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Bourgeouis Hinduism, or Faith of the Modern Vedantists: Rare Discourses from Early Colonial Bengal

Brian A. Hatcher


In 1839, a group of Hindu elite gathered in Calcutta to share and propagate their faith in a non-idolatrous form of worship. The group, known as the Tattvabodhinī Sabhā, met weekly to worship and hear discourses from members on ways to promote a rational and morally responsible mode of worship. They called upon ancient sources of Hindu spirituality to guide them in developing a modern form of theism they referred to as “Vedanta”.This book situates the theology and moral vision set forth in these hitherto unknown discourses against the backdrop of religious and social change in early colonial C ... More

Keywords: Hindu spirituality, Calcutta, Tattvabodhinī Sabhā, colonial India, Sabhyadiger vaktṛtā, Debendranth Tagore, Inullvaracandra Vidyasagara, Inullvaracandra Gupta, Aksayumara Datta, Rammohan Roy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian A. Hatcher, author
Illinois Wesleyan University