The Mysterious Play of K l

The Mysterious Play of K  l

Using the concept of play (lila), as both spontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior.

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 1555403409

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Ramakrishna was a nineteenth-century Bengali devotee of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. He assumed the demeanor and dress of a woman, acted like a monkey, a child, a madman, and a comedian at various times during his career. Using the concept of play (lila), as both spontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior. Olson places Ramakrishna in his social and historical context, examines his relationship to women, and investigates his status as a mystery or stranger to his contemporaries.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Mysterious Play of Kali

The Mysterious Play of Kali

Using the concept of play (lila), as bothspontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior.

Author: Carl Olson

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ISBN: 1555403395

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 130

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Ramakrishna was a nineteenth-century Bengali devotee of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. He assumed the demeanor and dress of a woman, acted like a monkey, a child, a madman, and a comedian at various times during his career. Using the concept of play (lila), as bothspontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior. Olson places Ramakrishna in his social and historical context, examines his relationship to women, and investigateshis status as a mystery or stranger to his contemporaries.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Many Colors of Hinduism

The Many Colors of Hinduism

He has also published the following books: TheBookofthe Goddess Past and Present: An Introduction of Her Religion (1983); The Mysterious Play of Kali: An ...

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813540689

Category: Religion

Page: 395

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Conventional approaches to Hinduism typically stress its classical religious tradition with an emphasis on the Brahmin texts and practices. Frequently neglected are the practices of lower caste Indians, the role of women in the culture, the religious life of village folk, devotion to the deity Rama, and the Sant tradition of North India. The Many Colors of Hinduism is the first introductory text to provide a balanced view of this rich religious tradition, acknowledging the full range of its many competing and even contradictory aspects. Utilizing a thematic-historical approach, Carl Olson draws on a wide array of textual evidence, the fieldwork of anthropologists in close contact with insiders, and voices of thinkers ranging from Indologist Alf Hiltebeitel to Cambridge scholar Julius Lipner. The result is a narrative approach that offers a view of Hinduism that emulates the storytelling nature of the religion itself. Covering ancient times to the present and explaining important cultural metaphors, symbols, and narratives not generally found in other introductory textbooks, Olson offers students a new perspective of a religion that is more varied than most Westerners realize. The Many Colors of Hinduism will be essential reading for undergraduate courses in world or Asian religions.
Categories: Religion

Encountering Kali

Encountering Kali

In chronological order : Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ) ; Sudhir Kakar ...

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 812082041X

Category: Kālī (Hindu deity)

Page: 321

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Encountering Kali explores one of the most ramarkable divinities the world has seen. The Hindu goddess Kali is simultaneously understood as a blood thirsty warrior a deity of ritual possession a tantric sexual partner and an all loving compassionate mothe. Popular and scholarly interest in her has been on the rise in the west in recent years. Responding to this phenomenon McDermott and Kripal`s volume focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kali in both her indigenous south Asian settings and her more recent Western incarnation. Through the shifting lenses of scriptural history temple architecture political reflection and the goddess`s recent guises on the Internet the contributors pose questions that illuminate our understanding of Kali while addressing the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross cultural interpretation.
Categories: Kālī (Hindu deity)

Kali s Child

Kali s Child

Carl Olson discusses Ramakrishna's madness in this specifically Hindu context in his The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna ...

Author: Jeffrey J. Kripal

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226453774

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 386

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Scholar Jeffrey J. Kripal explores the life and teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a 19th-century Bengali saint who played a major role in the creation of modern Hinduism. The work is now marked by both critical acclaim and cross-cultural controversy. In a substantial new Preface to this second edition, Kripal answers his critics and addresses the controversy.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

In Praise of Adya Kali

In Praise of Adya Kali

McDermott, Rachel Fell 2001 Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kālī and Uma from ... Olson, Carl 1990 The Mysterious Play of Kālī: An Interpretive Study of.

Author: Aditi Devi

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 9781935387817

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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In Praise of Adya Kali details the goddess Kali, and her culture of devotion in West Bengal and South Asia. Different from most contemporary books about this Dark Goddess, this book offers a liturgy of worship—a spiritual practice, the Song of the Hundred Names of Adya Kali, that readers can use to cultivate a direct devotional relationship to Kali. In Praise of Adya Kali is also a context-setting guide, establishing this practice as a general orientation to life. Most compelling, the text of this liturgy and Commentaries contain an intimate revelation of how the goddess establishes herself in her devotees’ bodies and thus intervenes, by unconditional love and acceptance, in their lives. A lengthy Introduction, both scholarly and personal, describes the goddess and the possibilities that these prayers will offer. Aditi Devi guides us in how to build a shrine to Kali, various types of offerings to make to her, and suggests a schedule for how to use this liturgy with a long-term commitment over the course of 108 nights. “This Song of the Hundred Names is a powerful teaching that all forms are her forms,” the author notes. Male, female, or other gendered, readers are presented with the possibility to experience the depths of their own internal feminine energies, and thereby come into greater healing and wholeness, more readily able to express this often neglected part of ourselves.
Categories: Religion

Divine Play Sacred Laughter and Spiritual Understanding

Divine Play  Sacred Laughter  and Spiritual Understanding

The Mysterious Play of Kâlî: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press. Oppenheimer, Paul (Ed.). (1972). A Pleasant Vintage of Till ...

Author: P. Laude

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781403980588

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

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This study in the relationship between religion and the comic focuses on the ways in which the latter fulfils a central function in the sacred understanding of reality of pre-modern cultures and the spiritual life of religious traditions. The central thesis is that figures such as tricksters, sacred clowns, and holy fools play an essential role in bridging the gap between the divine and the human by integrating the element of disequilibrium that results from the contact between incommensurable realities. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural series of essays is devoted to spiritual, anthropological, and literary characters and phenomena that point to a deeper understanding of the various mythological, ceremonial, and mystical ways in which the fundamental ambiguity of existence is symbolized and acted out. Given its interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, this volume will appeal to scholars from a variety of fields.
Categories: Social Science

Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Celibacy and Religious Traditions

See the connection between devotion, madness, and play discussed more fully by Carl Olson, The Mysterious Play of Kālī: An Interpretive Study of Rāmakrishna ...

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190294373

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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If sexuality is inherently social, the same thing can be said about celibacy. An understanding of celibacy, argues Carl Olson, can be a useful way to view the significance of the human body within a social context. The purpose of this book is to examine how the practice of celibacy differs cross-culturally as well as historically within a particular religious tradition. The essays (all previously unpublished) will demonstrate that celibacy is a complex religious phenomenon. The control of sexual desire can be used to divorce oneself from a basic human biological drive, to separate oneself from what is perceived as impure, or to distance oneself from a transient world. Within different religious traditions there can be found the practice of temporary celibacy, commitment to long-term permanent celibacy, and outright condemnations of it. By maintaining a state of virginity, members of some religious traditions imitate divine models; other traditions do not admit the possibility of emulating such paradigms. Whether or not a religious tradition encourages or discourages it, the practice of celibacy gives us insight into its worldview, social values, gender relations, ethics, religious roles, and understanding of the physical body. Celibacy can contribute to the creation of a certain status and play a role in the construction of identity, while serving as a source of charisma. In some religious traditions, it is possible to renounce sex and gain sacred status and economic support from society. Each essay in the collection will be written by an expert in a particular religious tradition. Each will address such questions as: Why do some members of a religious community decide to maintain a celibate style of religious life? Is celibacy a prerequisite for religious office or status? Are there different contexts within a given religious tradition for the practice of celibacy? What does the choice of celibacy tell us about the human body in a particular religious culture? What is the symbolic significance of celibacy? What is its connection to the acquisition of power? What are its physical or spiritual benefits? The first collection of its kind, this book will be a valuable resource for courses in world religions, as well as a contribution to our understanding of this very widespread but puzzling human phenomenon.
Categories: Social Science

Dev

Dev

The Mysterious Play of Kālī : An Interpretive Study of Rāmakrishna . Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 . Östör , Akos . The Play of the Gods .

Author: John Stratton Hawley

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 8120814916

Category: Goddesses, Hindu

Page: 352

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The monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have severely limited the portrayal of the divine as feminine. But in Hinduism "God" very often means "Goddess." This extraordinary collection explores twelve different Hindu goddesses, all of whom are in some way related to Devi, the Great Goddess. They range from the liquid goddess-energy of the River Ganges to the possessing, entrancing heat of Bhagavati and Seranvali. They are local, like Vindhyavasini, and global, like Kali; ancient, like Saranyu, and modern, like "Mother India." The collection combines analysis of texts with intensive fieldwork, allowing the reader to see how goddesses are worshiped in everyday life. In these compelling essays, the divine feminine in Hinduism is revealed as never before--fascinating, contradictory, powerful.
Categories: Goddesses, Hindu

Approaching Ramakrishna

Approaching Ramakrishna

[← 27] Carl Olson, The Mysterious Play of Kālī: An Interpretive Study of Rāmakrishna (Atlanta: Scholars, 1990), 38. [← 28] Sudhir Kakar, The Analyst and ...

Author: Prabuddha Bharata Compilation

Publisher: Advaita Ashrama (A publication branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math)

ISBN: 9788175059085

Category: Religion

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Sri Ramakrishna is an ocean in whose heart the universe is nestled like an island. Awed by the expanse of infinite depth around, we in the universe constantly try to perceive this personality in our own way. Our perception is unique every time as is the knowledge we obtain thereby. Approaching Ramakrishna becomes our prayer to the supreme reality. Published by Advaita Ashrama, a publication house of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, India in commemoration of the 175th Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna.
Categories: Religion

Religious Studies and Comparative Methodology

Religious Studies and Comparative Methodology

For more on Kali and Ramakrsna, see Carl Olson, The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1990).

Author: Arvind Sharma

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791464563

Category: Religion

Page: 324

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A contribution to the methodology of religious studies, this work discusses using comparison to provide mutual illumination among religious traditions while avoiding the problem of assimilating one tradition to another.
Categories: Religion

Mother of My Heart Daughter of My Dreams

Mother of My Heart  Daughter of My Dreams

Kālī and Umā in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal Rachel Fell McDermott ... 1894); Carl Olson, The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive Study of ...

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195134353

Category: Poetry

Page: 437

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This book chronicles the rise of goddess worship in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. Focusing on the goddesses Kali and Uma, McDermott examines lyrical poems written by devotees from Ramprasad Sen (ca. 1718-1775) to Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976).
Categories: Poetry

Kali in Bengali Lives

Kali in Bengali Lives

herself, the mysteriousplay,” khela, of divine power, Sakti, working across space and time. My presence was, to my participants, explicable within this ...

Author: Suchitra Samanta

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793646347

Category:

Page: 160

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In Kali in Bengali Lives, Suchitra Samanta examines Bengalis' personal narratives of Kali devotion in the Bhakti tradition. These personal experiences, including miraculous encounters, reflect on broader understandings of divine power. Where the revelatory experience has long been validated in Indian epistemology, the devotees' own interpretive framework provides continuity within a paradigm of devotion and of the miraculous experience as intuitive insight (anubhuti) into a larger truth. Through these unique insights, the miraculous experience is felt in its emotional power, remembered, and reflected upon. The narratives speak to how the meaning of a religious figure, Kali, becomes personally significant and ultimately transformative of the devotee's self.
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Infinite Paths to Infinite Reality

Infinite Paths to Infinite Reality

Psychobiographical studies of Sri Ramakrishna include Carl Olson, The Mysterious Play of Kāli: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna (Atlanta ...

Author: Ayon Maharaj

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190868253

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Sri Ramakrishna is widely known as a nineteenth-century Indian mystic who affirmed the harmony of all religions on the basis of his richly varied spiritual experiences and eclectic religious practices, both Hindu and non-Hindu. In Infinite Paths to Infinite Reality, Ayon Maharaj argues that Sri Ramakrishna was also a sophisticated philosopher of great contemporary relevance. Through a careful study of Sri Ramakrishna's recorded oral teachings in the original Bengali, Maharaj reconstructs his philosophical positions and analyzes them from a cross-cultural perspective. Sri Ramakrishna's spiritual journey culminated in the exalted state of "vijñana," his term for the "intimate knowledge" of God as the Infinite Reality that is both personal and impersonal, with and without form, immanent in the universe and beyond it. This expansive spiritual standpoint of vijñana, Maharaj contends, opens up a new paradigm for addressing central issues in cross-cultural philosophy of religion, including divine infinitude, religious pluralism, mystical experience, and the problem of evil. Sri Ramakrishna's vijñana-based religious pluralism--when grasped in all its subtlety--proves to have major philosophical advantages over dominant Western models. Moreover, his mystical testimony and teachings not only cut across long-standing debates about the nature of mystical experience but also bolster recent defenses of its epistemic value. Maharaj further demonstrates that Sri Ramakrishna's unique response to the problem of evil resonates strongly with Western "soul-making" theodicies and contemporary theories of skeptical theism. A pioneering interdisciplinary study of one of India's most important philosopher-mystics, Maharaj's book is essential reading for scholars and students in philosophy of religion, theology, religious studies, and Hindu studies.
Categories: Philosophy

Empire the National and the Postcolonial 1890 1920

Empire  the National  and the Postcolonial  1890 1920

OLSON, CARL, The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretative Study of Ramakrishna (Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1990). ORWELL, GEORGE, Collected Essays ...

Author: Elleke Boehmer

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019818445X

Category: History

Page: 239

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This book explores the political and textual interrelations which linked anti-colonialists, nationalists, and modernists in the years 1890-1920. Focusing on both canonical and less well-known figures, and interconnecting Europe, India, and South Africa, the book considers how resistance to domination and nationalist processes of 'making new' emerged not only in reaction to the colonizer but due to the interaction between colonial margins at the time.
Categories: History

Keshab

Keshab

... 1976); Olson, Carl, The Mysterious Play of Kālī: An Interpretative Study of Ramakrishna (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990). 9. McDaniel, The Madness, pp.

Author: John Stevens

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190934712

Category: History

Page: 309

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Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-84) was one of the most powerful and controversial figures in nineteenth-century Bengal. A religious leader and social reformer, his universalist interpretation of Hinduism found mass appeal in India, and generated considerable interest in Britain. His ideas on British imperial rule, religion and spirituality, global history, universalism and modernity were all influential, and his visit to England made him a celebrity. Many Britons regarded him as a prophet of world-historical significance. Keshab was the subject of extreme adulation and vehement criticism. Accounts tell of large crowds prostrating themselves before him, believing him to be an avatar. Yet he died with relatively few followers, his reputation in both India and Britain largely ruined. As a representative of India, Keshab became emblematic of broad concerns regarding Hinduism and Christianity, science and faith, India and the British Empire. This innovative study explores the transnational historical forces that shaped Keshab's life and work. It offers an alternative religious history of empire, characterized by intercultural dialogue and religious syncretism. A fascinating and often tragic portrait of Keshab's experience of the imperial world, and the ways in which he carried meaning for his contemporaries.
Categories: History

Folklore Religion and the Songs of a Bengali Madman

Folklore  Religion and the Songs of a Bengali Madman

The Mysterious Play of Kālī: an Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna. Atlanta: Scholars Press. Ong, Walter J. 2000.

Author: Carola Lorea

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004324718

Category: Religion

Page: 350

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In this book, Lorea explores the relationship between Bengali folklore, heterodox religious movements and politics of cultural representation through the contextual study of the eccentric guru Bhaba Pagla (1902-1984), his ecstatic songs and their performers.
Categories: Religion

The Study of Hinduism

The Study of Hinduism

Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars ...

Author: Arvind Sharma Ph D

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570034494

Category: Religion

Page: 315

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Leading scholars from around the world take stock of two centuries of intellectual investment in Hinduism, and chart the course of what remains to be accomplished in the field of Hindu studies.
Categories: Religion

Spirituality A Guide for the Perplexed

Spirituality  A Guide for the Perplexed

3 See Carl Olson, The Mysterious Play of Kaˉlī: An Interpretive Study of Raˉmakrishna. American Academy ofReligion. Scholars Press, 1990.

Author: Philip Sheldrake

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441157164

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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'Spirituality' is a word that is used increasingly these days yet it is often ill-defined. What exactly is spirituality? Is it distinct from religion and can we separate it from beliefs and traditions? Does spirituality mainly focus on spiritual experiences and practices or is it something more? This book suggests that, while there may be common features in the use of the word, 'spirituality' is not a single reality. Different 'spiritualities' reflect particular religious or philosophical viewpoints, as well as the cultural contexts in which they arise and develop. Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed provides students and general readers with a reliable and comprehensive guide to 'spirituality' as an area of study, religiously, historically, philosophically and in the social sciences. It explores the tools that are used to study the subject and to interpret spiritual classics (whether these are written texts or other forms such as art) from different times and cultures. Attention is paid to spirituality in a variety of religious and non-religious forms in their own terms and comparatively. However, for the sake of simplicity greatest attention is given to the study of spirituality within a religious perspective with illustrations drawn from texts, personalities and themes associated with five major world religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The book concludes with an exploration of spirituality in contemporary perspective - in particular how spirituality is currently employed in areas such as health-care, education and business among other examples.
Categories: Religion

Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva

Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva

The Mysterious Play of Kālī: An Interpretive Study of Rāmakrishna. Atlanta: Scholars Press. Parameshananda, S. 2002. The Making of an American Yogi: ...

Author: Daniela Berti

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000083682

Category: History

Page: 358

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The book reflects on the discreet influence of Hindutva in situations/places outside or at the margins of its organisational and mobilisational arena, where people denying any commitment to the Sangh Parivar, incidentally, show affinities and parallelisms with its discourse and practice. This study looks at Hindutva’s entrenchment not so much as an orchestration from above but more as an outcome of a process that evolves in relation to specific social and cultural milieus. The contributors analyse Hindutva’s entrenchment, emphasising on the ethnography of the forms of mediation and/or convergence produced in certain contexts. The 11 case studies highlight three different dynamics of Hindutva’s cultural entrenchment. The first section gathers cases where RSS-affiliated organisations have set up specific cultural or artistic programmes at the regional level, involving the meditation of local people whose interest in these programmes does not necessarily mean that they endorse the Hindutva agenda completely. The next deals with convergence and refers to cases where the followers gather around a charismatic personality, whose precepts and practice may bring them towards a closer affinity with the Hindutva programme. The last section deals with the contexts of resistance, where social milieus engaged in opposing Hindutva may, in fact, paradoxically, and even inadvertently, imbibe some of its ideas and practices in order to contest its claims.
Categories: History