The Mysterious Play of K l

The Mysterious Play of K  l

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

ISBN: 1555403409

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Encountering Kali

Encountering Kali

son , 1978 ) ; and Ajit Mookerjee , Kali : The Feminine Force ( London : Thames &
Hudson , 1988 ) . ... In chronological order : Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of
Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ) ...

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 812082041X

Category: Kālī (Hindu deity)

Page: 321

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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.
Categories: Kālī (Hindu deity)

Kali s Child

Kali s Child

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
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Author: Jeffrey J. Kripal

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226453774

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 386

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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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Many Colors of Hinduism

The Many Colors of Hinduism

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 :
VILLAGE ...

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015077117383

Category: Social Science

Page: 395

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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.
Categories: Social Science

Wild Goddesses in India and Nepal

Wild Goddesses in India and Nepal

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

ISBN: UOM:39015040063524

Category: Goddesses

Page: 574

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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.
Categories: Goddesses

The Story of Ramakrishna Mission

The Story of Ramakrishna Mission

Yati , The Unknown Man : The Mysterious Birth of a New Species [ London :
Sidgwick and Jackson , 1988 ) , 158 . Julius Evola ... Carl Olson , The Mysterious
Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study ( Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ] , 66 . 30
Daniel ...

Author: Advaita Ashrama

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015074359830

Category: Vedanta

Page: 1200

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Categories: Vedanta

Kali

Kali

"Never before in print have I seen Her brought to life with such passion and truth. Harding brings Mother Kali to everyone who sees her path".

Author: Elizabeth U. Harding

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 8120814509

Category: Dakshineswar (Inde) - Vie religieuse

Page: 318

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"Never before in print have I seen Her brought to life with such passion and truth. Harding brings Mother Kali to everyone who sees her path".
Categories: Dakshineswar (Inde) - Vie religieuse

African and African American Studies

African and African American Studies

The mysterious play of Kali : an interpretative study of Rāmakrishna . ... woman ,
madman , stranger , visionary — are roles in a drama devised by Kali , herself a
goddess composed of opposites : destructive and creative , ferocious and loving .

Author: Patricia E. Sabosik

Publisher:

ISBN: 0838976301

Category: Africa

Page: 146

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Categories: Africa

Mysticisms East and West

Mysticisms East and West

10 Kripal , Kali ' s Child , 153 . 11 Nikhilananda , Gospel , 58 12 Ibid . 13 Ibid . ...
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 .

Author: Christopher Hugh Partridge

Publisher: Authentic Media

ISBN: UVA:X004684372

Category: Religion

Page: 377

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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.
Categories: Religion

India International Centre Quarterly

India International Centre Quarterly

See Carl Olson : The Mysterious Play of Kali : an Interpretative Study of
Ramakrishna , Scholars Press , Atlanta 1990 . 13. See Narasingha P. Sil :
Ramakrsna Paramahamsa : A Psychological Profile , E.J.Brill , Leiden 1991 . 14.
See Jeffrey J.

Author: India International Centre

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004853862

Category: India

Page:

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Categories: India

Prabuddha Bharata

Prabuddha Bharata

Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An InEast and the West represents a
historic first . terpretive Study ( Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ) , Never before
have we had access to so many 66 . technologies of transformation or to so much
10 .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015062098721

Category: Brahmanism

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Categories: Brahmanism

The Cumulative Book Index

The Cumulative Book Index

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015058373799

Category: American literature

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A world list of books in the English language.
Categories: American literature

Ramakrishna Revisited

Ramakrishna Revisited

'The Divine Player (A Study of Krsna Lila) (Delhi: Motilal Banarasidass, 1979), pp.
236-37. 18Nemaisadhan Bose ... 21 The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive
Study of Ramakrishna (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990), pp. 28-29. 22Ibid., p. 95.

Author: Narasingha Prosad Sil

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: UOM:39015050328916

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

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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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Modern Hindu Thought

Modern Hindu Thought

Brahman nirguņa saguna 16 Olson , Carl , The Mysterious Play of Kāli : An
Interpretive Study of Rāmakrşņa , Atlanta , Georgia : Scholars Press , 1990 , p . X
. For an appraisal of what went in and what came out of Vivekānanda ' s Advaita ,
see ...

Author: Arvind Sharma

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015077682030

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Religion

Death and Life giving Waters

Death and Life giving Waters

Kali cuts across both Hindu and Muslim Cultures . The Bangladesh Observer .
May 7 . 2002 . O ' Flaherty , W . D . 1981a . Siva : The ... The Mysterious Play of
Kali . Scholars Press . Atlanta . Orser , C . E . Jr . 1996 . Landscape Studies . In
Orser ...

Author: Terje Oestigaard

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015060992651

Category: Social Science

Page: 343

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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.
Categories: Social Science

The Social Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda

The Social Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda

1 - 215 , Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kāli : An Interpretive Study of
Rāmakrishna : Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ... 3 - 199 , Elizabeth U . Harding ,
Kali : The Black Goddess of Dakshineswar , Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass , 1998 ,
pp . xix ...

Author: Abraham Stephen

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015070114452

Category: Hindu sociology

Page: 342

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Swami Vivekananda, 1863-1902, Indian philosopher and religious leader.
Categories: Hindu sociology

The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison

The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison

By examining the renouncer ' s way of life and the variety of roles that he can play
, this work demonstrates how the ... has published the following works : The
Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna ; The Theology
and ...

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015040619218

Category: History

Page: 367

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In his essay on the pharmacy of Plato, Jacques Derrida discusses the ambivalence associated with the notion of pharmakon (drug, medicine, or poison) and its ability to either cure or destroy. By allowing the Indian renouncer and selected postmodern thinkers to share the medicine of each party in a cross-cultural exchange of ideas, this work will attempt to cure one's understanding about the several roles played by the renouncer as a stranger, hero figure, androgynous being, and victim of self-sacrificial violence. The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison includes a look at the possibility of the renouncer assuming the roles of a masochistic or narcissistic figure. By examining the renouncer's way of life and the variety of roles that he can play, this work demonstrates how the renouncer transforms himself into a symbol of difference. Throughout this study, the theoretical work of selected postmodern thinkers (e.g., Derrida, Kristeva, Levinas, Deleuze, Bataille, Blanchot, and Foucault) are used to raise new questions about the Indian renouncer.
Categories: History

Journal of Dharma

Journal of Dharma

The Mysterious Play of Kali : an interpretative study of Ramakrishna . Studies in
Religion . Atlanta , Georgia : Scholar ' s Press , 1990 . Oman , John Campbell .
The Mystics , Ascetics and Saints of India : A Study of Sadhuism , with accounts of
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Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004052340

Category: Religion

Page:

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Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers

Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers

For a comprehensive treatment of the concept of play in the life of a Hindu saint ,
see Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kāli : An Interpretive Study of
Rāmakrishna , American Academy of Religion , Studies in Religion , No . 56 (
Atlanta , GA ...

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015057625983

Category: Philosophy

Page: 331

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This work presents a dialogue between classical and contemporary Indian and postmodern thinkers. Juxtaposing the diverse perspectives of Indian philosophers and philosophies, including Buddhism, Sankara, and Radhakrishnan, and western postmodern thinkers such as Lacan and Derrida, Olson addresses topics such as desire, suffering, the self, and identity.
Categories: Philosophy

The Colonial Staged

The Colonial Staged

Berkeley : University of California Press . Olson , Carl . 1990 . The Mysterious
Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna . Atlanta , GA : Scholars Press
. PIETERSE , Jan Nederveen . 2004 . Globalization and Culture : Global Mélange
.

Author: Sudipto Chatterjee

Publisher: Seagull Books London Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124099164

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 318

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From the late eighteenth century, Calcutta, first city of the British Empire, has been a hub of intersecting ideas and movements of change. Nowhere did the restless currents of history play themselves out more graphically than in the composite art of theatre and performance. This pioneering study of the history of Bengali theatre looks at the plays mounted in the city in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and their reception. It goes on to study the cultural efflorescence known as the 'Bengal Renaissance' and the subsequent politicization of a theatre imbued with ideas of nationalism and social reform, with a particular focus on the complex and problematic issue of the place of women in theatre.
Categories: Performing Arts