Dan Chekki is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg. He has published numerous articles and several books in the fields of urban and community sociology, family, development and change, religion and the sociology of knowledge. His recent books include Religion and Social System of the Virasaiva Community (1997), and Community Structure and Dynamics at the Dawn of the New Millennium (2000). Dr. Chekki serves as Series Advisor to the Contributions in Sociology; Secretary of the Community Research Committee of the International Sociological Association; and the Principal Editor of the Canadian Journal of Urban Research.
2003 0-7734-6734-3 This important book presents the quintessence of the Virasaiva philosophy as revealed in the dialogues of the Virasaiva philosophers and revolutionary mystics of the twelfth century. These spiritually stimulating and intellectually challenging discourses are reminiscent of the Dialogues of Plato. Virasaiva thinkers proclaimed and practiced a monotheistic ideal, and values associated with human rights, gender equality, liberty and fraternity, a strong work ethic, social justice, community service, cultural diversity, non-violence, environmental protection and sustainable development. This landmark volume is an indispensable authoritative resource for scholars and educated readers interested in religion, philosophy, and culture.