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The book explores the philosophical dimensions of Bhakti tradition in India in all their variety and depth, and raises the question such as   whether the world of feelings which is intrinsically subjective and personal in character can ever be an 'object' of rational inquiry. It asks "Is Bhakti possible without belief in personal of God or any God whatsoever ?" and, tries to articulate the 'Ideals' immanent in the life of feelings  without reference to those involved in knowledge.

Bhakti is seen as Purusartha embedded in the world of feelings that man lives in. The issue related to this "seeking" are discussed in a spirit of free and critical inquiry which may come a  surprise to those who see the tradition as "closed" in respect of such things. Who would ever believe that such a discussion was held at Vrindavan, and that too under the Chaitanya Prem Samsthan, seat of the  foremost Bhakti tradition of India. But the religions of Indic origin have had a tradition of free inquiry which is not found elsewhere.

The life of feelings has too long been neglected by philosophers and " Ideals"  involved in it have hardly been paid any attention up till now.

The  book thus attempts to shift the attention of the  philosophical world to this neglected dimension of human personality which, if properly cultivated, might change the ' inner' life of man as it is 'lived'  and experienced by him / her.

Daya Krishna
is currently Editor of Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

Mukund Lath was formerly Reader in the Department of History, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Author of Tatailam, Ardha Kathanaka and Transformation as Creation.

Francine E. Krishna was formerly Reader in the Department of English, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Author of Rudyard Kipling : His Apprenticeship.