Krsna: Lord or Avatara?: The Relationship Between Krsna and Visnu

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Social Science - 254 pages
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This is a study of three Sanskrit texts, the Harivamsa, the Visnupurana, and the Bhagavatabelonging to the puranic genre, the chief source of knowledge of the origins of popular Hinduism. It treats them as integrated compositions and displays the theological motives and creative skill which have gone into the making of them. It shows how all three texts contain narratives which present Krishna as one of several subordinate manifestations (avataras) of Vishnu. All three use much the same traditional material, yet each, by arranging this material in its own way, presents a distinctive view of Krishna, and the most influential of them, the Bhagavata , builds up a world view in which Krishna, not Vishnu, is supreme.

 

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Contents

1 Kṛṣṇa Viṣṇu and the avatāra myth
1
2 Epic evaluations of Kṛṣṇa
23
3 Kṛṣṇa in the Harivaṃśa
44
4 The allpervading Viṣṇu
65
5 Kṛṣṇa in the Viṣṇupurāṇa
89
6 The Bible of Kṛṣṇaism
107
7 Kṛṣṇa in the Bhāgavatapurāṇa
125
8 The Lords cosmic play
150
Kṛṣṇa or Viṣṇu?
175
Notes
202
Bibliography
238
Index
246
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