The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 325 pages
The Artful Universe introduces the Vedic religion, a rich and densely textured tradition that has influenced the religious sensibilities of India for 3500 years or more. Engagingly written and based on traditional as well as modern Vedic scholarship, the book introduces Vedic ideas regarding the nature of divinity, the structure of the sacred universe, the process of revelation, the function of ritual as hallowed activity, and the realizations lying behind the practice of meditation. As a way to link these diverse aspects of Vedic religion, Mahony identifies and highlights the important role of the divine and human imagination in the formation, revelation, and reformation of a meaningful world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Formative Power of the Divine Imagination
17
On the Artistic Order of the Universe
41
The Artistry of the Verbal imagination
59
Universal Drama and the Liturgical Imagination
104
The Liberating Power of the Contemplative Imagination
152
Chapter 6 Religious Functions of the Imagination
198
Notes
231
Bibliography
285
Index and Glossary
307
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About the author (1998)

William K. Mahony is Professor of Religion at Davidson College. He is an editor and contributor to the sixteen-volume The Encyclopedia of Religion.

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