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Feb 5, 2013
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Ravi M. Gupta | Creation and Chaos in Hindu Sacred Texts

Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

A potter gently shapes a lump of clay upon her wheel. A carpenter hews and joins measured pieces of wood. Creation, we see, is often a process of reasoned thought and careful construction. And yet, just as often, creation arises in far more unpredictable circumstances?from chaos, transgression, and desire. In this lecture, we will examine the interplay of creation and chaos in Hindu sacred texts and its implications for our own times.

Ravi M. Gupta, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at The College of William and Mary. He holds a doctoral degree in Hindu Studies from Oxford University and recently served as the Shivdasani Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Ravi is the recipient of three awards for excellence in teaching. He is the author of The Caitanya Vai??ava Ved?nta of J?va Gosv?m?: When Knowledge Meets Devotion (Routledge, 2007) and co-editor of The Bh?gavata Pur??a: Sacred Text and Living Tradition (Columbia University Press, 2013). He is currently editing a volume on Caitanya Vai??ava philosophy for Ashgate?s World Philosophies series and co-authoring another book on the Bh?gavata Pur??a for Columbia University Press. Ravi?s research interests lie in the intersection of Ved?nta philosophy, north Indian devotional traditions, and Pur??ic commentary. He has lectured widely on these themes and is also a frequent participant in interreligious dialogue.

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