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A Sourcebook

Edwin F. Bryant

Publication Date - 18 June 2007

ISBN: 9780195148923

592 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Sparkling new translations of these vital documents for readers at all levels


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 book provides a fine overview of the diversity, strengths, and weaknesses of the current state of American research on Krishna. ...Krishna: A Sourcebook is to be recommended to all those interested in this Hindu deity. Even experts in the area are sure to discover gems as they move through the useful research found in this volume." --Journal of the American Oriental Society

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

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