· The Miraculous

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI:
· The Miraculous

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This chapter reports a special ritual event, an act of worship that was transformed by the sudden and evidently active presence of one of the beings whom worshippers were just then addressing. This remarkable visitor was a bee—a bee who figures in stories of Krishna as one of his most important messengers. To many observers his appearance at this ritual juncture was a miracle; but in another way it was perfectly in keeping with the deep meaning of all ritual events. It was an act of transformation, a time when life came to life.

Keywords: ritual event; worship; Krishna; bee; transformation

Chapter.  2937 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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