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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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 Northern Panels of the Northern Path

 Northern Panels of the Northern Path

Fortifying Omniscience

(p.175) 8 Northern Panels of the Northern Path
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

The three panels discussed here represent Hari's brilliantly blazing omniscient knowledge (jnana). The first two deal with Narasimha, Man‐as‐Lion; he grasps Hiranyakashipu in one and rips him open at the navel in the second. The story of Narasimha is narrated through literary framing, including the stories of Prahlada and Parikshit, and the origin of the Bhagavatam; these point to the many levels of meaning in the sadhaka's path to knowledge. Omniscience is identified as consciousness without clinging. The third panel is the story of Kaliya, depicting the purifying of consciousness as the deepest level.

Keywords:   Narasimha, Hiranyakashipu, jnana, Prahlada, Parikshit, Bhagavatam, Kaliya

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