Attending Krishna's Image

Chaitanya Vaishnava Murti-seva as Devotional Truth

By Kenneth Russell Valpey

© 2006 – Routledge

226 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

There is a steady and growing scholarly, as well as popular interest in Hindu religion – especially devotional (bhakti) traditions as forms of spiritual practice and expressions of divine embodiment. Associated with this is the attention to sacred images and their worship.

Attending Krishna's Image extends the discussion on Indian images and their worship, bringing historical and comparative dimensions and considering Krishna worship in the context of modernity, both in India and the West. It focuses on one specific worship tradition, the Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, as it develops and sustains itself in two specific locales. By applying the comparative category of ‘religious truth’, the book provides a comprehensive understanding of a living religious tradition. It successfully demonstrates the understanding of devotion as a process of participation with divine embodiment in which worship of Krishna’s image is integral.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Embodied Truth 1.Texts As Context: Core Textual Sources and Patterns for Caitanya Vaisnava Image Worship 2. Temple As Context: The Radharamana Temple as Embodied Community Part 2: Missionizing Truth 3. Krishna’s New Look: A Worship Tradition Faces West 4. Migrant Texts, Migrant Images: Resettling Krishna in the West Part 3: Images of Religious Truth

About the Author

Kenneth Russell Valpey is currently a post-doctoral research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and an associate lecturer of the University of Wales, Lampeter (Open Learning Theology and Religious Studies Programme). He has studied, practiced, and taught the murti-seva tradition of Chaitanya Vaishnavism since 1972.

About the Series

Routledge Hindu Studies Series

This series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, intends primarily  the publication of constructive Hindu theological, philosophical and ethical projects aimed at bringing Hindu traditions into dialogue with contemporary trends in scholarship and contemporary society. The series invites original, high quality, research level work on religion, culture and society of Hindus living in India and abroad. Proposals for annotated translations of important primary sources and studies in the history of the Hindu religious traditions will also be considered.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI003000
PHILOSOPHY / Eastern
REL051000
RELIGION / Philosophy
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General