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Kālī's child : the mystical and the erotic in the life and teachings of Ramakrishna

Author: Jeffrey J Kripal
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How can Ramakrishna's saintly status be reconciled with his eroticized language and actions? This book argues that the key to understanding him lies in Tantra and its equation of the mystical and the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ramakrishna; Ramakrishna; Ramakrishna; Ramakrishna.; Kali (Göttin); Kali, Göttin.; Ramakrishna
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey J Kripal
ISBN: 0226453758 9780226453750 0226453766 9780226453767
OCLC Number: 31777016
Description: xxi, 386 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Approaching the Secret. Defining the Study: Recovering the Text and Revealing the Secret. The Mystical and the Erotic. Ramakrishna's Tantric World. The Study's Symbolic Structure: Kali's Child. The Hindu Unconscious --
Ch. 1. Kali's Sword: Anxious Desire and the First Vision. Kali's Sword. From the Village to the Temple, 1836-1856. A Textual Study of Ramakrishna's "Anxious Desire": Discerning a Vocabulary of Desire. Ramakrishna's "Anxious Desire" in the Eyes of His Contemporaries. "Her Sword as His Flute" --
Ch. 2. Kali as Mother and Lover: Interpreting Ramakrishna's Tantric Practices. Kali as Mother and Lover. The Secret Years: Textual Considerations. The Secret Years: The Practices according to the Puranas, 1856-1861. The Secret Years: The Practices according to the Tantras, 1861-1865. The Hero and the Child. Cleaving the Bitch in Two --
Ch. 3. Kali on Top of Siva: Tantra and Vedanta in Ramakrishna's Teachings and Mystical Experiences. Why Is Kali on Top of Siva?
Responsibility: Jeffrey J. Kripal.
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