After a brief look at Caitanya Vaisnava epistemology, and the avatara-theology in this tradition, the author Kenneth R. Valpey (Krsna Ksetra Prabhu) explains basic principles of the bhakti-theology, and the concept of sadhana or practice, and how sound and form interrelate to allow a sentient being to become spiritually elevated. “Arcanam versus Idolatry” aims at comperative theology, whereby image worship in the Krishna-bhakti tradition of Caitanya Vaisnavism is juxtaposed with biblical objections to image worship. Here again, the focus is on the nature of bhakti, conceived as the ultimate modus of spirituality, leading toward and bringing about prema, or unfettered love for the supreme Being, God, or Krishna.

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Kenneth Valpey is a Gaudiya Vaishnava Theologian who studied at Oxford University, St Cross College (1999 – 2004). While there, he conducted his research at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where his dissertation was on Chaitanya Vaishnava murti-seva. He is also a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, in which Krsna Ksetra Das (spiritual name given to him by Srila Prabhupada) acts as an initiating spiritual master, or guru. He is presently a professor at Bhaktivedanta College where the current and central programme of study is in Vaishnava Theology. There he teaches courses in Vaishnava Vedanta. Now he teaches at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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