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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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Forgetting and Re-Awakening to Incarnation 1

Forgetting and Re-Awakening to Incarnation 1

(p.107) Forgetting and Re-Awakening to Incarnation1
On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines incarnation and reincarnation in Hinduism, first by discussing karma and memory and the unconscious memories of past lives known as the vasanas. It then considers a story about reincarnation in the Sanskrit text Yogavasishtha involving a monk who dreams he is the god Rudra, a form of the god Shiva. It also looks at the incarnations (or avatars) of the god Vishnu, particularly Rama and Krishna, who have a more particular awareness of their own divinity but tend to forget their divine natures.

Keywords:   incarnation, reincarnation, Hinduism, karma, memory, vasanas, Yogavasishtha, Shiva, Vishnu, divinity

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