Revolution of the Mystics

Revolution of the Mystics

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One of the most fascinating episode in the religious history of Southern India is the rise of the Virasaiva movement. These heroic followers of Siva-also called Lingayatas-are characterized by a unique combination of intense devotion and social reformation. The movement arose in the twelfth century under the charismatic leadership of Basava. Men and women from every backgroud, highcaste as well as untouchable, joined the experimental community of the Virasaivas. They has their own sacred literature in the form of short poems in the vernacular language of the region: Kannada.... exorcist, timekeeper, lancer, mistress, bondservant, merchant, washerman, lamp carrier, white washer, potter, hunter, blacksmith, herdsman, ... 6 Thus all vocations are performed by the devotees with a distinct goal: the service of the Lord. ... Agriculture, business, and manual service: it is all done with a spiritual purpose.

Title:Revolution of the Mystics
Author: Jan Peter Schouten
Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishe - 1995-01-01

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