The Presence of Siva

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1988 - Cave temple - 514 pages
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One of the three Great Gods of Hinduism, Siva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, the Rg Veda, evokes his presence in its hymns. Vedic myths, ritual, and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time. In a lively meditation of Siva-based on original Sanskrit texts, many heretofore not translated-Stella Kramrisch ponders the metaphysics, ontology, and myths of Siva from the Vedas to the Puranas. Who is Siva? the author asks. Who is this god whose being comprises and transcends everything? None of the pairs of opposites, nor the sum of his uncounted names, defines him. From the down of creation, the Wild God, whose ancient name is Rudra, is Consciousness. He is the Great Yogi, the guardian of the absolute. His actions are the themes of the myths in which his nature unfolds. By retelling and interweaving the many myths that continue to convey Siva`s presence as a living god in India today, Professor Kramrisch unfolds the paradoxes in Siva`s nature and thus in the nature of consciousness itself. The magnificent sculptures at Elephanta, illustrated at the end of the book, capture in another medium the presence of the god.
 

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Contents

THE PRIMORDIAL SCENE
3
THE ARCHER
27
VASTOSPATI THE LORD OF THE DWELLING
51
MANIFESTATIONS AND REALIZATIONS OF RUDRA
71
THE BIRTH OF RUDRA
98
THE REFUSAL TO PROCREATE AND THE ENCOUNTERS
117
LINGA
153
THE ANDROGYNE GOD
197
Renewed Humiliat1on of Siva
315
Siva and Parvati
349
THE DEMONS
384
THE PRESENCE OF SIVA
422
APPENDIX THE GREAT CAVE TEMPLE OF SIVA ON
443
Glossary
469
Abbreviations
487
Index of Themes
511

BHAIRAVA
250
THE FAMILY OF SIVA
301

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