PDNRL No. 16 James W. Laine: Visions of God. Narratives of Theophany in the Mahābhārata. Vienna 1989, 304p. EUR 26.-


  • Contents

    Preface (9)

    Abbreviations (13)

    Bibliography (14)

    Introduction (19)


    Chapter One: Initiation Visions of the Pāṇḍavas (37)

    Appendix A (59)

    I.                    Arjuna’s Meeting with Indra (61)

    II.                  The Mountain Man (66)

    III.                Bhīma’s Encounter with Hanumān (79)

    IV.                Yudhiṣṭhira’s Encounter with the God Dharma (100)


    Chapter Two: War-time Visions (113)

    Appendix B (131)

    I.                    Kṛṣṇa’s Embassy to the Kaurava Court (133)

    II.                  Arjuna’s Vision of Kṛṣṇa’s Universal Form (135)

    III.                Arjuna’s Dream-Vision of Śiva (141)

    IV.                Aśvatthāman’s Vision of Kṛṣṇa and Śiva (149)

    V.                  Bhīṣma’s Vision of Kṛṣṇa (158)


    Chapter Three: Visions of Seers (161)

    Addendum: A Structural Analysis of Uttaṅka’s Vision of Kṛṣṇa (169)

    Appendix C (173)

    I.                    Mārkaṇḍeya’s Vision at the Time of Dissolution (175)

    II.                  Nārada’s Vision of Nārāyaṇa (190)

    III.                Upamanyu and Kṛṣṇa Win Visions of Śiva (201)

    IV.                Uttaṅka’s Vision of Kṛṣṇa’s Universal Form (217)


    Chapter Four: Traditions in the Composition of the Theophany

    Narratives of the Mahābhārata (225)


    Chapter Five: The Triumph of the Purāṇic (255)


    Chapter Six: Historical and Theological Reflections (273)


    Indices (285)

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