By Francis Clooney

The Virgin Mary has lengthy been the article of either devotional and scholarly curiosity, and up to date years have obvious a proliferation of stories on Hindu goddess-worship traditions. regardless of the parallels among the 2, even if, nobody has but undertaken a book-length comparability of those traditions. In Divine mom, Blessed Mother, Francis Clooney bargains the 1st prolonged comparative learn of Hindu goddesses and the Virgin Mary. Clooney is nearly specific within the box of Hindu experiences as a Christian theologian with the linguistic and philosophical services essential to produce subtle comparative analyses. development on his past paintings in comparative theology, he sheds new mild not just on those person traditions but in addition at the nature of gender and the divine.

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46) Though Your adornments are enjoyed in common, by Himself Your husband carries with pleasure the kaus. t. ubha gem, the vaijayantı¯ garland, the five weapons, and other such things, as if He wishes to spare You the burden of holding them, O jewel-cluster at home in S´rı¯ran˙gam— and then He dives deep inside You. (47) O Goddess, had You not descended in suitable forms each time the Lord was born in play, behaving like humans and animals, then His sport would have lacked its savor; O Mother, Your eyes, long, lovely, fine, are just like slightly opened lotus blossoms.

Hail, you carry Him who carries all! Hail, star making the sun to shine! Hail, womb of the divine taking of flesh! Hail, by you all creation is renewed! Hail, by you the creator became a babe! Hail, unwed bride! ’ ” (2) The virgin sought to know the unknowable knowledge, and exclaimed to the minister, “How can a child be born from my holy womb? ” To her he responded in fear, crying out— Hail, initiate into the unspeakable counsel! Hail, faith in what asks to remain secret! Hail, the beginning of Christ’s wonders!

Enough of this compassion! enough of this unbridled independence! (53) 39 40 to s´ rı¯ The Lord reclined on the ocean, He churned and bound it too, He broke Hara’s bow like a twig, O Mithila¯’s daughter, and after severing the demon’s ten heads He made the body dance; what might there be that Your husband intent on pleasing You would not do for You? (54) Thousands of hands, feet, faces, eyes, and more, all this, the glories of His own universal form, suitable qualities, descents too— Your lover enjoys all these, O Lotus, but somewhere too He plunges deep into the mouth of the wild whirlpool, into You.

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