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Māyā in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Human Suffering and Divine Play

Gopal K. Gupta


The idea of māyā pervades Indian philosophy: it is complex, multivalent, and foundational, with its oldest referents found in the Ṛg -veda. This book explores māyā’s rich conceptual history, and then focuses on the highly developed theology of māyā found in the Sanskrit Bhāgavata Purāṇa, one of the most important Hindu sacred texts. Gopal K. Gupta examines māyā’s role in the Bhāgavata’s narratives, paying special attention to māyā’s relationship with other key concepts in the text, such as human suffering (duḥkha), devotion (bhakti), and divine play (līlā). In the Bhāgavata, māyā is often iden ... More

Keywords: māyā, Bhagavata, Purana, suffering, illusion, bhakti, Krishna, evil, India, yoga, līlā, play, duḥkha, Hinduism, Vaishnava

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198856993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198856993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gopal K. Gupta, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Evansville