Symposium: The Afterlives of the Yogavāsiṣṭha

When and Where

Thursday, April 25, 2024 11:00 am to Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 pm


Jürgen Hanneder
Tamara Cohen
Luther Obrock
Michael Allen
Eric Steinschneider
Srilata Raman


Research presentations from a multilingual, collaborative translation and textual study project that seeks to examine how the Yogavāsiṣṭha, in its many vernacular iterations, acquired pan-Indian authority as an Advaita Vedānta text when its earliest manuscript tradition does not indicate any Vedānta affiliation.

Project Coordinators are Srilata Raman (Department for the Study of Religion) and Jürgen Hanneder (University of Marburg).

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Day 1: April 25

11:00 am: Jürgen Hanneder
   “Liberation according to the Mokṣopāya
12:00 pm: Tamara Cohen
   “Paraloka: The World Beyond in the Mokṣopāya
 1:00 pm: Luther Obrock
   “Portable Piety: The YV tradition in the context of Early Modern Vaiṣṇava Miscellanies”

Day 2: April 26

11:00 am: Michael Allen
   “The Jñān-sār of Kavīndrācārya Sarasvatī and the Vijñān-gītā of Keśavdās”
12:00 pm: Eric Steinschneider
   “Pouring Nectar Into A Clay Cup: On the Ñāṉavāciṭṭam’s Translation Strategies”
1:00 pm: Srilata Raman
   “Rāma’s Disgust and Dispassion: The Structure, Content and Context of the Ñāṉavāciṭṭam’s Vairākkiyappirakaraṇam:47-122”