Caitanya caritāmṛta of Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja: a translation and commentary

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Dept. of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 1171 pages
The Caitanya Caritamrta is an early-seventeenth-century Bengali and Sanskrit biography of the great saint and Vaisnava leader Caitanya (1486-1533 c.e.), by the poet and scholar Krsnadasa, who has been given by Bengali tradition the title Kaviraja--"Prince of Poets." The text is of interest to theologians (Caitanya was, in Krsnadasa's view, an androgyne of Krsna and Radha), philosophers (his theory was that aesthetic and religious experience are much the same in kind), historians of religion (the movement that Caitanya inspired has encompassed the great part of the eastern Indian subcontinent, and Krsnadasa has some interesting observations on his own times), and appreciators of literature (in Krsnadasa's very long poem are embedded some lyric gems).

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Contents

Caitanya and Krsna
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Caitanya continues his southern pilgrimage confrontations
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A Brief History of the Movement as Background to
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Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Professor emeritus of South Asian languages at the University of Chicago, Edward Cameron Dimock first went to India in 1955, where he lived and taught for many years. A Fulbright Scholar, Dimock has received numerous awards and honors, including those from the National Academy of Letters in New Delhi and the India League of America. He is on the board of trustees at the American Institute of Indian Studies, where he was president from 1972 to 1987. He now lives with his wife on Cape Cod and travels to India several times a year.

Stewartis Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at North Carolina State University and Director of the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.

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