Dvisahasri of Tembesvami (Summary and Study)

by Upadhyay Mihirkumar Sudhirbhai | 2012 | 54,976 words

This page relates ‘Statement 1: How the present work tends’ of the study of the Dvisahasri by Tembesvami:—a Sanskrit epic poem (mahakavya) narrating the legend and activities of Lord Dattatreya, including details on his divine sports and incarnations. Also known as Datta, he is considered one of the Holy Masters in the Natha cult imparting spiritual knowledge and adequate practice to the aspirant.

Statement 1: How the present work tends

[Full title: How the present work tends to the general advancement of knowledge]

The Vedānta philosophy is not mere a philosophy which reigns over the hearts of the people of the world but it furnishes practiceable lifestyle spent or intensely desired to be spent by numerous people. A person desirous of magnanimous spiritual life indulges himself in to the research in the Vedānta depending on his capacity and interest. There is no other philosophy known to be closer to the spiritualism or humanity than the Vedānta philosophy. Innumerable efforts are made to disclose its secret doctrines. The stalwart Saints of the Sarasvatī Sect of the 10 Monks’ Tradition said to be promulgated by Ādi Śankarācārya is very much known to the followers of the Datta cult of the Devotion and Yoga mixed with the doctrine of the Absolute Monism established by Ādi Śankarācārya. The follower monk of this sect H. H. Ṭembesvāmī (1854–1914 AD) was a veteran scholar and a writer of a large amount of works in Sanskrit. Among many of his writings, the Dvisāhasrī is the foremost of all.

No authentic study or research on the textual analytical aspect of the Dvisāhasrī has been carried out so far, though its translation in Gujarati (not so authentic) is published by Shri Avadhoot Sahitya Prakashan Trust, Nareshwar in VS 2056 (= 1999 AD).

The thesis deals with the following matters of discussion and relevant topics. The preface gives the clear indication of its necessity and importance of the topic of research proposed in the subsequent pages of the thesis. The thesis comprises of 06 Chapters and 08 Appendices followed by Bibliography

The present study attempts to specify the significant contribution of Dvisāhasrī on the light of Devotion and Yoga mixed doctrine of Absolute Monism in the Vedānta philosophy. Besides its Philosophical and Devotional values, it deals with the righteous conduct. Hence the effort is made to evaluate the Dvisāhasrī critically along with its textual analysis.

The study is critical, comprehensive and analytical, hence it tends to contribute towards the general enhancement of knowledge.

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