Posts in category: Hinduism
By Dennis Waite
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2007
Advaita is a non secular philsophy in line with the Upanishads, older than such a lot different spiritual platforms we all know approximately but additionally the main logical in its strategy. This publication offers a scientific therapy of Advaita which demystifies it, differentiating among methods & lecturers, so that you can make a decision which procedure is most fitted for you.
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 totally new means, revealing that it's, in essence, a heart-to-heart speak among pals concerning the that means of lifestyles. As Krishna and his good friend Arjuna reminisce on a battlefield referred to as Kurukshetra, readers research that the 2 performed jointly as teenagers, have been shut as younger males, and have become relatives whilst Arjuna married Krishna’s sister. In later existence the boys shared striking adventures, together with a trip to areas open air the recognized universe. like several 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 invaluable thesaurus that lists names, phrases, and areas, this obtainable, enlightening retelling is the right creation to the Gita’s venerable knowledge.
By Jaideva Singh, Paul Muller-Ortega
It is a lengthy remark on a brief Tantra. the most authoritative and commemorated texts in Kashmir Shaivism, it bargains with the character of final fact and with equipment of recognition targeting the speculation and perform of Mantra. Abhinavagupta provides his metaphysics of language, of the area (Vak), and its relation to awareness. He calls it 'the instructing of the key of the Trika doctrine.'
By Julius Lipner
'Hinduism' is a drastically complicated phenomenon, an international faith with a background of over 3000 years. It has produced women and men who've made extraordinary contributions around the diversity of civilised human behaviour, and performed a very important half within the upward thrust of 2 different nice religions - Buddhism and Sikhism. Julius Lipner used to be born and raised in India and is ready to draw on his personal adventure of Hindu ideals and practices to give an explanation for what it capability to be Hindu in a altering global. Hindus examines the faith as a plural phenomenon - that's, as a kinfolk of religions, instead of a monolithic entity. The process is thematic, and the writer considers quite a few subject matters - comparable to the prestige of ladies - in additional than one position and from multiple attitude. He additionally tells and occasionally analyses Hindu tales, stressing the narrative caliber of Hindu faith and giving us an perception into the character of the Hindu phenomenon itself. Hindus offers a brand new standpoint on what it skill to reside as a Hindu and permits readers to understand this nice and marvellous non secular phenomenon, its outstanding richness, and how it encompasses human adventure from the elegant to the ridiculous.
By Rebecca J. Manring
Rebecca J. Manring bargains an illuminating research and translation of 3 hagiographies of Advaita Acarya, a vital determine within the early years of the devotional Vaisnavism which originated in Bengal within the 15th century. Advaita Acarya was once approximately fifty years older than the movement's putative founder, Caitanya, and is assumed to have brought on Caitanya's creation via without end storming heaven, calling for the divine presence to return to earth. Advaita used to be a student and hugely revered pillar of society, whose prestige lent respectability and credibility to the hot move.
A major physique of hagiographical and comparable literature approximately Advaita Acarya has built due to the fact that his loss of life, a few as past due because the early 20th century. the 3 hagiographic texts integrated in The Fading mild of Advaita Acarya study the years of Advaita's lifestyles that didn't overlap with Caitanya's lifetime, and every paints a special photograph of its protagonist. each one composition truly advocates the view that Advaita used to be himself divine in a roundabout way, and some pass as far as to indicate that Advaita mirrored even larger divinity than Caitanya, via amazing tales that may be discovered nowhere else in Bengali Vaisnava literature. Manring offers an in depth advent to those texts, in addition to remarkably trustworthy translations of Haricarana Dasa's Advaita Mangala, Laudiya Krsnadasa's Balya-lila-sutra, and Isana Nagara's Advaita Prakasa.
By Devdutt Pattanaik
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2006
A deciphering of Hindu mythology Hindus have one God. additionally they have 330 million gods: male gods; woman gods; own gods; relations gods; family gods; village gods; gods of area and time; gods for particular castes and specific professions; gods who stay in timber; in animals; in minerals; in geometrical styles and in man-made gadgets. Then there are a complete host of demons. yet no satan.
In this groundbreaking publication Dr Devdutt Pattanaik; certainly one of India's preferred mythologists; seeks a solution to those obvious paradoxes and unravels an inherited fact approximately existence and dying; nature and tradition; perfection and chance. He retells sacred Hindu tales and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals; utilizing a special kind of statement; illustrations and diagrams. we find why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (all other than Yudhishtira) have been despatched to hell; why Rama regardless of leaving behind the blameless Sita continues to be the version king; why the blood-drinking Kali is one other type of the milk-giving Gauri; and why Shiva wrenched off the 5th head of Brahma.
Constructed over generations; Hindu myths function home windows to the soul; and supply an knowing of the area round us. the purpose isn't really to outgrow delusion; yet to be enriched and empowered by means of its old; effective and nonetheless correct language.
By Swami Nikhilananda, Aldous Huxley
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna as translated via Swami Nikhilananda deals the reader a penetrating view into the religious knowledge of India. as a result of his deep mystical stories and relentless absorption in God, Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) is thought of as being of the stature of Krishna, Buddha, and Christ. The Gospel is the list of Sri Ramakrishna's conversations, that are distinct of their breadth and intensity. Profound non secular truths are defined in basic phrases and brilliant tales, revealing the divinity of guy and the non secular starting place of the universe. This quantity is a mine of concept, knowledge, theology, and metaphysics.
This 1106 web page quantity comprises an advent (70 pages) by means of Swami Nikhilananda that narrates the most occasions of Sri Ramakrishna's lifestyles and in short sketches the folk and the doctrines linked to him. additionally, comprises 26 pictures, a close thesaurus, and an index.
By Devdutt Pattanaik
The Goddess in India identifies the 5 faces of the everlasting female in Hindu lore. in the beginning the archetypal girl is pointed out with Nature. subsequent she is noticeable because the primal mom, the fountainhead of lifestyles and nurturance. the mum then transforms into the dancing nymph, a seductress supplying worldly pleasures. As this nymph is domesticated, the dominant picture of girl is the chaste spouse with surprising powers. eventually the consort redefines herself because the wild and terrifying goddess who does conflict, beverages blood, and calls for appeasement. This learn sheds gentle at the historical knowledge of India, the place it really is acknowledged there's a goddess in each village, a nymph in each lake.
HINDUISM / MYTHOLOGY In India it really is acknowledged that there's a goddess in each village, a nymph in each lake. Demonesses stand safeguard on village frontiers, ogresses howl on crossroads, untamed forests resound with the laughter of celestial virgins. it's a land of mysterious apsaras and seductive yakshinis, of terrifying dakinis and clever yoginis—each with a narrative to inform. during this wide-reaching exploration of historical Hindu lore and legends, Devdutt Pattanaik investigates the evolving cultural perceptions of earth, girls, and goddess over the process 4,000 years. a number of the stories acknowledged are respected classics; others are universal and folkloric, frequently held in disdain via monks. previously such a lot have remained hidden, remoted in far-off hamlets or languishing in forgotten libraries, crushed by means of the din of masculine sagas. As those stories come to gentle via observe and gorgeous imagery, the writer identifies the 5 faces given to the everlasting female as guy sought to unencumber the mysteries of life.The lady 1/2 life is at the beginning pointed out with Nature, progressively deified and finally objectified. She involves be visible because the primal mom, fountainhead of existence and nurturance.The all-giving mom then transforms into the dancing nymph, a seductress providing worldly pleasures that bind guy to the cycle of existence. As this nymph is domesticated, the dominant photo of lady turns into that of the chaste spouse with dazzling powers. eventually, the submissive consort redefines herself because the wild and terrifying goddess who does conflict, beverages blood, and calls for appeasement. Exploring mysteries of gender and biology and laying off gentle at the roots of taboos and traditions nonetheless practiced in India this day, Pattainaik exhibits how mortal lady may be either worshipped and feared as she embodies just like the mummy Goddess. A doctor by means of education, DEVDUTT PATTANAIK moved clear of medical perform to nurture his passion—mythology. His unorthodox technique is clear in his books on Hindu mythology, which come with introductions to Shiva and Vishnu. Dr. Pattanaik lives in Mumbai, India, the place he works as a overall healthiness communicator and writes and lectures on Hindu narratives, paintings, ritual, and philosophy.
By W. J. Johnson
The 10th publication of the nice Indian epic, the Mahabharata, the Sauptikaparvan is saturated within the imagery of the top of the area and the sacrifice of conflict. the 1st entire English translation for over a century and the 1st ever in verse, this variation is designed to supply an available advent and access aspect to at least one of the best works of Indian and international literature.
About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different beneficial good points, together with specialist introductions through top professionals, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional research, and masses extra.
By Alexander Henn
The kingdom of Goa on India's southwest coast used to be the capital of the Portuguese-Catholic empire in Asia. whilst Vasco Da Gama arrived in India in 1498, he mistook Hindus for Christians, yet Jesuit missionaries quickly declared conflict at the alleged idolatry of the Hindus. at the present time, Hindus and Catholics assert their very own spiritual identities, yet Hindu village gods and Catholic buyer saints allure worship from participants of either non secular groups. via clean readings of early Portuguese assets and long term ethnographic fieldwork, this examine lines the background of Hindu-Catholic syncretism in Goa and divulges the advanced position of faith on the intersection of colonialism and modernity.