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The Birth of Kumara by Dasa Kali
  

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The Birth of Kumara by Dasa Kali

This court epic describes events leading up to the birth of Kumara, the war god who will defeat the demon Taraka. The gods try to use Kama, the Indian Cupid, to make the ascetic god Shiva fall in love with the daughter of the Himalaya mountain. Kama fails, and is burnt to ashes by the angry Shiva. Then Parvati, the daughter of the mountain, herself turns to asceticism to win the husband she longs for. She is successful, and the climax of the poem is the marriage and lovemaking of Shiva and Parvati, parents of the universe. The greatest long poem in classical Sanskrit, by the greatest poet of the language, Kali*dasa's The Birth of Kumara is not exactly a love story but a paradigm of inevitable union between male and female, played out on the immense scale of supreme divinity. In this court-epic, the events are described leading up to but not including the birth of Kumara, the war god destined to defeat the demon Taraka. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit http://www.claysanskritlibrary.org

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The books line up on my shelf like bright Bodhisattvas ready to take tough questions or keep quiet company. They stake out a vast territory, with works from two millennia in multiple genres: aphorism, lyric, epic, theater, and romance.

-Willis G. Regier,The Chronicle Review Published in the geek-chic format.

-BookForum Very few collections of Sanskrit deep enough for research are housed anywhere in North America. Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs.

-Tricycle The Clay Sanskrit Library represents one of the most admirable publishing projects now afoot. . . . Anyone who loves the look and feel and heft of books will delight in these elegant little volumes. -New Criterion No effort has been spared to make these little volumes as attractive as possible to readers: the paper is of high quality, the typesetting immaculate. The founders of the series are John and Jennifer Clay, and Sanskritists can only thank them for an initiative intended to make the classics of an ancient Indian language accessible to a modern international audience. -The Times Higher Education Supplement


About the Author

George David Smith is Clinical Professor of Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation and is Academic Director of the Executive MBA degree programs at New York University's Stern School of Business.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2005

Author

Dasa Kali

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Publisher

New York University Press

Format

Hardback
360 pages

Categories

Poetry by individual poets

ISBN

9780814740088

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