Krishna in the Hariv...
Krishna in the Harivamsha Vol. 2The Greatest of All Sovereigns and Masters by: Andre Couture
This second volume of Krishna in the Harivamsha contends that the child and adult Krishnas are indeed one and the same. The initiation by guru Kashya Sandipani, the construction of the city of Dvaraka, and the fights involving Pradyumna and Aniruddha are among the best known episodes analysed in this volume.
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : viii + 514 p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
This second volume of Krishna in the Harivamsha brings together texts written between 2000 and 2015, more than half of which are of more recent vintage than those included in Volume I. While Krishnas biography is clearly divided into two large units, childhood and adulthood the kshatriya (warrior) of the second period manifesting himself first as a gopa (cowherd) it is important to note that both sections of the biography are similarly structured and carry an identical message. This book contends that the child and adult Krishnas are indeed one and the same.
The initiation by guru Kashya Sandipani, the construction of the city of Dvaraka, and the fights involving Pradyumna and Aniruddha are among the best known episodes analysed in this volume. It is the oft-neglected Harivamsha version of these well-known stories that is studied here, version that has been passed over despite its early date of composition.
An unstated assumption still influences a great deal of Harivamsha research. Many scholars assume that an addition of this sort to the Mahabharata can be little more than a collection of ancient records bearing witness to the primitive mentality of a people unable to think logically. On this view, the Harivamsha becomes reduced to a pile of documents of diverse origins. The articles contained in this volume take the opposite view. Krishnas biography, which at first blush might appear to be an amalgam of various stories, proves in fact to be a skilful construction which conveys a clear message.
The Greatest of All Sovereigns and Masters
Part 4: Krishna and the Construction of Dvaraka
4.1 Krishnas Initiation at Sandipanis Hermitage
4.2 Dvaraka: The Making of a Sacred Place
4.3 Krishnas Second Enthronement at Kundina in the Harivamsha: The Study of a Late Episode
4.4 Krishna in the Harivamsha: A God Who Shares His Wealth
Part 5: The Omnipresent Goddess
5.1 Krishna, Samkarshana and the Goddess Ekanamsha in the Harivamsha
5.2 Krishnas Victory over Bana and Goddess Kotavis Manifestation in the Harivamsha
5.3 The Yawning of Divinities in the Mythology of the Epics and the Puranas
5.4 Noteworthy Resemblances between Pradyumnas Childhood and Krishnas Childhood
5.5 The Emergence of a Group of Four Characters (Vasudeva, Samkarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha) in the Harivamsha: Points for Consideration
Part 6: The Epic Narrative without Oversimplification
6.1 Samkarshana and His Relationships with Krishna: Presence and Absence, Coming Together
and Moving Apart
6.2 Observations Concerning the Notion of Bhakti in the Mahabharata
6.3 The Syamantaka Affair: A Key Episode for the Interpretation of the Harivamsha
6.4 Krishnas Victory Over the Vedic Fires in the Harivamsha
From Vishnus Deeds to Vishnus Plays, or Observations on the Word Avatara as a
Designation for the Manifestations of Vishnu
Index of Passages