Bourgeois Hinduism, or Faith of the Modern Vedantists: Rare Discourses from Early Colonial Bengal

ISBN : 9780199374991

Brian A. Hatcher
242 Pages
160 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2014
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In 1839 a diverse group of Hindu leaders began gathering in Calcutta to share and propagate their faith in a non-idolatrous form of worship. The group, known as the Tattvabodhini Sabha, met weekly to worship and hear discourses from members on the virtues of a rational and morally responsible mode of worship. They called upon ancient sources of Hindu spirituality to guide them in developing a form of modern theism they referred to as "Vedanta." In this book, Brian Hatcher translates these hitherto unknown discourses and situates them against the backdrop of religious and social change in early colonial Calcutta. Apart from bringing to light the theology and moral vision of an association that was to have a profound influence on religious and intellectual life in nineteenth-century Bengal, Hatcher's analysis promotes reflection on a variety of topics central to understanding the development of modern forms of Hindu belief and practice.


Note on Transliteration and Primary Sources
1. Vedanta according to Rammohan Roy
2. Debendranath Tagore and the Tattvabodhini Sabha
3. New Members and a New Founder
4. Bourgeois Vedanta for the Bhadralok
5. Missionaries and Modern Vedantists
6. The Text of Sabhyadiger vaktra and the Problem of Authorship
7. Who Wrote these Discourses?
8. The Complete English Translation of Sabhadiger vaktra
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About the author: 

Brian A. Hatcher is Professor and Packard Chair of Theology in the Department of Religion at Tufts University. He is the author of Idioms of Improvement: Vidyasagar and Cultural Encounter in Bengal and Eclecticism and Modern Hindu Discourse and the translator of Hindu Widow Marriage by Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar.

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