Puspika 3 is the outcome of the third and fourth International Indology Graduate Research Symposiums held in Paris and Edinburgh in 2011 and 2012. This volume presents the results of recent research by early-career scholars into the texts, languages and literary, philosophical and religious traditions of South Asia. The articles offer a broad range of disciplinary perspectives on a wide array of subjects including classical and medieval philosophy, esoteric knowledge and practices in the Vedas, Kalidasa's great poem Meghaduta ('The Cloud Messenger'), soteriology in a 17th century Jain text, identity, orality and the songs of the Bauls in 20th century Bengal, and Sanskrit pedagogy.
Robert Leach is Lecturer in Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh with research interests including the Hindu Tantric traditions, especially the history, doctrines and practices of the Pancaratra; the Mahabharata; the history of Indian doxography (canonical classifications of distinct philosophical and/or religious methods, doctrines and schools); and the category 'Hinduism'. Jessie Pons is a visiting research fellow at the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. Her research interests focus on Buddhist art with special attention to the representation of Buddhist narratives in Gandhara, in oases of the Silk Road and in the Indian Sub-continent, and the role of inter-religious encounter in the construction of early Buddhist and Brahmanic iconography in South Asia.
Preface 1. Is inference a cognitive or a linguistic process? A line of divergence between Jain and Buddhist classifications Marie-Helene Gorisse 2. Between Theism and Atheism: A journey through Visistadvaita Vedanta and Mimamsa Elisa Freschi 3. The pre-eminence of men in the vratya-ideology Moreno Dore 4."Tear down my Sadhana- and Havirdhana-huts, stow away my Somavessels!" -Jaiminiya Brahmana 2,269ff. : A typical case of cursing in the Veda? Paul Schwerda 5. A New Reading Of The Meghaduta A. Ruiz-Falques 6. Banarasidas climbing the Jain Stages of Perfection Jerome Petit 7. If people get to know me, I'll become cow-dung: Bhaba Pagla and the songs of the Bauls of Bengal Carola Erika Lorea 8. Revisiting Sanskrit Teaching in the Light of Modern Language Pedagogy Sven Wortmann and Ann-Kathrin Wolf