The A to Z of Hinduism (The A to Z Guide Series) by Bruce M. Sullivan

By Bruce M. Sullivan

With a historical past of over 3 and a part millennia, and over 800 million adherents, Hinduism is among the world's greatest and so much varied non secular traditions. This ebook offers the Hindu non secular tradition's significant occasions, contributors, texts, sects, and ideas within the context of its historic improvement via quite a few sessions. additionally, sacred Hindu pilgrimage websites, the rituals played as non secular practices, the manifestations of Hindu spiritual sensibilities in biography, artwork, the caste process of social association, mythology, and the theories of salvation built in the course of the historical past of Hinduism also are provided. A pronunciation consultant to Sanskrit and Tamil, and a chronology of the background of Hinduism are included.

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The Advaita Worldview: God, World, and Humanity (SUNY Series by Anantanand Rambachan

By Anantanand Rambachan

A new interpretation of Hindu culture targeting the character of God, the worth of the area, and the that means of liberation.

In this ebook, Anantanand Rambachan bargains a clean and unique viewpoint on Advaita Vedanta, Hinduism’s such a lot influential and respected non secular culture. Rambachan, who's either a student and an Advaitin, attends heavily to the Upanisads and real commentaries of Sankara to problem the culture and to re-examine important elements of its present teachings. His reconstruction and reinterpretation of Advaita focuses specifically at the nature of brahman, the prestige of the realm with regards to brahman, and the that means and relevance of liberation.

Rambachan queries modern representations of an impersonal brahman and the necessity for renowned, hierarchical differences akin to these among the next (para) and reduce (apara) brahman. Such differences, Rambachan argues, are inconsistent with the non-dual nature of brahman and are pointless while brahman’s courting with the area is properly understood. wondering Advaita’s conventional emphasis on renunciation and world-denial, Rambachan expands the knowledge of agony (duhkha) and liberation (moksa) and addresses socioeconomic in addition to gender and caste inequalities. Positing that the area is a celebrative expression of God’s fullness, this publication advances Advaita as a common and uninhibited route to a liberated lifestyles devoted to compassion, equality, and justice.

Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of faith at St. Olaf university and is the writer of numerous books, together with the boundaries of Scripture: Vivekananda’s Reinterpretation of the Vedas.

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Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses: Spiritual Secrets of by Dr. David Frawley

By Dr. David Frawley

"Tantric Yoga and the knowledge Goddesses is a superb creation to the essence of Hindu Tantrism. the writer discusses all of the significant thoughts and provides priceless corrections for plenty of current misconceptions. He additionally introduces the reader to the center Tantric practices of meditation and mantra recitation, concentrating on the 10 knowledge Goddesses" states Georg Feuerstein.

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Tantric Visual Culture: A Cognitive Approach (Routledge by Sthaneshwar Timalsina

By Sthaneshwar Timalsina

Indian tradition is predicated vastly on visible expression, and this ebook makes use of either classical Indian and modern Western philosophies and present experiences on cognitive sciences, and applies them to contextualize Tantric visible culture.

The paintings selects facets of Tantric language and the perform of visualization, with the relevant premise to interact cognitive theories whereas learning photos. It makes use of the modern theories of metaphor and cognitive combination, the speculation of metonymy, and a holographic concept of epistemology with a spotlight on idea formation and its software to the examine of myths and photographs. furthermore, it applies the classical aesthetic idea of rasa to solve the which means of opaque photographs. This philosophical and cognitive research permits fabrics from Indian tradition to be understood in a brand new mild, whereas enticing modern theories of cognitive technology and semantics. The e-book demonstrates how the domain names of which means and philosophy may be addressed inside of any tradition with out decreasing their intrinsic cultural significance.

By addressing those key elements of Tantric traditions via this technique, this ebook initiates a much-needed discussion among Indian and Western theories, whereas encouraging introspection in the Indic traditions themselves. it will likely be of curiosity to these learning and gaining knowledge of faith, Philosophy and South Asian Culture.

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The Secret Garland: Antal's Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli by Archana Venkatesan

By Archana Venkatesan

This publication deals new translations of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli, composed through the ninth-century Tamil mystic and poetess Kotai. of the main major compositions by way of a feminine mystic, the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli supply expression to her robust studies by utilizing a colourful and impressive sensuality, during which Visnu is her impressive, spell binding, and infrequently merciless lover. Kotai's poetry is characterised through a richness of language during which phrases are imbued with polyvalence or even the main mundane stories are infused with the spirit of the divine. Her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli are garlands of phrases, redolent with meanings ready to be came across. this day Kotai is respected as a goddess, and as a testomony to the iconic relevance of her poetry, her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli remain celebrated in South Indian ritual, song, dance, and the visible arts.

This ebook goals to catch the lyricism, good looks, and tool of Kotai's unique works. moreover, special notes according to conventional commentaries, and discussions of the ritual and performative lives of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli spotlight the significance of this ninth-century poet and her poems over the last 1000 years.

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Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in by June McDaniel

By June McDaniel

The Indian nation of West Bengal is domestic to 1 of the world's such a lot shiny traditions of goddess worship. The year's largest vacation trips are dedicated to the goddesses Durga and Kali, with lavish rituals, embellished statues, fireworks, and parades. In providing plants, Feeding Skulls, June McDaniel offers a extensive, accessibly written assessment of Bengali goddess worship. McDaniel identifies 3 significant kinds of goddess worship, and examines each one via its myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred texts, and practitioners. within the folk/tribal strand, that's present in rural parts, neighborhood tribal goddesses are worshipped along Hindu goddesses, with an emphasis on ownership, therapeutic, and animism. The tantric/yogic strand specializes in ritual, meditation, and visualization as methods of experiencing the ability of the goddess at once. The devotional or bhakti strand, that is the preferred shape, consists of the serious love and worship of a selected type of the goddess. McDaniel lines those strands via Bengali tradition and explores how they're interwoven with one another in addition to with other kinds of Hinduism. She additionally discusses how those practices were reinterpreted within the West, the place goddess worship has won the values of sexual freedom and mental therapeutic, yet misplaced its emphases on devotion and asceticism. Offering plants, Feeding Skulls takes the reader contained in the lives of training Shaktas, together with holy girls, hymn singers, philosophers, visionaries, professionals, ascetics, healers, musicians, and businessmen, and provides bright descriptions in their rituals, practices, and day-by-day lives. Drawing on years of fieldwork and wide learn, McDaniel paints a wealthy, expansive portrait of this interesting non secular tradition.

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Extreme Poetry: The South Asian Movement of Simultaneous by Michael Bronner,Yigal Bronner

By Michael Bronner,Yigal Bronner

Beginning within the 6th century C.E. and carrying on with for greater than 1000 years, a unprecedented poetic perform used to be the trademark of an incredible literary move in South Asia. Authors invented a unique language to depict either the plain and hidden facets of disguised or twin characters, after which used it to relate India's significant epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, simultaneously.

Originally produced in Sanskrit, those twin narratives ultimately labored their manner into nearby languages, specifically Telugu and Tamil, and different creative media, akin to sculpture. students have lengthy brushed aside simultaneous narration as an insignificant interest, if now not an indication of cultural decline in medieval India. but Yigal Bronner's Extreme Poetry successfully negates this place, proving that, faraway from being a meaningless hobby, this difficult, "bitextual" process either transcended and reinvented Sanskrit literary expression.

The poems of simultaneous narration teased and estranged latest conference and showcased the interrelations among the tradition's foundational texts. by means of targeting those achievements and their reverberations via time, Bronner rewrites the heritage of Sanskrit literature and its aesthetic objectives. He additionally expands on modern theories of intertextuality, that have been mostly restrained to Western texts and practices.

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