Download Gita Wisdom: Krishna's Teachings on the Yoga of Love by Joshua Greene PDF

By Joshua Greene

The Bhagavad Gita is among the such a lot respected texts of all time, yet it’s frequently impenetrable to the 21st-century seeker. In Gita Wisdom, Joshua Greene retells this undying textual content in a very new method, revealing that it truly is, in essence, a heart-to-heart speak among associates concerning the that means of existence. As Krishna and his buddy Arjuna reminisce on a battlefield often called Kurukshetra, readers research that the 2 performed jointly as young children, have been shut as younger males, and have become family members while Arjuna married Krishna’s sister. In later existence the boys shared amazing adventures, together with a trip to areas outdoors the identified universe. like every nice literature, the Gita explores the human situation: who we're, the place we got here from, and why we’re right here. With a necessary word list that lists names, phrases, and areas, this available, enlightening retelling is the best creation to the Gita’s venerable knowledge.

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Download God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage by James Lochtefeld PDF

By James Lochtefeld

A celebrated Hindu pilgrimage website, Hardwar lies at the river Ganges on the fringe of the Himalayas. Its identification as a holy position is inextricably tied to the mythology and fact of the Ganges, and conventional resources overwhelmingly tension this connection. nearly not anything has been written approximately Hardwar's heritage and improvement, even supposing the historic checklist unearths awesome adjustments of the earlier few centuries. those adjustments have frequently mirrored worldly forces similar to transferring alternate routes, better transportation, or political instability. but such mundane affects were overlooked within the city's sacred narrative, which provides a hard and fast, unchanging id. The city's complicated identification, says Lochtefeld, lies within the stress among those differing narratives. during this fieldwork-based learn, Lochtefeld analyzes sleek Hardwar as a Hindu pilgrimage middle. He seems first at quite a few teams of neighborhood citizens -- businessmen, hereditary monks, and ascetics -- and assesses their differing roles in coping with Hardwar as a holy position. He then examines the pilgrims and the standards that convey them to Hardwar. None of those teams is as pious as popularly depicted, yet their interactions in upholding their very own curiosity create and preserve Hardwar's non secular atmosphere. In end, he addresses the broader context of Indian pilgrimage and the forces shaping it today. He reveals that many sleek Hindus, like many glossy Christians, believe a few dissonance among conventional spiritual symbols and their 21st-century global, and they are reinterpreting their conventional symbols to lead them to significant for his or her time.

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Download Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra by Loriliai Biernacki PDF

By Loriliai Biernacki

Tantra is a relations of rituals modeled on these of the Vedas and their attendant texts and lineages. those rituals quite often contain the visualization of a deity, choices, and the chanting of his or her mantra. universal adaptations contain visualizing the deity within the act of sexual union with a consort, visualizing oneself because the deity, and "transgressive" acts resembling token intake of meat or alcohol. such a lot notoriously, non-standard or ritualized intercourse is usually practiced. This debts for Tantra's destructive popularity in a few quarters and its reception within the West basically as a set of sexual practices. even supposing a few this day extol Tantra's releasing features, the position of girls is still debatable. characteristically there are perspectives of ladies and Tantra. both the female is a metaphor and real ladies are altogether absent, or Tantra includes the transgressive use of women's our bodies to serve male pursuits. Loriliai Biernacki provides an alternate view, during which girls are respected, worshipped, and thought of necessary of non secular attainment. Her fundamental assets are a suite of 8 really glossy Tantric texts written in Sanskrit from the fifteenth throughout the 18th century. Her research of those texts finds a view of ladies that's as a rule confident and empowering. She specializes in 4 issues: 1) the "Kali Practice," during which ladies look not just as gadgets of reverence yet as practitioners and experts; 2) the Tantric intercourse ceremony, specifically within the case that, opposite to different Tantric texts, the choice is for other halves as ritual consorts; three) female language and the gendered implications of mantra; and four) pictures of male violence in the direction of girls in tantric myths. Biernacki, via picking to examine 8 specific Sanskrit texts, argues that in the culture of Tantra there exists a illustration of girls within which the feminine is an authoritative, strong, equivalent player within the Tantric ritual perform.

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Download The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran PDF

By Eknath Easwaran

One of the oldest of India’s religious texts, the Upanishads are documents of in depth question-and-answer periods given through illumined sages to their scholars. commonly featured in philosophy classes, the Upanishads have questioned and encouraged knowledge seekers from Yeats to Schopenhauer. Eknath Easwaran makes this tough textual content extra obtainable by way of picking the passages so much correct to readers looking undying truths this present day. His obtainable, hugely readable translation and energetic foreword position the lessons in a latest context for college students and basic readers alike.

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Download Mother of Bliss: Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982) by Lisa Lassell Hallstrom PDF

By Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

This ebook examines the lifetime of Anandamayi Ma, the most well known Hindu holy girls of contemporary instances. Lisa Hallstrom paints a shiny portrait of this notable girl, her rules, and her carrying on with impact. within the strategy, the writer sheds new mild on vital issues of Hindu spiritual lifestyles, together with the centrality of the guru, the impact of residing saints, and the obvious paradox of the worship of the divine female and the prestige of Hindu girls.

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Download Theories of the Chakras : bridge to higher consciousness by Hiroshi Motoyama PDF

By Hiroshi Motoyama

It really is a good ebook from either the clinical and non secular issues of view. it's the specified checklist of the pioneering experiments which offers transparent, electro-physiological proof of the lifestyles of the community of chakras and nadis which shape the infra-structure of the delicate energies latest within the pranic and psychic dimensions, which underlie and turn on the actual, fabric physique of guy. The experiments within the publication effectively combine the subjective and target dimensions of information, and may function guideposts and blueprints for experiments within the years forward. The chakras and different elements of the human strength box have been mostly delivered to the eye of the Western international by way of clairvoyant Charles W. Leadbeater. His pioneering paintings is mentioned intimately during this attention-grabbing exploration of the delicate physique, besides that of alternative revered seers and yogis.

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Download Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation PDF

Stephen Mitchell is celebrated for his skill to make old masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in the place many have attempted earlier than and create types which are definitive for our time. His celebrated model of the Tao Te Ching is the most well-liked variation in print, and his translations of Jesus, Rilke, Genesis, and task have received the hearts of readers and critics alike. Stephen Mitchell now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his present for respiring new existence into sacred texts.

The Bhagavad Gita is universally stated as one of many world's literary and non secular masterpieces. it's the middle textual content of the Hindu culture and has been precious by way of American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who known as it the best philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. there were greater than 200 English translations of the Gita, together with many efficient literal types, yet no longer considered one of them is a superlative literary textual content in its personal right.

Now all that has replaced. Stephen Mitchell's Bhagavad Gita sings with the readability, the power, and the depth of the unique Sanskrit. it is going to, as William Arrowsmith acknowledged of Mitchell's translation of The Sonnets to Orpheus, "instantly make another rendering obsolete."

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Download A Popular Dictionary of Hinduism (Popular Dictionaries of by Karel Werner PDF

By Karel Werner

A multi-purpose reference paintings which may still develop into an vital spouse for anyone who comes into contact with Hinduism. contains a dictionary of Sanskrit and vernacular phrases; a thesaurus of phrases and ideas; and a survey of the old improvement of Hinduism.

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Download Companion to Tantra by S.C. Banerji PDF

By S.C. Banerji

Tantra is a special philosophical process Many believe desirous to learn about it, yet few love the time and effort to appreciate. The intricacies of Tantra. So, a short-cut is important. within the current paintings, an try out has been made to set forth the highlights of the Tantra works and their authors. A bibliography, meant to aid extra analyzing, has been addes.

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Download Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, by Kancha Ilaiah PDF

By Kancha Ilaiah

This ebook is totally diverse from books which have been written on Indian civil societal kin, religious personality, political economic system, philosophical foundations, medical roots, cultural essence, and historicity. It takes a trip from tribals upwards and appears on the pyramid of the groups in an inverse order. This publication is an excise in new method, pedagogy, research, and synthesization of information. each bankruptcy during this booklet reads like a brand new innovation in Indian social anthropology. It attracts a unique map for the way forward for this state and its highbrow historical past.

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