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Crisis and Knowledge -The Upanishadic Experience and Storytelling
Crisis and Knowledge -The Upanishadic Experience and Storytelling

Crisis and Knowledge -The Upanishadic Experience and Storytelling

by Yohanan Grinshpon

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195661192 - Year: 2003 - Pages: 146

Binding

Hardcover

Yohanan Grinshpon
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Author: Yohanan Grinshpon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 146
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195661192

Description

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.

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

CHAPTER 1
On Good-Enough Reading of the Upanisads

CHAPTER 2
Personal Crisis and Contextual Metaphysics: Reading the Under-Read Stories of Upakosala K and Satyakama J.

CHAPTER 3
Marginality and Great Moments: Contextual Metaphysics in the Story of Maitreyi

CHAPTER 4
Under-Reading Multiple Vocality: The Case of the Good Boy and the Angry Father

CHAPTER 5
Colourless Words or Contextual Hermeneutics: the Visible and Invisible Narratives of Chandogya 6

EPILOGUE
Storytelling and Fearful Self-Understanding

Bibliography

Index

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