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Harvard Oriental Series 56

Caitanya Caritamrta of Krsnadasa Kaviraja

A Translation and Commentary

Translated with commentary by Edward C. Dimock, Jr.

Edited by Tony K. Stewart

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HARDCOVER

$99.95 • £79.95 • €90.00

ISBN 9780674002852

Publication Date: 09/30/2000

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The Caitanya Caritamrta is an early-seventeenth-century Bengali and Sanskrit biography of the great saint and Vaisnava leader Caitanya (1486–1533 c.e.), by the poet and scholar Krsnadasa, who has been given by Bengali tradition the title Kaviraja—"Prince of Poets." The text is of interest to theologians (Caitanya was, in Krsnadasa’s view, an androgyne of Krsna and Radha), philosophers (his theory was that aesthetic and religious experience are much the same in kind), historians of religion (the movement that Caitanya inspired has encompassed the great part of the eastern Indian subcontinent, and Krsnadasa has some interesting observations on his own times), and appreciators of literature (in Krsnadasa’s very long poem are embedded some lyric gems).

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