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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian religions > Religions of Indic & Oriental origin > Hinduism

Brahman - A Study of the Solar Rituals of the Indo-Europeans. (Paperback): Alexander Jacob Brahman - A Study of the Solar Rituals of the Indo-Europeans. (Paperback)
Alexander Jacob
R1,143 R869 Discovery Miles 8 690 Save R274 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This supplement to the author's study of Indo-European cosmology, 'Atman' (Georg Olms, 2005) employs the cosmological insights of the ancient Indo-Europeans to illuminate the various sacrificial, theurgic and gnostic systems that were developed therefrom by the Japhetic Aryans and the Hamitic Egyptians, Sumerians and later Indians. The original yogic understanding of the full macrocosmic dimension of the human microcosm is seen to inform both the Vedic fire-rituals and the later Agamic temple-rituals since they focus equally on the solar force either as contained within the ritual fire or as embodied in divine idols and in human devotees. A consistent picture thus emerges of the apparently diverse religions of the Indo-Europeans. This work should be of interest to all students of Hinduism, the religions of the ancient Near East and the spiritual culture of the Indo-Europeans.

Sri Ramakrishna, the Face of Silence (Paperback): Swami Nikhilananda, Dhan Gopal Mukerji Sri Ramakrishna, the Face of Silence (Paperback)
Swami Nikhilananda, Dhan Gopal Mukerji
R448 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An inspiring in-depth look at the nineteenth-century
Godman of India and Prophet of Harmony.

Sri Ramakrishna, one of the greatest spiritual personalities of our time, is widely recognized as the Prophet of the Harmony of Religions. After perfecting the practice of several religions including Christianity, Islam and various traditions of Hinduism he declared, As many faiths, so many paths.

For the first time, two classic biographies Dhan Gopal Mukerji s The Face of Silence (1926) and Swami Nikhilananda s Sri Ramakrishna (1942) are brought together to provide a fuller understanding of the life and spiritual significance of Sri Ramakrishna as well as the systems of Indian religious thought intimately connected with him. Pairing legend with fact, memory with history, this unique volume including an Introduction to Sri Ramakrishna s God-consciousness by Swami Adiswarananda succeeds in intimately examining the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and conveying the true story of this great mystic, whose leaping flame of spiritual realization continues to influence the modern spiritual search.

Children of Immortal Bliss - A New Perspective on Our True Identity Based on the Ancient Vedanta Philosophy of India... Children of Immortal Bliss - A New Perspective on Our True Identity Based on the Ancient Vedanta Philosophy of India (Paperback)
Paul Hourihan
R413 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R135 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

More than ever before, we in the West are discovering the value and practicality of the teachings of the East. In this book Paul Hourihan, who was a long-time American student of Vedanta, presents the venerable Indian teachings of Vedanta with illustrations and examples that make sense of them to Westerners in particular. In his own inimitable way, he shows how the profound, yet practical, teachings of Vedanta, one of the main schools of thought in Hinduism, give meaning and understanding to our lives. This study includes an overview of the mysticism of India, and provides a summary of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga system of thought. Using the teachings of the Upanishads, Dr Hourihan covers the main principles of this perennial philosophy and the core concepts that flow from them. The last section demonstrates the universality of these teachings through confirmations from the masters of other spiritual traditions -- Lao Tzu, Meister Eckhart, Plotinus, and the Sufis of Islam. Over a period of 15 years Dr Hourihan gave many courses and talks on the world's mystical traditions, including the Vedanta philosophy. This book is derived from transcripts of these lectures. With a strong experiential background and lifelong interest in the field of mysticism, along with a Ph.D. in Literature, Hourihan, an American, was well qualified to introduce these ancient teachings to Western readers looking for guidance and personal transformation. As Robert Ellwood, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of Southern California, states "Children of Immortal Bliss is a splendid introduction to Vedanta for the average person, presenting this Indian tradition simply, and with the use of ideas and illustrations that will make sense of it to a wide audience". The practical application of this philosophy is the means for those of all faiths to realise their identity as Children of Immortal Bliss.

The Life of Hinduism (Paperback): John Stratton Hawley, Vasudha Narayanan The Life of Hinduism (Paperback)
John Stratton Hawley, Vasudha Narayanan
R748 R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Save R130 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Life of Hinduism" brings together a series of essays - many recognized as classics in the field - that present Hinduism as a vibrant, truly 'lived' religion. Celebrating the diversity for which Hinduism is known, this volume begins its journey in the 'new India' of Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley, where global connections and local traditions rub shoulders daily. Readers are then offered a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Hindu worship, life-cycle rites, festivals, performances, gurus, and castes. The book's final sections deal with the Hinduism that is emerging in diasporic North America and with issues of identity that face Hindus in India and around the world: militancy versus tolerance and the struggle between owning one's own religion and sharing it with others. Contributors of this title include: Andrew Abbott, Michael Burawoy, Patricia Hill Collins, Barbara Ehrenreich, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Sharon Hays, Douglas Massey, Joya Misra, Orlando Patterson, Frances Fox Piven, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Judith Stacey, Arthur Stinchcombe, Alain Touraine, Immanuel Wallerstein, William Julius Wilson, and Robert Zussman.

The Bhagavata Purana - Sacred Text and Living Tradition (Paperback): Ravi Gupta, Kenneth Valpey The Bhagavata Purana - Sacred Text and Living Tradition (Paperback)
Ravi Gupta, Kenneth Valpey
R768 R670 Discovery Miles 6 700 Save R98 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A vibrant example of living literature, the Bhagavata Purana is a versatile Hindu sacred text written in Sanskrit verse. Finding its present form by the tenth century C.E., the work inspired several major north Indian devotional (bhakti) traditions as well as schools of dance and drama, and continues to permeate popular Hindu art and ritual in both India and the diaspora.

Introducing the Bhagavata Purana's key themes while also examining its extensive influence on Hindu thought and practice, this collection conducts the first multidimensional reading of the entire text. Each essay focuses on a key theme of the Bhagavata Purana and its subsequent presence in Hindu theology, performing arts, ritual recitation, and commentary. The authors consider the relationship between the sacred text and the divine image, the text's metaphysical and cosmological underpinnings, its shaping of Indian culture, and its ongoing relevance to contemporary Indian concerns.

Bhagavad Gita as it is (Hardcover): S.Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada Bhagavad Gita as it is (Hardcover)
S.Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada
R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Out of stock
Mahabharata Book Two - The Great Hall (Hardcover, New Ed): Paul Wilmot Mahabharata Book Two - The Great Hall (Hardcover, New Ed)
Paul Wilmot
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Great Hall relates some of the most seminal events of the epic, culminating in the famous game of dice between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The Pandavas, happily settled in Indra-prastha, enjoy one glorious success after another. Yudhi-shthira, after erecting the most magnificent hall on earth, decides to perform the Royal Consecration Sacrifice, which will raise his status to that of the world's greatest sovereign. His brothers travel far and wide and conquer all known kingdoms. Yet just when the Pandavas are beginning to seem invincible, Yudhi-shthira mysteriously gambles everything away in a fateful game of dice to his cousin Duryodhana.

Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation

For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit http: //www.claysanskritlibrary.org

Lakshmi - The Goddess of Health, Wealth, and Fertility (Paperback): Seema Singh Lakshmi - The Goddess of Health, Wealth, and Fertility (Paperback)
Seema Singh
R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Bhagavad Gita - Philosophy of life (Paperback): Shri Purohit Swami The Bhagavad Gita - Philosophy of life (Paperback)
Shri Purohit Swami; Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyasa
R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali (Paperback): William Q Judge The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali (Paperback)
William Q Judge; Edited by Tarl Warwick; Patanjali
R117 Discovery Miles 1 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ramayana of Valmiki (Hardcover): Ramashraya Sharma Ramayana of Valmiki (Hardcover)
Ramashraya Sharma
R2,513 Discovery Miles 25 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Secret Bija Mantras of the Chandi Pathah - Bijamantratmaka Tantra Durga Saptasati Guyabija Namavali (Paperback): Swami... Secret Bija Mantras of the Chandi Pathah - Bijamantratmaka Tantra Durga Saptasati Guyabija Namavali (Paperback)
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rethinking the Mahabharata - A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King (Paperback, New): Alf Hiltebeitel Rethinking the Mahabharata - A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King (Paperback, New)
Alf Hiltebeitel
R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ancient Indian Sanskrit tradition produced no text more intriguing, or more persistently misunderstood or underappreciated, than the Mahabharata. Its intricacies have waylaid generations of scholars and ignited dozens of unresolved debates. "In Rethinking the Mahabharata," Alf Hiltebeitel offers a unique model for understanding the great epic. Employing a wide range of literary and narrative theory, Hiltebeitel draws on historical and comparative research in an attempt to discern the spirit and techniques behind the epic's composition. He focuses on the education of Yudhisthira, also known as the Dharma King, and shows how the relationship of this figure to others-especially his author-grandfather Vyasa and his wife Draupadi-provides a thread through the bewildering array of frames and stories embedded within stories. Hiltebeitel also offers a revisionist theory regarding the dating and production of the original text and its relation to the Veda. No ordinary reader's guide, this volume will illuminate many mysteries of this enigmatic masterpiece.
This work is the fourth volume in Hiltebeitel's study of the Draupadi cult. Other volumes include "Mythologies: From Gingee to Kuruksetra" (Volume One), "On Hindu Ritual and the Goddess" (Volume Two), and "Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics" (Volume Three).

Conversations with Yogananda (Paperback): Swami Kriyananda Conversations with Yogananda (Paperback)
Swami Kriyananda
R642 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R84 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is an unparalleled, first-hand account of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, featuringnearly 500 never-before-released stories, sayings, and insights. This is an extensive, yet eminentlyaccessible treasure trove of wisdom from one of the 20th Centurys most famous yoga masters.One of Yoganandas closest disciples, Kriyananda faithfully recorded these words of his guru, giving us this intimate glimpse of life with Yogananda, as never before shared. Also features 25photos of the yoga master, many of which are previously unreleased

Amazing Secrets of Hinduism - Hindu Culture and Incredible India (Paperback): Ed Viswanathan Amazing Secrets of Hinduism - Hindu Culture and Incredible India (Paperback)
Ed Viswanathan
R284 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali & the Siddhas - Translation, Commentary & Practice (Paperback): Marshall Govidan Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali & the Siddhas - Translation, Commentary & Practice (Paperback)
Marshall Govidan
R505 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R161 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Patanjali's Yoga-Sutras are universally considered to be among the two or three most important texts in the field of yoga. Patanjali refers to his yoga as 'Kriya Yoga': the 'yoga of action with awareness'. Until now, commentators have treated it as a philosophical reference, and have largely ignored its implications for yogic practice. They have also ignored the fact that it is also an esoteric work, and that only initiates, with sufficient prior experience, can grasp its deeper meaning. This new translation and commentary provides a practical guide to Self-realisation or enlightenment. It clearly explains how to apply Patanjali's profound philosophical teachings in everyday life, in any situation with a unique 'practice' section after each verse's commentary. There is also comparison with 'Thirumandiram' a classic work of the siddha tradition.

Kenro Izu: Eternal Light (Hardcover): Kenro Izu: Eternal Light (Hardcover)
R975 R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Save R204 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Journey to Self-Realization - Collected Talks and Essays on Realizing God in Daily Life Vol III (Paperback, 1st ed):... Journey to Self-Realization - Collected Talks and Essays on Realizing God in Daily Life Vol III (Paperback, 1st ed)
Paramahansa Yogananda
R652 R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Save R50 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of more than 50 talks on the vast range of inspiring and universal truths that have captivated millions in Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. Readers will find these talks alive with the unique blend of all-embracing wisdom, encouragement, and love for humanity that have made the author one of our era's most revered and trusted guides to the spiritual life.

Sri Sarada Devi, The Holy Mother - Her Teachings and Conversations (Hardcover): Swami Nikhilananda Sri Sarada Devi, The Holy Mother - Her Teachings and Conversations (Hardcover)
Swami Nikhilananda
R707 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R135 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Goddess's Embrace - Multifaceted Relations at the Ekamranatha Temple Festival in Kanchipuram (Hardcover): Kerstin... The Goddess's Embrace - Multifaceted Relations at the Ekamranatha Temple Festival in Kanchipuram (Hardcover)
Kerstin Schier
R1,294 R1,178 Discovery Miles 11 780 Save R116 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Death of a Guru (Paperback, New ed): Rabindranath R. Maharaj, Dave Hunt Death of a Guru (Paperback, New ed)
Rabindranath R. Maharaj, Dave Hunt
R258 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R35 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rabindranath R Maharaj was descended from a long line of Brahmin priests and trained as a Yogi. He meditated for many hours each day, but gradually disillusionment set in. In DEATH OF A GURU he describes vividly and honestly Hindu life and customs, tracing his difficult search for meaning and his struggle to choose between Hinduism and Christ. At a time when Eastern mysticism and religion fascinate many in the West, Maharaj offers fresh and important insights from the perspective of his own experience. DEATH OF A GURU has long been an excellent seller on HCB's backlist. It is the best-known Hindu to Christianity conversion story and has been used widely for evangelistic purposes. This edition carries an exciting new cover.

Vedic Culture - The Difference it can Make in Your Life (Paperback): Stephen Knapp Vedic Culture - The Difference it can Make in Your Life (Paperback)
Stephen Knapp
R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga (Paperback): Tarl Warwick A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga (Paperback)
Tarl Warwick; Yogi Ramacharaka
R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Essential Guide to Chakra Healing - The Beginner's Guide to Unblocking, Healing and Balancing Your Chakras for... The Essential Guide to Chakra Healing - The Beginner's Guide to Unblocking, Healing and Balancing Your Chakras for Positivity (Paperback)
Theo Williams
R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Om the Eternal Witness - Secrets of the Mandukya Upanishad (Paperback): Swami Rama Om the Eternal Witness - Secrets of the Mandukya Upanishad (Paperback)
Swami Rama
R386 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R21 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Upanishads are called shruti, revelations. Mandukya Upanishad, though the shortest of all Upanishads, is a revered, profound Upnaishad that teaches us about four states of consciousness: the waking, dreaming and sleeping states and Turiya, the fourth state, beyond the first three. In this Upanishad, there is a unique combination of psychology and profound philosophy, a clear exposition of the four states of consciousness.

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