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Self and the Supreme (Paperback): Dr K Sadananda Self and the Supreme (Paperback)
Dr K Sadananda
R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Lajjagauri and Anandanayaki - A New Light on the Nature and Worship of the Adi-Mata, the Primordial Mother (Paperback):... The Lajjagauri and Anandanayaki - A New Light on the Nature and Worship of the Adi-Mata, the Primordial Mother (Paperback)
Ramacandra Cintaman Dhere; Translated by Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume IV - Kiskindhakanda (Paperback): Rosalind Lefeber The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume IV - Kiskindhakanda (Paperback)
Rosalind Lefeber
R1,001 Discovery Miles 10 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the fourth volume of a translation of India's most beloved and influential epic tale--the Ramayana of Valmiki. As befits its position at the center of the work, Volume IV presents the hero Rama at the turning point of his fortunes. Having previously lost first his kingship and then his wife, he now forms an alliance with the monkey prince, Sugriva. Rama needs the monkeys to help him find his abducted wife, Sita, and they do finally discover where her abductor has taken her. But first Rama must agree to secure for his new ally the throne of the monkey kingdom by eliminating the reigning king, Sugriva's detested elder brother, Valin. The tragic rivalry between the two monkey brothers is in sharp contrast to Rama's affectionate relationship with his own brothers and forms a self-contained episode within the larger story of Rama's adventures. This volume continues the translation of the critical edition of the Valmiki Ramayana, a version considerably reduced from the vulgate on which all previous translations were based. It is accompanied by extensive notes on the original Sanskrit text and on several untranslated early Sanskrit commentaries.

Mahabharata (Paperback): David R. Slavitt Mahabharata (Paperback)
David R. Slavitt; Introduction by Henry L. Carrigan Jr
R732 R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Save R40 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Within its 200,000 verse lines in Sanskrit the "Mahabharata "takes on many roles: epic poem, foundational text of Hinduism, and, more broadly, the engaging story of a dynastic struggle and the passing of an age when man and gods intermingled. David R. Slavitt's sparkling new edition condenses the epic for the general reader.

At its core, the "Mahabharata "is the story of the rivalry between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, two related noble families who are struggling for control of a kingdom in ancient northern India. Slavitt's readable, plot-driven, single-volume account describes an arc from the conception and birth of Bhishma to that hero's death, while also introducing the four goals of life at the center of Hinduism: "dharma "(righteousness, morality, duty), "artha "(purpose), "kāma "(pleasure), and "moksa "(spiritual liberation). The "Mahabharata "is engaging, thrilling, funny, charming, and finally awesome, with a range in timbre from the impish naivete of fairy tales to the solemnity of our greatest epics, and this single-volume edition is the best introduction available.

The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi (The Classic Collection) (Paperback): Arthur Osborne The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi (The Classic Collection) (Paperback)
Arthur Osborne 1
R338 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R47 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sri Ramana Maharshi is widely thought of as one of the most outstanding Indian spiritual leaders of recent times. Having attained enlightenment at the age of 16, he was drawn to the holy mountain of Arunachala in southern India, and remained there for the rest of his life. Attracted by his stillness, quietness and teachings, thousands sought his guidance on issues ranging from the nature of God to daily life. This book brings together many of the conversations Maharshi had with his followers in an intimate portrait of his beliefs and teachings. Through these conversations, readers will discover Maharshi's simple discipline of self-enquiry: knowing oneself and looking inwards as the road to true understanding and enlightenment. This updated edition will appeal to anyone looking for peace, self-awareness, and guidance on how to embrace the self for well being and calm.

The Legend of Shara - How El-Shaddai Became Yahweh (Paperback): Srinivas Bharadwaj The Legend of Shara - How El-Shaddai Became Yahweh (Paperback)
Srinivas Bharadwaj
R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Incarnations of Holy Mother - Different Incarnations of ?r? Dev? (Paperback): Ramamurthy Natarajan Incarnations of Holy Mother - Different Incarnations of Śrī Devī (Paperback)
Ramamurthy Natarajan
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
River of Love in an Age of Pollution - The Yamuna River of Northern India (Paperback): David Haberman River of Love in an Age of Pollution - The Yamuna River of Northern India (Paperback)
David Haberman
R745 R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Save R131 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Celebrated as an aquatic form of divinity for thousands of years, the Yamuna is one of India's most sacred rivers. A prominent feature of north Indian culture, the Yamuna is conceptualized as a goddess flowing with liquid love - yet today it is severely polluted, the victim of fast-paced industrial development. This fascinating and beautifully written book investigates the stories, theology, and religious practices connected with this river goddess collected from texts written over several millennia, as well as from talks with pilgrims, priests, and worshippers who frequent the pilgrimage sites and temples located on her banks. David L. Haberman offers a detailed analysis of the environmental condition of the river and examines how religious practices are affected by its current pollution. He introduces Indian river environmentalism, a form of activism that is different in many ways from its western counterpart. "River of Love in an Age of Pollution" concludes with a consideration of the broader implications of the Yamuna's plight and its effect on worldwide efforts to preserve our environment.

Devi Durga in Krittivas' Ramayan (Paperback): Jashojit Sarma Mazumdar Devi Durga in Krittivas' Ramayan (Paperback)
Jashojit Sarma Mazumdar
R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Lightning and the Sun (Hardcover, 3rd Unabridged ed.): Savitri Devi The Lightning and the Sun (Hardcover, 3rd Unabridged ed.)
Savitri Devi; Edited by R.G. Fowler
R1,095 Discovery Miles 10 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Hare Krishna Movement - Forty Years of Chant and Change (Hardcover): Graham Dwyer, Richard J. Cole The Hare Krishna Movement - Forty Years of Chant and Change (Hardcover)
Graham Dwyer, Richard J. Cole
R1,277 Discovery Miles 12 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Hare Krishna Movement" is popularly associated with groups of chanting, saffron-robed followers, whose colourful appearance on the streets of western cities became increasingly commonplace after the Movement's emergence in 1965. But there is much more to the Krishna phenomenon than simply its bands of singing and dancing adherents. This groundbreaking book focuses for the first time on what is currently taking place inside the Hare Krishna Movement, and examines the changes and developments that have shaped it over the past forty years. The essays offer an unparalleled overview of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and explore a wide range of topical issues and themes. These include: the politics and history of the Movement; membership patterns; recruitment strategies; pedagogical and social factors; the importance of dreams and ritual; and ISKCON's articulation of traditional theology in the context of the Movement's evolution. The result is a book that will be essential reading for scholars and students of religion in the modern world, and which explains in full how this fascinating Hindu devotional tradition continues to flourish in the land of its origin - India - as well as in the West.

Eastern Thought & the Gita - The Original Gita & the Bhagavad Gita Compared (Paperback): Gerard D.C. Kuiken Eastern Thought & the Gita - The Original Gita & the Bhagavad Gita Compared (Paperback)
Gerard D.C. Kuiken
R823 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R229 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Eastern Thought and the Gita consists of five parts. Part One is the same as Part One in The Original Gita, discussing Eastern thought in concise form. In Part Two, the 209 stanzas of the Original Gita are the same as in The Original Gita, but in the Introduction to Part Two, the date and the origin are compared with the content and the date of the Bhagavad Gita. In Part Three, comments on the 209 stanzas of the Original Gita are given with a new translation of the core 319 verses of the 700 verses of the Bhagavad Gita that correspond to these 209 verses. In Part Four, the core 319 Sanskrit verses are given in transliterated form with a word-for-word translation. The new English translation of each Sanskrit verse has been guided by the stanza in the Original Gita. Each chapter starts with a comparison of the content of the whole chapter in the Bhagavad Gita with the content of the corresponding chapter in the Original Gita. In this comparison and in comparing each corresponding verse(s) in the Bhagavad Gita with the stanza in the Original Gita, it is found that the differences are minor, mostly found in changing abstract forms, such as THAT into Me, Krishna, and by adding devotion to Krishna. This study shows that the connection to the Original Gita can still be found, to a very high degree, in the 319 verses of the Bhagavad Gita. Part Five is an extensive Sanskrit-English dictionary containing all the Sanskrit words found in the 319 core verses in English alphabetical order. The multiple meanings of the Sanskrit words are given, and also their roots and parts of compounded words. Every reader, without knowledge of the Sanskrit language, can check every choice of any translator of the 319 core verses of the Bhagavad Gita by using this 240-page dictionary, constructed by consulting the various dictionaries of Sanskrit in English, German and French. The book ends with a bibliography and an index.

The Sacred Fire Within - A defense of the Sanatana Dharma in the 21st Century (Paperback): Rodrigo Pereira Abdo The Sacred Fire Within - A defense of the Sanatana Dharma in the 21st Century (Paperback)
Rodrigo Pereira Abdo
R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sh?kta Upanishats - Upanishats about Sri Devi (Paperback): Ramamurthy Natarajan Shākta Upanishats - Upanishats about Sri Devi (Paperback)
Ramamurthy Natarajan
R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Amarakosam for Beginners - Word to Word Detailed Explanation (Paperback): T. Vanaja Amarakosam for Beginners - Word to Word Detailed Explanation (Paperback)
T. Vanaja
R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gandhi - A Life: Message for the World (Paperback): M K Gandhi Gandhi - A Life: Message for the World (Paperback)
M K Gandhi
R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ganesha Goes to Lunch - Classics From Mystic India (Paperback): Kamla K. Kapur Ganesha Goes to Lunch - Classics From Mystic India (Paperback)
Kamla K. Kapur
R349 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R59 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Epics of ancient India rank with the timeless myths of classical Greece and Rome in the power of their language and the underlying moral lessons. The "Ramayana" and "Mahabharata, " both written in Sanskrit, contain vibrant stories of kings and princes, sages and tricksters, demons and gods, damsels in distress and mighty heroes. "Ganesha Goes to Lunch" collects some of the most vivid stories from these and other early Indian folklore and spiritual texts including the Vedas and the Puranas. These stories feature the gods of India in their celestial and earthly abodes, hapless humans struggling with life's many problems, and gods and humans interacting. Assembled by Kamla Kapur, these stories illustrate the great spiritual and practical themes of the human condition. Kamla Kapur brings her poet's eye and ear to the retelling of these stories, recreating and dramatizing them to illuminate their relevance to modern times.

Samaveda Samhita of the Kauthuma School: With Padapatha and the commentaries of Madhava, Bharatasvamin and Sayana, Volume 1:... Samaveda Samhita of the Kauthuma School: With Padapatha and the commentaries of Madhava, Bharatasvamin and Sayana, Volume 1: Purvarcika (Hardcover)
B.R. Sharma
R1,998 Discovery Miles 19 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The "Samaveda" contains the earliest tradition of music from India. It presents largely Rigvedic textual material in a form arranged for singing in the solemn Srauta ritual. Since the first editions by Theodor Benfey (1848) and Satyavrata Samasrami (1874-1899), there has been no complete, accented edition that also included all its important commentaries. The present edition is based on manuscripts collected from all over India and Europe. B. R. Sharma, Dean of Samaveda Studies, presents the accented text, its Padapatha, and the commentaries of Madhava, Bharata-Svamin, and Sayana in three volumes totaling 2,500 pages. These contain the Purvarcika and Uttaracika portions of the text, and a third volume the indexes and a detailed introduction to the whole work. Vols. 2 and 3 to appear soon.

Isis - Goddess of Egypt & India (Paperback, 1st Paper Original): Chris Morgan Isis - Goddess of Egypt & India (Paperback, 1st Paper Original)
Chris Morgan
R400 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R125 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Krishna's Playground - Vrindavan in the 21st Century (Paperback): John Stratton Hawley Krishna's Playground - Vrindavan in the 21st Century (Paperback)
John Stratton Hawley
R820 Discovery Miles 8 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a book about a deeply beloved place-many call it the spiritual capital of India. Located at a dramatic bend in the River Yamuna, a hundred miles from the center of Delhi, Vrindavan is the spot where the god Krishna is believed to have spent his childhood and youth. For Hindus it has always stood for youth writ large-a realm of love and beauty that enables one to retreat from the weight and harshness of world. Now, though, the world is gobbling up Vrindavan. Delhi's megalopolitan sprawl inches closer day by day-half the town is a vast real-estate development-and the waters of the Yamuna are too polluted to drink or even bathe in. Temples now style themselves as theme parks, and the world's tallest religious building is under construction in Krishna's pastoral paradise. What happens when the Anthropocene Age makes everything virtual? What happens when heaven gets plowed under? Like our age as a whole, Vrindavan throbs with feisty energy, but is it the religious canary in our collective coal mine?

Lives of Indian Images (Paperback, Revised): Richard H. Davis Lives of Indian Images (Paperback, Revised)
Richard H. Davis
R1,174 R942 Discovery Miles 9 420 Save R232 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For many centuries, Hindus have taken it for granted that the religious images they place in temples and home shrines for purposes of worship are alive. Hindu priests bring them to life through a complex ritual "establishment" that invokes the god or goddess into material support. Priests and devotees then maintain the enlivened image as a divine person through ongoing liturgical activity: they must awaken it in the morning, bathe it, dress it, feed it, entertain it, praise it, and eventually put it to bed at night. In this linked series of case studies of Hindu religious objects, Richard Davis argues that in some sense these believers are correct: through ongoing interactions with humans, religious objects are brought to life.

Davis draws largely on reader-response literary theory and anthropological approaches to the study of objects in society in order to trace the biographies of Indian religious images over many centuries. He shows that Hindu priests and worshipers are not the only ones to enliven images. Bringing with them differing religious assumptions, political agendas, and economic motivations, others may animate the very same objects as icons of sovereignty, as polytheistic "idols," as "devils," as potentially lucrative commodities, as objects of sculptural art, or as symbols for a whole range of new meanings never foreseen by the images' makers or original worshipers.

The Yoga of Power - Tantra, Shakti and the Secret Way (Paperback, 1st U.S. ed): Julius Evola The Yoga of Power - Tantra, Shakti and the Secret Way (Paperback, 1st U.S. ed)
Julius Evola
R384 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R61 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Drawing from original texts on self-mastery, Evola discusses two Hindu movements--Tantrism and Shaktism--which emphasize a path of action to gain power over energies latent within the body.

1,566 Questions of the Laws of Manu, Sama Veda, Vajur Veda, and Atharva Veda - Hinduism (Paperback): L. Dale Richesin 1,566 Questions of the Laws of Manu, Sama Veda, Vajur Veda, and Atharva Veda - Hinduism (Paperback)
L. Dale Richesin
R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Bhaja Govindam of Adi Shankaracharya (Paperback): Ashwini Kumar Aggarwal Bhaja Govindam of Adi Shankaracharya (Paperback)
Ashwini Kumar Aggarwal
R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Bhagavad Gita - A New Translation (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed): Stephen Mitchell The Bhagavad Gita - A New Translation (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed)
Stephen Mitchell
R335 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R54 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated version of the Tao Te Ching is the most popular edition in print, and his translations of Jesus, Rilke, Genesis, and Job have won the hearts of readers and critics alike. Stephen Mitchell now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his gift for breathing new life into sacred texts.

The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. There have been more than two hundred English translations of the Gita, including many competent literal versions, but not one of them is a superlative literary text in its own right.

Now all that has changed. Stephen Mitchell's Bhagavad Gita sings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit. It will, as William Arrowsmith said of Mitchell's translation of The Sonnets to Orpheus, "instantly make every other rendering obsolete."


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