The Bhāgavata Purāna: Sacred Text and Living Tradition

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Ravi M. Gupta, Kenneth R. Valpey
Columbia University Press, Mar 19, 2013 - History - 288 pages

A vibrant example of living literature, the Bhagavata Purana is a versatile Hindu sacred text written in Sanskrit verse. Finding its present form by the tenth century C.E., the work inspired several major north Indian devotional (bhakti) traditions as well as schools of dance and drama, and continues to permeate popular Hindu art and ritual in both India and the diaspora.

Introducing the Bhagavata Purana's key themes while also examining its extensive influence on Hindu thought and practice, this collection conducts the first multidimensional reading of the entire text. Each essay focuses on a key theme of the Bhagavata Purana and its subsequent presence in Hindu theology, performing arts, ritual recitation, and commentary. The authors consider the relationship between the sacred text and the divine image, the text's metaphysical and cosmological underpinnings, its shaping of Indian culture, and its ongoing relevance to contemporary Indian concerns.

 

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Contents

Themes for Bhagavata Study
1
PART ONE The World of the Bhagavata
19
1 Reading Puranic Trekking Along the Path of the Bhagavatas
21
The Bhagavata Puranas Time Transcending Narrative of Lila
36
The Bhagavata Puranas Cosmology as Religious Practice
48
The Bhagavatas Response to the Problem of Evil
63
5 COMMENTARY Vallabha the Bhagavata Purana and the Path of Grace
76
Krishna Embodied in Geographic Place and TranscendentSpace
91
8 BOUNDARIES Heresy and Heretics in the Bhagavata Purana
145
Bharata Natyam and the Bhagavata Purana on Stage
162
10 SONG Two Braj Bhasa Versions of the RasaLila Pancadhyayt and Their Musical Performance in Vaisnava Worship
181
Bhagavata Recitation in Changing Times
202
12 TEXT HISTORY Modern Reception and Text Migration of the Bhagavata Purana
221
Bibliography
249
Author Profiles
261
Index
265

On the Bhagavatas Vision of Boundless Love
117
PART TWO The Bhagavata in the World
143

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Ravi M. Gupta is associate professor of religious studies at the The College of William and Mary and is the author of The Caitanya Vaisnava Vedanta of Jiva Gosvami: When Knowledge Meets Devotion.

Kenneth R. Valpey is a research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and has been a regular visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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