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In the West Krishna is primarily known as the speaker of the Bhagavad Gita. But it is the stories of Krishna's childhood and his later exploits that have provided some of the most important and widespread sources of religious narrative in the Hindu religious landscape. This volume brings together new translations of representative samples of Krishna religious literature from a variety of genres — classical, popular, regional, sectarian, poetic, literary, and philosophical.


This yearbook presents a wealth of articles, surveys, and book reviews by eminent international scholars in the legal field.

About the Author

Edwin F. Bryant is Associate Professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. He is the translator of Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God (2004); author of The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate (OUP, 2001); co-editor of: The Hare Krishna Movement: The Post-Charismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant (2004), and The Aryan Invasion: Evidence, Politics, History (2005), and has just completed a translation of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Notes from the Traditional Commentators (2007).

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Section One: Classical Source Material

1. Krishna in the Mahabharata: the Death of Karna, Alf Hiltebeitel

2. Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, Robert N. Minor

3. Harivamsha: The Dynasty of Krishna, Ekkhard Lorenz

4. Krishna and the Bhagavata Purana, Edwin F. Bryant

Section Two: Regional Literary Expressions

5. Orissa — Shri Krishna Jagannath: Translation of Mushali Parva from Sarala's Mahabharata, Bijoy M. Misra

6. Assam — Shankaradeva's Parijata Harana Nata, William L. Smith

7. Tamil Nadu — Weaving Garlands in Tamil: the Poetry of the Alvars, Vasudha Narayanan

8. Maharashtra — Games with God: Sakhya Bhakti in Marathi Sant Poetry, Vidyut Aklujkar

9. Vraj — Fishing in Sur's Ocean, John Stratton Hawley

10. Rajasthan — Mirabhai and her Poetry, Nancy Martin

11. Gujarat — Krishna in the Poetry of Narasimha Mehta, Neelima Shukla Bhatt

12. Sanskrit from Tamil Nadu — At Play in the Forests of the Lord: The Gopalavimshati of Vedanta Deshika, Steven P. Hopkins

Section Three: Philosophy and Theology

13. Krishna in Advaita Vedanta: The Supreme Brahman in Human Form, Lance E. Nelson

14. Ramanuja and the Meaning of Krishna's Descent and Embodiment on this Earth, Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

15. Madhva Vedanta and Krishna, Deepak Sharma

16. The Six Sandarbhas of Jiva Gosvamin, Satyanarayana Dasa

17. A Selection from the Bhaktirasamritasindhu of Rupa Gosvamin, David Haberman

18. The Divine Feminine in the Theology of Krishna, Graham Schweig

Section Four: Hagiography and Praxis

19. Kumbhandas: the Devotee as Salt of the Earth, Richard Barz

20. A Vallabhite Guidebook for the Worship of Krishna's Divine Images, Paul Arney

21. Vaishnava Pilgrimage: Select Puranic Texts, Paul Sherbow

22. Chaitanya Vaishnavism and the Holy Names, Neal Delmonico

Product Details

Bryant, Edwin F.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Edwin F.
Bryant, Edwin
Krishna (hindu deity)
Devotional literature, Indic
Hinduism - General
Theology | Hinduism
Religion and Theology | Hinduism
Religion & Theology | Hinduism
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
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Volume 5: 1985
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6.1 x 9.2 x 1.5 in 1.85 lb

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