Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Vallabhācārya

  • Frederick M. SmithEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_813-1

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Life and Teachings

Vallabhācārya, who founded the school of Kṛṣṇa devotion known as the Puṣṭimārga or “path of grace” and the complementary philosophy known as śuddhādvaita or brahmavāda, was born into a South Indian Vaiṣṇava brahman family in the Champa forest in present Madhya Pradesh in the year 1479. Although he traveled widely throughout India, he lived most of his early life in Banaras, then in Gokul, near Mathura, where the Puṣṭimārga was founded, before finally establishing his home in Adel, near Allahabad. He passed away in Banaras in 1531. He flourished at a time when religious thought and practice were undergoing profound changes in North India. His life span was nearly identical with that of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (1486–1533), who founded the Gauḍīya school of Kṛṣṇa devotion. Although both spent important moments of their lives in Vraja, an area roughly contiguous with the current boundaries of Mathura...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sanskrit and Classical Indian LiteratureUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA