The presence of the Holy in the Lilanukarana

The people of Braj1 are attracted by the Holy in many ways. But nowhere is its attraction per-ceived as strongly as in the public performances of the lilas of Krisna – the lilanukaranas. Although by their aesthetic const
The people of Braj1 are attracted by the Holy in many ways. But nowhere is its attraction per-ceived as strongly as in the public performances of the lilas of Krisna – the lilanukaranas. Although by their aesthetic constitution these dramatic performances are a mixture of song, theater and dance, they do not belong to the genre of folkloric entertainment, for in their very essence they are revelations of the Holy. Thus in Braj the Holy is not at all considered a nirguna entity concealing itself from the world. On the contrary, it reveals itself plainly and unmistakably. This revelation is fully authentic because in its essence the Holy is saguna, i.e. possessed of form. This, however, further means that the lilanukarana do not present something mundane as sacred, nor do they present a 'substitute religion' – for they offer the experience of the Holy moving among and with the lilanukarana, as their equal, freely and naturally, without fear of touch by the creature. And this unconcern for possible worldly contamination allows the Brajbasis to meet the Holy without fear, and in intimate friendship.
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Author:Edmund Weber
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-49496
URL:http://web.uni-frankfurt.de/irenik/religionskultur.htm
ISSN:1434-5935
Series (Serial Number):Journal of religious culture = Journal für Religionskultur (044)
Publisher:Univ.
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Book
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2007/10/26
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2007/10/26
HeBIS PPN:192436228
Institutes:Institut für Wissenschaftliche Irenik
Dewey Decimal Classification:290 Andere Religionen
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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