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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

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

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