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Lectures on Text

Authority and scripture in Hindu and Christian thought

Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
5 Feb 2004

Part of the 'Relating to the other: Hindu and Christian perspectives' series.

Related: Christianity, Comparative Theology, Text

The truth(s) of translation

Hindu-Jewish seminar
Professor Julius Lipner
19 Feb 2004

This is the third of our joint seminars. We began with two sessions entitled, "Around the Table: A conversation on Jewish and Hindu dietary and dining customs". Dr Miri Freud-Kandel and Prof. Ramaratnam led these seminars, in Trinity term 2003. This term we hope to journey from the kitchen to the temple and delve deeper into both traditions and their approaches to truth and interpretation

Related: Comparative Theology, Judaism, Text

The truth(s) of translation

Hindu-Jewish seminar
Dr Norman Solomon
19 Feb 2004

Presented by the Centre for Hindu Studies & the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Related: Comparative Theology, Judaism, Text

Indian texts in historical context seminar: Textual history and social reality in the Manavadharmasastra

Professor Patrick Olivelle
7 May 2004

Related: Dharmasastra, Text

Indian texts in historical context seminar: Community, text, and context in Vedanta Desika's 14th century Srimadrahasyatrayasara

Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
7 May 2004

Related: Text, Vaisnava

Indian texts in historical context seminar: Rethinking Niti texts in medieval and early modern South India

Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam
7 May 2004

Related: Text

Indian texts in historical context seminar: Pandits and Sanskrit grammarians in 16th and 17th century north India

Dr James Benson
7 May 2004

Related: Grammarians, Text

Indian texts in historical context seminar: Azam Al-karamat: Making Muslim saints in early twentieth-century Hyderabad state

Dr Nile Green
7 May 2004

Related: Islam, Text

Early Vaisnava Texts from Nepal

Shivdasani Lecture
Dr Diwakar Acharya
18 Jan 2010

Exploring early palm-leaf manuscripts from the NGMPP collection, I came across some rare Vaiṣṇava Tantras which were hardly known from any other source. In this lecture, I will talk about four of such texts: the Svāyambhuvapañcarātra, Devāmṛta-pañcarātra, Jayottaratantra, and the Vāsudevakalpa of the Mahālakṣmṃhitā, which are preserved in palm-leaf manuscripts of the 11–14th centuries.

The first three texts are earlier than the texts which are regarded until now as the earliest Pāñcarātra texts. The fourth text, the Vāsudevakalpa, is exclusively concerned with the composite form of Lakṣmī and Vāsudeva, and is comparable to early Śāktatantras in certain aspects in its structure and contents. These texts together provide a broader picture of Vaiṣṇava Tantricism, and suggest that what was happening in the Śaiva fold was very similar to what was happening in the Vaiṣṇava fold.

I will briefly present the contents of all these texts and discuss specific features of them.

Related: Text