A New Samanya Laksana of Bhakti

Arjundeb Sensarma1 & Sudipta Munsi2

1 Assistant Professor, Indian Comparative Literature, Assam University, Silchar. Email:

2 Independent scholar of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy. Kolkata. Email:

Volume IX, Number 3, 2017 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v9n3.19

Received August 04, 2017; Revised September 10, 2017; Accepted September 15, 2017; Published September 20,  2017.


This paper attempts to discuss a new definition of the word Bhakti, proposed by Sri Niraiijanasvarupa Brahmacdri, in his Bengali book, Advaitamatatimirabhaskara. This definition is interesting in the sense that it uses the Navya-Nydya terminology and style of formulating laksatia-s or definitions and also for the fact that it seeks to bring the various (apparently) different and conflicting definitions of bhakti into one fold. Besides, the author offers a new analysis of the term Eslvarapratiidhana, found in the Yogasutras of Pataiijali, in tune with this new definition and shows how the traditional interpretation cannot stand the test of reason.

Keywords: Advaitamatatimirabhaskara, Bhakti, Premalaksatia Bhakti, Navadha Bhakti, grrmadbhagavata, Madhusadana Sarasvatr, Ramanuja, Mvarapratiidhana