Bodies & Emotions: Analyses of Embodiment & Bhakti in Sahajiyā

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Embodiment Encarnación


In this present writing I tried to portray how the practice of bhakti (as an emotion) transforms body into
both yogic and devotional body within the corpus of the religious group of sahajiyā. The manifestations of
both Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa bhakti contribute to the a priori concept of practice of both bhakti and yoga through
the embodiment in sahajiyā. With the help of my field work (that includes in-depth interviews) and a few
theoretical explanations I tried to unveil how the realization of truth of the body leads to the realization of
the truth of the universe through the practice of bhakti involving body. Bhakti needs body. The divine body
of Kṛṣṇa and the devotional bodies of Kṛṣṇa bhakta-s are integral parts in sahajiyā. I also tried to explain that
the Gauḍīya discourse of divine embodiment embraces a number of hierarchical taxonomies that classify the
divine forms of Kṛṣṇa that proves Kṛṣṇa’s existence as a yogīn. It also consists of multidimensional hierarchy of
ontologies, paths and goals where embodied Kṛṣṇa bhakti is represented as the acme of spiritual realization.
The hierarchical ontologies represent different dimensions of embodiment. The valorization of yogic body
both theoretically and practically refigured the concept of yoga body into devotional yoga body.