Grief, Tranquility, and Śānta Rasa in Raviṣeṇa's Padmapurāṇa
Contribution to Book
Jains have long celebrated the serene ascetic, senses controlled and emotionally unperturbed. Examining the seventh-century author Raviṣeṇa's Sanskrit Padmapurāṇa, a Jain version of the Rāma story, this chapter demonstrates the role of emotion and, in particular, of grief, in the realization of that ultimate state of dispassionate emotionlessness. Arguing that the Padmapurāṇa aims to encourage the renunciation through the production of śānta rasa, Clines demonstrates that Raviṣeṇa engenders grief in both Rāma and the reader, and tracks how that grief both motivates Rāma to renounce the world and encourages the reader outside the text to do the same.
Maria Heim, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad & Roy Tzohar
Clines, G. (2021). Grief, tranquility, and śānta rasa in Raviṣeṇa's Padmapurāṇa. In M. Heim, C. Ram-Prasad & R. Tzohar (Eds.), The Bloomsbury research handbook of emotions in classical Indian philosophy (pp. 23-47). Bloomsbury Academic.
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Emotions in Classical Indian Philosophy