The Sword and the Flute--Kali and Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, With a New Preface / Edition 1

The Sword and the Flute--Kali and Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, With a New Preface / Edition 1

by David R. Kinsley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224760

ISBN-13: 9780520224766

Pub. Date: 05/08/2000

Publisher: University of California Press


With a New Preface

Kali and Krsna are two of Hinduism's most popular deities, representing dramatically different truths about the nature of the sacred. The cruel and terrible Kali is thought to be born of wild, aboriginal roots. She is the goddess of thieves and often associated with human blood sacrifice. Krsna, in contrast, is the divine lover and

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With a New Preface

Kali and Krsna are two of Hinduism's most popular deities, representing dramatically different truths about the nature of the sacred. The cruel and terrible Kali is thought to be born of wild, aboriginal roots. She is the goddess of thieves and often associated with human blood sacrifice. Krsna, in contrast, is the divine lover and inimitable prankster who plays a bewitching flute to draw all to him. But Kali and Krsna have much more in common than their contrasting personalities suggest. Kinsley shows that Krsna's flute can be interchangeable with Kali's sword, revealing important perceptions of the divine in the Hindu tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224766
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/08/2000
Series:
Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionvii
Preface to the Original Editionix
Introduction1
Part I.The Flute: Krsna's Carnival of Joy
Chapter I9
Krsna and the "Krsnas"9
The Divine Child: The Spontaneous and Tumultuous Nature of God12
Krsna's Sport with Demons: Combat as Play19
The Embodiment of Beauty and Grace23
The Call of Krsna's Flute32
The Divine Lover41
Chapter II56
Introduction56
Bhakti: From Lord to Lover57
Ananda: The Inherent Bliss of the Divine66
Lila: The Divine Player73
Part II.The Sword: Kali, Mistress of Death
Chapter III81
Introduction81
The Prehistory of Kali86
Kali in the Mahabharata88
Kali in the Devi-mahatmaya90
The Early History of Kali in Puranic and Dramatic Literature93
Kali's Regional Distribution96
Kali's Association with Siva101
Kali and the Tantric Hero109
Kali and Bengali Devotionalism114
Summary125
Chapter IV127
Introduction127
Kali as Mahamaya133
Kali as Prakrti and Duhkha137
Kali as Time139
Confrontation and Acceptance of Death: Kali's Boon141
Kali's "Taming"146
The Sword and the Flute: Conclusion151
Works Cited161

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