The Presence of Śiva

The Presence of Śiva

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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.

Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1981
ISBN: 9780691039640
069103964X
9780691101156
0691101159
0691031304
0691101191
Characteristics: x, 514 p., 32 leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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