The Queen and the Avatar

The Queen and the Avatar

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This book is an original and rich meditation on Krishna, his facets and meaning within the Mahabharata, and his deeper spiritual meaning for contemporary readers of all religions or none. Reading carefully Queen Kunti's hymn of praise in the Bhagavata-purana, the author assumes the point of view of a Hindu who is able to draw comparisons with the great religions of the world and make references to Western literature and history. He thus sheds light on the way of devotion, or bhakti-yoga, as it is described in the Bhagavad-gita, and illuminates many central aspects of Hinduism. This work will satisfy both specialised scholars and all those readers who are sensitive to the marvels of Indian myth and epics. It includes a concise summary of the Mahabharata and an extensive glossary of Sanskrit terms.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 11.18mm | 240.4g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1908092165
  • 9781908092168
  • 3,719,874

Review quote

Navigating the Mahābhārata, the most important religious epic teaching of Hinduism, can be a daunting task. The Queen and the Avatar and Keys to the Mahābhārata do more than simply help one to see the patterns of the rich tapestry which the Mahābhārata weaves: they help each individual reader to see the subtle ways in which his or her own destiny is touched by the profound meaning of the lessons, the myths and the spiritual themes embedded in the text. Dominique Wohlschlag is to be warmly congratulated for "bringing home" the Mahābhārata for serious spiritual seekers, whatever be their religion.

​Reza Shah-Kazemi, author of Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart (World Wisdom, 2006), Common Ground between Islam and Buddhism (Fons Vitae, 2010), and several other works in the fields of Comparative Religion and Islamic Studies.​
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