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Gitagovinda of Jayadeva: Love Song of the Dark Lord

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Published June 1st 1992 by South Asia Books (first published 1977)
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Dylan Grant
In Sanatana Dharma, there are various ways of expressing Devotion (Bhakti) for God. We can love God like a Father (the mode of Devotion most common in Western culture), or we can love God like a Mother, or a Friend, or a Child (the devotions to Baby Jesus would be the Christian equivalent of this), or even a Lover. The last of these is the most alien to Abrahamic religion (Judaism/Christianity/Islam). Is it because we always imagine God as being very far away, and not close enough to us to be li ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was a requirement for my Hinduism class and surprisingly, I kept it because it made such an impression on me. I often need to get forced to read poetry and when I do, I end up liking it. Reading this in a public place at the library while taking notes though isn't ideal. I found myself constantly blushing and looking up from my place to see if anyone else happened to see into my head. It blatant eroticism in poetry style about lovers despite being a god because in love even gods can sti ...more
James F
Krishna -- the dark lord -- in Hindu religion is an incarnation (avatar) of the Creator, Vishnu, who was born as a mortal to save the world from an age of darkness and is also worshiped as a separate god -- an idea a certain later religion seems to think is its own original invention. But unlike the celibate Jesus of Christian tradition, Krishna loves humanity -- especially in the form of beautiful cowherdesses.

The Gtagovinda, a late-twelfth-century poem -- contemporary with the troubadours, tr
Drew Hoffman
Jan 14, 2014 Drew Hoffman rated it it was amazing
This translation of Jayadeva's esteemed lyrical poem the Gitagovinda is truly a work of transcendent beauty. The story of the love and separation of Krishna and Radha is told in breathtakingly lovely lines such as this passage (my favorite):

Wind from a lakeside garden
Coaxing buds on new asoka branches
Into clusters of scarlet flowers
Is only fanning the flames to burn me.
This mountain
Of new mango blossoms
Humming with roving bumblebees
Is no comfort to me now, friend.
Barnaby Thieme
Mar 21, 2012 Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, hinduism
"Love Song of the Dark Lord" is an excellent translation of Jayadeva's Sanskrit masterpiece, which treats the erotic love of Krishna, conceived as a manifestation or avatar of the great god Vishnu, with the cowherd Radha. It was this set of songs, I believe, that elevated an obscurish episode from the Puranas into a beloved icon encompassing the fusion of earthly and divine love.

Accustomed as many in the English-speaking world are to thinking of divine love purely in terms of agape, it is start
Mar 20, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently taken a Religion course "Love and Its Myths" in University. I have come across the material on Hinduism. Their socio-religious interpretation of the world around us; the culture so to speak has been for me strange, foreign and hard to understand. The differences that made this religion different from the Judeo-Christian faith that I grew up with was clear to me at once. The concept of a personal, loving God was non-existent. I guess what I'm trying to say, which Caryl Matrisciana ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Azade rated it it was amazing
Gitagovinda is an important text in medieval Indian literature cus it was used/ recited by Krishna cults in east Indian temples.
Miller's introduction is so comprehensive, it sheds light on all aspects of the text.
Nov 05, 2008 Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: eastern-classics
A beautiful translation with a helpful introduction and tons of notes that are easily ignored. Gorgeous verse. I'm off to see if I can find performance recordings.
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