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Book: Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion

Chapter: 3. Divine Flora, Divine Love: The Place of Natural Scenery in the Ultimate Vision of Kr̥ṣṇa Bhakti

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.30830


The last chapter of the first section investigates the wondrous
and sensuous beauty of plants, trees, fruits and flowers in the Rāsa
Līlā as described in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa. Graham Schweig explores the
role of flora within the experience of devotion (bhakti) as expressed in the
Vaiṣṇava narrative celebrating Kr̥ṣṇa, and the interdependent dialectical
relationship between natural phenomena and the movements of the bhakta’s
or devotee’s heart.

Chapter Contributors

  • Graham Schweig ( - gschweig) 'Christopher Newport University, Virginia'