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The Bhagavata Purana: Sacred Text and Living Tradition

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A vibrant example of living literature, the Bhagavata Purana is a versatile Hindu sacred text written in Sanskrit verse. Finding its present form by the tenth century C.E., the work inspired several major north Indian devotional (bhakti) traditions as well as schools of dance and drama, and continues to permeate popular Hindu art and ritual in both India and the diaspora.

Introducing the Bhagavata Purana's key themes while also examining its extensive influence on Hindu thought ...

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Overview

A vibrant example of living literature, the Bhagavata Purana is a versatile Hindu sacred text written in Sanskrit verse. Finding its present form by the tenth century C.E., the work inspired several major north Indian devotional (bhakti) traditions as well as schools of dance and drama, and continues to permeate popular Hindu art and ritual in both India and the diaspora.

Introducing the Bhagavata Purana's key themes while also examining its extensive influence on Hindu thought and practice, this collection conducts the first multidimensional reading of the entire text. Each essay focuses on a key theme of the Bhagavata Purana and its subsequent presence in Hindu theology, performing arts, ritual recitation, and commentary. The authors consider the relationship between the sacred text and the divine image, the text's metaphysical and cosmological underpinnings, its shaping of Indian culture, and its ongoing relevance to contemporary Indian concerns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231149983
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ravi M. Gupta is associate professor of religious studies at the The College of William and Mary and is the author of The Caitanya Vaisnava Vedanta of Jiva Gosvami: When Knowledge Meets Devotion.

Kenneth R. Valpey is a research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and has been a regular visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction. Churning the Ocean of L?l?: Themes for Bhagavata StudyPart One: The World of the Bh?gavata1. Reading: Pur??ic Trekking Along the Path of the Bh?gavatas2. Time and Narrative: A Ma??ala of Remembrance: The Bh?gavata Pur??a's Time-Transcending Narrative of L?l?3. Cosmology: Dialogues on Natural Theology: The Bh?gavata Pur??a's Cosmology as Religious Practice4. Ethics: "May Calamities Befall Us at Every Step": The Bh?gavata's Response to the Problem of Evil5. Commentary: Vallabha, the Bh?gavata Pur??a, and the Path of Grace6. Sacred Geography: Vraja-Dh?man: Krishna Embodied in Geographic Place and Transcendent Space7. Theology: The R?sa L?l? of Krishna and the Gop?s: On the Bh?gavata's Vision of Boundless LovePart Two: The Bh?gavata in the World8. Boundaries: Heresies and Heretics in the Bh?gavata Pur??a9. Dance: Krishna Come Soon: Bharata Natyam and the Bh?gavata Pur??a on Stage10. Song: Two Braj Bh??? Versions of the R?sa L?l? PaƱc?dhy?y? and Their Musical Performance in Vai??ava Worship11. Recitation:12. Text History: Modern Reception and Text Migration of the Bh?gavata Pur??aBibliographyList of ContributorsIndex

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    The description and comments by other readers cover the details

    The description and comments by other readers cover the details of the book.  My limited knowledge of the subject would not add much to the conversation.

    However, I do have a comment about the text which some readers may find valuable.  This value perhaps will extend to the technical support team at Barnes and Noble.

    When I began reading I noticed that many characters appeared as blank boxes.  This became increasingly annoying to the point that I called B&N (1-800-THE-BOOK) inquiring if anything could be done on my Nook to make these blank boxes display the correct characters.  Tech support had no answer but assured me that they would contact the publisher to further research the matter.  No reply as yet.

    I continued to plow through the maze of missing letters.  It was slow going, especially in the highly detailed sections.  Two days ago I happened upon a font selection box (located at the bottom of my HD Plus screeen.  Hmm?  I wondered what change I might affect by changing the Publisher's Default switch to ON.

    Le voila!  The default font changed to some unidentified sans serif type face AND the boxed characters appeared!

    I was able to complete the reading rapidly.  Good luck!


     




























      

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