Chattampi Swami: An Intellectual Biography

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South Indian Studies, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 482 pages
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Chattampi Swami (1853-1924) was the harbinger of renaissance and reformation in Kerala. His thoughts and work influenced the launching of many social, religious, literary and political organizations and movements in Kerala and for the first time gave voice to those who were marginalized. This book is an attempt to understand how the universe of his thought was shaped, how he elevated himself from the ordinary man to a scholar and reformer extraordinary, what values emerge as we study the course of his life, what relation these values have to the life of the common people, what his teaching is, and how much of it is timeless and eternal. Chattampi Swami: An Intellectual Biography adds new dimensions to the understanding of the extraordinary figure of the late nineteenth century renaissance in India who made knowledge and spirituality integral to the social and democratic endeavor. Documenting the aspects neglected by earlier biographers the authors make a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the man behind the myth
 

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'After scanning all the available literature, the authors have done their best to sift facts from fantasies quite well. (The book) contains a vast amount of information about persons who were associated with the (Chattampi) Swami, each one of whom was a glowing lamp in his own way. Details about the Swami's works and the controversies that followed give us important insights into the 19 century cultural history.The authors have shown commendable patience and perseverance in collecting information and also in gathering a sheaf of photographs that take us back to the times of the Swami' - wrote Prema Nandakumar in The Hindu 25 October 2011. 

Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 KERALA SOCIETY AND POLITY
17
3 EARLY YEARS
42
4 SEEKER OF KNOWLEDGE
64
5 THE AWAKENING
85
7 LAST YEARS
130
8 GURUS AND DISCIPLES
150
9 NARAYANA GURU
174
14 CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE
276
15 POWER TO HEAL
304
16 COMMUNION WITH NATURE
324
17 RELIGIOUS REFORMATION
349
18 SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT
373
19 HARBINGER OF RENAISSANCE
398
NOTES AND REFERENCES
412
CHRONOLOGY OF THE LIFE OF CHATTAMPI SWAMI
437

10 CONTROVERSIES
193
11 PHILOSOPHICAL WORKS
212
12 HISTORICAL AND LITERARY WORKS
232
13 WAYS OF THE MASTER
254
Chattampi Swami Bibliography
443
Glossary
466
Index
470
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About the author (2010)

Dr. R. Raman Nair has associated with major digitization projects like Web Archives of Kerala Legislative Assembly Proceedings, Mahatma Gandhi University Online PhD Theses etc and is a member of many committees on digital archiving and information system development. Got the S M Ganguly National Award in 1998 for ICT application in research support systems. Has numerous published books on Information Science. Translated Kureepuzha Sreekumar’s poems into English and works of Hermann Hesse and Khalil Gibran into Malayalam.

Dr. L Sulochana Devi has been teaching Vedanta for the last 20 years, was in the faculty of Centre for Research and Higher Studies and Research in Sanskrit (Tripunithura) and Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit and is presently Associate Professor of Vedanta at the Government Sanskrit College, Trivandrum. Is a founder member of Centre for South Indian Studies and is associating with the Chattampi Swami Digital Archive project. Earlier publications include Historical Mahakavayas, Paramarthasara of Adi Sesa: A Study, and Sanskrit translation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha.

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