Krsna - October 8 • Krsna in Mahābhārata – Sanskrit...

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Unformatted text preview: October 8 • Krsna in Mahābhārata – Sanskrit epic (elite) literature – Krsna Vāsudeva (the son on Vasudeva) • Krsna in other myths – Smaller narratives, songs – Krsna Gopāla (the cowherd) • • • • Krsna as the prince of Dwāraka Friend/cousin/advisor to the Paādavas A scholar, ideologue, and philosopher A possible avatāra of Visnu, but cannot stop the destruction • Not an epic hero, but a significant character • Dies at the end of Mahabharata; Kaliyuga begins • Myths originated among lower, oppressed classes • These are edited and incorporated into classical Hinduism • Krsna Gopāla merges with Krsna Vāsudeva • Krsna is a prince, but lives among the cowherds • Krsna is clearly an avatāra of Visnu, and protects the cowherds • Kills Kamsa to save the people • Ksna as the god of the common people • The victory of the little over the big • Unconventionality of Krisna myths • Unconventional use of sexuality • The concept of good and evil in the Krsna myths • No existence is absolutely good or evil. They are just opposite forces. • Therefore, – Balances of opposite forces is good. Disturbance in the balance is evil. – The entity or existence which helps establish the balance is good (in that context). – The entity or existence which disturbs the balance is evil (in that context). • Once the ‘evil’ is suppressed and the order is restored again, the ‘evil’ elements can return to Brahman/Krsna ...
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