9780520224766

The Sword and the Flute: Kali and Krsna, Dark Visions of the Terrible and Sublime in Hindu Mythology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520224766

  • ISBN10:

    0520224760

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Vivid sketches and interpretations of two Hindu deities: the amorous, irresistibly beautiful Krishna and the black, fearsome goddess Kali. The book traces the history and describes the mythology of both deities.

Author Biography

David R. Kinsley is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii
Preface to the Original Edition ix
Introduction 1(8)
PART I. THE FLUTE: KRSNA'S CARNIVAL OF JOY
Chapter I
9(47)
Krsna and the ``Krsnas''
9(3)
The Divine Child: The Spontaneous and Tumultuous Nature of God
12(7)
Krsna's Sport with Demons: Combat as Play
19(4)
The Embodiment of Beauty and Grace
23(9)
The Call of Krsna's Flute
32(9)
The Divine Lover
41(15)
Chapter II
56(25)
Introduction
56(1)
Bhakti: From Lord to Lover
57(9)
Ananda: The Inherent Bliss of the Divine
66(7)
Lila: The Divine Player
73(8)
PART II. THE SWORD: KALI, MISTRESS OF DEATH
Chapter III
81(46)
Introduction
81(5)
The Prehistory of Kali
86(2)
Kali in the Mahabharata
88(2)
Kali in the Devi-mahatmya
90(3)
The Early History of Kali in Puranic and Dramatic Literature
93(3)
Kali's Regional Distribution
96(5)
Kali's Association with Siva
101(8)
Kali and the Tantric Hero
109(5)
Kali and Bengali Devotionalism
114(11)
Summary
125(2)
Chapter IV
127(24)
Introduction
127(6)
Kali as Mahamaya
133(4)
Kali as Prakrti and Duhkha
137(2)
Kali as Time
139(2)
Confrontation and Acceptance of Death: Kali's Boon
141(5)
Kali's ``Taming''
146(5)
The Sword and the Flute: Conclusion 151(10)
Works Cited 161

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