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

The Story of Garuda (Paperback): Roberto Calasso The Story of Garuda (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mahabharata Book Four - Virata (Hardcover): Kathleen Garbutt Mahabharata Book Four - Virata (Hardcover)
Kathleen Garbutt
R542 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R55 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The books line up on my shelf like bright Bodhisattvas ready to take tough questions or keep quiet company. They stake out a vast territory, with works from two millennia in multiple genres: aphorism, lyric, epic, theater, and romance."
--Willis G. Regier, "The Chronicle Review"

"No effort has been spared to make these little volumes as attractive as possible to readers: the paper is of high quality, the typesetting immaculate. The founders of the series are John and Jennifer Clay, and Sanskritists can only thank them for an initiative intended to make the classics of an ancient Indian language accessible to a modern international audience."
--"The Times Higher Education Supplement"

"The Clay Sanskrit Library represents one of the most admirable publishing projects now afoot. . . . Anyone who loves the look and feel and heft of books will delight in these elegant little volumes."
--"New Criterion"

"Published in the geek-chic format."
--"BookForum"

"Very few collections of Sanskrit deep enough for research are housed anywhere in North America. Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs."
--"Tricycle"

aNow an ambitious new publishing project, the Clay Sanskrit Library brings together leading Sanskrit translators and scholars of Indology from around the world to celebrate in translating the beauty and range of classical Sanskrit literature. . . . Published as smart green hardbacks that are small enough to fit into a jeans pocket, the volumes are meant to satisfy both the scholar and the lay reader. Each volume has a transliteration of the original Sanskrit texton the left-hand page and an English translation on the right, as also a helpful introduction and notes. Alongside definitive translations of the great Indian epics -- 30 or so volumes will be devoted to the Maha-bharat itself -- Clay Sanskrit Library makes available to the English-speaking reader many other delights: The earthy verse of Bhartri-hari, the pungent satire of Jayanta Bhatta and the roving narratives of Dandin, among others. All these writers belong properly not just to Indian literature, but to world literature.a
--"LiveMint"

aThe Clay Sanskrit Library has recently set out to change the scene by making available well-translated dual-language (English and Sanskrit) editions of popular Sanskritic texts for the public.a
--"Namarupa"

"The Book of Virata" details the Pandavas' 13th year in exile, when they live disguised in King Virata's court. They suffer the humiliation of becoming servants; a topic explored both through comedy and pathos. Having maintained their disguise until the very end of the year, then their troubles really begin. Bhima is forced to come to Draupadi's rescue when King Virata's general, Kichaka, sets his sights on her. Duryodhana and the Tri-gartas decide to invade the defeated Virata's kingdom, unaware the Pandavas are hidden there. In the ensuing battles the Pandavas play a crucial role, save Virata and reveal their true identities. The book ends in celebration, with the Pandavas ready to return from exile and reclaim their kingdom. However, the battles in "Virata" foreshadow the war to come, proving it will not be easy.

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

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

The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism (Hardcover): Torkel Brekke The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism (Hardcover)
Torkel Brekke
R1,967 Discovery Miles 19 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism focuses on developments resulting from movements within the tradition as well as contact between India and the outside world through both colonialism and globalization. Divided into three parts, part one considers the historical background to modern conceptualizations of Hinduism. Moving away from the reforms of the 19th and early 20th century, part two includes five chapters each presenting key developments and changes in religious practice in modern Hinduism. Part three moves to issues of politics, ethics, and law. This section maps and explains the powerful legal and political contexts created by the modern state-first the colonial government and then the Indian Republic-which have shaped Hinduism in new ways. The last two chapters look at Hinduism outside India focusing on Hinduism in Nepal and the modern Hindu diaspora.

Gods, Sages and Kings - Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization (Paperback): David Frawley Gods, Sages and Kings - Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization (Paperback)
David Frawley
R514 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R35 (7%) Out of stock

"Gods, Sages and Kings is a very important book. It fills a major void in our understanding of human history...It calls into question our entire view of human history...it is much more significantly a truly spiritual vision of where we come from and who we are." Vyaas Houston

Amma Tell Me How Hanuman Crossed the Ocean! - Part 2 in the Hanuman Trilogy! (Paperback): Bhakti Mathur Amma Tell Me How Hanuman Crossed the Ocean! - Part 2 in the Hanuman Trilogy! (Paperback)
Bhakti Mathur
R310 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Classical Indian Philosophy - A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 5 (Hardcover): Peter Adamson, Jonardon Ganeri Classical Indian Philosophy - A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 5 (Hardcover)
Peter Adamson, Jonardon Ganeri
R663 R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri present a lively introduction to one of the world's richest intellectual traditions: the philosophy of classical India. They begin with the earliest extant literature, the Vedas, and the explanatory works that these inspired, known as Upanisads. They also discuss other famous texts of classical Vedic culture, especially the Mahabharata and its most notable section, the Bhagavad-Gita, alongside the rise of Buddhism and Jainism. In this opening section, Adamson and Ganeri emphasize the way that philosophy was practiced as a form of life in search of liberation from suffering. Next, the pair move on to the explosion of philosophical speculation devoted to foundational texts called 'sutras,' discussing such traditions as the logical and epistemological Nyaya school, the monism of Advaita Vedanta, and the spiritual discipline of Yoga. In the final section of the book, they chart further developments within Buddhism, highlighting Nagarjuna's radical critique of 'non-dependent' concepts and the no-self philosophy of mind found in authors like Dignaga, and within Jainism, focusing especially on its 'standpoint' epistemology. Unlike other introductions that cover the main schools and positions in classical Indian philosophy, Adamson and Ganeri's lively guide also pays attention to philosophical themes such as non-violence, political authority, and the status of women, while considering textual traditions typically left out of overviews of Indian thought, like the Carvaka school, Tantra, and aesthetic theory as well. Adamson and Ganeri conclude by focusing on the much-debated question of whether Indian philosophy may have influenced ancient Greek philosophy and, from there, evaluate the impact that this area of philosophy had on later Western thought.

A Vaisnava Poet in Early Modern Bengal - Kavikarnapura's Splendour of Speech (Hardcover): Rembert Lutjeharms A Vaisnava Poet in Early Modern Bengal - Kavikarnapura's Splendour of Speech (Hardcover)
Rembert Lutjeharms
R2,046 Discovery Miles 20 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines the practice of poetry in the devotional Vaisnava tradition inspired by Sri Krsna Caitanya (1486-1533), through a detailed study of the Sanskrit poetic works of Kavikarnapura, one of the most significant sixteenth-century Caitanya Vaisnava poets and theologians. It places his ideas in the context both of Sanskrit literary theory (by exploring his use of earlier works of Sanskrit criticism) and of Vaisnava theology (by tracing the origins of his theological ideas to earlier Vaisnava teachers, especially his guru Srinatha). Both Kavikarnapura's poetics as well as the style of his poetry is in many ways at odds with those of his time, particularly with respect to the place of phonetic ornamentation and rasa. Like later early modern theorists, Kavikarnapura reaches back to the earliest Sanskrit poeticians whom he attempts to harmonise with the theories current in his time, to develop a new poetics that values both literary ornamentation and the suggestion of emotion through rasa. This book argues that the reasons of and purposes for Kavikarnapura's literary innovations are firmly rooted in his unique Vaisnava theology, and exemplifies this through a careful reading of select passages from the Ananda-vrndavana, his poetic retelling of Krsna's play in Vrndavana.

The Meeting of Opposites - Hindus and Christians in the West (Paperback): Andrew Wingate The Meeting of Opposites - Hindus and Christians in the West (Paperback)
Andrew Wingate
R643 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R132 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fills an important gap in serious books about relating to Hinduism Highly respected author Supported by Hindu organisations as well as Christian ones The author has extensive experience in India, as well as in the west, and is a world-renowned expert on mission. This book should become an essential text for many courses on Christian-Hindu dialogue.

Interreligious Dialogue and the Partition of India - Hindus and Muslims in Dialogue About Violence and Forced Migration... Interreligious Dialogue and the Partition of India - Hindus and Muslims in Dialogue About Violence and Forced Migration (Paperback)
Mario I. Aguilar
R1,210 Discovery Miles 12 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a time of schism, violence and forced migration, how can God be understood? With his latest book, Catholic Benedictine hermit Mario Aguilar explores the religious identities of Hindus and Muslims in the aftermath of the 1947 partition of India. Looking at the experiences of the victims who were silenced, he reveals how out of this traumatic period has emerged a peaceful dialogue between faiths, held together by shared humanity and prayerfulness. Founded on a fascination with what unites rather than divides religions, Aguilar offers a theological reading of a major event in twentieth century history that is both creative and constructive.

God of Desire - Tales of Kamadeva in Sanskrit Story Literature (Hardcover, New): Catherine Benton God of Desire - Tales of Kamadeva in Sanskrit Story Literature (Hardcover, New)
Catherine Benton
R1,924 Discovery Miles 19 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

God of Desire presents Sanskrit tales of the Indian deity Kā madeva as he battles the ascetic god Ś iva, assists the powerful goddess Devi, and incarnates as the charming son of Krsna. Exploring the imagery and symbolism of the god of desire in art and ritual, Catherine Benton reflects on the connection of Kā madeva to parrots, makaras (gharials), and apsarases (celestial nymphs), and to playful devotional rituals designed to win his favor. In addition to examining the Hindu literature, Benton also highlights two Buddhist forms of Kā madeva, the demonic Mā ra, who tries to persuade the Buddha to trade enlightenment for the delights of a woman, and the ever-youthful Manjuś ri, who cuts through ignorance with the bodhisattva sword of wisdom. Tales of Kā madeva from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions present desire as a powerful force continually redefining the boundaries of chaos and order and gently pulling beyond the ephemeral lure of passionate longings.

A Dharma Reader - Classical Indian Law (Hardcover): Patrick Olivelle A Dharma Reader - Classical Indian Law (Hardcover)
Patrick Olivelle
R1,695 R1,568 Discovery Miles 15 680 Save R127 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Whether defined by family, lineage, caste, professional or religious association, village, or region, India's diverse groups did settle on a concept of law in classical times. How did they reach this consensus? Was it based on religious grounds or a transcendent source of knowledge? Did it depend on time and place? And what apparatus did communities develop to ensure justice was done, verdicts were fair, and the guilty were punished? Addressing these questions and more, A Dharma Reader traces the definition, epistemology, procedure, and process of Indian law from the third century B.C.E. to the middle ages. Its breadth captures the centuries-long struggle by Indian thinkers to theorize law in a multiethnic and pluralist society. The volume includes new and accessible translations of key texts, notes that explain the significance and chronology of selections, and a comprehensive introduction that summarizes the development of various disciplines in intellectual-historical terms. It reconstructs the principal disputes of a given discipline, which not only clarifies the arguments but also relays the dynamism of the fight. For those seeking a richer understanding of the political and intellectual origins of a major twenty-first-century power, along with unique insight into the legal interactions among its many groups, this book offers exceptional detail, historical precision, and expository illumination.

The Bhagavad Gita and the West - The Esoteric Significance of the Bhagavad Gita and Its Relation to the Epistles of Paul... The Bhagavad Gita and the West - The Esoteric Significance of the Bhagavad Gita and Its Relation to the Epistles of Paul (Paperback, New)
Rudolf Steiner
R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Steiner sees Krishna as a great spiritual teacher and the Bhagavad Gita as a preparation, though still abstract, for the coming of Christ and the Christ impulse as the living embodiment of the world, law, and devotion, represented by the three Hindu streams of Veda, Sankhya, and Yoga. For him, the epic poem of the Bhagavad Gita represents the fully ripened fruit of Hinduism, whereas Paul is related but represents the seed of something entirely new. In the last lecture, Steiner reveals Krishna as the sister soul of Adam, incarnated as Jesus, and claims Krishas Yoga teachings streamed from Christ into Paul.

Sayings of Gorakhnath - Annotated Translations from the Gorakh Bani (Hardcover): Gordan Djurdjevic Sayings of Gorakhnath - Annotated Translations from the Gorakh Bani (Hardcover)
Gordan Djurdjevic
R1,658 Discovery Miles 16 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The medieval vernacular (non-Sanskrit) traditions of yoga represent an aspect of Hinduism that to date has received much less scholarly attention than classical and contemporary Hinduism. Gordan Djurdjevic here brings together a representative selection of medieval Hindi poetry attributed to the legendary guru Gorakhnath. Gorakhnath is famed as the founder of the influential order of the Nath yogis, who are credited with the development of hatha yoga. The poetry gathered in the collection, known as The Sayings of Gorakh Bani, reflects this worldview. Its major thematic concerns relate to the practice of yoga, engagement with the various chakras within the body, and the attempts to reverse the flow of seminal fluid, by which process yogis believe the state of immortality may be reached. These often-enigmatic texts on the one hand provide a criticism of religious authority based on bookish knowledge, while on the other hand they celebrate yogic engagement with the subtle body and its centers of occult energy and miraculous powers. Sayings of Gorakhnath offers translations or the complete sabad and pad sections from the Gorakh Bani, the two largest sections in the collection. Some additional texts from the collection are also provided. Translations are preceded by an introduction and accompanied by notes, which contextualize and elucidate the subject matter.

Buying Buddha, Selling Rumi - Orientalism and the Mystical Marketplace (Paperback): Sophia Rose Arjana Buying Buddha, Selling Rumi - Orientalism and the Mystical Marketplace (Paperback)
Sophia Rose Arjana 1
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From jewellery to meditation pillows to tourist retreats, religious traditions - especially those of the East - are being commodified as never before. Imitated and rebranded as 'New Age' or 'spiritual', they are marketed to secular Westerners as an answer to suffering in the modern world, the 'mystical' and 'exotic' East promising a path to enlightenment and inner peace. In Buying Buddha, Selling Rumi, Sophia Rose Arjana examines the appropriation and sale of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam in the West today, the role of mysticism and Orientalism in the religious marketplace, and how the commodification of religion impacts people's lives.

Atma Bodha - with an Offering of Devotional Hymns (Paperback): Lalitambika Devi Atma Bodha - with an Offering of Devotional Hymns (Paperback)
Lalitambika Devi
R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Who we are is not who we think we are. Truth is simpler than mind and deeper than thought. It cannot be learned but only experienced. When at once we awaken, our doubts are alleviated. All is one, beyond time, space, and causation. Such is the direct realization expressed through Advaita Vedanta. Sankaracharya is often called the father of Advaita Vedanta. His hymn Atma Bodha is a classic introduction that brings the pure seeker to liberation. This volume includes Atma Bodha with text and translation, as well as Bhaja Govindam, Hanuman Chalisa, Mahisasura Mardini Stotram, and other devotional favorites. There is no greater joy, and there is nothing more to know. Such is realization of truth. --Atma Bodha, Verse 54

The Holy Science (Hardcover, New edition): Swami Sri Yukteswar The Holy Science (Hardcover, New edition)
Swami Sri Yukteswar
R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This extraordinary treatise explores parallel passages from the Bible and the Hindu scriptures to reveal the essential unity of all religions. Swami Sri Yukteswar, the revered guru of Paramahansa Yogananda, outlines the universal path that every human being must travel to enlightenment. He also explains the vast recurring cycles of civilization, affording a profound understanding of history and the ever-changing panorama of turbulent world events.

Homo Ritualis - Hindu Ritual and Its Significance to Ritual Theory (Paperback): Axel Michaels Homo Ritualis - Hindu Ritual and Its Significance to Ritual Theory (Paperback)
Axel Michaels
R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Are the richness and diversity of rituals and celebrations in South Asia unique? Can we speak of a homo ritualis when it comes to India or Hinduism? Are Indians or Hindus more involved in rituals than other people? If so, what makes them special? Homo Ritualis is the first book to present a Hindu theory of rituals. Based on extensive textual studies and field-work in Nepal and India, Axel Michaels argues that ritual is a distinctive way of acting, which, as in the theater, can be distinguished from other forms of action. The book analyzes ritual in these cultural-specific and religious contexts, taking into account how indigenous terms and theories affect and contribute to current ritual theory. It describes and investigates various forms of Hindu rituals and festivals, such as life-cycle rituals, the Vedic sacrifice, vows processions, and the worship of deities (puja). It also examines conceptual components of (Hindu) rituals such as framing, formality, modality, and theories of meaning.

Indian Ritual and Belief - The Keys of Power (Hardcover, New ed of 1932 ed): J. Abbott Indian Ritual and Belief - The Keys of Power (Hardcover, New ed of 1932 ed)
J. Abbott
R1,910 R1,557 Discovery Miles 15 570 Save R353 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is an interpretative study of indian customs that attempts to show how the concept of a supernatural cosmic power dominates popualr practice. A comprehensive work which covers both hindu and muslim customs.

Mahabharata Book Five (Volume 1) - Preparations for War (Hardcover): Kathleen Garbutt Mahabharata Book Five (Volume 1) - Preparations for War (Hardcover)
Kathleen Garbutt
R577 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R59 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The books line up on my shelf like bright Bodhisattvas ready to take tough questions or keep quiet company. They stake out a vast territory, with works from two millennia in multiple genres: aphorism, lyric, epic, theater, and romance."
--Willis G. Regier, "The Chronicle Review"

"No effort has been spared to make these little volumes as attractive as possible to readers: the paper is of high quality, the typesetting immaculate. The founders of the series are John and Jennifer Clay, and Sanskritists can only thank them for an initiative intended to make the classics of an ancient Indian language accessible to a modern international audience."
--"The Times Higher Education Supplement"

"The Clay Sanskrit Library represents one of the most admirable publishing projects now afoot. . . . Anyone who loves the look and feel and heft of books will delight in these elegant little volumes."
--"New Criterion"

"Published in the geek-chic format."
--"BookForum"

"Very few collections of Sanskrit deep enough for research are housed anywhere in North America. Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs."
--"Tricycle"

aNow an ambitious new publishing project, the Clay Sanskrit Library brings together leading Sanskrit translators and scholars of Indology from around the world to celebrate in translating the beauty and range of classical Sanskrit literature. . . . Published as smart green hardbacks that are small enough to fit into a jeans pocket, the volumes are meant to satisfy both the scholar and the lay reader. Each volume has a transliteration of the original Sanskrit texton the left-hand page and an English translation on the right, as also a helpful introduction and notes. Alongside definitive translations of the great Indian epics -- 30 or so volumes will be devoted to the Maha-bharat itself -- Clay Sanskrit Library makes available to the English-speaking reader many other delights: The earthy verse of Bhartri-hari, the pungent satire of Jayanta Bhatta and the roving narratives of Dandin, among others. All these writers belong properly not just to Indian literature, but to world literature.a
--"LiveMint"

aThe Clay Sanskrit Library has recently set out to change the scene by making available well-translated dual-language (English and Sanskrit) editions of popular Sanskritic texts for the public.a
--"Namarupa"

The Pandavas believe they have completed the terms of their exile, though Duryodhana claims that they did not live unknown for the full thirteenth year, since Arjuna was recognised in the battle at the end of the preceding book, aVirata.a While the Pandavas and Kurus make their preparations for war they organise a series of embassies to negotiate peace. This volume constantly highlights the inevitability of conflict and the futility of negotiation. Most characters are concerned that war between family cannot fail to be sinful. Contained herein is the aSanat-sujatiya, a a philosophical passage to rival the aBhagavad-gita.a Like the aBhagavad-gita, a the aSanat-sujatiyaa tells that karma will not chain one in the cycle of rebirth, if one refrains from desire. Through understanding the truth of non-duality, that the world is mere illusion, one is subsumed into eternal existence with Brahman.

Co-published by New York University Press andthe JJC Foundation

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

Textual Sources for the Study of Hinduism (Paper Only) (Paperback, 2nd ed.): O'Flaherty Textual Sources for the Study of Hinduism (Paper Only) (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
O'Flaherty; Translated by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Daniel Gold, David Dean Shulman; Edited by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
R822 Discovery Miles 8 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"A wider range than usual of Sanskrit texts: not only interesting Vedic, epic, and mythological texts but also a good sampling of ritual and ethical texts. . . . There are also extracts from texts usually neglected, such as medical treatises, works on practical politics, and guides to love and marriage. . . . Readings from the vernacular Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil traditions serve to] enrich the collection and demonstrate how Hinduism flourished not just in Sanskrit but also in its many mother tongues."--Francis X. Clooney, "Journal of Asian Studies "

BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism - From Periphery to Centre (Hardcover, UK ed.): Partha S. Ghosh BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism - From Periphery to Centre (Hardcover, UK ed.)
Partha S. Ghosh
R1,656 R1,355 Discovery Miles 13 550 Save R301 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Religion and politics are always interconnected. The phenomenon is more evident in developing societies where political units are generally not individual citizens as is the case in industrial societies but they are social groups and identities. Recent developments in India marked by the unprecedented rise in religio-centric politics underscore the point. The process is epitomized by the rise of Hindu-chauvinistic BJP to the centre-stage and its subsequent forming a coalition government at the centre with itself as the dominant partner. In a socially and culturally plural India how enduring this phenomenon would be is what the present book is all about. It traces the growth of Hindu nationalism from the early days of Indian renaissance in the late nineteenth century to the present against the background of an incremental competition amongst several social forces which do not allow shaping of India into a Hindu state. The study attempts to assess the future of political Hinduism in general and the BJP in particular together with critically gauging the ideological and intellectual depths of the phenomenon. At the core of our inquiry are such fundamental questions as: What are the limits of the Use of religion in Indian politics? Are other parties which vow in the name of value-based politics and secularism any different from the BJP in so far as communal mobilization is concerned? Does Hindutva mean political Hinduism or Hinduization of Indian politics? Can thereby anything like genuine secularism when secularism itself is a total concept which cannot be qualified? And are Muslims in India really pampered as the BJP claims? Besides, policy issues such as those related to Indian economy and foreign relations have also been addressed so as to view the party and its ideology from a holistic perspective.

Offence: The Hindu Case (Hardcover): Salil Tripathi Offence: The Hindu Case (Hardcover)
Salil Tripathi
R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

To many outside India, Hinduism is envisioned as the foundation of an ideal, all-embracing society. Yet this is far from the truth. Though historically the practice of Hinduism does promote the idea of an inclusive and tolerant way of life, in the past decade Hindu extremists have captured the religion and perverted it to their own ideological ends. In "The Hindu Case, "Indian journalist""Salil Tripathi meticulously documents how Hindu fundamentalists have succeeded in censoring and banning many cultural works, tampered with university teaching, and prevented academics from continuing in their jobs. In addition, Tripathi shows that these extremists are in the process of rewriting the ancient Hindu scriptures. This title in the Manifestos for the 21st Century Series, published in collaboration with the "Index on Censorship," the only international magazine dedicated to promoting and protecting free expression, focuses on the rights, tolerance, censorship, and dissent within India's complex society, and it is an essential read for those interested in the struggle between religious fundamentalism and free expression.""

Hanuman: God & Epic Hero (Paperback): Joginder Narula Hanuman: God & Epic Hero (Paperback)
Joginder Narula
R381 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R39 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

God Hanuman has an important place in India and is worshipped by millions of people. He is a god who is the archetype of honesty, loyalty and courage. More than any other folk god, Hanuman is endowed with human qualities so much cherished in the Indian tradition. There is no scholarly work in English on Hanuman that utilises Sanskrit literature to delineate his importance as a god and as confidant of Rama. Although Hanuman is a popular folk god in India, he has not received attention commensurate with his popularity from scholars of religion and mythology. This study seeks to fill this gap and explores the human and superhuman role of Hanuman in Sanskrit texts. With the Ramayana as the basic source, Sanskrit plays and Puranas have also been studied to unravel the complexity of Hanumans personality and its development as a character in flesh and blood. Hanuman is also analysed in the context of religious tradition centred on Ramayana. The study focuses on the evolution and change in the theology of Hanuman. He appears as an incarnation of Siva, a god in his own right, a tribal deity and a hero god with power and virility who destroys evil. At a mundane level Hanuman is an ideal human, an upright man, a trusted friend of Rama, a statesman and a brave warrior. In the bhakti tradition, he is the lord, the object of bhakti.

Jagannatha & the Gajapati Kings of Orissa - A Compendium of Late Medieval Texts (Hardcover, First Edition,): Gaganendra Nath... Jagannatha & the Gajapati Kings of Orissa - A Compendium of Late Medieval Texts (Hardcover, First Edition,)
Gaganendra Nath Dash, Ranjan Kumar Das
R1,277 R1,056 Discovery Miles 10 560 Save R221 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lord Jagannatha of Puri, one of the most famous Hindu deities, was the rashtradevata of Orissa in the medieval period and became a symbol of Oriya identity in modern times. The erstwhile imperial Gajapati Kings of Orissa and their successors, the Khurda Rajas, enjoyed special privileges in the cult as adyasevaka or 'first servant' of Jagannatha and even controlled it to a certain extent. The present work consists of a comprehensive palm-leaf manuscript combining several originally separate Oriya texts of the fifteenth/sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, compiled by the Duela Karanas, the temple scribes of Puri, in the late eighteenth or the early nineteenth century. They provide first hand and most authoritative information on land endowments to religious shrines throughout the medieval Orrisan period, on rituals and duties or priests and temple servitors and, most important, on legendary and various historical and cultural events during the reign of the Gajapatis. The present compendium is a unique source for the study of the cult of Jagannatha and the culture and history of pre-colinial Orissa. Coming to light for the first time, it may be regarded as the most important study of its genre after the publication of Puri's temple chronicle, the Madala Panji, by A B Mohanty in 1940.

Ganesh - Removing the Obstacles (Hardcover, Revised ed.): James H. Bae Ganesh - Removing the Obstacles (Hardcover, Revised ed.)
James H. Bae
R205 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R38 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In India, statues of Ganesh are placed at the inner gates of many temples, symbolizing his role as keeper of sacred spaces. Here, pilgrims and passersby pay homage and seek his blessings. It is this symbolic presence at the entrance of our most holy places that makes Ganesh such a vital figure in our lives.
Stationed at the threshold of sacredness and awareness, mediating between the possibility of the profound and our often habitual, mundane perception of the world, Ganesh is the guiding force behind this very moment of experience - where desire meets possibility. "Ganesh: Removing the Obstacles" offers practical and meaningful interpretations of folk narratives and sacred texts concerning the larger-than-life elephant-headed god, Ganesh.

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