Bhakti e salvezza preterintenzionale nei Purāṇa

Paolo Magnone

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Epico-puranic Hinduism revolves around bhakti towards a personal Lord, who bestows his favours — be they consisting in bhukti (fruition) or mukti (salvation) — on his devotees according to the way of their worshipful approach: ye yathā māṃ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham, as the well-known śloka of the BhG runs, which Śaṅkara glosses: yena prayojanena… māṃ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva… anugṛhnāmy aham, laying stress on purpose ― prayojana. Besides innumerable passages conforming to this conception, however, Purāṇas are rife with narratives of a different kind, diverging from it under two main aspects: on one side, as the grace accorded does not stem either directly or indirectly from the Lord; on the other side, as it dispenses with the devotee’s worshipful intention, or even with his actual awareness. These narratives may be grouped under a few distinct heads: a) spontaneous efficacy of specific places and times; b) salvation of purposeless agents like animals, corpses and other inanimate beings; c) salvation of the reckless evil-doer; d) salvation of the god-hater. The present paper presents some examples of each type, concluding with some thoughts on the theoretical background of the puranic doctrines of “unintentional salvation”.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Bhakti and pre-intentional salvation in the Purāṇa
Lingua originaleItalian
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteBandhu. Scritti in onore di Carlo Della Casa
EditorM. P. Bologna, M. L. Mayer Modena, A. Passi, L. Arena
Numero di pagine13
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 1997
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Purana
  • bhakti
  • hinduismo


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