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Sword and the Flute-Kali and Krsna Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology

ISBN-10: 0520224760
ISBN-13: 9780520224766
Edition: 1975
Authors: David R. Kinsley
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1975
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Introduction
The Flute: Krsna's Carnival of Joy
Krsna and the "Krsnas"
The Divine Child: The Spontaneous and Tumultuous Nature of God
Krsna's Sport with Demons: Combat as Play
The Embodiment of Beauty and Grace
The Call of Krsna's Flute
The Divine Lover
Introduction
Bhakti: From Lord to Lover
Ananda: The Inherent Bliss of the Divine
Lila: The Divine Player
The Sword: Kali, Mistress of Death
Introduction
The Prehistory of Kali
Kali in the Mahabharata
Kali in the Devi-mahatmaya
The Early History of Kali in Puranic and Dramatic Literature
Kali's Regional Distribution
Kali's Association with Siva
Kali and the Tantric Hero
Kali and Bengali Devotionalism
Summary
Introduction
Kali as Mahamaya
Kali as Prakrti and Duhkha
Kali as Time
Confrontation and Acceptance of Death: Kali's Boon
Kali's "Taming"
The Sword and the Flute: Conclusion
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