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The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic by Ramesh Menon

By Ramesh Menon

The nice Indian epic rendered in smooth prose

India's such a lot liked and enduring legend, the Ramayana is extensively said to be one of many world's nice literary masterpieces. nonetheless a vital part of India's cultural and spiritual expression, the Ramayana was once initially composed by means of the Sanskrit poet Valmiki round three hundred b.c. The epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and fight to rescue his devoted spouse, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne has profoundly affected the literature, artwork, and tradition of South and Southeast Asia—an effect probably unprecedented within the background of global literature, other than, probably, for the Bible. through the centuries, numerous types of the epic were produced in different codecs and languages. yet earlier English types were both too brief to seize the importance of the unique; too secular in offering what's, in impression, scripture; or dry, line-by-line translations. Now novelist Ramesh Menon has rendered the story in lyrical prose that conveys the entire attractiveness and pleasure of the unique, whereas making this religious and literary vintage obtainable to a brand new iteration of readers.

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Vaisnavism, Saivism and Minor Religious Systems (Routledge by R G Bhandarkar

By R G Bhandarkar

Bhandarkar’s Vaisnavism, Saivism and Minor spiritual structures, first released in 1913, explores the origins of Vaishnavism by way of interpreting its assets of faith, features of the Mahabharata, and the Cult of Rama. Bhandarkar additionally discusses Saivism through exploring its beginning and improvement. this article is perfect for college students of theology.

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Lord Siva's Song: The Isvara Gita by Andrew J. Nicholson

By Andrew J. Nicholson

A translation of the Īśvara Gītā, a parallel textual content to the Bhagavad Gītā that promotes non secular inclusion.

While the Bhagavad Gītā is an stated treasure of worldwide religious literature, few humans recognize a parallel textual content, the Īśvara Gītā. This lesser-known paintings is usually devoted to a god, yet subsequently it really is Śiva, instead of Kṛṣṇa, who's depicted because the omniscient author of the area. Andrew J. Nicholson’s Lord Śiva’s Song makes this article to be had in English in an obtainable new translation. a piece of either poetry and philosophy, the Īśvara Gītā builds at the insights of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra and foreshadows later advancements in tantric yoga. It bargains with the pluralistic non secular surroundings of early medieval India via an exploration of the connection among the gods Śiva and Viṣṇu. The paintings condemns sectarianism and violence and offers a method for accommodating conflicting spiritual claims in its personal day and in our own.

“…an very important paintings … absolute to be obtainable to many yogis today.” — San Francisco e-book Review

“This is a wonderful advent to, and a legitimate scholarly translation of, a foundational textual content. Andrew J. Nicholson is a chief scholar.” — Andrew O. citadel, writer of Jīvanmukti in Transformation: Embodied Liberation in Advaita and Neo-Vedanta

Andrew J. Nicholson is affiliate Professor of Asian and Asian American stories at Stony Brook collage, kingdom collage of latest York. he's the writer of Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and identification in Indian highbrow History.

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Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism: History, Practice by Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

By Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

Hinduism can't be understood with out the nice Goddess and the goddess-orientated ??kta traditions. The Goddess pervades Hinduism in any respect degrees, from aniconic village deities to high-caste pan-Hindu goddesses to esoteric, tantric goddesses. however, the hugely influential tantric types of South Asian goddess worship have only in the near past all started to attract scholarly realization. This e-book addresses the expanding curiosity within the nice Goddess and the tantric traditions of India by way of exploring the background, doctrine and practices of the ??kta tantric traditions.

The hugely influential tantric sorts of South Asian goddess worship shape a huge a part of what's often called ‘??ktism’, and is frequently one among the most important branches of Hinduism subsequent to ?aivism, Vai??avism and Sm?rtism. ??ktism is, even though, much less basically outlined than the opposite significant branches, and the booklet seems on the texts of the ??kta traditions that represent the first assets for gaining insights into the ??kta spiritual creative, ritual practices and heritage. It offers an ancient exploration of specific Indian methods of imagining God as Goddess, and surveys the real origins and advancements inside of ??kta heritage, perform and doctrine in its variety.

Bringing jointly contributions from many of the superior students within the box of tantric reviews, the booklet offers a platform for the continuing learn into Hindu goddesses, yoga, and tantra for these drawn to knowing the faith and tradition in South Asia.

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Exploring the Hindu Mind: Cultural Reflection and Symbolism by M.K.V. Narayan

By M.K.V. Narayan

concerning the Book

Hinduism has a wealthy cultural background spanning the previous 4 thousand years or extra. during this lengthy epoch ranging from the Vedic instances and its evolution via religious and puranic sessions in multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic settings, the faith had absorbed many adjustments and variations to blossom into glossy Hinduism. during this publication, an test is made to carry out the symbolisms obvious or hidden within the principles of Hindu mythology, rituals and cultural practices touching a few noticeable parallel techniques in glossy science.

Explaining the idea that of God in India, the publication discusses at size the Hindu mythology of earthly existence, cultural increase, community of Hindu godheads, Vedic symbolism, rituals, iconography, marriage customs, temple tradition, and track and dance.

About The Author

The writer of this publication M.K.V. Narayan (75), a postgraduate in administration from XLRI, Jamshedpur, is a retired govt of TATA metal (Tata Iron and metal corporation Ltd., Jamshedpur). He has held liable positions in either private and non-private zone industries within the box of productiveness and caliber administration for over forty years. He has served as company member in major expert our bodies equivalent to IIIE (Indian establishment of commercial Engineering), ORSI (Operations study Society of India), and Indian criteria establishment, and held presiding places of work. He used to be provided the easiest paper medal on the global productiveness Congress, Bombay in 1973 for his paper released within the IIIE magazine. Narayan takes willing curiosity in learning and writing on Indic tradition from the sociological perspective. He has released many net articles and a pair of books. He has deep appreciation for classical music.

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Growing Stories from India: Religion and the Fate of by A. Whitney Sanford,Vandana Shiva

By A. Whitney Sanford,Vandana Shiva

The expenses of business agriculture are incredible when it comes to harm to the surroundings, human wellbeing and fitness, animal ache, and social fairness, and the location calls for that we extend our ecological mind's eye to satisfy this difficulty. based on turning out to be dissatisfaction with the present foodstuff procedure, farmers and shoppers are growing trade versions of creation and intake which are either sustainable and equitable. In Growing tales from India: faith and the destiny of Agriculture, writer A. Whitney Sanford makes use of the tale of the deity Balaram and the Yamuna River as a origin for discussing the worldwide meals trouble and illustrating the Hindu origins of agrarian thought.

By utilising narrative as a way of assessing glossy agriculture, Sanford encourages us to re-examine our courting with the earth. in basic terms growing new tales isn't really sufficient -- she asserts that every tale needs to bring about replaced practices. Growing tales from India demonstrates that traditional agribusiness is just one of many strategies and engages the paintings of recent agrarian luminaries to discover how replacement agricultural equipment will be implemented.

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Hinduism and Modernity (Religion and Spirituality in the by David Smith

By David Smith

This exam of Hinduism within the context of modernity should be of curiosity to all scholars of Hinduism, in addition to to these drawn to the sociology and historical past of faith.

  • Shows Hinduism to be a hugely dynamic world-view which demanding situations western notions of modernity.
  • Considers a huge diversity of themes together with ladies, the caste method, the self, divinities and gurus.
  • Contains updated discussions of recent Hindu tradition and beliefs.

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Hymns of the Samaveda by Sacred Ancient Scriptures,Ralph T. H. Griffith

By Sacred Ancient Scriptures,Ralph T. H. Griffith

The Samaveda. or Veda of Holy Songs , 3rd within the traditional enumeration of the Vedas, is of serious liturgical value. It includes 1549 stanzas, taken nearly solely from the Rigveda, which the Samans have replaced and tailored to be used in singing.
The Vedas are a wide physique of texts originating in old India. they're composed in Vedic Sanskrit and represent the oldest Sanskrit literature and oldest scriptures of Hinduism.
This model of the Samaveda used to be translated by way of Ralph T. H. Griffith 1826-1906

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Vijayanagara Voices: Exploring South Indian History and by William J. Jackson

By William J. Jackson

The Vijayanagara Empire flourished in South India among 1336 and 1565. Conveying the intensity and creativity of Hindu spiritual and literary expression in the course of that point, Vijayanagara Voices explores a number of the contributions made via poets, singer-saints, and philosophers. via translations and discussions in their lives and instances, Jackson provides the voices of those cultural figures and displays at the matters in their period, taking a look in particular into the brilliant pictures of their works and their legends. He examines how those pictures express either non secular insights and actual reviews with memorable candour. The stories additionally increase interesting questions on the empire's origins and its reaction to Muslim invaders, its 'Hinduness', and purposes for its final decline. Vijayanagara Voices is a ebook approximately styles in heritage, literature and existence in South India. by way of analyzing the culture's archetypal screens, via figuring out the tradition in its personal phrases, and through evaluating linked photos and concepts from different cultures, this ebook deals distinct insights right into a wealthy and influential interval in Indian history.

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Refiguring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions by Barbara A. Holdrege,Karen Pechilis

By Barbara A. Holdrege,Karen Pechilis

Examines how embodiment is conceived and skilled in South Asian religions.

Refiguring the Body presents a sustained interrogation of different types and versions of the physique grounded within the certain idioms of South Asian religions, fairly Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The members interact winning theories of the physique within the Western academy that derive from philosophy, social conception, and feminist and gender reports. whilst, they realize the restrictions of utilizing Western theoretical types because the default epistemological framework for figuring out notions of embodiment that derive from non-Western cultures. Divided into 3 sections, this choice of essays explores fabric our bodies, embodied selves, and perfected different types of embodiment; divine our bodies and devotional our bodies; and gendered logics defining female and male our bodies. The individuals search to set up concept parity in scholarly investigations and to re-figure physique theories through taking heavily the contributions of South Asian discourses to theorizing the body.

Barbara A. Holdrege is Professor of spiritual experiences and Chair of the South Asian stories Committee on the collage of California, Santa Barbara. Her books contain Bhakti and Embodiment: Fashioning Divine our bodies and Devotional our bodies in Kṛṣṇạ Bhakti and Veda and Torah: Transcending the Textuality of Scripture, additionally released through SUNY Press.

Karen Pechilis is NEH unique Professor of Humanities within the Comparative faith division at Drew college. Her books contain Interpreting Devotion: The Poetry and Legacy of a feminine Bhakti Saint of India and The Embodiment of Bhakti.

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