William K. Mahony
William K. Mahony, PhD, is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion at Davidson College. Holding academic degrees from Williams College, Yale University and the University of Chicago, he served as one of the editors of the first edition of the 16-volume Encyclopedia of Religion and as President of the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute. The recipient of several teaching awards and of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, his research and teaching center on the contemplative and devotional dimensions of religions arising in India. His publications include The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination, published by State University of New York Press. Readers of Exquisite Love will see that he integrates his scholarship with sensibilities and perspectives informed by his own spiritual practice. In addition to his academic work, he leads workshops and retreats on the philosophy of yoga as presented in texts from India and on the cultivation and refinement of the yogic life.
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Exquisite Love: Reflections on the Spiritual Life Based on Nārada’s Bhakti Sūtra
by William K. Mahony
The Bhakti Sūtra attributed to Nārada is a collection of 84 aphoristic statements in Sanskrit, dating to the tenth to eleventh centuries in India, on the nature of love for Divinity, which the text describes as the highest, most exquisite form of love. Translating, explaining and interpreting 21 of those statements, William K. Mahony brings these teachings into our contemporary world through his t
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