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Religions 2017, 8(11), 243; doi:10.3390/rel8110243

Recognizing Recognition: Utpaladeva’s Defense of Śakti in His “Proof of Relation” (Sambandhasiddhi)

Asian Philosophies and Cultures, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Received: 8 August 2017 / Revised: 16 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Society for Tantric Studies Proceedings (2016))
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Though one of many possible interpretive orientations, Utpaladeva’s short work, “The Proof of Relation”, may be profitably read in terms of the intention to reveal Śiva via an exposition of His śaktis. This intention, as declared by the author himself in his much more widely studied Verses on the Recognition of the Lord, if carried over into the “Proof of Relation”, does much to account for Utpaladeva’s intention in the latter text, which, although written to convey a rational argument across sectarian lines, may also be read as an exposition of the opening verses of benediction. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bhartṛhari; Buddhist epistemologists; Dharmakīrti; Śaivism; Śakti; Utpaladeva Bhartṛhari; Buddhist epistemologists; Dharmakīrti; Śaivism; Śakti; Utpaladeva
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MacCracken, S. Recognizing Recognition: Utpaladeva’s Defense of Śakti in His “Proof of Relation” (Sambandhasiddhi). Religions 2017, 8, 243.

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