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Krishna is one of the most important deities in the Hindu pantheon, judging by the themes that have emerged in Hindu drama, poetry, dance, painting, song, literature, iconography, and temple worship over the fast millennium and more. Although for most people outside of India the Bhagavad-Gita comes to mind when thinking of Krishna, there is also an abundance of other popular, sectarian, and scholastic literary genres focused on this deity that is not readily available, which has had as much influence as the Bhagavad-Gita, if not more. In this collection, leading scholars of Hinduism offer new translations of the most popular and prominent samples of Krishna religious literature spanning over two thousand years from a variety of genres-epic, poetic, literary, philosophical, hagiographical, and more-and from geographically diverse regions of the Indian subcontinent. By bringing together for the first time a broad range of primary texts about Krishna, this book offers fresh material and approaches to the study of this popular god.
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"This book provides a fine overview of the diversity, strengths, and weaknesses of the current state of American research on Krishna. ...Krishna: A Sourcebook is to be recommended to all those interested in this Hindu deity. Even experts in the area are sure to discover gems as they move through the useful research found in this volume." —Journal of the American Oriental Society
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195148916
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/18/2007
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin F. Bryant is Associate Professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. He is the translator of Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God (2004); author of The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate (OUP, 2001); co-editor of: The Hare Krishna Movement: The Post-Charismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant (2004), and The Aryan Invasion: Evidence, Politics, History (2005), and has just completed a translation of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Notes from the Traditional Commentators (2007).

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Table of Contents

Contributors     ix
Introduction     3
Classical Source Material
Krishna in the Mahabharata: The Death of Karna   Alf Hiltebeitel     23
Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita   Robert N. Minor     77
The Harivamsa: The Dynasty of Krishna   Ekkehard Lorenz     95
Krishna in the Tenth Book of the Bhagavata Purana   Edwin F. Bryant     111
Regional Literary Expressions
Orissa: Shri Krishna Jagannatha: The Mushali-parva from Sarala's Mahabharata   Bijoy M. Misra     139
Assam: Shankaradeva's Parijata Harana Nata   William L. Smith     163
Tamil Nadu: Weaving Garlands in Tamil: The Poetry of the Alvars   Vasudha Narayanan     187
Maharashtra: Games with God: Sakhya-bhakti in Marathi Sant Poetry   Vidyut Aklujkar     205
Braj: Fishing in Sur's Ocean   John Stratton Hawley     223
Rajasthan: Mirabai and Her Poetry   Nancy M. Martin     241
Gujarat: Govinda's Glory: Krishna-Lila in the songs of Narasinha Mehta   Neelima Shukla-Bhatt     255
Sanskrit from Tamil Nadu: At Play in the Forests of the Lord: The Gopalavimshati of Vedantadeshika   Steven P. Hopkins     285
Philosophy and Theology
Krishna in Advaita Vedanta: The SupremeBrahman in Human Form   Lance E. Nelson     309
Ramanuja and the Meaning of Krishna's Descent and Embodiment on This Earth   Francis X. Clooney, S.J.     329
Madhva Vedanta and Krishna   Deepak Sarma     357
The Six Sandarbhas of Jiva Gosvami   Satyanarayana Dasa     373
A Selection from the Bhaktirasamritasindhu of Rupa Gosvamin: The Foundational Emotions (Sthayi-bhavas)   David L. Haberman     409
The Divine Feminine in the Theology of Krishna   Graham M. Schweig     441
Hagiography and Praxis
Kumbhandas: The Devotee as Salt of the Earth   Richard Barz     477
The Bade Shikshapatra: A Vallabhite Guide to the Worship of Krishna's Divine Images   Paul Arney     505
Vaishnava Pilgrimage: Select Puranic Texts   Paul H. Sherbow     537
Chaitanya Vaishnavism and the Holy Names   Neal Delmonico     549
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