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The song of the goddess : the Devi Gita : spiritual counsel of the great goddess
Brown, Cheever Mackenzie.
Uniform Title:
Puranas. Devībhāgavatapurāṇa. Devīgītā. English.
Publication Information:
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
x, 148 pages ; 24 cm

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BL1140.4.D4742 D4813 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A reader-friendly translation of the medieval Indian text, which presents a powerful, compassionate goddess as ruler of the universe.

Author Notes

C. Mackenzie Brown is Professor and Chair of Religion at Trinity University. He is the author of The Triumph of the Goddess: The Canonical Models and Theological Visions of the Devi-Bhagavata Purana , also published by SUNY Press.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Hindu Goddess Religion Most people have heard about the Bhagavad Gita, and may have read it once upon a time. But what about the Devi Gita? In The Song of the Goddess, C. Mackenzie Brown offers an unencumbered translation of the Hindu devotional text the Devi Gita, which dates to somewhere between the 13th and 16th centuries. In an accessible and short introduction, Brown explains that the Devi Gita posits the supremacy of a great goddess, who is called the World Mother. Mackenzie offers a useful synopsis of the Devi, which incorporates elements of the earlier Bhagavad Gita but also moves beyond it to embrace Tantra and various yogic disciplines. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

A Note on the Textp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Translator's Notep. 35
Chapter 1. The Appearance of the Great Goddess before the Mountain King Himalaya and the Godsp. 41
Chapter 2. The Goddess as the Supreme Cause of Creationp. 53
Chapter 3. The Goddess Reveals Her Cosmic Body (The Viraj)p. 61
Chapter 4. Instruction in the Yoga of Knowledgep. 71
Chapter 5. Instruction in the Eight-Limbed/Serpentine Yogap. 79
Chapter 6. The Goal of the Yogas: Knowledge of Brahmanp. 89
Chapter 7. Instruction in the Yoga of Devotionp. 95
Chapter 8. Further Instruction in the Yoga of Devotion: The Sacred Sites, Rites, and Festivals of the Goddessp. 103
Chapter 9. Vedic and Internal Forms of Goddess Worshipp. 111
Chapter 10. The Tantric Form of Goddess Worship and the Disappearance of the Great Goddessp. 119
Glossaryp. 127
Selected Bibliographyp. 147