The Presence of Siva
One of the three great gods of Hinduism, Siva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, The Rg Veda, evokes his presence in its hymns; Vedic myths, rituals, and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time. In a lively meditation on Siva--based on original Sanskrit texts, many translated here for the first time--Stella Kramrisch ponders the metaphysics, ontology, and myths of Siva from the Vedas and the Puranas.
Who is Siva? Who is this god whose being comprises and transcends everything? From the dawn of creation, the Wild God, the Great Yogi, the sum of all opposites, has been guardian of the absolute. By retelling and interweaving the many myths that keep Siva alive in India today, Kramrisch reveals the paradoxes in Siva's nature and thus in the nature of consciousness itself.
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THE PRIMORDIAL SCENE
a The Hunter of the Antelope
YASTOSPATI THE LORD OF THE DWELLING
MANIFESTATIONS AND REALIZATIONS OF RUDRA
THE BIRTH OF RUDRA
THE REFUSAL TO PROCREATE AND THE ENCOUNTERS
THE FAMILY OF SIVA
Renewed Humiliation of Siva
Siva and Parvati
IME PRESENCE OF SIVA
APPENDIX THE GREAT CAVE TEMPLE OF SIVA ON