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Author: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Translator(s): Apratim Ray
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 253
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195656113


Although the work first appeared as a series of separate articles in Bengali periodical published from Kolkata, Bankimchandra compiled these in 1888 into Dharmatattva in its present form. It is generally regarded as an important document in the development of Bankimchandra’s ideas and in the history of Indian philosophy. In it, the author rationalizes Hindu thought and practice as influenced by the Utilitarian and Positivist philosophies of nineteenth-century Europe.

Bankimchandra’s exposition is set out in the form of a question-answer dialogue between a guru or Master and his disciple. The ideal of the human being, according to the Maser, is humanism. The means to it is the culture of all human faculties. Each of these faculties must be subjected to a system of culture till it has reached its optimum level of development and rest in perfect equilibrium with the others. This state is the state of bhakti or devotion. It is also the state where Man is filled with universal love and stands in the greatest possible closeness to the Supreme Being. This is dharma or the highest ideal of personal conduct.

To Bankimchandra. Lord Krishna is the epitome of humanism and the Bhagavad Gita the repository of all that is highest and best in Hindu religious thought.

Apratim Rays’ translation is careful and accurate, and Amiya P Sen’s substantive introduction outlines the general context of thought and ideas in which Dharmatattva was written and understood both then and today.

This book will appeal to students of Religion and Philosophy and general readers interested in the development of Hindu thought in the nineteenth century.



Author’s introduction to the first edition

Introduction by Amiya P Sen

What is Suffering?

What is Happiness?

What is Dharma?

What is Humanism?

Anusheelan or the Doctrine of Culture


Balance and Contentment

The Physical Faculties

The Knowledge-acquiring Faculties

Bhakti: Respect for Social Authority

Bhakti: Devotion to God

Bhakti: Devotion according to Shandilya

Bhakti: The Broad Objective of the Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti: Karma in the Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti: Gyana in the Bhagavad Gita

Bhakit: Sannyas in the Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti: Meditation

Bhakti: Bhaktiyoga in the Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti: Devotion to God in the Vishnu Purana

The Practice of Bhakti



Love for the Family

Love for the Motherland

Love for Living Creatures


The Aesthetic Faculties


Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D