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Bhagavata Purana Sacred Text and Living Tradition

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ISBN-10: 0231149999

ISBN-13: 9780231149990

Edition: 2013

Authors: Ravi M. Gupta, Kenneth R. Valpey

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A vibrant example of living literature, The Bhagavata Purana is a versatile Hindu sacred text containing more than 14,000 Sanskrit verses. Finding its present form around 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 text's entire twelve volumes. The Bhagavata Purana is a hard-to-classify embodiment of classical Indian cultural, religious, and philosophical thought. Its language and poetic expression are on par with the best of Sanskrit poetry ( kavya), while its narrative structure holds together tightly as a literary work. Its theological message centers on devotion to Krishna and Vishnu, while its philosophical content is grounded solidly in the classical traditions of Vedanta and Samkhya. Each essay in this volume focuses on a key theme of The Bhagavata Purana and its subsequent presence in Hindu dance, music, 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. A glossary aids in the understanding of the work. Featuring original, expert scholarship, this volume is an essential companion for courses and research on India, Hinduism, and related topics.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.38" wide x 8.94" long x 0.62" tall
Weight: 0.902

Introduction: Churning the Ocean of Lila: Themes for Bhagavata Study
The World of the Bhagavata
Reading: Puranic Trekking Along the Path of the Bhagavatas
Time and Narrative: A Mandala of Remembrance: The Bhagavata Purana's Time-Transcending Narrative of Lila
Cosmology: Dialogues on Natural Theology: The Bhagavata Purana's Cosmology as Religious Practice
Ethics: "May Calamities Befall Us at Every Step": The Bhagavata's Response to the Problem of Evil
Commentary Vallabha, the Bhagavata Purana, and the Path of Grace
Sacred Geography: Vraja-Dhaman: Krishna Embodied in Geographic Place and Transcendent Space
Theology: The Rasa Lila of Krishna and the Gopis: On the Bhagavata's Vision of Boundless Love
The Bhagavata in the World
Boundaries: Heresy and Heretics in the Bhagavata Purana M�ns Broo
Dance: Krishna Come Soon: Bharata Natyam and the Bhagavata Purana on Stage
Song: Two Braj Bhasa Versions of the Rasa-Lila Pa�cadhyayi and Their Musical Performance in Vaisnava Worship
Recitation "Live with the Text and Listen to Its Words": Bhagavata Recitation in Changing Times
Text History: Modern Reception and Text Migration of the Bhagavata Purana
Author Profiles