Krishna: A Sourcebook
Edwin Francis Bryant
Oxford University Press, 2007 - Devotional literature, Indic - 575 pages
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, sectarian, poetic, literary, and philosophical.
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Advaita Arjuna arrows avatara beautiful beloved Bhagavad Gita Bhagavan Bhagavata Purana bhakti birth bliss body Brahman Braj Chaitanya chariot commentary cowherd cows dance darshan deﬁned deity demons devotion dharma divine Dvaraka earth edited eternal eyes ﬁlled ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂowers ﬂowing ﬂute forest Foundational Emotion gods Gopeshvar gopis Gosvami Govardhan Govardhan Hill Gujarat Hari Hariray Harivamsa heart Hiltebeitel Hindu Holy Name identiﬁed incarnation India Indra inﬂuence Ishvara Jara Jiva Karna king Kumbhandas lila Lord Lord’s lotus Madhva Madhvacharya Mahabharata Mathura maya meditation mind Mirabai Narada Narasinha Narayana one’s parijata person play poems poet praise Pushtimarga Radha Rama Ramanuja rasa reﬂection Rupa sacriﬁce Sanskrit Satyabhama says seva Shankara Shiva Shri Krishna Shri Nathji singing songs speciﬁc supreme sutra svarup Tamil temple tradition translation University Vaishnava Vallabha Varta Vasudeva Vedanta Vedas Vedic verse Vishnu Vitthalnath Vrindavan Vyasa words worship Yashoda yoga Yogamaya Yudhishthira
Page 18 - Lakshmi, has no human mother. She is born from a furrow her father King Janak ploughs. The question of whether Vishnu's seventh avatar is one or four (Sita being of Lakshmi) troubles no one at Ramlila. Of Vishnu's ten avatars, nine have already appeared: Matsya, the fish; Kurma, the tortoise; Varaha, the boar; Narasimha, the man-lion; Vamana, the dwarf; Parasurama, Rama with an Ax; Rama; Krishna; Buddha. Each of these avatars is the locus of many stories. Kalki, the tenth avatar, will come to destroy...