Category: Hinduism

  • Self-Knowledge by Swami Nikhilananda

    By Swami Nikhilananda

    Self-Knowledge is a translation via Swami Nikhilananda of the sacred textual content, Atmabodha, composed through the eighth century thinker and mystic of India, Sankara. Self-Knowledge units forth the rules of Non-dualistic Vedanta: the divinity of the soul, the harmony of lifestyles, the oneness of the Godhead, and the concord of religions.

    As Swami Nikhilananda writes within the preface, "The very identify of the ebook - Self-Knowledge - indicates its perennial curiosity and common price. Self-Knowledge is key. All other kinds of data are of secondary value; for a man's motion, feeling, reasoning, and considering are based upon his suggestion of the Self. His view of lifestyles may be both materialistic or religious in accordance with his belief of himself. for that reason it behooves every body to domesticate Self-Knowledge consistently. Self-Knowledge serves the sensible goal of destroying discomfort and soreness (which are consistently because of lack of awareness of the Self) and in addition the confident finish of aiding every body take pleasure in ideally suited peace and blessedness the following and always."

    This 246 web page ebook includes an advent (114 pages) at the philosophy of Non-dualistic Vedanta and an appendix with 14 of Sankara's non secular hymns recited via numerous Hindus in the course of their day-by-day devotions.

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  • The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York: Breaking Convention by Corinne G. Dempsey

    By Corinne G. Dempsey

    The Goddess Lives in Upstate big apple is a profile of a flourishing Hindu temple within the city of Rush, manhattan. The temple, proven through a charismatic nonbrahman Sri Lankan Tamil often called Aiya, stands proud for its mixture of orthodox ritual meticulousness and socioreligious iconoclasm. The power with which devotees perform ritual themselves and their prepared entry to the deities contrasts sharply with ritual actions at so much North American Hindu temples, the place (following the standard Indian customized) ritual is played purely via clergymen and entry to the hugely sanctified divine pictures is heavily guarded. Drawing on numerous years of fieldwork, Dempsey weaves conventional South Asian stories, temple miracle debts, and devotional testimonials into an research of the particular dynamics of diaspora Hinduism. She explores the ways that the goddess, the guru, and temple contributors stay at cultural and spiritual intersections, noting how differences among wonderful and mundane, conference and non-convention, and family and international are extra usually intertwined and interdependent than in tidy competition. This full of life and available paintings is a special and demanding contribution to diaspora Hindu experiences.
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  • Vac: The Concept of the Word in Selected Hindu Tantras by Andre Padoux

    By Andre Padoux

    This e-book is ready the ability of the observe conceived because the major and most well known element of divine strength. it's the in basic terms systematic learn in English of notions about the notice (Vac) as those are expounded within the shaiva tantras of Kashmir and in similar texts. Padoux first describes the Vedic origins of those notions, then their improvement in texts of alternative tantric traditions. He indicates how various degrees of the observe abide in people, how those degrees are associated with the kun, and the way they turn into articulate speech and discursive idea. He additionally describes how the universe is created out of the letters of the alphabet. The final chapters clarify the powers of mantras as sacred ritual utterances. those powers are defined as magical in addition to non secular, simply because they could in attaining supernatural effects in addition to result in salvation. Their makes use of are associated with yogic psychological and physically practices.
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  • Unfinished Gestures: Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in by Davesh Soneji

    By Davesh Soneji

    Unfinished Gestures offers the social and cultural heritage of courtesans in South India who're commonly known as devadasis, concentrating on their encounters with colonial modernity within the 19th and early 20th centuries. Following 100 years of vociferous social reform, together with a 1947 legislations that criminalized their life, the ladies in devadasi groups cope with critical social stigma and financial and cultural disenfranchisement. Adroitly combining ethnographic fieldwork with historic examine, Davesh Soneji presents a accomplished portrait of those marginalized ladies and unsettles obtained rules approximately kin between them, the classy roots in their performances, and the political efficacy of social reform of their groups.   Poignantly narrating the heritage of those girls, Soneji argues for the popularity of aesthetics and function as a key type of subaltern self-presentation and self-consciousness. Ranging over courtly and personal salon performances of tune and dance by way of devadasis within the 19th century, the political mobilization of devadasi id within the 20th century, and the post-reform lives of girls in those groups this day, Unfinished Gestures charts the historic fissures that lie underneath cultural modernity in South India.
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  • The Hindu View Of Life by S. Radhakrishnan

    By S. Radhakrishnan

    A undying treatise on what constitutes the Hindu lifestyle faith in India can seem to be a complicated tangle of myths, with many alternative gods and goddesses worshipped in numerous forms.This complexity stems from a love of story-telling, up to the rest, however it is just the skin expression of Indian religion. underneath are available a approach of unifying ideals that experience guided the lives of normal households for generations. the following, probably the most profound philosophers of India explains those and different similar techniques intrinsic to the Hindu philosophy of existence.
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  • Poetics of Conduct: Oral Narrative and Moral Being in a by Leela Prasad

    By Leela Prasad

    Leela Prasad's riveting ebook offers daily tales on matters corresponding to deities, ascetics, cats, and cooking in addition to stylized, publicly introduced moral discourse, and indicates that the learn of oral narrative and function is key to moral inquiry. Prasad builds on greater than a decade of her ethnographic examine within the recognized Hindu pilgrimage city of Sringeri, Karnataka, in southwestern India, the place for hundreds of years a colourful neighborhood tradition has flourished along a practice of monastic authority. Oral narratives and the seeing-and-doing orientations which are a part of way of life compel the query: How do members think the normative, and negotiate and convey it, while normative assets are many and diverging? ethical persuasiveness, Prasad indicates, is in detail tied to the aesthetics of narration, and mind's eye performs a necessary position in shaping how humans create, refute, or relate to "text," "moral authority," and "community." Lived understandings of ethics continue notions of textual content and perform in flux and lift questions about the structure of "theory" itself. Prasad's leading edge use of ethnography, poetics, philosophy of language, and narrative and function experiences demonstrates how the ethical self, with a skill for inventive expression, is dynamic and gendered, with a old presence and a political business enterprise.
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  • Chinnamasta: The Aweful Buddhist & Hindu Tantri Goddess by Elisabeth Anne Benard

    By Elisabeth Anne Benard

    This can be the 1st monograph which examines the infrequent Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and types (namarupa) and their symbolism by means of evaluating and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. the complete Hindu ''Chinnamastatantra'' part from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist ''Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana'' and the ''Trikayavajrayoginistuti'' are translated for the 1st time into English. seeing that Chinnamasta is a unprecedented goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made ''fashionable'' in keeping with the dictates of a selected workforce at a selected time. The earliest extant texts date from the 9th and 10th centuries-a time whilst Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have been constructing below universal impacts within the comparable areas in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, you can start to comprehend the mutuality of a basic Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a specific Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. for that reason the learn, not just examines Chinnamasta, but additionally makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.
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  • Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization by Heinrich Robert Zimmer

    By Heinrich Robert Zimmer

    This ebook translates for the Western brain the main motifs of India's legend, fable, and folklore, taken without delay from the Sanskrit, and illustrated with seventy plates of Indian artwork. it truly is essentially an advent to image-thinking and picture-reading in Indian artwork and proposal, and it seeks to make the profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions of the riddles of existence and dying recognizable now not basically as Oriental yet as common components.
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  • Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and by Alain Daniélou

    By Alain Daniélou

    Shiva and Dionysus are the Hindu and Greek gods of magical energy, intoxication, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence who start up us into communion with the inventive forces of existence. Revealing the earliest resources of the traditions of Shiva and Dionysus, Alain Danielou reconstructs the cloth of our old courting with construction, vividly touching on practices that have been saw from the Indus Valley to the coasts of Portugal not less than six thousand years ago. 
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