The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One: A Study and Translation by David Peter Lawrence

By David Peter Lawrence

A learn and translation of a tantric contemplative handbook and the remark on it.

This publication bargains the 1st released translation of the contemplative handbook Virūpāksapañcasikā, written circa the 12th century CE, and the remark on it, Vivrti through Vidyācakravartin. those past due works from the Pratyabhijñā culture of monistic and tantric Kashmiri Śaiva philosophy specialise in ability to deindividualize and expose the primordial, divine crucial natures of the human ego and body-sense.

David Peter Lawrence situates those writings of their medieval, South Asian spiritual and highbrow contexts. He is going directly to have interaction Pratyabhijñā philosophical psychology in discussion with Western non secular and psychoanalytic conceptions of id and “narcissism,” and in addition demonstrates the Śaiva tradition’s powerful challenge with ethics. The richly annotated translation and thesaurus remove darkness from the texts for all readers.

“…a very welcome contribution to either the scholarship on Saivism and to comparative theology or philosophy of faith and may be extensively learn and discussed.” — Philosophy East & West

“…Lawrence’s attempt to carry this article to mild is praiseworthy, relatively for his skill to wreck opaque Sanskrit structures into small, pellucid sentences that make the interpretation very readable and approachable to a much broader viewers … Lawrence demonstrates his creative scholarship within the first introductory chapters via increasing the discourse on self into the area of up to date psychoanalysis. The cursory research in accordance with vast examine into the unique textual content paves the trail for destiny examine during this direction.” — spiritual reviews Review

“In Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One, Lawrence indicates not just his mastery of Sanskrit assets, but additionally a elegant skill to illumine the theosophical middle of the Pratyabhijna culture through comparative connection with western mental, epistemological, and theological assets … he's to be applauded for reminding us once more of the cross-cultural relevance of self-recognition, in all of its epistemological nuances.” — magazine of the yankee Academy of Religion

“If Lawrence’s total target used to be ‘an creation to and a translation of’ the VAP and VAPV, then his exercise has been successful.” — magazine of Asian Studies

“I imagine it is a wonderful ebook, jam-packed with unique insights into the paranormal dimensions of the divine-human topic and the cosmicization of the human physique. i do know of no different booklet approximately South Asian philosophy or comparative theology that so deftly addresses the topics of subjectivity and embodiment and is ready to relate them to modern debates within the fields of non secular reports, psychology, and philosophy. There are few genuine comparativists operating this day. David Lawrence is definitely one in all them, and he's probably the most gifted.” — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Esalen: the United States and the faith of No Religion

David Peter Lawrence is affiliate Professor and Chair of the dept of Philosophy and faith on the collage of North Dakota. he's the writer of Rediscovering God with Transcendental Argument: a modern Interpretation of Monistic Kashmiri Såaiva Philosophy, additionally released via SUNY Press.

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Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice by Kathryn McClymond

By Kathryn McClymond

For many Westerners, the time period sacrifice is linked to historical, frequently primitive ritual practices. It indicates the death―frequently violent, frequently bloody―of an animal sufferer, frequently with the purpose of atoning for human guilt. Sacrifice is a significant ritual, culminating in a dramatic occasion. the truth of non secular sacrificial acts around the globe and all through historical past is, besides the fact that, extra expansive and inclusive.

In Beyond Sacred Violence, Kathryn McClymond argues that the trendy Western world’s reductive knowing of sacrifice simplifies an greatly vast and dynamic cluster of spiritual actions. Drawing on a comparative learn of Vedic and Jewish sacrificial practices, she demonstrates not just that sacrifice has no unmarried, crucial, making a choice on attribute but in addition that the weather most often attributed to such acts―death and violence―are now not common. McClymond finds that the area of non secular sacrifice varies tremendously, together with grain-based choices, worthy drinks, and complicated interdependent actions.

Engagingly argued and written, Beyond Sacred Violence considerably extends our knowing of spiritual sacrifice and serves as a well timed reminder that the sphere of non secular reviews is essentially framed through Christianity.

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Technique et théorie de la peinture indienne : La by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy,Marie-Hélène Castier-Béreau

By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy,Marie-Hélène Castier-Béreau

Ce livre s'adresse tout particulièrement aux jeunes qui s'interrogent sur le rôle de l. a. peinture, son sens, et bien évidemment à ceux qui se consacreront à l'art. Ce texte est une argumentation passionnée autour de los angeles nature et los angeles dignité de l'art comme acte d'attention. L'argumentation maintient dans los angeles lumière un héros crucial, l'artiste traditionnel indien. Ce livre nous suggest une imaginative and prescient de l'art et sa pratique comme yoga appartenant à une tradition raffinée de los angeles pensée, de l'esprit et de los angeles major. L'auteur nous livre sa compréhension des traditions artistiques en Inde, et plus largement dans le monde avant l. a. période moderne, ainsi que sa imaginative and prescient des dimensions sacrées de l'art qui témoignent d'une érudition, d'une clarté et d'une sensibilité sans limite et, dans ces domaines, son autorité est sans égale. Il a recueilli et offert à ses lecteurs ce qui maintenant est reconnu comme l'énoncé même du « spirituel en artwork ». En matière d'art, de symbolisme, de mythe et de faith, Ananda okay. Coomaraswamy nous offre un apprentissage pour « l'homme intérieur » qui n'accepte pas de vivre superficiellement et sans direction.

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Pilgrims to Openness: Direct Realization Tantra in Everyday by Shambhavi Sarasvati

By Shambhavi Sarasvati

In approximately 70 center- and mind-opening teachings, Pilgrims to Openness lays naked the compelling international view of  real Indian Tantra (Kashmir Shaivism) and provides the reader direct and strong assistance for embodying larger freedom and achievement in human existence. Shambhavi Sarasvati is a proficient instructor who has been deeply engaged within the perform and examine of Indian Tantra (not neo-Tantra) for almost twenty-five years. With compassion, wry humor, and perception, she leads the reader to appreciate accurately how our daily lives can functionality as non secular practice-eating, dozing, relocating, operating and with regards to folks. "We do not have to concoct, contrive or conceptualize a 'spiritual' existence. The life-process is the method of awakening, and it truly is already underway." To learn the publication is to go into right into a transformative dialog with knowledge, international, and Self.

Shambhavi starts off by way of proposing a clean view of Tantra that's actual to the classical culture, yet speaks powerfully to the lives of latest humans. on the middle of this view is uncontrived naturalness: the profound rest of physique, strength, self-concept, and brain. Such leisure leads necessarily to a existence packed with freshness and beauty. The publication is alive with own anecdotes and encounters. alongside the way in which, no topic is off limits, from tricky feelings, reminiscent of loneliness, to like relationships, dying, kundalini, chakras, boredom, and the way to get up within the morning and forever. the ultimate pages provide distinctive directions for 3 key practices aimed toward rookies and extra professional practitioners alike.

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Strong Arms and Drinking Strength: Masculinity, Violence, by Jarrod L. Whitaker

By Jarrod L. Whitaker

Jarrod L. Whitaker examines the ritualized poetic building of male identification within the Rgveda, India's oldest Sanskrit textual content, arguing that a tremendous point of early Vedic lifestyles was once the sustained advertising and embodiment of what it skill to be a real guy. The Rgveda includes over 1000 hymns, addressed essentially to 3 gods: the deified ritual hearth, Agni; the warfare god, Indra; and Soma, who's none except the personification of the sacred beverage sóma. The hymns have been sung in day-long fireplace rituals during which poet-priests ready the sacred drink to empower Indra. The dominant photograph of Indra is that of a hugely glamorized, violent, and robust Aryan male; the 3 gods characterize the beliefs of manhood.

Whitaker reveals that the Rgvedic poet-priests hired a desirable diversity of poetic and performative strategies--some specific, others very subtle--to build their masculine ideology, whereas justifying it because the so much legitimate approach for males to reside. Poet-priests naturalized this ideology via encoding it inside of a man's feel of his physique and actual self. Rgvedic ritual rhetoric and practices hence encode particular male roles, particularly the function of guy as warrior, whereas embedding those roles in a fancy community of social, fiscal, and political relationships.

Strong hands and ingesting Strength is the 1st ebook in English to check the connection among Rgvedic gods, ritual practices, and the identities and expectancies put on males in historical India.

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From Suffering to Joy: The Path of the Heart by Prem Baba,William Ury

By Prem Baba,William Ury

From pain to pleasure bargains a mode of self-discovery which could aid deliver concord on your lifestyles and assist you construct actually intimate relationships. Prem Baba is a Brazilian grasp instructor of an old non secular lineage in India who makes a speciality of development a bridge among spirituality and psychology, East and West. during this e-book he deals a realistic technique known as the trail of the guts, that could assist you learn how to: conquer proscribing mental styles via spotting and dealing along with your internal baby Take accountability for and remodel the unfavourable conditioning that reasons affliction to you and people round you wake up your larger realization via day-by-day practices of meditation and prayer give a contribution to resolving worldwide difficulties via adjustments on your lifestyles via following the trail of the guts, it is possible for you to to maneuver past the constraints of the ego and comprehend the affection and pleasure which are your essence.

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The Complete Mahabharata: 4 by Jayashree Kumar

By Jayashree Kumar

The Mahabharata of Veda Vyasa is the longest recorded epic of the area. With virtually 100,000 verses, it's time and again so long as the Iliad and the Odyssey mixed and has deeply prompted each element of the Indian ethos for a few 4,000 years. the most subject matter is the nice battle on Kurukshetra, however the epic teems with smaller tales, and different tales inside those, all woven including a genius that confounds comparability. As its middle, it includes Krishna’s immortal Bhagavad-Gita, the music of God. The Mahabharata embodies the traditional and sacred Indian culture, in all its earthy and non secular immensity. Famously, ‘What is located the following could be stumbled on in different places. what's now not came across the following are usually not came across elsewhere.’
Many think this most luxurious epic to be the best tale ever advised. but, the one complete Indian translation of the Mahabharata into English is the nineteenth century one by way of Kisari Mohan Ganguli. greater than 100 years have handed because Ganguli comprehensive his activity, and the language he used is now unfortunately archaic.

This new 12 quantity sequence retells the nice epic, line by way of line, in clean, simply readable English prose. With it, we are hoping to carry the Mahabharata alive back, for the modern and destiny reader.

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When the World Becomes Female: Guises of a South Indian by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

By Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

During the goddess Gangamma’s pageant within the city of Tirupati, lower-caste males take guises of the goddess, and the streets are choked with males donning saris, braids, and feminine jewellery. in contrast, ladies take part by way of intensifying the rituals they practice for Gangamma all year long, comparable to cooking and supplying nutrients. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger argues that in the competition final truth is imagined as woman and ladies establish with the goddess, whose energy they proportion. brilliant debts by means of female and male members supply new insights into Gangamma’s traditions and the character of Hindu village goddesses.

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Hindu Hell: Visions, Tours and Descriptions of the Infernal by Eileen Gardiner

By Eileen Gardiner

within the lengthy culture of Hindu literature there has been an important improvement within the inspiration of hell from the interval of the Vedas (c.1500–1000 BCE) in the course of the interval of the Puranas (c.300–1500 CE). The earliest descriptions are imprecise, really when it comes to topography, alluding in simple terms to an underground, darkish, putrid position for punishing sinners. Later descriptions calculate the massive dimensions, and designate nearly innumerable subdivisions, of hell.

Hell descriptions were accrued right here from 8 Hindu texts:
The Rig-Veda
Atharva-Veda [Veda of the clever and the Old]
The Mahabharata
The Ramayana
The Markandeya Purana
The Vamana Purana
The Padma Purana
The Agni Purana.
This paintings is released together with the website, which provides a finished choice of fabrics at the greater than a hundred visions, excursions and outlines of the infernal otherworld from the cultures of the area from 2000 BCE to the current. This moment version incorporates a new preface, creation and bibliography.
Second version. 8 texts, preface, advent, notes, word list, bibliography, net resources.

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