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<i>Dharma</i> over Time, I

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195394238
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897452 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0006

Series: South Asia Research

Dharma over Time, I

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This is the first of two chapters that treat comparatively usages where Buddhist and Brahmanical texts worked out themes of dharma over time in significantly different ways. Chapter 6 is about how the two traditions depicted dharma in relation to the big cosmological time units, beginning with the kalpa—in this case, probably in full awareness of what each other were doing, offering different chronometries tied to their different soteriologies, It also takes up the way that Dharma is worked into Brahmanical cosmogony and theogony in the Mahābhārata as a divinity, and addresses the more distinctively Brahmanical concepts of the yuga and the manvantara as they are developed primarily in the Mahābhārata and Manu. The Nārāyaṇīya section of the Mahābhārata is important to this chapter.

Keywords: kalpa; mahākalpa; antarakalpa; yuga; mahāyuga; manvantara; the god Dharma; Nārāyaṇīya

Chapter.  14738 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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