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Kṛṣṇa, Lord or Avatāra? : the relationship between Kṛṣṇa and Viṣṇu : in the context of the Avatāra myth as presented by the Harivaṃśa, the Viṣṇupurāṇa and the Bhāgavatapurāṇa /
Freda Matchett.
imprint
Richmond : Curzon, c2001.
description
x, 254 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
070071281X
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'The chapters are neatly put together so that the book makes for fluent and good reading suitable even for the general reader interested in the theme. As a scholarly work it will remain for a long time indispensable for anybody diving into the vastness and perplexity of purãnic literature, in a part of which she has left useful signposts for guidance.' - Bulletin of SOAS
'The chapters are neatly put together so that the book makes for fluent and good reading suitable even for the general reader interested in the theme. As a scholarly work it will remain for a long time indispensable for anybody diving into the vastness and perplexity of purãnic literature, in a part of which she has left useful signposts for guidance.'- Bulletin of SOAS
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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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All three puranic texts contain narratives that present Krishna as one of several subordinate manifestations of Vishnu. The Bhagavata on the other hand builds up a world view in which Krishna, not Vishnu, is supreme.
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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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Krsna, Visnu and the avatara mythp. 1
The avatara drama: Krsna as actor and as rolep. 4
Three versions of the avatara dramap. 9
Epic evaluations of Krsnap. 23
Krsna and Visnu in the Mahabharatap. 24
Varying perspectives in the Harivamsap. 35
Krsna in the Harivamsap. 44
'Visnu disguised as a cowherd' (Hv 46-78)p. 46
Visnu recognised by his weapons (Hv 79-98)p. 58
Krsna and Visnu in the Harivamsap. 63
The all-pervading Visnup. 65
The ideal purana?p. 65
Visnu as the Supreme Realityp. 69
The basic forms of Visnup. 74
The forms of Visnu manifest in the cosmosp. 78
Krsna in the Visnupuranap. 89
Rupa and avatarap. 89
The paradox of the Visnupurana's Krsnacaritap. 93
Krsna in the Harivamsa and the Visnupuranap. 102
The Bible of Krsnaismp. 107
The Bhagavatapurana in relation to the Harivamsa and the Visnupuranap. 108
The Krsna-shaped cosmosp. 112
Krsna in the Bhagavatapuranap. 125
Retelling the old storyp. 126
New episodes in the Bhagavata's story of Krsnap. 132
Bhagavata 10 and the other Krsnacaritasp. 145
The Lord's cosmic playp. 150
The avatara lists of the Bhagavatapuranap. 150
The purpose of the avatarasp. 160
The Supreme Reality: Krsna or Visnu?p. 175
Krsna and Visnu in three perspectivesp. 175
The Lord of the avatarasp. 182
Integrity and creativityp. 191
Conclusionp. 199
Notesp. 202
Bibliographyp. 238
Indexp. 246
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