Aghora II: Kundalini by Robert E. Svoboda

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46–56). 16–23). If they are the same earrings that Surya then gave to Karna, Surya must have gotten them from Aditi after they were recovered from Naraka. But that would seem difficult to square with Karna’s being born with them, which would seem to have been earlier than Krishna could have retrieved them. For if Krishna carries out this mission after having settled the Yadavas in Dvaraka, he must have slain Naraka and retrieved the earrings after his childhood, and thus apparently fairly recently.

32–36). 7. 19). 8. 284–94). krishna in the mahabharata 27 9. 8). 10. ’’ But Bhishma, knowing better, says Karna lost his dharma and tapas when he lied to ‘‘the blameless lord Rama’’ for that weapon. 61). 11. 138– 144). 12. 165). Karna’s life is so disjointed at this point that van Buitenen was led to admit, mistakenly, in a note on this verse: ‘‘Rama’s curse: this incident is unknown to me; at any rate it is probably BalaRama’’ (1978, 555)! 13. 154–158). 14. 65–68). After the fatalities at 2 and 3, which occur together, it does not seem possible to determine their order in relation to the fatalities at 4, 5, and 7.

And obviously there are countless expressions of the multifaceted Krishna tradition that perforce do not grace these pages at all—esoteric pancharatra ritual texts, Bengali poetry, Kerala puppet plays, women’s folk songs from the villages of India, and a myriad more—due to the usual constraints of edited volumes in terms of size and the availability and willingness of specialists to contribute in such desirable areas. Nonetheless, if something of the range, complexity, richness, and charm of this captivating figure, and the myriad ways his presence has been preserved and handed down through the generations, has been portrayed in these pages, or if they inspire the reader to explore and uncover further facets and meanings of the multifarious Krishna tradition, then the book has attained its goals.

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