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The Presence of Siva : Mythos (Paperback) - S. Kramrisch

The Presence of Siva

Mythos (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 31st January 1994
ISBN: 9780691019307
Number Of Pages: 560

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One of the three great gods of Hinduism, Siva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, "The Rg Veda," evokes his presence in its hymns; Vedic myths, rituals, and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time. In a lively meditation on Siva--based on original Sanskrit texts, many translated here for the first time--Stella Kramrisch ponders the metaphysics, ontology, and myths of Siva from the Vedas and the Puranas.

Who is Siva? Who is this god whose being comprises and transcends everything? From the dawn of creation, the Wild God, the Great Yogi, the sum of all opposites, has been guardian of the absolute. By retelling and interweaving the many myths that keep Siva alive in India today, Kramrisch reveals the paradoxes in Siva's nature and thus in the nature of consciousness itself.

List of Illustrations
The Primordial Scenep. 3
Raudra Brahmanp. 3
The Lord of Animalsp. 6
The Lord of Yogap. 10
Rudra, the Firep. 15
The Avengerp. 19
The Archerp. 27
The Archer Krsanup. 27
Sarva, the Archerp. 32
Rudra, the Healerp. 36
The Hunter of the Antelope and the Hound of Heavenp. 40
The Hunter of the Antelopep. 40
The Hound of Heavenp. 43
Vastospati, the Lord of the Dwellingp. 51
The Remainder at the Site of the Lake of Spermp. 52
The Residue at the Site of the Sacrificep. 54
The First Giftp. 54
Abasement and Recognition of Rudrap. 58
Residence and Residuep. 65
The Potency of the Residuep. 66
The Architect's Myth of Vastupap. 68
Manifestations and Realizations of Rudrap. 71
Satarudriya: the Hundred Forms and the Host of Rudrasp. 71
The God of Darknessp. 79
Encounters with Rudrap. 84
The Drink with Kesin, the Asceticp. 84
Rudra Enters Asvatthaman, the Warriorp. 85
The Tranfiguration of a Vratyap. 88
The Birth of Rudrap. 98
The Birth from Prajapatip. 98
The Ancient Namesp. 98
The Golden Bowl and the Wrath of Prajapatip. 100
The Memory of the Initial Evilp. 104
The Investiture with the Cosmosp. 108
The Birth from Brahmap. 111
Preparations for Rudra's Birthp. 111
Rudra Issues from the Head of Brahmap. 114
The Refusal to Procreate and the Encounters With Deathp. 117
Sthanu, the Pillarp. 117
The Creation of Death and the Cycles of Timep. 122
Rudra Plunges into the Waters and Castrates Himselfp. 127
The Meetings with Kavya Usanasp. 133
Usanas / Sukra, the Seed and Planetp. 133
The Origin of the Knowledge of Reviving the Deadp. 139
Kavya Usanas and the Fallen Titansp. 142
The Swallowing of the World Poisonp. 145
Lingap. 153
The Falling of the Linga in the Deodar Forestp. 153
Transfiguration of the Linga: The Pillar of Flamesp. 158
The Establishment of the Linga on Earthp. 160
The Meaning of the Lingap. 162
The Linga and the Face of Sivap. 178
Linga, Mantra, Time, and Eternityp. 189
The Androgyne Godp. 197
Prolegomena to the Creation of the Great Goddessp. 197
The Divided Godp. 199
The Genealogy of Desirep. 207
The Birth of Satip. 220
Creation of Woman, Sex, and Sensual Fulfillmentp. 227
Yoni and Lingap. 241
Bhairavap. 250
One, Four, Five Heads of the Creatorp. 250
The Severed Head: The Cause of Its Fallp. 259
Time, Death, and Timelessness: Kala and Mahakalap. 265
Siva's Dance for Rsi Mankanakap. 278
The Breakthrough from Time to Eternityp. 281
The Wanderings of Bhairava as the Supreme Beggarp. 287
The Family of Sivap. 301
The Lineage of Daksa, the Progenitorp. 301
Life and Death of Satip. 301
The Spring of Lovep. 301
Sati's Frailtyp. 310
Renewed Humiliation of Sivap. 315
The Agony of Siva and Yaksa Pancalikap. 319
The Sacrifice of Daksap. 322
Destruction of the Sacrificep. 322
The Lord of Animals and the Pasupata Vowp. 330
The City Called Bhogyap. 333
The Antelopep. 336
The Lineage of Parvata, the Mountainp. 340
Lord Mountain and His Daughtersp. 340
Siva and Parvatip. 349
The Goddess Nightp. 349
The Burning of Kamap. 351
Seduction of Siva and His Marriagep. 353
The Sons of Parvati and of Sivap. 363
The Demonsp. 384
Demons of Sexp. 384
Adip. 384
Parvati's Ballgamep. 387
Jalandharap. 388
Siva's Demonp. 394
Cosmic Demonsp. 399
The Domicile in the Nether Worldp. 399
The Destruction of the Triple City of the Demonsp. 405
The Presence of Sivap. 422
Conspectusp. 422
Visnu and Sivap. 435
Siva's Dancep. 439
Appendix: The Great Cave Temple of Siva on the Island of Elephantap. 443
Glossaryp. 469
Abbreviationsp. 487
Bibliographyp. 489
Index of Themesp. 511
Platesp. 517
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ISBN: 9780691019307
ISBN-10: 0691019304
Series: Mythos (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 31st January 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75