By Guy L. Beck
Going past the traditional depictions of Krishna within the epics, this publication makes use of nearby and vernacular assets to offer a variety of Krishna traditions.
Krishna—widely honored and loved within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many facets. An historical manifestation of the perfect God Vishnu, or the Godhead itself, Krishna is the bringer of Yoga philosophy and the author of the universe, the destroyer of evil tyrants, and the hero of the epic Mahabharata. he's additionally defined in classical Sanskrit texts as having human features and having fun with very human ambitions: Krishna is the butter thief, cowherd, philanderer, and flute participant. but even those playful depictions are established upon descriptions present in the Sanskrit canon, and generally mirror popular, classical Pan-Indian images.
In this publication, participants study the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, providing examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in diverse areas between numerous ethnic teams, vernacular language traditions, and distant branches of Indian religions. those wide-ranging, substitute visions of Krishna comprise the Tantric Krishna of Bengal, Krishna in city women's rituals, Krishna as monogamous husband and more youthful brother in Braj, Krishna in Jainism, Krishna in Marathi culture, Krishna in South India, and the Krishna of nineteenth-century reformed Hinduism.
“The complete quantity deals a consi-derable spectrum of numerous lesser-known kinds of Krishna bhakti awarded from assorted study views. it truly is an informative addition to stories in generally conceived Vaishnavism and spiritual traditions.” — Acta Orientalia Vilnensia
“…Guy Beck has … provid[ed] a superbly produced quantity with a few interesting examine papers featuring ‘regional and vernacular diversifications on a Hindu deity’ … [he] has performed an exceptional provider by way of gathering and soliciting splendidly wealthy and various articles.” — Indo-Iranian Journal
"Surely, there are few, if any, deities extra important and demanding to Hinduism than Krishna. This quantity provides vital voices to our knowing of this Hindu deity, a true and intensely major accomplishment." — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Roads of extra, Palaces of knowledge: Eroticism and Reflexivity within the examine of Mysticism
Contributors comprise Jerome H. Bauer, man L. Beck, Glen Alexander Hayes, June McDaniel, Anne E. Monius, Christian Lee Novetzke, Tracy Pintchman, Valerie Ritter, and A. Whitney Sanford.
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Dimock Jr. (1966, reprint 1989). Scholarly works in Bengali include: Manindra Mohan Basu (Bose) (1932); Paritos Dasa (1972 and 1978) and Gopinath Kaviraj (1969–75), which covers the Vaishnava Sahajiyas in various places. An excellent introduction to Tantra in general is provided by David Gordon White, “Introduction,” in Tantra in Practice (2000), 3–38. White has also provided an intriguing study of Tantric sexuality in The Kiss of the YoginŒ: “Tantric Sex” in Its South Asian Contexts (2003). Also valuable are recent works by Hugh B.
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6 Rupa wrote of five basic rasas of devotion: pure love, affection, friendship, parental love, and erotic love. Other Vaishnava writers have placed a greater emphasis on Bharata’s model. The rasas act as triggers of bhavas, or human states of intense emotion, such that the act of visiting various enlivened statues can generate the desired emotions in devotees who are able to perceive the divine nature of the statues. The substance of the statue is understood to give special blessings. Wood brings long life, clay brings pleasures in every world, gems bring prosperity, gold brings strength, silver brings fame, copper brings many children, and stone brings wealth and property.
Alternative Krishnas: Regional And Vernacular Variations On A Hindu Deity by Guy L. Beck