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Nicholson: Lord Siva's Song

Nicholson, Andrew J.:
Lord Śiva's Song : The Īśvara Gītā / Translated with an introduction and notes by Andrew J. Nicholson. - Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 2014. - ix, 235 S.
Einheitssachtitel: Īśvaragītā <Sanskrit, engl.>
ISBN 978-1-4384-5101-5
US$ 80,00 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4384-5102-2
US$ 80,00 (eBook)
DDC: 294.5925

While the Bhagavad Gītā is an acknowledged treasure of world spiritual literature, few people know a parallel text, the Īśvara Gītā. This lesser-known work is also dedicated to a god, but in this case it is Śiva, rather than Kṛṣṇa, who is depicted as the omniscient creator of the world. Andrew J. Nicholson’s Lord Śiva’s Song makes this text available in English in an accessible new translation. A work of both poetry and philosophy, the Īśvara Gītā builds on the insights of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra and foreshadows later developments in tantric yoga. It deals with the pluralistic religious environment of early medieval India through an exploration of the relationship between the gods Śiva and Viṣṇu. The work condemns sectarianism and violence and provides a strategy for accommodating conflicting religious claims in its own day and in our own. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgments. ix
Introduction. 1
   1. The Arrival of the Gods. 35
   2. The Changeless Self. 47
   3. The Unmanifest Lord. 59
   4. The God of Gods. 65
   5. The Lord's Dance. 73
   6. The Glory of Lord Śiva. 87
   7. The Master of Beasts. 99
   8. The Hidden Lord. 107
   9. Brahman's Powers. 113
   10. Brahman and the Lord. 119
   11. The Highest Yoga. 125
Commentarial Notes. 155
Sanskrit Text. 185
List of Concordances. 219
Glossary of Sanskrit Names and Terms. 223
Bibliography. 233


ANDREW J. NICHOLSON is Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author of Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History. Profile page.

Quellen: SUNY Press; WorldCat; Library of Congress; Mitteilung in der Mailing-Liste "Indology", 8. April 2014; Google Books; Bookbutler
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