A God at Play? Reexamining the Concept of Līlā in Hindu Philosophy and Theology


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jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pjats:italicLīlā</jats:italic>, as a concept and term, has a long and complex history in Sanskritic Hinduism, yet, irrespective of context, it has routinely been translated by words signifying “play,” “sport,” and “game” in English and other languages. Focusing mainly on the term’s philosophical and theological connotations in Sanskritic Hinduism, this article challenges these facile and often misleading renderings. It analyzes the semantic functions and nuances of this deceptively multifaceted and important term over a range of contexts, from Vedāntic interpretations of Bādarāyaṇa’s jats:italicBrahmasūtra</jats:italic> 2.1.33 to the term’s meaning over a wide range of occurrences in Hindu tradition. In the process, attention is also given to the associated terms jats:italickrīḍā</jats:italic> and jats:italickhelā</jats:italic>.</jats:p>

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Keywords
lila, krida, khela, play, sport, game, Krsna-lila, Goddess, avatara
Journal Title
International Journal of Hindu Studies
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Journal ISSN
1022-4556
1574-9282
Volume Title
26
Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC