A History of Indian Philosophy V.4

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Volume IV Chapter XXIV The Bhagavata-Purana The Bhagavata-purana shares with the Bhagavad-gita a unique position in the devotional literature of India. It cannot however claim the same antiquity: before the tenth century A.D. no references to it have been discovered by the present writer. Even Ramanuja (born in A.D. 1017) had not mentioned its name or made any quotations from it. But by the time of Madhva the work had become famous: one of the principal works of Madhva (thierteenth century A.D.) is called the aBhagavata-tatparya, in which he deals with the principal ideas of the Bhagavata-purana, and lays emphasis on them so far as they support his views. The thoughts of the Bhagavata-purana are loftily poetic, but the style is more difficult. The present writer is of opinion that it must have been composed by a Southerner, as it makes references to the Alvars, who have probably never been referred to by any writer in Northern of Upper India. The Bhagavata-purana, however, was so much appreciated that immediately commentaries were written upon it.
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