Krishna: A Sourcebook

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Edwin Francis Bryant
Oxford University Press, 2007 - Devotional literature, Indic - 575 pages
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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, sectarian, poetic, literary, and philosophical.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Classical Source Material
21
Regional Literary Expressions
137
Philosophy and Theology
307
Hagiography and Praxis
475
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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...
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