Posts in category: Hinduism
By George Weston Briggs
The cult of the Kanphata Yogis is a distinct unit inside Hinduism, and its research are crucial for knowing this part of the non secular lifetime of India. This has drawn upon a number of assets, similar to the legends, folk-lore and the formulated texts of this sect.
By S. P. Udayakumar
The interface of identification development practices and the function of information of the previous in that continuous approach manifests itself in modern Hindu-Muslim family and political governance. Presenting' the Past reports the spiritual, cultural, sociological, and ideological dimensions of the Hindutva historiographical venture going backward and forward into the geographical regions of background, delusion, socialization, and governance. Taking Ram' and the department of the Indian society into Rambhakts (Ram devotees) and non-Rambhakts because the middle, Udayakumar proceeds by means of examining the heavily comparable set of texts: the Ramayana, Ramarajya (State of Ram) imageries in political discourses, the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhumi controversy in Ayhodhya and the Ramraksha governance of the BJP-led executive in New Delhi.
With research of occasions relationship to the Twenties and the institution of Muslim separatism and Hindu fundamentalism, extending to the Nineteen Nineties while the Sangh Parivar's narrative of nationwide heritage' reached its top with the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the attainment of kingdom strength, and terminating in 2004 while the BJP misplaced energy and prominence on the middle, this illuminating discourse is quickly available to scholars and students of up to date Indian politics and society.
By Alain Daniélou
The examine of Hindu mythology explores the importance of the main favourite Hindu dieties as they're predicted via the Hindus themselves. said by way of its adherents because the "eternal religion," Hinduism acknowledges for every age and every kingdom a brand new kind of revelation--and for every individual, in accordance with his or her degree of improvement, a distinct direction of realization.
This generally praised research of Hindu deities finds the message of tolerance and suppleness on the middle of this historic faith.
By Sri Ramana Maharshi, David Godman
Ramana Maharshi used to be essentially the most major non secular lecturers to emerge from India through the first 1/2 the century, and continues to be greatly trendy. This contemporary choice of conversations among him and the numerous seekers who got here to his ashram for counsel comprises the essence of his educating. His main issue all through his lengthy lifetime of offering his event to others used to be to persuade his listeners that self-realisation - or enlightenment - isn't really an alien or mysterious country, however the normal situation of guy. This country will be simply came upon by means of venture the self-investigation essentially defined in those talks. The lucid directions to every part offer extra illumination of this higher seer's message.
The 1st booklet to hide Krishna’s whole lifestyles, from his adolescence pranks to his ultimate strong acts within the Mahabharata struggle
• attracts from the Bhagavad Purana, the Bhagavad Gita, the Mahabharata, and India’s sacred oral culture
• indicates how the tales of Krishna’s lifestyles are expressed with such simplicity and humor that they allow anyone--man, girl, or child--to see the knowledge of his teachings
• presents a precious meditative device that enables the teachings of those tales to light up from inside of
Krishna, the most cherished characters of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in lots of lighting fixtures: a god-child, a prankster, a version lover, a divine hero, an exemplary ruler, and the ultimate Being. In The entire lifetime of Krishna, Vanamali, a number one Krishna specialist from a protracted line of renowned Krishna devotees, offers the 1st ebook in English or Sanskrit to hide the entire diversity of the avatar’s lifestyles.
Drawing from the Bhagavad Purana, the Bhagavad Gita, the Mahabharata, and India’s sacred oral culture, Vanamali stocks tales from Krishna’s beginning in a dungeon and early days as a merry trickster in Vrindavana, via his time as divine ruler at Dwaraka, to his ultimate robust acts because the hero Arjuna’s charioteer and guru within the Kurukshetra conflict. She explains how Krishna grew to become a mahayogi, the best of all yogis, and attained whole mastery over himself and nature. through integrating the hero-child with the mahayogi, the playful lover with the divine ruler, Vanamali exhibits how the tales of Krishna’s existence are expressed with such simplicity and humor that they allow anyone--man, girl, or child--to see the knowledge of his teachings.
This entire biography of the fellow who was once additionally a god offers a precious meditative software permitting Krishna’s classes to light up from inside.
By Genevieve L. Paulson
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By Patrick Olivelle
The 1st readable and actual translation of twenty of the main authoritative Hindu records touching on ascetic beliefs and the ascetic lifestyle, this article opens to scholars a big resource for the examine of the Hindu ascetical associations and of the historic alterations they underwent in the course of a interval of 1000 years or extra. starting with an research of the historic context that gave upward push to Indian ascetical associations and ideologies, Patrick Olivelle strikes directly to elucidate the which means of renunciation--the principal establishment of holiness in such a lot Hindu traditions--and the functionality and importance of a few of the parts that represent the ceremony of renunciation. The Samnyasa Upanisads may be an unprecedented resource of data and perception for college kids of Hinduism and Indian eticism, mysticism, and holiness.
By James Lochtefeld
-- From Abhang via Zodiac, those volumes include over 2,500 completely cross-referenced entries that basically outline phrases and ideas regarding the ideals, practices, and heritage of Hinduism.
-- whole with black-and-white pictures illustrating architectural, biographical, geographical, and mythological entries.
-- Charts and maps supply further information.
-- 16-category indexes direct the reader to similar terms.Hinduism is a greatly vital international faith not just due to its mythology and philosophy but additionally as a result of its wealthy cultural traditions. even if via epic narratives of affection and struggle by means of Sanskrit poets, the drama and devotion of Hindu dancers, or the lessons of yoga masters, the unfold of Hinduism has enriched the lives of individuals through the world.This inclusive, two-volume encyclopedia includes entries at the background, practices, and ideology of Hinduism, in addition to the paintings and structure, medication, sects and social teams, and geographical facilities of the faith. it's a necessary and hugely precious source for each reference assortment.
By Gananath Obeyesekere
The good pilgrimage middle of southeastern Sri Lanka, Kataragama, has turn into in recent times the non secular domestic of a brand new classification of Hindu-Buddhist spiritual devotees. those ecstatic monks and priestesses at all times demonstrate lengthy locks of raveled hair, they usually exhibit their devotion to the gods via fireplace strolling, tongue-piercing, striking on hooks, and trance-induced prophesying.The expanding acclaim for those ecstatics poses a problem not just to orthodox Sinhala Buddhism (the respectable faith of Sri Lanka) but in addition, as Gananath Obeyesekere indicates, to the conventional anthropological and psychoanalytic theories of symbolism. Focusing at the start on one image, raveled hair, Obeyesekere demonstrates that the traditional contrast among own and cultural symbols is insufficient and naive. His distinctive case stories of ecstatics express that there's constantly a reciprocity among the personal-psychological size of the logo and its public, culturally sanctioned position. Medusa's Hair therefore makes an incredible theoretical contribution either to the anthropology of person event and to the psychoanalytic knowing of tradition. In its analyses of the symbolism of guilt, the adaptational and integrative value of trust in spirits, and a number of comparable matters referring to ownership states and religiosity, this e-book marks a provocative develop in mental anthropology.
By Steven J. Rosen
Students of faith and japanese suggestion will welcome this readable translation and functional statement at the Uddhava Gita, a Hindu textual content within which Krishna's teachings brought within the Bhagavad Gita are prolonged and nuanced.
• provides the Uddhava Gita's 23 chapters, totaling 1,030 verses
• comprises observation the place appropriate
• offers a foreword by means of Dr. Charles S. J. White of yankee college that contextualizes the paintings and explains its value