By Holly Hillgardner
Mirabai, a sixteenth-century Indian princess, wrote passionate love songs to Lord Krishna. Hadewijch, a thirteenth-century eu Beguine, wrote of her craving to develop into Love itself, to be "God with God." every one lady practiced a full-bodied, sensuously-imaged eager for love; even as, each one additionally practiced sure ascetic disciplines. Spanning centuries, continents, and non secular traditions, this publication juxtaposes Hadewijch's and Mirabai's inextricable energies of longing and letting pass as assets for a comparative theology of passionate non-attachment. inside either Hinduism and Christianity, wish and renunciation are frequently provided as opposites; but, either Mirabai and Hadewijch, of their personal specified methods, remove darkness from the vital, tensile dating among those techniques. instead of deciding on one or the opposite, every one woman's twin practices of longing and letting move not just take her on an inward non secular trip but additionally deeply contain her within the good looks and agony of the broader international. Drawing out the most important ameliorations and fascinating resonances among those ladies of religion, Hillgardner develops a Hindu-Christian comparative theology that argues for an interreligious ethic of passionate non-attachment, one capacious and courageous adequate to carry jointly our personal longings with the needs of others in an interconnected, fragile world.
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In addition to her song’s diverse themes, Mirabai’s identity as an author also contains multitudes. 12 Her hagiographic identity thus shifts as her selves are said and then 10. I drafted this chapter in Woodstock in part because of my previous discovery of the bookstore, a scheduled kirtan session at the town’s yoga studio by “Mira,” and cheap lodging made possible by damage done to my partner’s car by a local innkeeper (long story). 11. Lindsay Harlan and Paul B. Courtright, “Introduction: On Hindu Marriage and Its Margins,” in From the Margins of Hindu Marriage: Essays on Gender, Religion and Culture, ed.
12. Lindsay Harlan, “Abandoning Shame: Mīrā and the Margins of Marriage,” in Harlan and Courtright, From the Margins of Hindu Marriage, 207. 24 24 Longing and Letting Go apophatically unsaid. In some songs, she is a widow, and in others she is not a widow. She is a wife and also not a wife. She is an ascetic and an adulterous lover of God. She practices non-attachment, and she passionately yearns. As an illustration of these shifting hagiographies, consider how modern Rajput women, the clan to which Mirabai is said to have belonged, interpret the story of Mirabai in Nābhādās’s Bhaktamāl.
Our focus shifts to the passionate non-â•‰attachment of Hadewijch in Â�chapter 4. First, we attend to Hadewijch’s themes of love-â•‰longing within her own context as a writer who creatively combines the genres of Christian bridal mysticism and secular courtly love literature. Through her mixing of genres, she creates an uncommon vocabulary and set of tropes that are on full display in her innovative concept of “Lady Minne,” her term for divine Love. ” Naming a specific kind of passionate non-â•‰attachment, “noble unfaith” becomes our focus, along with related apophatic trajectories in Hadewijch’s work.