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Kali's Child the Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna

by Jeffrey J. Kripal

  • ISBN: 9780226453774
  • ISBN10: 0226453774

Kali's Child the Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna

by Jeffrey J. Kripal

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780226453774
  • ISBN10: 0226453774
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Description: In a book now marked by both critical acclaim and cross-cultural controversy, Jeffrey J. Kripal explores the life and teachings of a Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a nineteenth-century Bengali saint who played a major role in the creation of modern Hinduism. Through extended textual and symbolic analyses of Ramakrishna's censored "secret talk", Kripal demonstrates that the saint's famous ecstatic and visionary experiences were driven by mystico-erotic energies that he neither fully accepted nor understood. The result is a striking new vision of Ramakrishna as a conflicted, homoerotic Tannic mystic that is as complex as it is dear and as sympathetic to the historical Ramakrishna as it is critical of his traditional portraits.
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