Krishna: A Sourcebook

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In the West Krishna is primarily known as the speaker of the Bhagavad Gita. But it is the stories of Krishna's childhood and his later exploits that have provided some of the most important and widespread sources of religious narrative in the Hindu religious landscape. This volume brings together new translations of representative samples of Krishna religious literature from a variety of genres — classical, popular, regional, sectarian, poetic, literary, and philosophical.

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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: 9780195148923
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 1,156,122
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (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

General Introduction
Section One: Classical Source Material
1. Krishna in the Mahabharata: the Death of Karna, Alf Hiltebeitel
2. Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, Robert N. Minor
3. Harivamsha: The Dynasty of Krishna, Ekkhard Lorenz
4. Krishna and the Bhagavata Purana, Edwin F. Bryant
Section Two: Regional Literary Expressions
5. Orissa — Shri Krishna Jagannath: Translation of Mushali Parva from Sarala's Mahabharata, Bijoy M. Misra
6. Assam — Shankaradeva's Parijata Harana Nata, William L. Smith
7. Tamil Nadu — Weaving Garlands in Tamil: the Poetry of the Alvars, Vasudha Narayanan
8. Maharashtra — Games with God: Sakhya Bhakti in Marathi Sant Poetry, Vidyut Aklujkar
9. Vraj — Fishing in Sur's Ocean, John Stratton Hawley
10. Rajasthan — Mirabhai and her Poetry, Nancy Martin
11. Gujarat — Krishna in the Poetry of Narasimha Mehta, Neelima Shukla Bhatt
12. Sanskrit from Tamil Nadu — At Play in the Forests of the Lord: The Gopalavimshati of Vedanta Deshika, Steven P. Hopkins
Section Three: Philosophy and Theology
13. Krishna in Advaita Vedanta: The Supreme Brahman in Human Form, Lance E. Nelson
14. Ramanuja and the Meaning of Krishna's Descent and Embodiment on this Earth, Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
15. Madhva Vedanta and Krishna, Deepak Sharma
16. The Six Sandarbhas of Jiva Gosvamin, Satyanarayana Dasa
17. A Selection from the Bhaktirasamritasindhu of Rupa Gosvamin, David Haberman
18. The Divine Feminine in the Theology of Krishna, Graham Schweig
Section Four: Hagiography and Praxis
19. Kumbhandas: the Devotee as Salt of the Earth, Richard Barz
20. A Vallabhite Guidebook for the Worship of Krishna's Divine Images, Paul Arney
21. Vaishnava Pilgrimage: Select Puranic Texts, Paul Sherbow
22. Chaitanya Vaishnavism and the Holy Names, Neal Delmonico

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