Early Developments within the Bhakti Sect of Vallabhacarya According to Sectarian Traditions

Barz, Richard

     In the first part of this study of the Sampradaya of Vallabhacarya the events of the early sectarian history and the nature of the sectarian doctrines are examined. This includes a broad description of the teachings and doctrines of Vallabhacarya. In addition, it provides an account of the key incidents in Vallabhacarya's life, and considers the place of the Shuddhadvaita among Indian philosophical systems as well as the fundamental doctrines of the Shuddhadvaita. Particular attention is given to the dosa and their removal and the significance of pusti in Vallabhacarya's thought.
     The second part of this dissertation deals with the actual life of the sect . . . shown through the sectarian literature. The main source utilized here is the Gokulanatha's (1552-1641) Caurasi Vainavan ki Varta . . . a collection of eighty-four vartas -- a varta is an account, a report, or a story of something or someone -- each one of which relates selected events of spiritual import in the life of one of the eighty-four chief followers of Vallabhacarya, an important philosopher who established his own particular version of the bhaktimarga in North India during the first third of the sixteenth century A.D. Complete translations of four of these vartas -- those of Suradasa (1479-1584), Paramanandadasa (1494-1585), Kumbhanadasa (1469-1584), and Krsnadasa (1497-1580) -- comprise the second part of this study.

Norman Zide (chair), Kali Bahl, Edward C. Dimock, J. A. B. van Buitenen