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The Body of GodAn Emperor's Palace for Krishna in Eighth Century Kanchipuram$
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D. Dennis Hudson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369229

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369229.001.0001

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 Six Concepts

 Six Concepts

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The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

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Six concepts of Bhagavata Dharma are discussed: 1. God as person—the meanings of six names of God (Narayana, Vasudeva, Bhagavan, Vishnu, Hari, and Krishna). 2. God as place—the concept of Vaikuntha, the Highest Home of the transcendent Vasudeva. 3. God as father and mother—the relationship between Vasudeva and Devi, the engendering of Brahma and consciousness. 4. The doctrine of formation (vyuha)—spacetime as emanations or formations of Narayana Vasudeva, creating body (the material universe), its contents, and its actions. 5. The structure of the person—the five material sheaths that constitute an individual. 6. Inner vision (dhyana)—the practice that leads to knowledge.

Keywords:   names of God, Vaikuntha, Vasudeva, vyuha, five material sheaths, dhyana

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