Using the concept of play (lila), as both spontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior.
Author: Carl Olson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Ramakrishna was a nineteenth-century Bengali devotee of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. He assumed the demeanor and dress of a woman, acted like a monkey, a child, a madman, and a comedian at various times during his career. Using the concept of play (lila), as both spontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior. Olson places Ramakrishna in his social and historical context, examines his relationship to women, and investigates his status as a mystery or stranger to his contemporaries.
Using the concept of play (lila), as bothspontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior.
Author: Carl Olson
Ramakrishna was a nineteenth-century Bengali devotee of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. He assumed the demeanor and dress of a woman, acted like a monkey, a child, a madman, and a comedian at various times during his career. Using the concept of play (lila), as bothspontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior. Olson places Ramakrishna in his social and historical context, examines his relationship to women, and investigateshis status as a mystery or stranger to his contemporaries.
In chronological order : Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive
Study of Ramakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ) ; Sudhir Kakar , The
Analyst and the Mystic : Psychoanalytic Reflections on Religion and Mysticism ...
Author: Rachel Fell McDermott
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Encountering Kali explores one of the most ramarkable divinities the world has seen. The Hindu goddess Kali is simultaneously understood as a blood thirsty warrior a deity of ritual possession a tantric sexual partner and an all loving compassionate mothe. Popular and scholarly interest in her has been on the rise in the west in recent years. Responding to this phenomenon McDermott and Kripal`s volume focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kali in both her indigenous south Asian settings and her more recent Western incarnation. Through the shifting lenses of scriptural history temple architecture political reflection and the goddess`s recent guises on the Internet the contributors pose questions that illuminate our understanding of Kali while addressing the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross cultural interpretation.
Carl Olson discusses Ramakrishna's madness in this specifically Hindu context
in his The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna (Atlanta:
Scholars Press, 1990), chap. 4. 8. See especially June McDaniel, Madness of the
Author: Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Scholar Jeffrey J. Kripal explores the life and teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a 19th-century Bengali saint who played a major role in the creation of modern Hinduism. The work is now marked by both critical acclaim and cross-cultural controversy. In a substantial new Preface to this second edition, Kripal answers his critics and addresses the controversy.
McDermott, Rachel Fell 2001 Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kālī and Uma
from Bengal. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. ... Prescott, AZ:
HOHM Press. Olson, Carl 1990 The Mysterious Play of Kālī: An Interpretive Study
Author: Aditi Devi
Publisher: SCB Distributors
In Praise of Adya Kali details the goddess Kali, and her culture of devotion in West Bengal and South Asia. Different from most contemporary books about this Dark Goddess, this book offers a liturgy of worship—a spiritual practice, the Song of the Hundred Names of Adya Kali, that readers can use to cultivate a direct devotional relationship to Kali. In Praise of Adya Kali is also a context-setting guide, establishing this practice as a general orientation to life. Most compelling, the text of this liturgy and Commentaries contain an intimate revelation of how the goddess establishes herself in her devotees’ bodies and thus intervenes, by unconditional love and acceptance, in their lives. A lengthy Introduction, both scholarly and personal, describes the goddess and the possibilities that these prayers will offer. Aditi Devi guides us in how to build a shrine to Kali, various types of offerings to make to her, and suggests a schedule for how to use this liturgy with a long-term commitment over the course of 108 nights. “This Song of the Hundred Names is a powerful teaching that all forms are her forms,” the author notes. Male, female, or other gendered, readers are presented with the possibility to experience the depths of their own internal feminine energies, and thereby come into greater healing and wholeness, more readily able to express this often neglected part of ourselves.
Olson , C. The Mysterious Play of Kali . Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 .
Terpening , R. H. Charon and the Crossing . Ancient , Medieval and Renaissance
Transformations of a Myth . Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press , 1985 . Zimmer
Author: Evy Johanne Håland
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
This book is a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collection of articles representing different perspectives and topics related to the general theme Women and Death from different periods and parts of Europe, as well as the Middle East and Asia, i.e. areas where, through the ages, there have been a constant interaction and discourse between a variety of people, often with different ethnic backgrounds. The studies illustrate many parallels between the various societies and religious groupings, despite of many differences, both in time and space. [Publisher]
The themes of madness and play are explored more fully in Carl Olson , The
Mysterious Play of Kālī : An Interpretive Study of Rāmakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars
Press , 1990 ) . 39 . 40 . CHAPTER 13 THE WORLD OF THE GODDESS :
Author: Carl Olson
Conventional approaches to Hinduism typically stress its classical religious tradition with an emphasis on the Brahmin texts and practices. Frequently neglected are the practices of lower caste Indians, the role of women in the culture, the religious life of village folk, devotion to the deity Rama, and the Sant tradition of North India. The Many Colors of Hinduism is the first introductory text to provide a balanced view of this rich religious tradition, acknowledging the full range of its many competing and even contradictory aspects. Utilizing a thematic-historical approach, Carl Olson draws on a wide array of textual evidence, the fieldwork of anthropologists in close contact with insiders, and voices of thinkers ranging from Indologist Alf Hiltebeitel to Cambridge scholar Julius Lipner. The result is a narrative approach that offers a view of Hinduism that emulates the storytelling nature of the religion itself. Covering ancient times to the present and explaining important cultural metaphors, symbols, and narratives not generally found in other introductory textbooks, Olson offers students a new perspective of a religion that is more varied than most Westerners realize. The Many Colors of Hinduism will be essential reading for undergraduate courses in world or Asian religions.
McDermott , Rachel Fell , 1991 : « Kāli's Tongue : Historical Reinterpretations of
the Blood - lusting Goddess . » Unpublished paper ... Olson , Carl , 1990 : The
Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna . Atlanta : Scholars
Author: Axel Michaels
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
She kills and destroys. She causes illness and disaster. The wild goddess evokes fear and terror. People worship her with blood-sacrifices and alcohol in order to appease her rage, but also in order to participate in her power for she is at once a force of destruction and a force of regeneration, of life, and of sexuality. Her creative violence reflects the ambivalent power of nature. The idea of frightening goddesses is preserved in regionally different forms throughout South Asia. The Institute for the Science of Religions, University of Berne, and the Museum of Anthropology of the University of Zurich, coordinated a symposium on wild goddesses in India and Nepal. The papers and reports on ongoing research presented at this symposium are published in this volume.
23 Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretative Study of
Ramakrishna ( GA : Scholars Press , 1990 ) . 24 Kripal , Kali's Child , 238 . 25 Ibid
. , 241 . Ibid . , 319 . 27 Swami Lokeswarandanda , The Ramakrishna Movement (
Author: Christopher Hugh Partridge
Publisher: Authentic Media
Mysticism is proving to be the chosen type of religion for future generations of believers in the West. As traditional institutional religion continues to decline, mystical thought is celebrated as a vital, subversive alternative. Evidence for this religious-cultural shift towards the mystical, the experiential, and indeed the creation-centered can be found in bookstores, most of which devote a large amount of shelf space to mystical themes and writers from the world religions. While this shift is not new, an increasing number of westerners are turning east because they find the fundamentally mystical thought of Asian religious traditions appealing. Furthermore, numerous westerners have actually become gurus and mystics within Eastern traditions. Mysticisms East and West examines the worldwide phenomenon of mystical experience across the world religions. In examining both Christian and non-Christian expressions of mysticism, this unique volume brings together a number of prominent evangelical scholars to analyze the central historical, cultural, and theological issues. Beginning in the East, these studies in mystical experience gradually move to the West and to Christian mysticism before concluding with a number of philosophically reflective essays examining the implications and nature of mysticism.
A world list of books in the English language.
... the Advaita - Vedāntins , e.g. Madhusudan Sarasvati ) felt drawn towards
devotional practices.17 Brahman nirguņa saguņa 16 Olson , Carl , The
Mysterious Play of Kāli : An Interpretive Study of Rāmakrsņa , Atlanta , Georgia :
Scholars Press ...
Author: Arvind Sharma
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"Hinduism is widely regarded not just as a religious belief, but as a philosophy of life based upon certain key tenets. Viewed in a casual manner, these concepts seem to be eternal and unchanging. A Hindu today would describe his or her tradition in terms of the concepts of Brahman, Isvara, Maya, Jiva, Samsara, Karma, Dharma, among others, much like his counterpart a thousand years ago would have done. Yet, has nothing changed in Hinduism?" "Modern Hindu Thought questions such simplistic assumptions. This volume explains the manner in which these terms have been reconfigured in modern Hinduism, and how they compare with the way they were understood in classical Hinduism. Most of us are familiar with the idea that the more things change the more they remain the same. This book suggests that the opposite may well be true - the more things seem to remain the same, the more they may have changed."--Jacket
Review of Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kāli : An Interpretive Study of
Ramakrishna . Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1991 in Journal of the Scientific Study of
Religion , XXX , no . 3 ( 1991 ) . Rāmakrsna Paramahamsa : A Psychological
Author: P. Sil Narasingha
Publisher: University Press of Amer
Since the publication of Sri Ramakrishna's first biography, readers have been familiar with the awesome figure of a spiritual personality who established a direct liason with the divine and preached the most enlightened religious eclecticism in simple vernacular. All subsequent studies on the paramahamsa have been predicated on the monastic Vedantic interpretation of his career and character.This study is a pioneering attempt to uncover the human face behind the mask of the Paramahamsa. Using rare Bengali sources, it is an entirely new look at the saint. In his search for the historical and human figure, the author reexamines the saint's life and thought, and delves into his childhood experiences presenting him as a simple, gregarious, semiliterate rustic with a complex sexual dilemma and spiritual hunger who sought a solution to his troubled psyche in an eclectic piety of faith and fun.
The Mysterious Play of Kali . Scholars Press . Atlanta . Orser , C. E. Jr. 1996.
Landscape Studies . In Orser , C. E. ( ed . ) . Images of the Recent Past :
Readings in Historical Archaeology : 368-379 . AltiMira Press . Walnut Creek .
Otto , R. 1958.
Author: Terje Oestigaard
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
In this original work, the author aims to develop a synthetic perspective for enhancing the understanding of the roles death and life-giving waters have in the constitution of society and cosmos in karmic traditions through a material culture study of death and funeral practices as cultural, ritual, and religious processes in parts of Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and the Indus Valley.