Author: Yohanan GrinshponPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 146ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195661192
This book is a landmark in the study of early Indian religious literature, and offers a fresh reading of several central Upanishadic texts. Most studies of the Upanisads have perceived the two distinct components of the texts-the stories and the metaphysical analysis-as being distinct and unrelated. This book, however, argues that storytelling and philosophy in the Upanisads is related and explores the links between them.According to the author, the lives and experiences of Upanishadic heroes offer significant clues for understanding he more abstract messages of these spiritual texts. Crisis breeds openness to the spiritual message, and is conducive to spiritual message, and is conducive to spiritual growth. The men and women of Upanishadic tales-teachers, fathers and sons, wives, disciples-experience various crises and emerge from these to realize the altimate truth. This unity of one’s innermost self and the absolute is a move towards excellence and confidence.Thus, these Upanishadic tales can be read as narratives of crisis, where the characters make a transition to excellence by virtue of therapeutic knowledge. The book will appeal to students and scholars of Classical Hinduism and Indian Mysticism, a well a rears interested in Indian philosophy and literature.
PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsCHAPTER 1On Good-Enough Reading of the UpanisadsCHAPTER 2Personal Crisis and Contextual Metaphysics: Reading the Under-Read Stories of Upakosala K and Satyakama J.CHAPTER 3Marginality and Great Moments: Contextual Metaphysics in the Story of MaitreyiCHAPTER 4Under-Reading Multiple Vocality: The Case of the Good Boy and the Angry FatherCHAPTER 5Colourless Words or Contextual Hermeneutics: the Visible and Invisible Narratives of Chandogya 6EPILOGUEStorytelling and Fearful Self-UnderstandingBibliographyIndex