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

Tantra (Paperback, Ed): Osho Tantra (Paperback, Ed)
Osho
R344 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R47 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Tantra is freedom; freedom from all mind-constructs, from all mind-games; freedom from all structures; freedom from the other. Tantra is space to be. Tantra is liberation, a total orgasm of the whole being." --Osho The tradition of Tantra or Tantric Buddhism is known to have existed in India as early as the 5th century AD. In this all-time bestseller, using the contemporary idiom and his own unique blend of wisdom and humor, Osho talks about the mystical insights found in the ancient Tantric writings. He also explores many significant Tantric meditation techniques, demonstrating how they are as relevant to the modern-day seeker as they were to those in earlier times. No matter how complex, obscure, or mystical the subject, Osho always brings his uniquely refreshing perspective--introducing the most difficult concepts to the widest possible audience with irreverent wit and thought-provoking inspiration.

Ramayana Book Two - Ayodhya (Hardcover): Valmiki Ramayana Book Two - Ayodhya (Hardcover)
Valmiki; Translated by Sheldon I. Pollock
R571 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 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"

aBy any measure the Ramayana of Valmiki is one of the great epic poems of world literature. . . . Now the New York University Press is republishing the translations, without notes and with minimal introductions, in more accessible and less expensive editions, as part of the Clay Sanskrit Library. So far the translators have been eminently successful.a
--"The New York Sun" [Refers to the nine volumes of the Ramayana]

The king decides to abdicate in favor of Rama; but just as the celebrations reach their climax, a court intrigue forces Rama and Sita into fourteen years banishment; they dutifully accept their fate, and go off to the jungle. The other brothers refuse to benefit from his misfortune, which leaves nobody to run the city; eventually one of them is persuaded to act as regent, but only consents to do so on condition that he lives outside the city and acts in Ramaas name.

"Ayodhya" is Book Two of Valmiki's national Indianepic, The Ramayana. The young hero Rama sets out willingly from the capital with wife and brother for a fourteen-year banishment, which will entail great suffering and further difficult choices in the books ahead. Of the seven books of this great Sanskrit epic, "Ayodhya" is the most human, and it remains one of the best introductions to the social and political values of traditional India.

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

The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Simon Brodbeck The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
Simon Brodbeck; Translated by Laurie L. Patton
R261 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Part of the ancient Hindu epic The Mahabharata, The Bhagavad Gita is one of the enduring religious texts of the world The Bhagavad Gita is an early poem that recounts the conversation between Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, a manifestation of God. In the moments before a great battle, Krishna sets out the important lessons Arjuna must learn to understand his own role in the war he is about to fight. Krishna reveals to Arjuna his true cosmic form and counsels the warrior to act according to his sacred obligations. Ranging from instructions on yoga to moral discussion, the Gita has served for centuries as an everyday, practical guide to living well. Translated with an introduction by Laurie L. Patton

History of the Tantric Religion - An Historical, Ritualistic, and Philosophical Study (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): N.N.... History of the Tantric Religion - An Historical, Ritualistic, and Philosophical Study (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
N.N. Bhattacharyya
R1,653 R1,352 Discovery Miles 13 520 Save R301 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book, the author presents in historical outline, the genesis, development and structural analysis of the Tantric tradition in India and its place in the Indian religious and philosophical systems. It studies the different aspects of Tantrism, its vastness and intricacies, its heterogeneous and contradictory elements and gives a historical perspective to the conglomeration of ideas and practices through space and time. After an introduction to the meaning of Tantra, the work outlines the various texts which comprise Tantric literature. The development of Tantrism is traced from pre-Vedic times through the Vedic, post-Vedic, early Buddhist and Jain periods down to the evolution of the concept of Sakti in Indian religious thinking. The sequence is carried forward by a study of the development of Tantric Buddhism in India and Tantric Ideas and practices in medieval religious systems. The Lokayata tradition and its connection with Tantrism and finally the emergence of sophisticated Tantras with Sakta orientation completes this historical study of Tantrism through the ages. This important work also incorporates a review on Tantric art and a glossary of Tantric technical terms with reference to text, and intermeniaries.

Divinity and Diversity - A Hindu Revitalization Movement in Malaysia (Hardcover): Alexandra Kent Divinity and Diversity - A Hindu Revitalization Movement in Malaysia (Hardcover)
Alexandra Kent
R1,136 Discovery Miles 11 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The "911" attacks on the United States and subsequent "war on terrorism" have brought a discussion of transnational "religious" networks onto center stage. While the Sai Baba movement (the focus of this study) has no militaristic ideology, it may--like any other such movement--ultimately call into question the sovereignty of the nation state. Today, then, issues of faith and devotion are more urgent than ever in the interfaces between diverse world views, not only at local and national levels but, increasingly, at the global level as well. Religion and religiosity are potent cultural resources that undergo continuous reinvention by particular actors within relationships of power. This book looks closely at the Malaysian following of the contemporary Indian godman Sathya Sai Baba, a neo-Hindu guru famed for his miracle-working. This religious innovation has broad appeal among non-Malays, but attempts to formalize and control it have evolved within a middle-class subsection of the Malaysian Indian community. This community makes subtle and ambiguous appeals for both spiritual unity and religious pluralism in response to the totalitarianism and intolerance of Malaysian modernity as it is wielded by the Malay-dominated government.

The Truth Within - A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism (Hardcover, New): Gavin Flood The Truth Within - A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism (Hardcover, New)
Gavin Flood
R2,511 Discovery Miles 25 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The idea that there is a truth within the person linked to the discovery of a deeper, more fundamental, more authentic self, has been a common theme in many religions throughout history and an idea that is still with us today. This inwardness or interiority unique to me as an essential feature of who I am has been an aspect of culture and even a defining characteristic of human being; an authentic, private sphere to which we can retreat that is beyond the conflicts of the outer world. This inner world becomes more real than the outer, which is seen as but a pale reflection. Remarkably, the image of the truth within is found across cultures and this book presents an account of this idea in the pre-modern history of Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. Furthermore, in theistic religions, Christianity and some forms of Hinduism, the truth within is conflated with the idea of God within and in all cases this inner truth is thought to be not only the heart of the person, but also the heart of the universe itself. Gavin Flood examines the metaphor of inwardness and the idea of truth within, along with the methods developed in religions to attain it such as prayer and meditation. These views of inwardness that link the self to cosmology can be contrasted with a modern understanding of the person. In examining the truth within in Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism, Flood offers a hermeneutical phenomenology of inwardness and a defence of comparative religion.

The Myth of the Holy Cow (Paperback, New edition): Dwijendra Narayan Jha The Myth of the Holy Cow (Paperback, New edition)
Dwijendra Narayan Jha
R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dwijendra Narayan Jha, a leading Indian historian, argues that beef played an important part in the cuisine of ancient India, long before the birth of Islam. Beef was very much part of the Brahmanical and Buddhist diet, and the evidence Jha produces from a variety of religious and secular texts is compelling. fundamentalist groups backing them have demanded that the book should be ritually burnt in Public. The Hyderabad Civil Court has already banned the book and the author's life has been threatened.

The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Alan Jacobs The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
Alan Jacobs
R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The "Bhagavad Gita" is a sacred scripture of epic dimensions and is the key sacred text of Hinduism. It means the "song of God" and is often called the "Song Celestial". Alan Jacobs uses contemporary free verse based on innovative metaphors to provide a clear meaning for today's readers. It is mandala poetry - each verse being a mandala for meditation.

The Principal Upanishads (Paperback): Alan Jacobs The Principal Upanishads (Paperback)
Alan Jacobs; Translated by Alan Jacobs
R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The "Upanishads" are the sacred writings of Hinduism. They are perhaps the greatest of all the books in the history of world religions. Their origins predate recorded history, being revealed to the Rishis of the Vedic civilization some 5000 to 10,000 years ago. Many see them as the kernel of the mystical, philosophical truths that are the basis of the Higher World religion of Hinduism, their cradle, of which Buddhism is a successor and Judaism is an offshoot. With Islam and Christianity being offshoots of Judaism, this makes them the foundational documents for understanding and practising religion today. Much of the original text of the "Upanishads" is archaic and occasionally corrupted, but it does convey a moral and ethical thrust that is abundantly clear. Alan Jacobs uses modern free verse to convey the essential meaning and part of the original text. He omits Sanskrit words as far as possible and the commentary provided is contemporary rather than ancient.

Heart Poured Out - A Story of Swami Ashokananda (Hardcover, 1st ed): Sister Gargi Heart Poured Out - A Story of Swami Ashokananda (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Sister Gargi
R678 R501 Discovery Miles 5 010 Save R177 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This popular book is now available in its first paperback edition. A Heart Poured Out is the fascinating biography of Swami Ashokananda (1893-1969), an illustrious teacher of the Ramakrishna Order who spent most of his life expanding the Vedanta movement in northern California while training his American students to lead authentic spiritual lives. Award-winning author Marie Louise Burke (Sister Gargi), his famed disciple, recounts the Swami's life and conversations in a personal style that is eloquent, witty, and wise. His powerful guidance-here brought to light for the first time-will help readers of all faiths deepen their spiritual practice.Soul-stirring account ... reveals the Swami's extraordinary spiritual stature with candor, integrity, and wit. -HUSTON SMITH, author of The World's Religions Rapturously written biography of an intrinsically fascinating man ... highly recommended.-MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWCompelling remembrance of a saintly life.-LIBRARY JOURNALExhaustive et engaging ... this rare account is well worth the wait.-YOGA JOURNAL

The Bhagavad Gita - A New Translation (Paperback): Gavin Flood, Charles Martin The Bhagavad Gita - A New Translation (Paperback)
Gavin Flood, Charles Martin
R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new verse translation of the classic Sanskrit text combines the skills of leading Hinduist Gavin Flood with the stylistic verve of award-winning poet and translator Charles Martin. The result is a living, vivid work that avoids dull pedantry and remains true to the extraordinarily influential original. A devotional, literary, and philosophical masterpiece of unsurpassed beauty and imaginative relevance, The Bhagavad Gita has inspired, among others, Mahatma Gandhi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, T. S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, and Aldous Huxley. Its universal themes life and death, war and peace, sacrifice resonate in a West increasingly interested in Eastern religious experiences and the Hindu diaspora."

Bhima Bhoi: Verses from the Void - Mystic Poetry of an Oriya Saint (Hardcover): Bettina Baumer, Johannes Beltz Bhima Bhoi: Verses from the Void - Mystic Poetry of an Oriya Saint (Hardcover)
Bettina Baumer, Johannes Beltz
R1,531 R1,257 Discovery Miles 12 570 Save R274 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Book & CD. Mahima Dharma (the Dharma of Glory) is one of the most fascinating living religious traditions of Orissa. It originated during the nineteenth century as an autochthonous reform movement, emerging out of the nirguna bhakti tradition of India. The earliest authentic testimonies of this movement are the impressive compositions of Bhima Bhoi, a lay guru, who fought against social evils such as caste and ritualised piety and initiated women into his community. The present volume is the first representative and comprehensive anthology of Bhima Bhois religious poetry. It offers a detailed introduction, which discusses the poet and his work in its social, religious, and philosophical contexts. All Poems, originally in Oriya, are transliterated into Roman script first and then translated into English on the facing page for easy comprehension. Since Bhima Bhois poetry is above all oral poetry, and his songs are still recited by Mahima Dharmis, the editors decided to complement the written text by authentic audio samples from Orissa. An audio CD, recorded in the areas of Sonepur and Sambalpur offers a selection of popular bhajans of Bhima Bhoi sung by practising Mahima Dharmis. In the end, the volume brings to a worldwide audience, for the first time, an outstanding poet, widely unknown, outside Orissa.

Chakras - Chakras For Beginners - How to Awaken And Balance Chakras, Radiate Positive Energy And Heal Yourself (Paperback):... Chakras - Chakras For Beginners - How to Awaken And Balance Chakras, Radiate Positive Energy And Heal Yourself (Paperback)
Michael Williams
R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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

Where Golden Dreams Dwell - Instrumental Arrangements from Selections of Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants (CD):... Where Golden Dreams Dwell - Instrumental Arrangements from Selections of Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants (CD)
Paramahansa Yogananda
R281 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R72 (26%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In the Sanctuary of the Soul - A Guide to Effective Prayer (Hardcover): Paramahansa Yogananda, Yogananda In the Sanctuary of the Soul - A Guide to Effective Prayer (Hardcover)
Paramahansa Yogananda, Yogananda
R324 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R17 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Beautifully rendered, this guide presents Yogananda's insights on how people can experience God's presence directly in their lives, and clearly sets forth principles of effective prayer for receiving God's response. A remarkable blending of East and West, the teachings offered here embrace universal spiritual laws that will inspire people of all faiths to deepen their spiritual practice. The brief reflections and accessible formats make this an ideal devotional guide.

The Camphor Flame - Popular Hinduism and Society in India - Revised and Expanded Edition (Paperback, Revised edition): C.J.... The Camphor Flame - Popular Hinduism and Society in India - Revised and Expanded Edition (Paperback, Revised edition)
C.J. Fuller
R1,122 R902 Discovery Miles 9 020 Save R220 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Popular Hinduism is shaped, above all, by worship of a multitude of powerful divine beings--a superabundance indicated by the proverbial total of 330 million gods and goddesses. The fluid relationship between these beings and humans is a central theme of this rich and accessible study of popular Hinduism in the context of the society of contemporary India. Lucidly organized and skillfully written, "The Camphor Flame" brings clarity to an immensely complicated subject. C. J. Fuller combines ethnographic case studies with comparative anthropological analysis and draws on textual and historical scholarship as well. The book's new afterword brings the study up-to-date by examining the relationship between popular Hinduism and contemporary Hindu nationalism.

Pradyumna - Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara (Hardcover): Christopher R. Austin Pradyumna - Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara (Hardcover)
Christopher R. Austin
R1,666 Discovery Miles 16 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides the first full-scale English-language study of Pradyumna, the son of the Hindu god Krsna. Often represented as a young man in mid-adolescence, Pradyumna is both a handsome double of his demon-slaying father and the rebirth of Kamadeva, the God of Love. Sanskrit epic, puranic, and kavya narratives of the 300-1300 CE period celebrate Pradyumna's sexual potency, mastery of illusory subterfuges, and military prowess in supporting the work of his avatara father. These materials reflect the values of an evolving Brahminical and Vaisnava tradition that was deeply invested in the imperatives of family, patrilines, the violent but necessary defense of the social and cosmic order, and the celebration of beauty and desire as a means to the divine. Pradyumna's evolving narratives, almost completely absent from existing studies of Hindu mythology, provide a point of access to the development of Krsna bhakti and Vaisnava theism more broadly. Conversely, Jain sources cast Pradyumna as an exemplary figure through whom a pointed rejection of these values can be articulated, even while sharing certain of their elementary premises. Pradyumna: Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara assembles these narratives, presents key Sanskrit materials in translation and summary form, and articulates the social, gender, and religious values encoded in them. Most importantly, the study argues that Pradyumna's signature two-handed maneuver-the audacious appropriation of a feminine partner, enabled by the emasculating destruction of her demonic male protector-communicates a persistent fantasy of male power expressed in the language of a mutually implicating sex and violence.

The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism - Secular Claims, Communal Realities (Paperback): Achin Vanaik The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism - Secular Claims, Communal Realities (Paperback)
Achin Vanaik
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With the Hindu nationalist BJP now replacing the Congress as the only national political force, the communalization of the Indian polity has qualitatively advanced since the earlier edition of this book in 1997. This edition has been substantially reworked and updated with several new chapters added. Hindutva's rise necessitates a more critical take on mainstream secular claims, ironically reinforced by liberal-left sections discovering special virtues in India's 'distinctive' secularism. The careful evaluation of the ongoing debate on 'Indian fascism' has resonances for the broader debate about how best to assess the dangers of the far right's rise in other liberal democracies. A study follows of how Hindutva forces are pursuing their project of establishing a Hindu Rashtra and how to thwart them through a wider transformative struggle targeting capitalism itself.

The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Sir Edwin Arnold The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
Sir Edwin Arnold
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 In stock
Refiguring the Body - Embodiment in South Asian Religions (Hardcover): Barbara A. Holdrege, Karen Pechilis Refiguring the Body - Embodiment in South Asian Religions (Hardcover)
Barbara A. Holdrege, Karen Pechilis
R1,762 Discovery Miles 17 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Looking from Within (Paperback, 1st ed): Aurobindo, The Mother Looking from Within (Paperback, 1st ed)
Aurobindo, The Mother; Compiled by A. S Dalal
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Three chief categories of seekers have been kept in view in selecting passages for this compilation: those who wish to obtain a greater life-mastery; those who, while pursuing the common goals of life, also aim at something beyond the ordinary life and seek to grow towards a higher or spiritual state of being; and those for whom spiritual growth is the primary purpose and occupation of life......

The Hindu Temple - An Introduction to Its Meaning and Forms (Paperback, New edition): George Michell The Hindu Temple - An Introduction to Its Meaning and Forms (Paperback, New edition)
George Michell
R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For more than 1500 years, from the Indian subcontinent to the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, the temple has embodied and symbolized the Hindu worldview at its deepest level and inspired the greatest architectural and artistic achievements in Hindu Asia. In "The Hindu Temple," considered the standard introduction to the subject, George Michell explains the cultural, religious, and architectural significance of the temple. He illustrates his points with a profusion of photographs, building plans, and drawings of architectural details, making the book a useful guide for travelers to Asia as well as an illuminating text for students of architecture, religion, and Asian civilizations.
Michell's discussion of the meaning and forms of the temple in Hindu society encompasses the awe-inspiring rock-cut temples at Ellora and Elephanta, the soaring superstructures and extraordinary sexual exhibitionism of the sculptures at Khajuraho, and the colossal mortuary temple of Angkor Vat, as well as the tiny iconic shrines that many Hindus wear around their necks and the simple shrines found under trees or near ponds.

Uprising of the Fools - Pilgrimage as Moral Protest in Contemporary India (Paperback): Vikash Singh Uprising of the Fools - Pilgrimage as Moral Protest in Contemporary India (Paperback)
Vikash Singh
R595 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R64 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Kanwar is India's largest annual religious pilgrimage. Millions of participants gather sacred water from the Ganga and carry it across hundreds of miles to dispense as offerings in Siva shrines. These devotees-called bhola, gullible or fools, and seen as miscreants by many Indians-are mostly young, destitute men, who have been left behind in the globalizing economy. But for these young men, the ordeal of the pilgrimage is no foolish pursuit, but a means to master their anxieties and attest their good faith in unfavorable social conditions. Vikash Singh walked with the pilgrims of the Kanwar procession, and with this book, he highlights how the procession offers a social space where participants can prove their talents, resolve, and moral worth. Working across social theory, phenomenology, Indian metaphysics, and psychoanalysis, Singh shows that the pilgrimage provides a place in which participants can simultaneously recreate and prepare for the poor, informal economy and inevitable social uncertainties. In identifying with Siva, who is both Master of the World and yet a pathetic drunkard, participants demonstrate their own sovereignty and desirability despite their stigmatized status. Uprising of the Fools shows how religion today is not a retreat into tradition, but an alternative forum for recognition and resistance within a rampant global neoliberalism.

Who Am I? (Paperback): Sri Ramana Maharshi Who Am I? (Paperback)
Sri Ramana Maharshi
R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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