Acting as a Way of Salvation: A Study of Rāgānugā Bhakti Sādhana

Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2001 - 211 páginas
Sixteenth-century Hindu theologian Rupa Gosvamin established a technique by which, in imitating one of the significant figures in Krsna`s dramatic world, a devotee might actually come to inhabit the world of the character whose part he or she was playing.

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Página 3 - I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano ; A stage, where every man must play a part, And mine a sad one.
Página 169 - It will be enough, for our purposes, to define "reality" as a quality appertaining to phenomena that we recognize as having a being independent of our own volition (we cannot "wish them away"), and to define "knowledge" as the certainty that phenomena are real and that they possess specific characteristics
Página 9 - I am certain that the use of the mask in the kachina ceremony has more than just an esthetic purpose. I feel that what happens to a man when he is a performer is that if he understands the essence of the kachina, when he dons the mask he loses his identity and actually becomes what he is representing...
Página 138 - In order to convey the idea of being as it were her followers and friends, a character obviously incompatible with the difference of sex, they assume the female garb, and adopt not only the dress and ornaments, but the manners and occupations of women: the preposterous nature of this assumption is too...
Página 169 - The basic axiom underlying what we may perhaps call 'the religious perspective' is everywhere the same: he who would know must first believe. But to speak of 'the religious perspective' is, by implication, to speak of one perspective among others. A perspective is a mode of seeing, in that extended sense of 'see' in which it means 'discern', 'apprehend', 'understand', or 'grasp'.
Página 138 - The worship of Radha, more prominently even than that of Krsna, has given rise to a sect, the members of which assume the garb of women with all their ordinary manners...
Página 191 - Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Página 193 - I was aware that the females of my sect believed the Maharajas to be incarnations of Krishna, and that as the gopis obtained salvation by falling in love with Krishna, our females were bent upon adulterous love towards the Maharajas. But I did not know that such doctrines were contained in any of the sacred books of the sect, until I learned the fact from personal enquiries and research. The Maharaj is known by different names, such as Agni Svarup, Acharya, Gosaiji, Vallabhakul, etc.
Página 143 - lept' (the image is perhaps a bit too athletic for the actual facts - 'slipped' might be more accurate) into the framework of meaning which religious conceptions define and, the ritual ended, returned again to the common-sense world, a man is - unless, as sometimes happens, the experience fails to register - changed. And as he is changed so also is the commonsense world, for it is now seen as but the partial form of a wider reality which corrects and completes it.
Página 138 - Kfsna, has given rise to a sect, the members of which assume the garb of women with all their ordinary manners and affect to be subject even to their monthly sickness. Their appearance and acts are so disgusting that they do not show themselves very much in public, and their number is small.

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