9780231169011-0231169019-The Bhāgavata Purāna: Selected Readings

The Bhāgavata Purāna: Selected Readings

ISBN-13: 9780231169011
ISBN-10: 0231169019
Edition: Annotated
Author: Gupta, Ravi, Valpey, Kenneth
Publication date: 2016
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 328 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780231169011
ISBN-10: 0231169019
Edition: Annotated
Author: Gupta, Ravi, Valpey, Kenneth
Publication date: 2016
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 328 pages

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Acknowledged authors Gupta, Ravi, Valpey, Kenneth wrote The Bhāgavata Purāna: Selected Readings comprising 328 pages back in 2016. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0231169019 and 9780231169011. Since then The Bhāgavata Purāna: Selected Readings textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Formalized by the tenth century, the expansive Bhagavata Purana resists easy categorization. While the narrative holds together as a coherent literary work, its language and expression compete with the best of Sanskrit poetry. The text's theological message focuses on devotion to Krishna or Vishnu, and its philosophical outlook is grounded in the classical traditions of Vedanta and Samkhya. No other Purana has inspired so much commentary, imitation, and derivation. The work has grown in vibrancy through centuries of performance, interpretation, worship, and debate and has guided the actions and meditations of elite intellectuals and everyday worshippers alike.

This annotated translation and detailed analysis shows how one text can have such enduring appeal. Key selections from the Bhagavata Purana are faithfully translated, while all remaining sections of the Purana are concisely summarized, providing the reader with a continuous and comprehensive narrative. Detailed endnotes explain unfamiliar concepts and several essays elucidate the rich philosophical and religious debates found in the Sanskrit commentaries. Together with the multidisciplinary readings contained in the companion volume The Bhagavata Purana: Sacred Text and Living Tradition (Columbia, 2013), this book makes a central Hindu masterpiece more accessible to English-speaking audiences and more meaningful to scholars of Hindu literature, philosophy, and religion.

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