Lord Siva's Song: The Isvara Gita

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SUNY Press, Apr 1, 2014 - Religion - 246 pages
A translation of the ??vara G?t?, a parallel text to the Bhagavad G?t? that promotes religious inclusion.

While the Bhagavad G?t? is an acknowledged treasure of world spiritual literature, few people know a parallel text, the ??vara G?t?. This lesser-known work is also dedicated to a god, but in this case it is ?iva, rather than K???a, who is depicted as the omniscient creator of the world. Andrew J. Nicholson s Lord ?iva s Song makes this text available in English in an accessible new translation. A work of both poetry and philosophy, the ??vara G?t? builds on the insights of Pata˝jali s Yoga S?tra and foreshadows later developments in tantric yoga. It deals with the pluralistic religious environment of early medieval India through an exploration of the relationship between the gods ?iva and Vi??u. The work condemns sectarianism and violence and provides a strategy for accommodating conflicting religious claims in its own day and in our own.

This is an excellent introduction to, and a sound scholarly translation of, a foundational text. Andrew J. Nicholson is a first-rate scholar. Andrew O. Fort, author of J?vanmukti in Transformation: Embodied Liberation in Advaita and Neo-Vedanta
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Translation
33
Commentarial Notes
155
Sanskrit Text
185
List of Concordances
219
Glossary of Sanskrit Names and Terms
223
Bibliography
233
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áis Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author of Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History.

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