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Moore 1 Emilie Moore Sense and Sensuality in South Asia Instructor: James McHugh March 5, 2009 The Gita Govinda : A Tale of Self-Realization Through Love The ancient poet Jayadeva seemed to be far ahead of his time in terms of his writing and its ability to connect to people. Although his famous work, the Gita Govinda , was composed in the 12 th century, it is still considered one of the finest examples of Sanskrit poetry to this day. The main character of the literary narrative is Krishna, who is the prime manifestation of God incarnated in numerous forms. He is known as the “primary causer of games in the community of gods” (Siegel 244) and goes by many epithets including but not limited to: “Hari,” “Kesava,” “Killer-of-Mahu,” “Madhava,” and “Enemy-of-Mura.” The text is essentially a description of Krishna’s dramatic, erotic involvement with the women cowherds of the Forest Vrindavana. His time spent in the forest culminates with a relationship with a particularly beautiful gopi named Radha. Through vivid descriptions of the couple’s encounters, the reader gains insight into the life and values of not only Krishna but of the Hindu religion as a whole. The
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