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Hinduisme

  • Daksina Kosala af Natasja Bosma
    - A Rich Centre of Early Saivism
    af Natasja Bosma

    This book deals with the early development of Śaivism in ancient Dakṣiṇa Kosala, the region that roughly corresponds to the modern state of Chhattisgarh, plus the districts of Sambalpur, Balangir and Kalahandi of Odhisha (formerly Orissa). At the end of the sixth and the beginning of the seventh century, this region was under the control of the Pāṇḍava king Śivagupta alias ‘Bālārjuna’ hailing from Śrīpura (the modern village of Sirpur), who was a great patron of religion. Epigraphical evidence, supported by archaeological remains, has shown that by the time of Śivagupta’s reign, which lasted for at least fifty-seven years, Dakṣiṇa Kosala was already a rich center of early Śaivism. In the context of this setting the following research questions were formulated: what circumstances fostered the rise and development of Śaivism in this area, and did the Skandapurāṇa, an important and contemporaneous religious scripture, play any role in that development? An answer to these questions would not only shed light on the religious processes at work in Dakṣiṇa Kosala, but would also touch upon the interplay of political, social, economic and geographical factors.

  • Autobiography of a Yogi af Paramhansa Yogananda
    af Paramhansa Yogananda

    "e;Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."e;-John 4:48. The value of Yogananda's Autobiography is greatly enhanced by the fact that it is one of the few books in English about the wise men of India which has been written, not by a journalist or foreigner, but by one of their own race and training--in short, a book about yogis by a yogi. As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has importance both timely and timeless. To its illustrious author, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing both in India and America, may every reader render due appreciation and gratitude. His unusual life-document is certainly one of the most revealing of the depths of the Hindu mind and heart, and of the spiritual wealth of India, ever to be published in the West. It has been my privilege to have met one of the sages whose life- history is herein narrated-Sri Yukteswar Giri. A likeness of the venerable saint appeared as part of the frontispiece of my Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. It was at Puri, in Orissa, on the Bay of Bengal, that I encountered Sri Yukteswar. He was then the head of a quiet ashrama near the seashore there, and was chiefly occupied in the spiritual training of a group of youthful disciples. He expressed keen interest in the welfare of the people of the United States and of all the Americas, and of England, too, and questioned me concerning the distant activities, particularly those in California, of his chief disciple, Paramhansa Yogananda, whom he dearly loved, and whom he had sent, in 1920, as his emissary to the West. Sri Yukteswar was of gentle mien and voice, of pleasing presence, and worthy of the veneration which his followers spontaneously accorded to him. Every person who knew him, whether of his own community or not, held him in the highest esteem. I vividly recall his tall, straight, ascetic figure, garbed in the saffron-colored garb of one who has renounced worldly quests, as he stood at the entrance of the hermitage to give me welcome. His hair was long and somewhat curly, and his face bearded. His body was muscularly firm, but slender and well-formed, and his step energetic. He had chosen as his place of earthly abode the holy city of Puri, whither multitudes of pious Hindus, representative of every province of India, come daily on pilgrimage to the famed Temple of Jagannath, "e;Lord of the World."e; It was at Puri that Sri Yukteswar closed his mortal eyes, in 1936, to the scenes of this transitory state of being and passed on, knowing that his incarnation had been carried to a triumphant completion. I am glad, indeed, to be able to record this testimony to the high character and holiness of Sri Yukteswar. Content to remain afar from the multitude, he gave himself unreservedly and in tranquillity to that ideal life which Paramhansa Yogananda, his disciple, has now described for the ages. W. Y. EVANS-WENTZ

  • Living Mantra af Mani Rao
    - Mantra, Deity, and Visionary Experience Today
    af Mani Rao

    Living Mantra is an anthropology of mantra-experience among Hindu-tantric practitioners. In ancient Indian doctrine and legends, mantras perceived by rishis (seers) invoke deities and have transformative powers. Adopting a methodology that combines scholarship and practice, Mani Rao discovers a continuing tradition of visionaries (rishis/seers) and revelations in south India's Andhra-Telangana. Both deeply researched and replete with fascinating narratives, the book  reformulates the poetics of mantra-practice as it probes practical questions. Can one know if a vision is real or imagined? Is vision visual? Are deity-visions mediated by culture? If mantras are effective, what is the role of devotion? Are mantras language? Living Mantra interrogates not only theoretical questions, but also those a practitioner would ask: how does one choose a deity, for example, or what might bind one to a guru? Rao breaks fresh ground in redirecting attention to the moments that precede systematization and canon-formation, showing how authoritative sources are formed.    

  • Hinduismus f r Dummies af Bu Johanna Bu
    af Bu Johanna Bu

    Jeder hat schon einmal von heiligen K hen, von Gurus, von Witwenverbrennung und den Tausenden G ttern im Hinduismus geh rt. Bollywood-Filme sind Kult und indische Tanzgruppen touren mit gro em Erfolg durch Europa. Aber wer wei schon, dass jeder Inder hinter diesen bunten Darstellungen die jahrtausende alten hinduistischen Schriften erkennt. Und wer wei , dass der Buddhismus aus dem Hinduismus hervorgegangen ist. "e;Hinduismus f r Dummies"e; f hrt in diese so fremde Religion ein und hilft damit auch, das moderne Indien besser zu verstehen.

  • Embodying the Vedas af Borayin Larios
    - Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra
    af Borayin Larios

    Popularly Hinduism is believed to be the world's oldest living religion. This claim is based on a continuous reverence to the oldest strata of religious authority within the Hindu traditions, the Vedic corpus, which began to be composed more than three thousand years ago, around 1750-1200 BCE. The Vedas have been considered by many as the philosophical cornerstone of the Brahmanical traditions (astika); even previous to the colonial construction of the concept of "e;Hinduism."e; However, what can be pieced together from the Vedic texts is very different from contemporary Hindu religious practices, beliefs, social norms and political realities. This book presents the results of a study of the traditional education and training of Brahmins through the traditional system of education called gurukula as observed in 25 contemporary Vedic schools across the state of Maharasthra. This system of education aims to teach Brahmin males how to properly recite, memorize and ultimately embody the Veda. This book combines insights from ethnographic and textual analysis to unravel how the recitation of the Vedic texts and the Vedic traditions, as well as the identity of the traditional Brahmin in general, are transmitted from one generation to the next in contemporary India.

  • Prehistory of Hinduism af Manu V. Devadevan
    af Manu V. Devadevan

    This book is a pioneering attempt to understand the prehistory of Hinduism in South Asia. Exploring religious processes in the Deccan region between the eleventh and the nineteenth century with class relations as its point of focus, it throws new light on the making of religious communities, monastic institutions, legends, lineages, and the ethics that governed them. In the light of this prehistory, a compelling framework is suggested for a revision of existing perspectives on the making of Hinduism in the nineteenth and the twentieth century.

  • Advaita Vedanta af Prabhuji Spar 22%
    - ser el Ser
    af Prabhuji

    El advaita vedanta es una de las perlas fi losofas ms depuradas del hinduismo. Est reservada para buscadores de la realidad que desean conocer su propia esencia y aspiran a la liberacion, o moksa. Sugiere el sendero del conocimiento llamado jana-yoga, que es mucho ms que una teora, fi losofa, doctrina, o conocimiento logico deductivo es una vision existencial. Su enseanza esencial es la autoindagacion: Quien soy yo?. Esta pregunta es una expresion de la ms elevada y noble rebelda. Nos restituye la dignidad, aceptndonos solo a nosotros mismos como la nica autoridad acerca de lo que somos. Jana es saberse a uno mismo como Brahman y realizar la propia realidad como el Ser trascendental, ms all del tiempo y el espacio.En este libro, Prabhuji nos presenta los principios fundamentales para dar los primeros pasos en este sendero. Ms que proporcionarnos informacion, explicaciones y respuestas, nos inspira a inquirir, nos incita a dudar y a investigar acerca de nuestra propia esencia. Nos dice que todo esfuerzo por lograr la iluminacion es superfluo, porque la conciencia ya es y ya somos aquello que ambicionamos ser.Prabhuji es un escritor chileno, nacionalizado estadounidense. Nacio el 21 de marzo de 1958 en Santiago, Repblica de Chile. Una experiencia mstica acaecida a la edad de ocho aos lo impulso a la bsqueda de la Verdad. Desde entonces, ha dedicado su vida a profundizar en la temprana experiencia transformativa que marco el comienzo de un proceso involutivo. Durante ms de cincuenta aos, ha explorado y practicado diferentes religiones y senderos espirituales.Para Prabhuji, el despertar de la conciencia, o la trascendencia del fenomeno egoico, constituye el siguiente nivel del proceso evolutivo de la humanidad. Prabhuji es un escritor, un pintor y un mstico. Desde el ao 2007, ha optado por retirarse de la sociedad y adoptar una vida solitaria. Pasa sus das completamente apartado de la gente, escribiendo, pintando, rezando y meditando en silencio y en contemplacion.

  • Bhagavadgita - Der Gesang des Erhabenen af N.N.
    af N.N.

    Die 'Bhagavadgita' ist das meistverbreitete und einflussreichste Buch des Hinduismus und entstand vermutlich am Ubergang vom 4. zum 3. vorchristlichen Jahrhundert. Das in 18 Gesange unterteilte Lehrgedicht gehort ursprunglich zum monumentalen indischen Epos 'Mahabharata'. Im Zwiegesprach zwischen Arjuna und Krishna, einer Inkarnation des Gottes Vishnu, werden verschiedene Aspekte der hinduistischen Lehre erortert. Wegen der zahlreichen Passagen, in denen Krishna den Menschen mogliche Wege zur Erlosung weist, wird die 'Bhagavadgita' auch als 'Lehrbuch des Yoga' bezeichnet.

  • Interreligious Dialogue and the Partition of India af Mario I. Aguilar
    - Hindus and Muslims in Dialogue about Violence and Forced Migration
    af Mario I. Aguilar

    In a time of schism, violence and forced migration, how can God be understood? With his latest book, Catholic Benedictine hermit Mario Aguilar explores the religious identities of Hindus and Muslims in the aftermath of the 1947 partition of India. Looking at the experiences of the victims who were silenced, he reveals how out of this traumatic period has emerged a peaceful dialogue between faiths, held together by shared humanity and prayerfulness. Founded on a fascination with what unites rather than divides religions, Aguilar offers a theological reading of a major event in twentieth century history that is both creative and constructive.

  • Cult of PabAjA af Umberto Mondini
    af Umberto Mondini

    PabAjA is a Rajput warrior prince from a small and insignificant kingdom, and a celibate ascetic who shuns the company of women, preferring instead to ride with his chieftains and perform miraculous deeds for Deval, an incarnation of the great Goddess. This book provides the historical and mythological background to the story of PabAjA, the hero of a medieval epic poem which is still performed in India today by itinerant bards. Nuptial rites and PabAjA's own marriage are closely examined here, with parallels drawn with present day wedding ceremonies, which are essentially unchanged, and their impact on the modern day bride and groom. While maintaining high standards of academic rigour and thoroughness in the collection of data, this book renders the subject accessible, retelling PabAjA's exciting and often humorous adventures in its analysis of the epic tale.

  • Like a Thousand Suns af Eknath Easwaran Spar 21%
    - The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 2
    af Eknath Easwaran

    The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living is Easwaran's verse-by-verse commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.Easwaran's translation of the Bhagavad Gita is the best-selling English edition in the US. In this verse-by-verse commentary, Easwaran brings the Gita's teachings into our own lives. Full of insights, stories, and practical spiritual exercises, each volume of this set covers six chapters of the Gita, and can be read on its own. The three volumes together form a comprehensive manual for living a spiritual life.Easwaran was a professor of English literature and taught meditation and spiritual living for 40 years. He is an authority on world mysticism, and lived what he taught, giving him lasting appeal as a spiritual teacher and an author of deep insight and warmth. This second volume in the three-volume set, Like a Thousand Suns, covers chapters 7-12 of the Gita, and concentrates on the supreme reality which underlies all creation. Easwaran builds a bridge between scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom, culminating in the final chapter, The Way of Love.

  • To Love Is to Know Me af Eknath Easwaran Spar 21%
    - The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 3
    af Eknath Easwaran

    The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living is Easwaran's verse-by-verse commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.Easwaran's translation of the Bhagavad Gita is the best-selling English edition in the US. In this verse-by-verse commentary, Easwaran brings the Gita's teachings into our own lives. Full of insights, stories, and practical spiritual exercises, each volume of this set covers six chapters of the Gita, and can be read on its own. The three volumes together form a comprehensive manual for living a spiritual life.Easwaran was a professor of English literature and taught meditation and spiritual living for 40 years. He is an authority on world mysticism, and lived what he taught, giving him lasting appeal as a spiritual teacher and an author of deep insight and warmth. This third volume in a three-volume set, To Love Is to Know Me, covers chapters 13-18 of the Gita, and concentrates on the relationship between the Self within and the supreme reality which underlies all creation. Global in scope, the emphasis is on what you can do to make a difference in the world.

  • Bhagvat Gita, Song of God af Dr. Roopnarine Singh MD FRCPC Spar 15%
    - Gospel of Perfection
    af Dr. Roopnarine Singh MD FRCPC

    The Bhagvat Gitaan important Hindu scriptureoffers a comprehensive view of God supreme, humanitys place in the world, and the avenues of destiny.In Bhagvat Gita, Song of God, author Dr. Roopnarine Singh MD FRCPC, building on many years of devotion and study, presents a modern-English interpretation of the divine book. Singh sets this adaptation in verse to reveal its unique message: that God in the person of Lord Krishna wishes humanity to become perfect as God is perfect and that the whole Gita beckons us to this practical goal of life. Perfection in discipline, work, duty, knowledge, wisdom, faith, and devotion to the One God supreme serves as the formula for peace, happiness, prosperity, nobility, and greatness. Through the practice of this philosophy, humanity may be transformed and trigger the start of a new golden age.Offering a rendition of the Bhagvat Gita set in modern English and in verse, this study seeks to illuminate the divine book and inspire knowledge of the formula for peace and happiness.

  • Ramayana af Lekha Wickramasekaran Spar 18%
    - An Indian Epic
    af Lekha Wickramasekaran

    The situation was dire when the gods appealed to their leader, Vishnu, for help.Ravana, the ten-headed king of the Rakshasas, and his brothers had acquired extraordinary powers from the gods. Instead of using those powers for good, they had begun to practice tyranny and evil, suppressing virtue and goodness wherever they found it.If something wasnt done soon, the evil ones would destroy the worlds and make everyone slaves. They tell Vishnu that the two gods that granted Ravana and his brothers their power cannot withdraw it.But Vishnu has a plan: Ravana can be killed by a human or animal because he never asked for protection from them, so he incarnates as the four sons of Dasaratha to destroy Ravana and all those who help himMeanwhile, Vishnus wife, Lakshmi, also incarnates into human form, but the two gods will need to overcome many obstacles to discover each other on earth. Even if they do, theyll need to use all the tools at their disposal to defeat the evil ones and save the world.

  • Vedantic Relationality of Rabindranath Tagore af Ankur Barua
    - Harmonizing the One and Its Many
    af Ankur Barua

    This book is a thematic study of the poet-thinker Rabindranath Tagore's conceptual project of harmonizing the one and its many. Tagore's writings, in Bengali and in English, on religious and social themes are held together by the leitmotif of a ';harmony' which operates across several existential, religious, and social polarities the finite and the infinite, the temporal and the eternal, and the individual and the universal. Tagore creatively appropriated materials from diverse sources such as the classical Hindu Vedantic systems, the folk piety of Bengal, and others, to configure a dialectic which shapes his writings on both religious and social themes. On the one hand, each individual is irreducibly distinct from everyone else, and, on the other hand, each individual gains their spiritual depth precisely by being placed within the dynamic matrices of an interrelated whole. Thus, we find Tagore rejecting certain monastic forms of Hindu world-renunciation and also certain ecstatic dimensions of devotional worship the former because they efface individuality and the latter because they can generate self-absorbed styles of living. Again, Tagore is as sharply opposed to Bengali imitativeness of English modes of being in the world as he is to Bengali forms of insularity the former because it dilutes the concrete richness of indigenous lifeforms and the latter because it confines individuals to parochial enclosures. Tagore's life-long endeavor was to configure a ';third way' by rejecting both the blank homogeneity of an undifferentiated one and the particularistic insularities of a multitude without a deeper center of coherence.

  • Thinking with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
    - Translation and Interpretation
     

    This book presents contemporary scholarship on the Yoga Sutra. It revisits Patajali's philosophy by bringing it into dialogue with contemporary concerns across a variety of topics and perspectives. Questions regarding the role of the body in the practice of classical yoga, the debate between the realistic or idealistic interpretation of the text, the relation between Yoga and other Indian philosophical schools, the use of imagination in the pursuit of self-knowledge, the interplay between consciousness and nature, the possibilities and limitations of using it as a therapeutic philosophy, the science of meditation, and overcoming our fear of death probe the many dimensions that this text continues to offer for thought and reflection.

  • Wisdom of Mahatma Vidur & Chanakya af Munindra Misra Spar 17%
    - In English Rhyme
    af Munindra Misra

    Mahatma Vidur a Dharmaraj, was respected by Lord Krishna for his devotion to people's welfare and proficiency in every sphere of knowledge.He is the paragon of truth, dutifulness, impartial judgement, steadfast dharma and embodiment of inner consciousness of the Mahabharata. Chanakya an Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor, taught at the ancient Takshashila University, and managed the first Maurya emperor Chandragupta's rise to power at a young age. The policies/wisdom of Mahatma Vidur and Chanakya are relevant even today. Munindra Misra has clearly written them in simple English rhyme for easy comprehension by the public at large. A true friend does not forsake in time of your calamity,In your misfortune, famine, or war, or at death clearly. [12] 1.12

  • Perlas en el Sendero af Swami Nityananda Spar 23%
    af Swami Nityananda

    Pearls of wisdom for the spiritual path. This collection of 108 excerpts from the teachings of Swami Nityananda makes a perfect pocket guide for anyone pursuing spiritual practice in the modern world. (Spanish translation)

  • Gateway to God af Jessie Heavener Spar 19%
    - Mini-Meditations
    af Jessie Heavener

    In the hustle and bustle of everyday living, it is sometimes easy to fail to reflect upon the countless miracles which are taking place, moment by moment, as well as all the true beauty of this universe. It is the sincere wish of the author through inspiration will be found within these pages to allow the reader to become aware of all God's wonders, and learn to turn a deaf ear to all negative opinions.

  • Finding God through Yoga af David J. Neumann
    - Paramahansa Yogananda and Modern American Religion in a Global Age
    af David J. Neumann

    Paramahansa Yogananda (18931952), a Hindu missionary to the United States, wrote one of the world's most highly acclaimed spiritual classics, Autobiography of a Yogi, which was first published in 1946 and continues to be one of the best-selling spiritual philosophy titles of all time. In this critical biography, David Neumann tells the story of Yogananda's fascinating life while interpreting his position in religious history, transnational modernity, and American culture. Beginning with Yogananda's spiritual investigations in his native India, Neumann tells how this early "e;global guru"e; emigrated to the United States in 1920 and established his headquarters, the Self-Realization Fellowship, in Los Angeles, where it continues today. Preaching his message of Hindu yogic philosophy in a land that routinely sent its own evangelists to India, Yogananda was fueled by a religious nationalism that led him to conclude that Hinduism could uniquely fill a spiritual void in America and Europe. At the same time, he embraced a growing belief that Hinduism's success outside South Asia hinged on a sincere understanding of Christian belief and practice. By "e;universalizing"e; Hinduism, Neumann argues, Yogananda helped create the novel vocation of Hindu yogi evangelist, generating fresh connections between religion and commercial culture in a deepening American religious pluralism.

  • Brief Introduction to Hinduism
     

    This brief introduction to Hinduism is designed to help readers understand this important religious tradition. With both nuance and balance, this text provides broad coverage of various forms of Hinduism with an arresting layout with rich colors. It offers both historical overviews and modern perspectives on Hindu beliefs and practices. The user-friendly content is enhanced by charts of religious festivals, historic timelines, updated maps, and a useful glossary.It is ideal for courses on Hinduism and South Asian religions and will be a useful, concise reference for all readers eager to know more about this important religious tradition and its place in our contemporary world.

  • Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex af Amara Das Wilhelm Spar 15%
    - Understanding Homosexuality,Transgender Identity and Intersex Conditions Through Hinduism
    af Amara Das Wilhelm

    Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex is a collection of years of research into a topic seldom discussed or easily found within the Hindu/Vedic scriptural canon. Based entirely upon authentic Sanskrit references and modern concurring facts, the book guides us through the original Hindu concept of a "e;third sex"e; (defined as homosexuals, transgenders and the intersexed), how such people were constructively incorporated into ancient Indian society, and how foreign influences eventually eroded away that noble system. It discusses how this concept can be practically applied in today's modern world, the importance of all-inclusiveness in human society, and the spiritual principle of learning to transcend material designations altogether. Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex will be a valuable source of reference for anyone interested in Hindu/LGBTI studies whether they are newcomers to the field or seasoned veterans of Vedic knowledge. It offers a veritable treasure trove of fresh information and ideas that will likely challenge the reader to rediscover and rethink Hinduism's traditional understanding and treatment of gay, lesbian, and other gender-variant people within its culture."e;The recognition of a third sex in ancient India and Hinduism is highly relevant in many ways. Our own modern-day society has only recently begun to understand sexual orientation, transgender identity, and intersex conditions, and our legal and social systems are just beginning to catch up with and accommodate such people in a fair and realistic way . . . yet ancient India had already addressed and previously resolved this issue many thousands of years ago in the course of its own civilization's development. Indeed, there is much we can learn from ancient India's knowledge regarding the recognition and accommodation of a 'third sex' within society."e;-Amara Das Wilhelm"e;In India there is a system where such people (the third sex) have their own society, and whenever there is some good occasion like marriage or childbirth, they go there and pray to God that this child may be very long living."e;-A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada"e;Gay and lesbian people have always been a part of society from Vedic times to our postmodern times. They should be accepted for what they are in terms of their sexual orientation and encouraged like everyone else to pursue spiritual life."e;-B.V. Tripurari Swami"e;Initially, I did not really allow myself to go deep in trying to understand the third sex. I figured that this was necessary only for those who are insensitive, arrogant and fundamentalist . . . who think that they are compassionate and tolerant while basically being superficial and even condescending. It is quite amazing how most of us can be so prejudiced about so many things and not even know it . . . .I thank you and several others for your compassion and for your tolerance in making efforts to educate your Godfamily, so that we can be more authentic servants of the servant."e;-H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami

  • Sahaja af Christopher Greaves Spar 15%
    - An Introduction to Sahaja Yoga
    af Christopher Greaves

    Who are we? Who are we really? What is our purpose here? And how can we make this a better world?Sahaja Yoga answers these questions. It answers them not only intellectually, in the form of an idea, and not only as a felt response, in the form of a mood of the heart, but also as an actual living happening. Practical, simple, and free, it transforms us from within and thereby brings about the evolution that we seek. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of this Yoga, advised the author of Sahaja that he should write a substantial account of her discovery. This book, whose aim is to offer a rounded understanding of and thorough grounding in Sahaja Yoga, is the result.

  • Swami Vivekananda and Non-Hindu Traditions af Stephen E. Gregg
    - A Universal Advaita
    af Stephen E. Gregg

    The Hindu thinker Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was and remains an important figure both within India, and in the West, where he was notable for preaching Vedanta. Scholarship surrounding Vivekananda is dominated by hagiography and his (mis)appropriation by the political Hindu Right. This work demonstrates that Vivekananda was no simplistic pluralist, as portrayed in hagiographical texts, nor narrow exclusivist, as portrayed by some modern Hindu nationalists, but a thoughtful, complex inclusivist.The book shows that Vivekananda formulated a hierarchical and inclusivistic framework of Hinduism, based upon his interpretations of a four-fold system of Yoga. It goes on to argue that Vivekananda understood his formulation of Vedanta to be universal, and applied it freely to non-Hindu traditions, and in so doing, demonstrates that Vivekananda was consistently critical of 'low level' spirituality, not only in non-Hindu traditions, but also within Hinduism.Demonstrating that Vivekananda is best understood within the context of 'Advaitic primacy', rather than 'Hindu chauvinism', this book will be of interest to scholars of Hinduism and South Asian religion and of South Asian diaspora communities and religious studies more generally.

  • Swami Vivekananda and Non-Hindu Traditions af Stephen E. Gregg
    - A Universal Advaita
    af Stephen E. Gregg

    The Hindu thinker Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was and remains an important figure both within India, and in the West, where he was notable for preaching Vedanta. Scholarship surrounding Vivekananda is dominated by hagiography and his (mis)appropriation by the political Hindu Right. This work demonstrates that Vivekananda was no simplistic pluralist, as portrayed in hagiographical texts, nor narrow exclusivist, as portrayed by some modern Hindu nationalists, but a thoughtful, complex inclusivist.The book shows that Vivekananda formulated a hierarchical and inclusivistic framework of Hinduism, based upon his interpretations of a four-fold system of Yoga. It goes on to argue that Vivekananda understood his formulation of Vedanta to be universal, and applied it freely to non-Hindu traditions, and in so doing, demonstrates that Vivekananda was consistently critical of 'low level' spirituality, not only in non-Hindu traditions, but also within Hinduism.Demonstrating that Vivekananda is best understood within the context of 'Advaitic primacy', rather than 'Hindu chauvinism', this book will be of interest to scholars of Hinduism and South Asian religion and of South Asian diaspora communities and religious studies more generally.

  • Unifying Force of Hinduism af Haripada Adhikary Spar 15%
    - The Harekrsna Movement
    af Haripada Adhikary

    The contents of the book are based upon the materials collected through extensive and careful research, for the preparation of a thesis for a higher degree for the Lancaster University. It deals with the conception of Hindu religion, its history and progress along with the gradual rationalization of the belief and practices with the time, since Rigveda and its effect on the caste system. Special attempt has been made to present many complex theological topics, in a simpler way for the easy understanding of the young generation, on whom the religion depends enormously, for its future growth and expansion. The vast amount of information has been accumulated here in a concise form to make it a useful reference book for the students of religious studies and sociology.

  • Imagined Hinduism af Geoffrey A Oddie
    - British Protestant Missionary Constructions of Hinduism, 1793 - 1900
    af Geoffrey A Oddie

    This important book explores the emergence and subsequent refinement of the idea of Hinduism as it developed among British Protestant missionaries in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The author demonstrates how the missionaries' construction of Hinduism grew out of their own roots in post-Enlightenment Europe, their Christian conception of religion, the colonial reality of India, and their need to 'know the enemy' in order to spread Christianity more effectively.Drawing upon missionary writings, Geoffrey Oddie shows how the early view of Hinduism as pagan or heathen settled into the dominant paradigm of Hinduism as a unitary, brahman-controlled `system`, ridden with idolatry, ritualism, superstition and sexual licence. This `other` was compared with evangelical Christianity, in which inward devotion counted for more than outward ritual, and where the individual was free from oppression and `priestcraft`.Finally, this book looks at the impact of these representations of Hinduism in India and the West. By the late nineteenth century, as the author demonstrates, the missionaries` increasing acquaintance with Hinduism not only prompted a more sympathetic approach, but also a revision of the unitary model. Some even spoke of `the many Hindu religions`. Among Hindu leaders, in contrast, the notion of being Hindu and of Hinduism as one system had taken hold.

  • Public Hinduisms
     

    Public Hinduisms critically analyses the way in which Hinduism is produced and represented as an established feature of modern public landscapes. It examines the mediation, representation and construction of multiple forms of Hinduism in a variety of social and political contexts, and in the process establishes it as a dynamic and developing modern concept.The essays in this volume are divided into themes that address different aspects of the processes that form modern Hinduism. The book includes discussions on topics such as ecumenical initiatives, the contemporary interpretation of particular sampradaya and guru traditions, modes of community mobilisation and the mediation strategies of different groups. It also provides India and diaspora-focused case studies as well as 'Snapshot' views elaborating on different themes.Taking a critical approach to the idea of Hinduism and the way it becomes public, the book provides an interesting read on contemporary Hinduism.

  • BHAGAVAD-GITA: The Song Celestial af EDWIN ARNOLD
    af EDWIN ARNOLD

    The Bhagavad Gita ("e;Song of the Lord"e;), often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Krishna. Facing the duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha or righteous war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna is counselled by Krishna to "e;fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and establishing Dharma."e; The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of the Brahmanical concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, the yogic ideals of moksha through jnana, bhakti, karma, and Raja Yoga and Samkhya philosophy. Sir Edwin Arnold (1832 - 1904) was an English poet and journalist. His chief work with this object is The Light of Asia, which was translated into various languages such as Hindi. "e;So have I read this wonderful and spirit-thrilling speech,By Krishna and Prince Arjun held, discoursing each with each;So have I writ its wisdom here,--its hidden mystery,For England; O our India! as dear to me as She!"e; - Edwin Arnold

  • What is Hinduism? af Frawley David Frawley
    - A Guide for the Global Mind
    af Frawley David Frawley

    What Is Hinduism? provides one of the most provocative, engaging and detailed examinations of this oldest religious and spiritual tradition in the world. Followed by over a billion people, including a great majority in India, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. The teachings of Yoga and Vedanta are followed by millions in every continent. Enriched with a profound pluralistic view, Hinduism emphasizes that the Truth is One but has many paths. Yet, despite its universality, Hinduism remains the most misunderstood of the world's major religions, partly because of its antiquity and the vast extent of its teachings. Acknowledging the importance of the religion and its growing influence globally, David Frawley has addressed the prime teachings of Hinduism, its role in India, its place in the information age and has compiled an exhaustive set of questions and answers dwelling on all the significant issues. This essential learning helps us understand our spiritual heritage as a species and the place of India among the greatest civilizations of the world- ancient and modern. Further, the book charts out how Hindus can overcome the challenges confronting them today and communicate their diverse tradition more effectively, making it an ideal book for the Hindu youth.

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