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The Essence and Teachings of Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Rajiv Sachdev, Neeraj Gupta The Essence and Teachings of Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
Rajiv Sachdev, Neeraj Gupta
R266 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R41 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Enchanting Mandala Mazes - Puzzles to Ponder and Solve (Paperback): Elizabeth Carpenter, Aurelie Ronfaut Enchanting Mandala Mazes - Puzzles to Ponder and Solve (Paperback)
Elizabeth Carpenter, Aurelie Ronfaut
R352 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R103 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A stunning collection of maze art that takes the coloring phenomenon one step beyond. Elizabeth Carpenter offers a compelling twist on the genre that will inspire both creativity and curiosity. Contemplative and calming to color, Elizabeth Carpenter's 30 mandalas also offer delightfully challenging mazes running through her striking designs. Very different from the childhood mazes you're familiar with, each of these intricate puzzles exercises the critical part of the brain as you work your way through the winding paths. 2018 WINNER: National Indie Excellence Book Award; Independent Press Distinguished Favorite Book Award; Body, Mind, Spirit Book Award; Family Choice Book Award; Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award; Living Now Awards Gold Medal Winner

Awakening Kundalini  - For Health, Energy And Consciousness (CD): Christopher S. Kilham Awakening Kundalini - For Health, Energy And Consciousness (CD)
Christopher S. Kilham
R261 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R66 (25%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

HEALTH / MEDITATIONKundalini is the primordial life force that enlivens, vivifies, and motivates our body and mind. In the entire realm of yoga nothing is more misunderstood and sought after. Coiled at the base of the spine like a slumbering serpent, kundalini when awakened can become a geyser of energy that leads to greater creativity, heightened awareness, and states of ecstasy. It can improve health, alertness, and mood. On this cassette, Chris Kilham explains kundalini and introduces time-honored meditation techniques for safely increasing its flow within the body. Kilham draws on twenty-five years of personal yoga experience to lead you through the basics necessary for establishing a personal meditation practice. Sections on the background of kundalini and the chakras, breathing exercises, and good meditation habits give you the foundation to begin awakening your own kundalini. Kilham describes some of the incredible inner realms that kundalini may transport you to, and tells you what to do when you get there. In addition, there are four meditations designed to help you gradually achieve higher states of mental clarity. The Chakra Meditation infuses your chakra system with energy and moves your consciousness to higher centers of thought. The Silver Cord Meditation helps you to connect to the universe's limitless stream of energy. The Nad Yoga Meditation teaches you to hear nada, the vibrational sound current that courses through the universe. A final meditation combines the previous techniques and allows you to experience the oneness of all things, an indescribable experience and the ultimate goal of all meditation. CHRIS KILHAM has taught classes on yoga and meditation throughoutthe United States. He is the author of many books, including Inner Power, The Whole Food Bible, and The Five Tibetans, an introduction to his yoga techniques.

Shiva - Lord of the Dance (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): James H. Bae Shiva - Lord of the Dance (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
James H. Bae
R205 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R12 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Perhaps the best known of all Hindu deities is Shiva and known as a god of the people. He is also a god of paradox, appearing to live out two extremely contradictory lives. He is depicted in the Puranas as wild, recklessly austere and even ferociously destructive. At the same time we hear of his compassionate and merciful nature. The stories of this complex god, such as how he swallowed a pool of poison that threatened to destroy the world, make for an engaging and mystifying read! Shiva features generous illustration by both traditional and contemporary Indian artists.

At the Feet of the Goddess - The Divine Feminine in Local Hindu Religion (Hardcover, Reissue): Lynn Foulston At the Feet of the Goddess - The Divine Feminine in Local Hindu Religion (Hardcover, Reissue)
Lynn Foulston
R1,397 R1,150 Discovery Miles 11 500 Save R247 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The feminine dimension of the Divine is omnipresent, vivant and alive in Hinduism. Many scholars, particularly women, have undertaken research into the nature and worship of Hindu goddesses and thus have augmented our knowledge of previously little-known, yet complex scared figures. This work pays great attention to local details and differences between individual Indian goddesses, details relating to their diverse locations, their rich phenomenology, here documented by visual evidence, their presence and power in people's lives, and the joyous celebration of their existence and influence through numerous rituals and festivities. Many of the book's nuanced observations and conclusions raise questions about earlier goddess research and invite the reader to a new evaluation of the significance of dynamic goddess beliefs and practices in Indian culture.

An Abode of the Goddess - Kingship, Caste & Sacrificial Organization in a Bengal Village (Hardcover, illustrated edition):... An Abode of the Goddess - Kingship, Caste & Sacrificial Organization in a Bengal Village (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Masahiko Togawa
R1,016 R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Save R167 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book, based on the field survey, is about a village society in Bengal, and its relationship with Hindu kingship on the ritual organisation of an old temple. The village temple is well known for being one of 51 sakta-pithas scattered over the Indian subcontinent. Sakta-pithas mean centres of Sakti worship or seat of the Goddess Sati (another name of the Goddess Durga) in Bengali, where the body parts of the Goddess Sati fell to earth after she had been cut to pieces by the discus of Visnu. Every place believed to have a Satis limb became the centre for the worship of the Sakti-cult, or an abode of the goddess (pitha-sthan). The village temple prospered under the patronage of Maharaja Kirtichand (1702-40) of Bardhaman Raj, though the temple history is far older than this. At the beginning of British rule, the Royal family of Bardhaman became the largest zamindar in Bengal. They exercised great authority over the local society which is still observable in the various ritual processes. The temple organisation consists of the ritual posts and roles assigned to the various castes, lineages and household, which are fundamentally based on the kinship relations in the village. At the same time, the temple organisation is founded on the service tenures granted by the Bardhaman Raj since the early eighteenth century, and even the village untouchables are endowed with indispensable roles in the temple ritual as servants of the goddess. The analysis reveals the strong influences of the indigenous polity over ordinary life in the rural society.

Kiss of the Yogini - "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts (Paperback, New edition): David Gordon White Kiss of the Yogini - "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts (Paperback, New edition)
David Gordon White
R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the "Tantric sex" currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer: there is none. Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day.
"Kiss of the Yogini" focuses on what White identifies as the sole truly distinctive feature of South Asian Tantra: sexualized ritual practices, especially as expressed in the medieval Kaula rites. Such practices centered on the exchange of powerful, transformative sexual fluids between male practitioners and wild female bird and animal spirits known as Yoginis. It was only by "drinking" the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that men could enter the family of the supreme godhead and thereby obtain supernatural powers and transform themselves into gods. By focusing on sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial form, at the center of religious, social, and political life, arguing that Tantra was the mainstream, and that in many ways it continues to influence contemporary Hinduism, even if reformist misunderstandings relegate it to a marginal position.
"Kiss of the Yogini" contains White's own translations from over a dozen Tantras that have never before been translated into any European language. It will prove to be the definitive work for persons seeking to understand Tantra and the crucial role it has played in South Asian history, society, culture, and religion.

The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback, Second Edition): Eknath Easwaran The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback, Second Edition)
Eknath Easwaran
R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord," is probably the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's clear, accessible translation is the best-selling edition. The Gita opens dramatically, with prince Arjuna collapsing in anguish on the brink of a war that he doesn't want to fight. Arjuna has lost his way on the battlefield of life, and turns to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul. This book includes an extensive and very readable introduction, which places the Gita in its historical setting, explains the key concepts, and brings out the universality of its teachings. Individual chapter introductions prepare the reader for the main themes, and notes, a Sanskrit glossary, and an index are included. Although the battlefield is a perfect backdrop, for Easwaran the Gita's subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjuna's dilemma is acutely modern, and the Gita's message remains as relevant for us now as it was for ancient India.

Kamasutra (Paperback): Mallanaga Vatsyayana Kamasutra (Paperback)
Mallanaga Vatsyayana; Translated by Wendy Doniger, Sudhir Kakar
R212 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Kamasutra is the oldest extant textbook of erotic love. But it is more than a book about sex. It is about the art of living--about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, committing adultery, living as or with a courtesan, using drugs--and also, of course, about the many and varied positions available to lovers in sexual intercourse and the pleasures to be derived from each.
The Kamasutra was composed in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, sometime in the third century, probably in North India. It combines an encyclopedic coverage of all imaginable aspects of sex with a closely observed sexual psychology and a dramatic, novelistic narrative of seduction, consummation, and disentanglement. Best known in English through the highly mannered, padded, and inaccurate nineteenth-century translation by Sir Richard Burton, the text is newly translated here into clear, vivid, sexually frank English. This edition also includes a section of vivid Indian color illustrations along with three uniquely important commentaries: translated excerpts from the earliest and most famous Sanskrit commentary (thirteenth century) and from a twentieth-century Hindi commentary, and explanatory notes by the two translators.
The lively and entertaining introduction by translator Wendy Doniger, one of the world's foremost Sanskrit scholars, discusses the history of The Kamasutra and its reception in India and Europe, analyses its attitudes toward gender and sexual violence, and sets it in the context of ancient Indian social theory, scientific method, and sexual ethics.
" This] new translation is fascinating, thought-provoking and occasionally even amusing."--Salon.com
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Hinduism, TM, and Hare Krishna (Paperback): J. Isamu Yamamoto Hinduism, TM, and Hare Krishna (Paperback)
J. Isamu Yamamoto; Series edited by Alan W. Gomes
R206 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R47 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the sixties, Transcendental Meditation, a Hindu-based movement, became fashionable as a way to therapy and psychological well-being -- especially after being endorsed by the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Its influence waned, ironically, after the courts decided that TM was a religion rather than a form of therapy, as TM had claimed. But its popularity helped open the doors to a wider acceptance of Eastern philosophy and religions in mainstream America. Another Americanized form of Hinduism is Hare Krishna. This volume and the volume on Buddhism in this series together present a comprehensive overview of Eastern religions, their views, and their impact on contemporary North America. Why this series? This is an age when countless groups and movements, old and new, mark the religious landscape in our culture, leaving many people confused or uncertain in their search for spiritual truth and meaning. Because few people have the time or opportunity to research these movements fully, these books provide essential information and insights for their spiritual journeys. All books but the summary volume, Truth and Error, contain five sections: -A concise introduction to the group being surveyed -An overview of the group s theology --- in its own words -Tips for witnessing effectively to members of the group -A bibliography with sources for further study -A comparison chart that shows the essential differences between biblical Christianity and the group -Truth and Error, the last book in the series, consists of parallel doctrinal charts compiled from all the other volumes. -Three distinctives make this series especially useful to readers: -Information is carefully distilled to bring out truly essential points, rather than requiring readers to sift their way through a sea of secondary details. -Information is presented in a clear, easy-to-follow outline form with menu bar running heads. This format greatly assists the reader in quickly locating topics and details of interest. -Each book meets the needs and skill levels of both nontechnical and technical readers, providing an elementary level of refutation and progressing to a more advanced level using arguments based on the biblical text. The writers of these volumes are well qualified to present clear and reliable information and help readers to discern truth from falsehood."

Bhagavad Gita - The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song (Paperback): Graham M. Schweig Bhagavad Gita - The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song (Paperback)
Graham M. Schweig
R346 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R82 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Often thought of as the Bible of India, "The Bhagavad Gita" is the most important sacred text of Hinduism, and the third most important among world scriptures, after the Bible and the Qur'an. It tells the story of the moral struggles of the warrior Arjuna, who, before the start of a great battle between good and evil, discusses the big questions of life and death with his charioteer who is (unbeknownst to Arjuna) the Hindu god Krishna in disguise. This masterful translation of a classic text includes the following key features: fresh, easy-to-read translation in free verse form; beautiful edition - elegant jacket, interior design, and ribbon marker; short introduction, allowing the reader to jump right into the text; annotations at the foot of the page to explain foreign concepts or terms; extensive concluding essay for deeper understanding of the text; and, glossary of religious terms and Sanskrit words.

Bhakti in Current Research, 2001-2003 - Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Early Devotional Literature in New... Bhakti in Current Research, 2001-2003 - Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Early Devotional Literature in New Indo-Aryan Languages, Heidelberg, 23-26 July 2003 (Hardcover)
Monika Horstmann
R1,655 R1,355 Discovery Miles 13 550 Save R300 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The present volume forms the ninth in a series of proceedings of the triennial International Conference on Early Devotional Literature in New Indo-Aryan Languages which was held in Heidelberg, Germany in 2003. The conference covered a wide range of topics relating to the Bhakti tradition. The volume unites twenty contributions which reflect original research carried out by their authors in the period between 2001 and 2003. For all their diversity, not a few of the articles bring to mind that the term Bhakti is a locus where various concepts and often composite religious identities meet. As the focus of the conference was on the northern vernacular traditions, with no Sanskrit and little Dravidian material being discussed, the contributions represent facets of a broad South Asian religious and literary complex, of which Indic and Islamicate traditions as well as a whole gamut of literary languages is constitutive. The contributions address literary genres and historiography, manuscriptology, painting, hagiography, various sects, musical practice as related to Bhakti authors and sects, and the interface of Yoga and the Indic and Islamicate traditions, respectively. An indispensable volume for scholars of South Asian religion and culture.

Grhastha - The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture (Hardcover): Patrick Olivelle Grhastha - The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture (Hardcover)
Patrick Olivelle
R1,665 Discovery Miles 16 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For scholars of ancient Indian religions, the wandering mendicants who left home and family for a celibate life and the search for liberation represent an enigma. The Vedic religion, centered on the married household, had no place for such a figure. Much has been written about the Indian ascetic but hardly any scholarly attention has been paid to the married householder with wife and children, generally referred to in Sanskrit as grhastha: "the stay-at-home." The institution of the householder is viewed implicitly as posing little historical problems with regard to its origin or meaning. This volume problematizes the figure of the householder within ancient Indian culture and religion. It shows that the term grhastha is a neologism and is understandable only in its opposition to the ascetic who goes away from home (pravrajita). Through a thorough and comprehensive analysis of a wide range of inscriptions and texts, ranging from the Vedas, Dharmasastras, Epics, and belle lettres to Buddhist and Jain texts and texts on governance and erotics, this volume analyses the meanings, functions, and roles of the householder from the earliest times unti about the fifth century CE. The central finding of these studies is that the householder bearing the name grhastha is not simply a married man with a family but someone dedicated to the same or similar goals as an ascetic while remaining at home and performing the economic and ritual duties incumbent on him. The grhastha is thus not a generic householder, for whom there are many other Sanskrit terms, but a religiously charged concept that is intended as a full-fledged and even superior alternative to the concept of a religious renouncer.

Eternal Way - The Inner Meaning of The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Roy Eugene Davis Eternal Way - The Inner Meaning of The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
Roy Eugene Davis
R227 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R61 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When read superficially, the opening chapter of this text tells of a great war between opposing factions. When interpreted as an allegory the esoteric meaning portrays a drama far more significant than any transitory historical event. What is revealed: (1) the progress of the soul's awakening from self-conscious involvements with physical and psychological circumstances to realisation of its true nature as pure consciousness; (2) the challenges commonly confronted during the process; (3) liberating knowledge that removes awareness from all that is suppressive and restrictive. Roy Eugene Davis is a widely-travelled teacher of meditation and spiritual growth processes, the author of several books, and director of Centre for Spiritual awareness with offices and a retreat centre in the northeast Georgia mountains. He is a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Walking Home with Baba - The Heart of Spiritual Practice (Hardcover): Rohini Ralby Walking Home with Baba - The Heart of Spiritual Practice (Hardcover)
Rohini Ralby
R496 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R90 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is an authoritative, uncompromising, altogether real guide to spiritual practice. Rohini Ralby spent eight years as head of security, appointments secretary, and personal assistant to the great Swami Muktananda, and in their many hours alone together, this world-renowned guru taught her, one on one, the essence of spiritual practice. In Walking Home with Baba, an expert guide to spiritual practice, Rohini draws on that experience and her subsequent study and work as a spiritual director to convey, in clear and concise terms, what spiritual practice truly is: walking home, and retracing our way back to God -- to Absolute Truth, Absolute Consciousness, and Absolute Bliss. Walking Home with Baba combines intimate stories about Ms Ralby's own experiences with Muktananda and others with chapters explaining the actual work of spiritual practice. She provides tools that she has developed for freeing ourselves from misery. One chapter is perhaps the most masterfully clear and concise companion to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali available today. Readers will learn not only about Ms Ralby's experience of travelling the path and being the close disciple of a great Guru; they will gain practical guidance in walking that path themselves.

Hinduism and Law - An Introduction (Paperback): Timothy Lubin, Donald R. Davis Jr., Jayanth K. Krishnan Hinduism and Law - An Introduction (Paperback)
Timothy Lubin, Donald R. Davis Jr., Jayanth K. Krishnan
R774 Discovery Miles 7 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Covering the earliest Sanskrit rulebooks through to the codification of 'Hindu law' in modern times, this interdisciplinary volume examines the interactions between Hinduism and the law. The authors present the major transformations to India's legal system in both the colonial and post colonial periods and their relation to recent changes in Hinduism. Thematic studies show how law and Hinduism relate and interact in areas such as ritual, logic, politics, and literature, offering a broad coverage of South Asia's contributions to religion and law at the intersection of society, politics and culture. In doing so, the authors build on previous treatments of Hindu law as a purely text-based tradition, and in the process, provide a fascinating account of an often neglected social and political history.

The History of the Arthasastra - Sovereignty and Sacred Law in Ancient India (Hardcover): Mark McClish The History of the Arthasastra - Sovereignty and Sacred Law in Ancient India (Hardcover)
Mark McClish
R1,859 Discovery Miles 18 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Arthasastra is the foundational text of Indic political thought and ancient India's most important treatise on statecraft and governance. It is traditionally believed that politics in ancient India was ruled by religion; that kings strove to fulfil their sacred duty; and that sovereignty was circumscribed by the sacred law of dharma. Mark McClish's systematic and thorough evaluation of the Arthasastra's early history shows that these ideas only came to prominence in the statecraft tradition late in the classical period. With a thorough chronological exploration, he demonstrates that the text originally espoused a political philosophy characterized by empiricism and pragmatism, ignoring the mandate of dharma altogether. The political theology of dharma was incorporated when the text was redacted in the late classical period, which obscured the existence of an independent political tradition in ancient India altogether and reinforced the erroneous notion that ancient India was ruled by religion, not politics.

The Bhagavata Purana - Selected Readings (Paperback): Ravi Gupta, Kenneth Valpey The Bhagavata Purana - Selected Readings (Paperback)
Ravi Gupta, Kenneth Valpey
R771 R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Save R99 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Formalized by the tenth century, the expansive Bhagavata Purana resists easy categorization. While the narrative holds together as a coherent literary work, its language and expression compete with the best of Sanskrit poetry. The text's theological message focuses on devotion to Krishna or Vishnu, and its philosophical outlook is grounded in the classical traditions of Vedanta and Samkhya. No other Purana has inspired so much commentary, imitation, and derivation. The work has grown in vibrancy through centuries of performance, interpretation, worship, and debate and has guided the actions and meditations of elite intellectuals and everyday worshippers alike. This annotated translation and detailed analysis shows how one text can have such enduring appeal. Key selections from the Bhagavata Purana are faithfully translated, while all remaining sections of the Purana are concisely summarized, providing the reader with a continuous and comprehensive narrative. Detailed endnotes explain unfamiliar concepts and several essays elucidate the rich philosophical and religious debates found in the Sanskrit commentaries. Together with the multidisciplinary readings contained in the companion volume The Bhagavata Purana: Sacred Text and Living Tradition (Columbia, 2013), this book makes a central Hindu masterpiece more accessible to English-speaking audiences and more meaningful to scholars of Hindu literature, philosophy, and religion.

Engaged Emancipation - Mind, Morals, and Make-Believe in the Moksopaya (Yogavasistha) (Paperback): Christopher Key Chapple,... Engaged Emancipation - Mind, Morals, and Make-Believe in the Moksopaya (Yogavasistha) (Paperback)
Christopher Key Chapple, Arindam Chakrabarti
R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Partition Voices - Untold British Stories (Paperback): Kavita Puri Partition Voices - Untold British Stories (Paperback)
Kavita Puri
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'The most humane account of partition I've read ... We need a candid conversation about our past and this is an essential' Nikesh Shukla, Observer 'The book of 2019 that opened my eyes more than anything else. Seminal work, beautifully told' Emily Maitlis The division of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 into India and Pakistan saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. It happened far away, but it would shape modern Britain. Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. But their memory of Partition has been shrouded in silence. In her eye-opening and timely work, Kavita Puri uncovers remarkable testimonies from former subjects of the Raj who are now British citizens - including her father. Weaving a tapestry of human experience over seven decades, Puri reveals a secret history of ruptured families and friendships, extraordinary journeys and daring rescue missions that reverberates with compassion and loss. It is a work that breaks the silence and confronts the difficult truths at the heart of Britain's shared past with South Asia.

Notes on the Bhagavad-Gita (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): T.Subba Row Notes on the Bhagavad-Gita (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
T.Subba Row
R314 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R33 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In order to give a broader and more technical understanding of the philosophy underlying the Bhagavad-Gita, T Row, a distinguished Indian scholar, explores 'the nature of the cosmos, the nature of man, and the goal towards which all evolutionary progress is tending'. Presented from both a Brahmanical and theosophic viewpoint, "Notes" covers such topics as cosmic evolution, consciousness, the Logos, yoga, avataras, initiation, immortality, and the usage of many Sanskrit terms.

The Subhedar's Son - A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-century Maharashtra (Hardcover): Deepra... The Subhedar's Son - A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-century Maharashtra (Hardcover)
Deepra Dandekar
R1,660 Discovery Miles 16 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 19th century was a pioneering age for vernacular texts in India. Vernacular writings became popular for making the 'first' interventions of their kind, written by Indians for Indians, and establishing new genres such as the novel. The Subhedar's Son, an award-winning Marathi novel, was written in 1895 and published by the Bombay Tract and Book Society. The novel comprises overlapping personal and political trajectories.The author, The Rev. Dinkar Shankar Sawarkar, inscribed multiple viewpoints into his narrative, including that of his own father, the Shankar Nana (1819-1884), a Brahmin who was one of the early converts of the Church Missionary Society in Western India and served the CMS and the Anglican Church in various capacities for many years. Apart from Shankar Nana's conversion-story, Sawarkar provides readers with a blueprint of what a Brahminical journey towards Christian conversion encompassed, while describing his personal background of having lived a Christian life as a product of both Brahminism and Christianity. He in effect attempts to deconstruct Brahmanism through Christianity and as a Christian he claims Brahmin roots, with the aim of combatting the stigma of Christian conversion. Contextualized by the history of Maharashtra's early missions and the specificities of individual conversions, the novel allows modern researchers to appreciate the particularity of regional and vernacular Indian Christianity. This culturally-specific Christianity spurred the production of Christian vernacular print culture, associating 'being Marathi' with broader and more universal frameworks of Christianity. But this new genre also produced nativist forms of Christian devotion and piety. Deepra Dandekar introduces this annotated translation of The Subhedar's Son, with: an examination of the Church Missionary Society's socio- political context; a biography of Shankar Nana gleaned from archival sources; a brief summary of Sawarkar's biography; and an analysis of the multiple political opinions framing the book. An appendix contains a transcription of Shankar Nana's Christian witness.

Logic in a Popular Form - Essays on Popular Religion in Bengal (Paperback): Sumanta Banerjee Logic in a Popular Form - Essays on Popular Religion in Bengal (Paperback)
Sumanta Banerjee
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Taking its title from Karl Marx's description of religion as the world's "logic in a popular form," this book explores the hidden logic behind popular religions in nineteenth-century Bengal. Sumanta Banerjee examines cross-religious cults and the construction of Bengali myths and beliefs about godlings and spirits, approaching them as popular inventions that attempt to make sense of human existence in the face of an overwhelming and often hostile environment. These religious manifestations of popular logic-ranging from Kali to Radha-Krishna to Satyapir to Tantric practice-are fluid and constantly innovating. Banerjee argues that they represent an alternative stream running parallel to, and often challenging, the more strictly structured beliefs and practices of the Indian religious establishments, whether Hindu, Islamic or Christian. Logic in a Popular Form brings to light many significant aspects of the multifaceted phenomenon of popular religion in Bengal, while tracing the impact of urbanization, colonialism, and nationalism. Banerjee re-examines the relevance of the beliefs and rituals that continue to survive in Bengali society today.

The Life Divine (Paperback): Sri Aurobindo The Life Divine (Paperback)
Sri Aurobindo
R817 R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Save R124 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Life Divine explores for the Modern mind the great streams of Indian metaphysical thought, reconciling the truths behind each and from this synthesis extends in terms of consciousness the concept of evolution. The unfolding of Earth's and man's spiritual destiny is illuminated, pointing the way to a Divine Life on Earth. Index.

Path to the Guru - The Science of Self-Realization According to the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Scott Teitsworth Path to the Guru - The Science of Self-Realization According to the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
Scott Teitsworth 1
R409 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R124 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A verse-by-verse examination of the guide to self-transformation presented in the Bhagavad Gita
- Reveals the scientific approach to personal development and spiritual enlightenment laid out in Krishna's advice to Arjuna
- Shows how the Gita prepares you to work with a guru, advocating authenticity and skepticism rather than blind devotion and obedience
- Explores Krishna's advice on which societal limitations to reject to overcome your fears and reconnect with the suppressed parts of your inner being
Drawing on his more than 40 years of in-depth study of Indian Philosophy under the tutelage of his guru, Nitya Chaitanya Yati, author Scott Teitsworth explores the scientific approach to self-transformation and spiritual enlightenment encoded in Krishna's advice to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. Providing a verse-by-verse examination of the first two chapters, he reveals the Gita's lessons to prepare the seeker to meet and successfully work with a guru--whether an outside teacher or the intuitive knowledge that arises from overcoming the psyche's learned limitations.
The author shows that the Gita does not advocate blind devotion to a guru or god but rather personal development, victory over your fears, and liberation of the psyche. He demonstrates how Krishna's advice provides tools to guide us out of our fear-based experiences to reconnect with the suppressed parts of our inner being. He explains how Arjuna's doubts and confusions represent the plight of every person--we are born free but gradually become bogged down by the demands of our society, continuously dependent on outside authority for answers and disconnected from our true inner nature. He reveals how Krishna's advice offers guidance for dealing with life's conflicts, which societal limitations to reject, and how to see through the polarizing notion of good versus evil to form a balanced state of mind superior to both.
Restoring the fearless vision of the ancient rishis, who, like today's scientists, prized skepticism as an important technique for accessing truth, Teitsworth reveals the Gita as a guide to an authentic guru-disciple relationship as well as to constructing a life of significance, freedom, and true sovereign adulthood.

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