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
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
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.
In chronological order : Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive
Study of Ramakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ) ; Sudhir Kakar , The
Analyst and the Mystic : Psychoanalytic Reflections on Religion and Mysticism ...
Author: Rachel Fell McDermott
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Category: Kālī (Hindu deity)
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.
... and Three Essays on Sri Ramakrishnaand His Times(Shimla: Indian Institute of
Advanced Study, 2001). Psychobiographical studies of Sri Ramakrishna include
Carl Olson, The Mysterious Play of Kāli: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna ...
Author: Ayon Maharaj
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"This pioneering study examines the philosophy of the nineteenth-century Indian mystic Sri Ramakrishna and brings him into dialogue with recent Western thinkers. Sri Ramakrishna's expansive conception of God as the impersonal-personal Infinite Reality, Maharaj argues, opens up an entirely new paradigm for addressing central issues in the philosophy of religion"--
Carl Olson discusses Ramakrishna's madness in this specifically Hindu context
in his The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna (Atlanta:
Scholars Press, 1990), chap. 4. 8. See especially June McDaniel, Madness of the
Author: Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
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.
The themes of madness and play are explored more fully in Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kālī : An Interpretive Study of Rāmakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars
Press , 1990 ) . 39 . 40 . CHAPTER 13 THE WORLD OF THE GODDESS :
Author: Carl Olson
Category: Social Science
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.
Author: Christopher Hugh PartridgePublish On: 2003
The Divine Consort : Radha and the Goddesses of India ( Boston : Beacon Press
, 1982 ) , 116 – 20 . 23 Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretative
Study of Ramakrishna ( GA : Scholars Press , 1990 ) . 24 Kripal , Kali ' s Child ...
Author: Christopher Hugh Partridge
Publisher: Authentic Media
Mysticism is proving to be the chosen type of religion for future generations of believers in the West. As traditional institutional religion continues to decline, mystical thought is celebrated as a vital, subversive alternative. Evidence for this religious-cultural shift towards the mystical, the experiential, and indeed the creation-centered can be found in bookstores, most of which devote a large amount of shelf space to mystical themes and writers from the world religions. While this shift is not new, an increasing number of westerners are turning east because they find the fundamentally mystical thought of Asian religious traditions appealing. Furthermore, numerous westerners have actually become gurus and mystics within Eastern traditions. Mysticisms East and West examines the worldwide phenomenon of mystical experience across the world religions. In examining both Christian and non-Christian expressions of mysticism, this unique volume brings together a number of prominent evangelical scholars to analyze the central historical, cultural, and theological issues. Beginning in the East, these studies in mystical experience gradually move to the West and to Christian mysticism before concluding with a number of philosophically reflective essays examining the implications and nature of mysticism.
Author: India International CentrePublish On: 2003
See Carl Olson : The Mysterious Play of Kali : an Interpretative Study of
Ramakrishna , Scholars Press , Atlanta 1990 . 13. See Narasingha P. Sil :
Ramakrsna Paramahamsa : A Psychological Profile , E.J.Brill , Leiden 1991 . 14.
See Jeffrey J.
In addition to numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals , Professor
Olson has published many books , including The Mysterious Play of Kali : An
Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna and The Book of the Goddess Past and
Present : An ...
The Cult of the Goddess Pattini . Chicago : The University of Chicago Press ,
1984 . O'Hanlon , Rosalind . In Chaturvedi 72-115 . Olson , Carl . The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna . Atlanta : Scholars Press ,
Author: Samir Dayal
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
Samir Dayal's book Resisting Modernity is provocative. Provocative because it undoes the allures of propulsion toward modernity at the same time that it refrains from a retreat into an idyllic and elusive pre-colonial past. Drawing on a wide body of postcolonial studies scholarship emanating from South Asia and on psychoanalytic theory, Dayal complicates our understanding of three prominent Indian figures-Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Rabindranath Tagore, and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi-active in the decades before independence from British colonial rule. He sees them as resisting the modernist rhetoric of sovereignty and rational nationalism prevalent in those years. Through his focus on these protagonists, Dayal illuminates how their critique of the nationalist project of the pre-independence years was at once strategic and limiting, inclusive and exclusionary, empowering and potentially debilitating. --Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the author of The World Next Door: South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America (Temple, 2006), co-editor of the award winning anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America (Rutgers, 1996) and co-editor of the collection of critical essays A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America (Temple, 1998). Resisting Modernity is an admirable endeavor that opens up modernity to possibilities of postcolonial/subaltern re-recognition. Dayal's conjunctural readings of the gendered, affective as well as cognitive performances of Ramakrishna, Tagore, Gandhi, and Ambedkar are richly symptomatic of the human condition under colonial modernity. A welcome addition to the genre of the global interrogation of modernity. ---R. Radhakrishnan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Diasporic Mediations: Between Home and Location (Minnesota, 1996) and Theory in an Uneven World (Blackwell, 2003).
Olson , C. The Mysterious Play of Kali . Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 .
Terpening , R. H. Charon and the Crossing . Ancient , Medieval and Renaissance
Transformations of a Myth . Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press , 1985 . Zimmer
Author: Evy Johanne Håland
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
Category: Social Science
This book is a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collection of articles representing different perspectives and topics related to the general theme Women and Death from different periods and parts of Europe, as well as the Middle East and Asia, i.e. areas where, through the ages, there have been a constant interaction and discourse between a variety of people, often with different ethnic backgrounds. The studies illustrate many parallels between the various societies and religious groupings, despite of many differences, both in time and space. [Publisher]
Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna (
AAR , Sholars Press , 1990 ) , 39 . His study begins with the apt question , " If you
encountered someone who assumed the dress and demeanor of a woman yet ...
C . Olson ( 1990 ) The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of
Ramakrishna Atlanta : Scholars Press . K . Orr ( 1993 ) ' The Ramakrishna
Mission Lights the Lamp of Knowledge : A Critical Review of the Educational
Enterprise of the ...
Author: Gwilym Beckerlegge
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
This Book Explores Ways In Which The Ramakrishna Movement Has Been Presented By Scholars, Promoted By Its Own Adherents And Has Seen Prominent Defections From Its Own Ranks. Will Be Of Special Interest To Historians And Religious Studies Specialists.
And now in the U . S . The latest piece on Ramakrishna , Carl Olson ' s The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Intepretive Study of Ramakrishna ( Atlanta : Scholars
Press , 1990 ) , paid a heavy price for its attempt to interpret the saint - the Order ...
McDermott , Rachel Fell , 1991 : « Kāli's Tongue : Historical Reinterpretations of
the Blood - lusting Goddess . » Unpublished paper ... Olson , Carl , 1990 : The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna . Atlanta : Scholars
Author: Axel Michaels
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
She kills and destroys. She causes illness and disaster. The wild goddess evokes fear and terror. People worship her with blood-sacrifices and alcohol in order to appease her rage, but also in order to participate in her power for she is at once a force of destruction and a force of regeneration, of life, and of sexuality. Her creative violence reflects the ambivalent power of nature. The idea of frightening goddesses is preserved in regionally different forms throughout South Asia. The Institute for the Science of Religions, University of Berne, and the Museum of Anthropology of the University of Zurich, coordinated a symposium on wild goddesses in India and Nepal. The papers and reports on ongoing research presented at this symposium are published in this volume.
Timothy A Jenson , ' Madness , Yearning and Play ' , Doctoral Dissertation . (
Chicago , 1976 ] , 218 . Carl Olson , The Mysterious Play of Kali : An Interpretive
Study ( Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1990 ] , 66 . 30 Daniel , Bassuk , Incarnation in ...
The mysterious play of Kāli : an ... visionary — are roles in a drama devised by
Kali , herself a goddess composed of opposites : destructive and creative ... His
followers are said to have repressed the irrational , terrifying aspects of Kali .
The mysterious play of Kāli : an interpretative study of Rāmakrishna . ... woman ,
madman , stranger , visionary — are roles in a drama devised by Kali , herself a
goddess composed of opposites : destructive and creative , ferocious and loving .
THE GITA : AN INTRODUCTION 69 Kali , the well as in Tod inco grasp the
obvious and the occult meaning of that play , we shall be ... In his life we see an
incomparable manifestation and mysterious play of the Supreme Power ,