the ascetic. Exploring the history and doctrine of this cult, Edward C. Dimock, Jr., examines the works of numerous poets who are the source of knowledge about this sect. Dimock examines the life of the saint Caitanya, the mad Baul singers, the doctrines of Tantrism, the origins of the figure of Radha, and the worship of Krishna. His study will appeal to students of the history of religion as well as of Indian culture. This edition includes a new Foreword by Wendy Doniger.

"This is a magnificent book—painstakingly researched and gracefully written. . . . Professor Dimock's book is one of the most rewarding and stimulating studies to appear in recent years."—G. Richard Weldon, Journal of Asian Studies
Foreword, by Wendy Doniger
Note to the 1989 Edition
Note on Transliteration
1. The Vaisnava-sahajiya Synthesis
2. Further Historical Observations
3. Castle, Women, and the Sahajiya Movement
4. The Ideal Man in Society
5. Man and Super-man: Physical and Metaphysical Bases for the Sahajiya Sadhana
6. Principles of Sadhana
7. A Hint of Immortality
8. The Bauls of Bengal
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