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The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination (S U N Y Series in Hindu Studies) Paperback – 20 Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (20 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791435806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791435809
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Artful Universe provides a gentle tour through formative passages from the Rgveda and Upanisads that explicate the creative ritual/philosophical process. I particularly enjoyed the passages selected by the author, and his competent translation of them. He has captured and summarized the philosophical intent of the Vedic hymns, and thematized key concepts." -- Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

"This is a very important contribution to our understanding of early Indian religious imagination and to the field of religious studies broadly construed. Basically, the book develops an angle of interpretation that tracks on what the Vedic poets were constructing in the way of a universe in which imagination, language, and nature intersected one another. Using philological and literary-critical approaches to Vedic texts, Mahony sorts through a great many of the one thousand and eight hymns of the R}gveda in an effort to reconstruct and present the unfolding of a world view which sees the cosmos as an elaborate, interconnected, and paradoxical artistic reality." -- Paul B. Courtright, Emory University

"I found Mahony's translations of the Vedas to be stunning. He has treated the text carefully, even reverentially. After reading these texts anew, some of which I had read many times before in mechanical translations, I was able to viscerally understand how and why the Vedas are revelatory, shining, holy." -- Joanne Punzo Waghorne, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Mahony (religion, Davidson College) provides an introduction to the Vedic religious tradition of ancient and classical India emphasizing the nature of divinity and its relationship to the natural and human worlds; Vedic cosmology and metaphysics; the nature and process of revelation and its relation

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