Woman as Soul, Woman as Scripture: Theology of Love in Hindu Mysticism and Art

Friday, April 6th 2018, 11:00am
Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

Woman as Soul, Woman as Scripture: 

Theology of Love in Hindu Mysticism

 by Prof. Graham M. Schweig, PhD

Distinguished Research & Teaching Fellow

Mira & Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies

Prof Philosophy & Religion, CNU.

The theistic devotional (bhakti) traditions in Hinduism have produced numerous sophisticated insights on the nature of divinity, and bhakti scriptures have revealed them in prose and poetry its rich theological visions. But such traditions have found that certain aspects of its theological visions can be best expressed through artistic renderings. This lecture focuses on the ways in which feminine power comes into play in Krishna bhakti theology and how this power is uniquely expressed in a theo-aesthetics that takes the practitioner beyond word and sound. Specifically, the exquisite visuals of Indian miniature and Western contemporary painting of the divine feminine will be presented and analyzed in order to reveal this deeper theo-aesthetic dimension of Krishna bhakti

Respondent Kate Barush

Asst Prof Art History & Religion

Graduate Theological Union

Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University 

Watch live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nSRCc82Ajg