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Krishna: The Living Spirit of Vrindavana

Daljeet (Author)
Synopsis This picture album with 28 color plates with introductory text captures the multi-dimensional entity that is Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna, the living spirit of Vrindavana was never born nor he ever died. We identify him with one who was present before the solar cycle began to operate, or before anything came into being. We conceive him as the ultimate the first and the last. He exists in love, is attainable in submission and blends, transcends into him who in his love and submission forsakes himself. Scholars assess and fix the date of his deification, and the ritualists celebrate his birth performing his birth rites, but, to most of us, the cycle of birth and death always appeared to be too narrow to encompass in it an entity like Lord Krishna. Rigveda refers to some Krishna Angirasa. The Aittareya Aranyaka alludes to a Krishna Harita, a teacher. The Chhandgya Upanishada mentions a vedic seer by the name of Krishna who was Devaki's son. In the Mahabharata he emerges for the first time as its central figure with the multifarious personality. Here he is a great warrior, an accomplished charioteer, teacher, intrepid Vrishni hero, and a statesman and diplomat of very high caliber. He appears to be first a semi-divine entity, then something like an incarnation of Vishnu and finally, the supreme God. However, the emphasis in the Mahabharata is laid only on his personality aspect. The elaborate details of his early days and personal aspect of his life were subsequently added by the Puranas such as Harivama Purana, Brahma Purana, Vishnupurana, Bhagavata-Purana, Brahmavaivartya Purana and others.
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About the author


An eminent art scholar Dr. Daljeet, is the Curator in-charge of the Department of Painting, National Museum, New Delhi.  Several books, catalogues, portfolios and articles on Indian Art and Painting are to her credit.  She began her career as an archaeologist, and traveled in India and abroad extensively in connection with her studies and work.  Her prestigious volume on the Mughal and Deccani paintings from the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, has been widely acclaimed by the scholars and art connoisseurs.  Her other noteworthy works are Shakuntala, Immortal Miniatures and Monuments of India.  Shakuntala and Monuments of India are authored jointly with Prof. P.C. Jain.  She was awarded jointly with Prof P.C. Jain Delhi State Award-Vishist Kriti Samman 2002-2003 for their book entitled "Krishna: Raga se Viraga Tak".  In 1999, she was commissioned by the Government of Punjab to set up a special exhibition on the Sikh Heritage at Anandpur Sahib in connection with the Tercentenary Celebrations of the Birth of the Khalsa.  The culmination of this has led to her book "The Sikh Heritage: A Search for Tatality" published in 2004. "Sri Harimandar Sahib: the Body Visible of the Invisible Supreme", In English and Gurmukhi, another recent work authored jointly with Prof. P.C. Jain, has been well received by art lovers in general and Sikh community in particular.

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Title Krishna: The Living Spirit of Vrindavana
Author Daljeet
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.07.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186880615
length 52p.