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The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology

Jonardon Ganeri

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199202416
eISBN:
9780191708558
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202416.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The mistakes we make about ourselves result in our deepest sufferings. Philosophy, meant to be a medicine for our souls' affliction, claims to offer both a diagnosis and a cure. This book looks to ... More


A Cloak of Clever Words: The Deconstruction of Deceit in the Mahābhārata

Jonardon Ganeri

in The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199202416
eISBN:
9780191708558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202416.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the discussion of truth-telling, sincerity, and deceit in the Mahābhārata. It explores classical Indian thinking about the value of truth, and the circumstances under which it ... More


Mysticism and Islam in Javanese Rāmāyaṇa Tales

Mandakranta Bose

in The Ramayana Revisited

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195168327
eISBN:
9780199835362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168321.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter delves into the historical and evolutionary process of the movement of the Rāmāyana story in Indonesia and its religious and political implications. It argues that cross-cultural traffic ... More


Changing Perspectives in the Sanskrit Grammatical Tradition and the Changing Political Configurations in Ancient India

Madhav M. Deshpande

in Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305326
eISBN:
9780199850884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses the role played by the kings of the Kuru Dynasty in facilitating, if not sponsoring, the process of preparation of the Saṁhitās of the Vedic texts. This process may have ... More


The Nārāyaṇīya and the Early Reading Communities of the Mahābhārata

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305326
eISBN:
9780199850884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses a unit of the twelfth book of the Mahābhārata, the Nārāyaṇīya, for its bearing on the textual and religious history of post-Vedic and classical India. Although no portion of ... More


Negotiating the Shape of “Scripture”: New Perspectives on the Development and Growth of the Mahābhārata between the Empires

James L. Fitzgerald

in Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305326
eISBN:
9780199850884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the development and growth of the Mahābhārata (MBh) between the empires. The four anthologies of Bhīṣma's anuśāsana came into existence as one side of a complex process of ... More


Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Alf Hiltebeitel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

From a verbal root meaning “to hold” or “uphold,” dharma is taken to have been the main term by which Buddhism and Hinduism came, over about five centuries, to describe their distinctive visions of ... More


Dharma and the Bhagavad Gītā

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

What, taking an implausible time out in the middle of the battlefield just before the outbreak of war, did God (Kṛṣṇa) say to the world's greatest warrior, who, for a moment, thought better of being ... More


Dharma and Bhakti

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter attempts to “map” dharma in relation to bhakti, proposing that such a map must begin with the divine plan or plans one has been hearing about. It becomes a project of mapping the ... More


Aśvaghoṣa's Buddhacarita: A Buddhist Reading of the Sanskrit Epics and Their Treatments of Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter on Aśvaghoṣa's Buddhacarita returns to the question of biography, and takes up the centrality of dharma in this text. Aśvaghoṣa, a Brahmin convert to Buddhism and a versatile ... More


Introduction

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter introduces the book's usage of “dharma texts,”, and proposes a chronology of the eleven discussed. It then takes up the three main texts used, the two Sanskrit epics and Manu, offering ... More


Post-Vedic Brahmanical Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 5 is about how Brahmanical authors seek to shape consensus in a post‐Vedic society affected by Buddhism and other nāstika traditions or “heterodoxies” by composing dharma texts in new genres, ... More


Dharma over Time, II: Prophesies of Disaster

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 7 is about the two “minor dharma texts” mentioned in chapter 1: the Brahmanical Yuga Purāṇa (a unit by that name in an astronomical treatise) which foretells the decline of dharma toward the ... More


Two Dharma Biographies? Rāma and Yudhiṣṭhira

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 9 takes up how the epics portray Rāma and Yudhiṣṭhira's lifelong biographies. It argues that each epic carries its king through a similar archetypal pattern evident from the structuring of ... More


Cosmological Time

Romila Thapar

in Time as a Metaphor of History: Early India: The Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195637984
eISBN:
9780199081912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195637984.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses constructions of cosmological time in early India. In what has been called the yuga astronomy of the fifth century AD, Indian astronomers calculated that a kalpa — the longest ... More


Heroic Śāktism and the Myths of Civilization

Bihani Sarkar

in Heroic Shāktism: The Cult of Durgā in Ancient Indian Kingship

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266106
eISBN:
9780191865213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266106.003.0007
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter begins the third part of the book, which aims to present the belief systems and ritual practices associated with Durgā. Through these beliefs, which conveyed the myth of civilization and ... More


Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata

Emily T. Hudson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860760
eISBN:
9780199979936
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860760.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book explores the relationship between ethics, aesthetics, and religion in classical Indian literature and literary theory by focusing on one of the most celebrated and enigmatic texts to emerge ... More


Freud's Mahābhārata

Alf Hiltebeitel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190878337
eISBN:
9780190878368
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878337.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religion and Literature

This book has a three-part structure, with the first and last chapters being the first and third parts, respectively. Chapter 1 examines Freud’s essay “The ‘Uncanny,’ ” and works back from it to the ... More


Introduction: The Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahābhārata

Emily T. Hudson

in Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860760
eISBN:
9780199979936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860760.003.0000
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The opening chapter introduces the Mahābhārata by briefly discussing its history, its central story and concepts, and some of the basic literary features that will be drawn upon in greater detail in ... More


Ceci N'est Pas Un Yogi

in Sinister Yogis

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226895130
eISBN:
9780226895154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226895154.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Surveying the history of both Indian and Western interpretations of yoga, one is struck by the absence of reflection on the cognitive dissonance that appears to be operative when the primary sense of ... More


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