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

The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth - Ring Composition, Royal Power and The Dharmic Double Helix (Hardcover): Raj Balkaran The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth - Ring Composition, Royal Power and The Dharmic Double Helix (Hardcover)
Raj Balkaran
R3,042 Discovery Miles 30 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Sanskrit narrative text Devi Mahatmya, "The Greatness of The Goddess," extols the triumphs of an all-powerful Goddess, Durga, over universe-imperiling demons. These exploits are embedded in an intriguing frame narrative: a deposed king solicits the counsel of a forest-dwelling ascetic, who narrates the tripartite acts of Durga which comprise the main body of the text. It is a centrally important early text about the Great Goddess, which has significance to the broader field of Puranic Studies. This book analyzes the Devi Mahatmya and argues that its frame narrative cleverly engages a dichotomy at the heart of Hinduism: the opposing ideals of asceticism and kingship. These ideals comprise two strands of what is referred to herein as the dharmic double helix. It decodes the symbolism of encounters between forest hermits and exiled kings through the lens of the dharmic double helix, demonstrating the extent to which this common narrative trope masterfully encodes the ambivalence of brahmanic ideology. Engaging the tension between the moral necessity for nonviolence and the sociopolitical necessity for violence, the book deconstructs the ideological ambivalence throughout the Devi Mahatmya to demonstrate that its frame narrative invariably sheds light on its core content. Its very structure serves to emphasize a theme that prevails throughout the text, one inalienable to the rubric of the episodes themselves: sovereignty on both cosmic and mundane scales. The book sheds new light on the content of the Devi Mahatmya and contextualizes it within the framework of important debates within early Hinduism. It will be of interest to academics in the fields of Asian Religion, Hindu Studies, Goddess Studies, South Asian Studies, Narrative Studies and comparative literature.

Bhagavad Gita, The Holy Book of Hindus - Original Sanskrit Text with English Translation & Transliteration [ A Classic of... Bhagavad Gita, The Holy Book of Hindus - Original Sanskrit Text with English Translation & Transliteration [ A Classic of Indian Spirituality ] (Paperback)
Sushma
R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Across the Threshold of India - Art, Women, and Culture (Hardcover): Martha A. Strawn, Mark H Sloan, Kapila Vatsyayan, William... Across the Threshold of India - Art, Women, and Culture (Hardcover)
Martha A. Strawn, Mark H Sloan, Kapila Vatsyayan, William K. Mahony, Jack Colling
R1,657 R1,238 Discovery Miles 12 380 Save R419 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the Hindu world-view, threshold is a profoundly important concept: it represents a passage between one space and place and another, with emphasis placed on creating a visual bridge between the secular and the sacred. Accordingly, the literal threshold a person crosses when entering and exiting a home or business symbolizes the threshold one crosses between the physical and spiritual realms of existence. Hindus have long believed it is possible to affect a person's well-being by using diagrams to sanctify the "threshold space." The diagrams do so by "trapping" ill will, evil, bad luck, or negative energy within their colorful and elaborate configurations, thereby cleansing those who traverse the space and sending them on their way with renewed spirit, positive energy, and good luck and fortune.The creation of the threshold drawings, or diagrams, is steeped in Indian history and culture, going back thousands of years. Practiced by women, it was long considered a vernacular art. But, as this innovative book reveals, it turns out that the diagrams represent highly sophisticated mathematical and cosmological underpinnings that have been unknowingly handed down from one generation of women to the next. As India has modernized and rapidly become more urban however, more Indian women have acquired more complicated lives, allowing less time to continue the practice of threshold drawings. And so a long-standing and critically important expression of Indian life, religion, and culture is becoming less common to the point that the tradition is threatened."Across the Threshold of India" is a pioneering new book that presents the story of the threshold drawings for the first time. In Volume I, the reader is presented with an insightful history of how the threshold drawings evolved, what they have meant and represented in Indian and Hindu culture, and how the practice became a high form of vernacular art for religious and everyday life. In Volume II, we are able to enjoy and admire Martha Strawn's original duotone and color photographs of the threshold drawings that she made throughout India during decades of work and travel, most of which are in the permanent collection of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, the nation's foremost research center for Indian culture and art. By presenting the most recent scholarship on the history and art of the threshold drawings and combining that engaging tale with her wonderful fine-art and documentary photographs, Martha Strawn has given the world a unique and enduring gift: a work of visual ecology that perceptively portrays one of India's and the world's longest and least-known religious practices: the art of sanctifying space through threshold drawings." Martha Strawn s photographs reveal an ancient tradition unfamiliar to most outside of India. The intricate patterns of the rangoli diagrams, rendered in lyric detail, connect these Hindu women with others throughout millennia who have sought to find the divine within sacred geometries. Strawn effectively demonstrates how this inherited custom has evolved from a religious necessity into a fascinating and enduring form of cultural expression. This two-volume work is a welcome addition to the growing literature about Indian art and culture, with Strawn's timeless photographs at its center. " -- From the Introduction by Mark H. Sloan, Director and Senior Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of CharlestonPublished in association with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston."

Kali's Child - The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna (Paperback, New edition): Jeffrey J.... Kali's Child - The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna (Paperback, New edition)
Jeffrey J. Kripal
R908 Discovery Miles 9 080 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a book now marked by both critical acclaim and cross-cultural controversy, Jeffrey J. Kripal explores the life and teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a nineteenth-century Bengali saint who played a major role in the creation of modern Hinduism. Through extended textual and symbolic analyses of Ramakrishna's censored "secret talk," Kripal demonstrates that the saint's famous ecstatic and visionary experiences were driven by mystico-erotic energies that he neither fully accepted nor understood. The result is a striking new vision of Ramakrishna as a conflicted, homoerotic Tantric mystic that is as complex as it is clear and as sympathetic to the historical Ramakrishna as it is critical of his traditional portraits.
In a substantial new preface to this second edition, Kripal answers his critics, addresses the controversy the book has generated in India, and traces the genealogy of his work in the history of psychoanalytic discourse on mysticism, Hinduism, and Ramakrishna himself. "Kali's Child" has already proven to be provocative, groundbreaking, and immensely enjoyable.
"Only a few books make such a major contribution to their field that from the moment of publication things are never quite the same again. "Kali's Child" is such a book."--John Stratton Hawley, "History of Religions"
Winner of the American Academy of Religion's History of Religions Prize for the Best First Book of 1995

From the Heart of the Lotus - The Teaching Stories of Swami Kripalu (Paperback): Swami Kripalu From the Heart of the Lotus - The Teaching Stories of Swami Kripalu (Paperback)
Swami Kripalu
R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

These never before published teaching stories of the yoga master Swami Kripalu are at once down-to-earth and transcendent. The Swami was fond of telling stories as a way of making his often subtle and surprising points. For example, in a parable about mind control, "The Demanding Daughter," we learn of a young spoiled woman who will only marry on the condition that she can find a husband who will allow her to strike him on the head seven times a day with her shoe. Each story is set off by a particular yoga principle that the Swami illustrates through the story.

The Upanishads (Paperback): Swami Paramananda The Upanishads (Paperback)
Swami Paramananda
R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Chandogya Upanishad (Paperback): Charles Johnston Chandogya Upanishad (Paperback)
Charles Johnston
R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Chakras - Chakras for Beginners - Awaken Your Internal Energy and Learn to Radiate Positive Energy and Start Healing... Chakras - Chakras for Beginners - Awaken Your Internal Energy and Learn to Radiate Positive Energy and Start Healing (Paperback)
Michael Williams
R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Essence of the Bhagavad Gita - A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy (Paperback): Eknath Easwaran Essence of the Bhagavad Gita - A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy (Paperback)
Eknath Easwaran
R297 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R33 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Bhagavad Gita opens with a crisis - Prince Arjuna despairs on the battlefield, unsure if he should fight his kinsmen in a dreadful war. For Easwaran, the Gita's epic battle represents the war in our own hearts and Arjuna's anguish reflects the human condition: torn between opposing forces, confused about how to live. Sri Krishna's timeless guidance, Easwaran argues, can shed light on our dilemmas today. Placing the Gita's teachings in a modern context, Easwaran explores the nature of reality, the illusion of separateness, the search for identity, the meaning of yoga, and how to heal the unconscious. The key message of the Gita is how to resolve our conflicts and live in harmony with the deep unity of life, through the practice of meditation and spiritual disciplines. Sri Krishna doesn't tell Arjuna what to do. He points out the prince's choices, and then leaves it to Arjuna to decide. Easwaran shows us clearly how these teachings still apply - and how, like Arjuna, we must take courage and act wisely if we want our world to thrive.

Multi-Religious Perspectives on a Global Ethic - In Search of a Common Morality (Hardcover): Myriam Renaud, William Schweiker Multi-Religious Perspectives on a Global Ethic - In Search of a Common Morality (Hardcover)
Myriam Renaud, William Schweiker
R3,103 Discovery Miles 31 030 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ratified by the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1993 and expanded in 2018, "Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration," or the Global Ethic, expresses the minimal set of principles shared by people-religious or not. Though it is a secular document, the Global Ethic emerged after months of collaborative, interreligious dialogue dedicated to identifying a common ethical framework. This volume tests and contests the claim that the Global Ethic's ethical directives can be found in the world's religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions. The book features essays by scholars of religion who grapple with the practical implications of the Global Ethic's directives when applied to issues like women's rights, displaced peoples, income and wealth inequality, India's caste system, and more. The scholars explore their respective religious traditions' ethical response to one or more of these issues and compares them to the ethical response elaborated by the Global Ethic. The traditions included are Hinduism, Engaged Buddhism, Shi'i Islam, Sunni Islam, Confucianism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Indigenous African Religions, and Human Rights. To highlight the complexities within traditions, each essay is followed by a brief response by an expert in the same tradition. Multi-Religious Perspectives on a Global Ethic is of special interest to advanced students and scholars whose work focuses on the traditions listed above, on comparative religion, religious ethics, comparative ethics, and common morality.

The Hindu World (Paperback): Sushil Mittal, Gene Thursby The Hindu World (Paperback)
Sushil Mittal, Gene Thursby
R1,357 Discovery Miles 13 570 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Hindu World is the most complete, authoritative and up-to-date one-volume guide to Hindu faith and culture available today. Written by the world's leading scholars on Hinduism, its twenty-four chapters explore the history, philosophy and practice of one of the world's great religious traditions.

The Hindu World offers new insights into all aspects of Hindu life, ranging from the devotional texts of the Vedas and Ramayana to current perspectives on dharma and kama, temple architecture, sacred food, ritual, caste, cosmic philosophy, history and modernization. This is an ideal reference for students and scholars of Hinduism.

A Vision for Hinduism - Beyond Hindu Nationalism (Hardcover): Jeffery D. Long A Vision for Hinduism - Beyond Hindu Nationalism (Hardcover)
Jeffery D. Long
R2,588 Discovery Miles 25 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Two radically different ideologies are currently competing for the loyalties of the Hindu community. One of these ideologies, Hindu nationalism, conceives of Hinduness as co-extensive with Indianness. The other ideology, which has been articulated by such figures as Sri Ramakrishna and Mahatma Gandhi, repesents Hinduism as the 'eternal' or 'universal' religion. This is an idea of Hinduism that is pluralistic and all-inclusive. Arguing that Hindu nationalism is not only destructive of communal relations, but that it also prevents Hinduism from emerging as a world religion in the true sense of the term, the author here explores a reconfigured version of the second of these two ideologies. He presents a vision of Hinduism as a tradition capable of pointing the way towards a future in which all the world's religions manifest complementary visions of a larger reality - and in which they all, in various ways, participate. This radical religious agenda puts a new and exciting perspective on Hindu and South Asian studies alike.

Vedic Physics - Scientific Origin of Hinduism (Paperback): Raja Ram Mohan Roy Vedic Physics - Scientific Origin of Hinduism (Paperback)
Raja Ram Mohan Roy
R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Awake: the Life of Yogananda DVD (DVD): Paramahansa Yogananda Awake: the Life of Yogananda DVD (DVD)
Paramahansa Yogananda
R753 R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Save R102 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 2) - Bhisma (Hardcover, New): Alex Cherniak Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 2) - Bhisma (Hardcover, New)
Alex Cherniak
R546 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R56 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This second half of Bhishma describes the events from the beginning of the fifth day till the end of the tenth of the great battle between the K&#225uravas and the P&#225ndavas. Despite grandfather Bhishma's appeal to conclude peace with the P&#225ndavas, Dury&#243dhana continues the bloody battle. The key strategist is general Bhishma, commander of the K&#225urava forces. Even though he is compelled to fight on the side of the K&#225uravas, Bhishma's sympathies are with the P&#225ndavas. After the ninth day of war, when Bhishma has wreaked havoc with their troops, the P&#225ndavas realise that they will be unable to win as long as invincible Bhishma is alive. Bhishma willingly reveals to them how he can be destroyed. Strictly observing the warrior code, he will never fight with Shikh&#225ndin, because he was originally born a woman. Bhishma advises the P&#225ndava brothers that &#193rjuna should strike him from behind Shikh&#225ndin's back, and they follow the grandfather's advice.

The Cow in the Elevator - An Anthropology of Wonder (Paperback): Tulasi Srinivas The Cow in the Elevator - An Anthropology of Wonder (Paperback)
Tulasi Srinivas
R621 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R109 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In The Cow in the Elevator Tulasi Srinivas explores a wonderful world where deities jump fences and priests ride in helicopters to present a joyful, imaginative, yet critical reading of modern religious life. Drawing on nearly two decades of fieldwork with priests, residents, and devotees, and her own experience of living in the high-tech city of Bangalore, Srinivas finds moments where ritual enmeshes with global modernity to create wonder-a feeling of amazement at being overcome by the unexpected and sublime. Offering a nuanced account of how the ruptures of modernity can be made normal, enrapturing, and even comical in a city swept up in globalization's tumult, Srinivas brings the visceral richness of wonder-apparent in creative ritual in and around Hindu temples-into the anthropological gaze. Broaching provocative philosophical themes like desire, complicity, loss, time, money, technology, and the imagination, Srinivas pursues an interrogation of wonder and the adventure of writing true to its experience. The Cow in the Elevator rethinks the study of ritual while reshaping our appreciation of wonder's transformative potential for scholarship and for life.

The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism - History, Spirituality, Identity (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016): Alon Goshen-Gottstein The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism - History, Spirituality, Identity (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
Alon Goshen-Gottstein
R1,653 R1,408 Discovery Miles 14 080 Save R245 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hinduism has become a vital 'other' for Judaism over the past decades. The book surveys the history of the relationship from historical to contemporary times, from travellers to religious leadership. It explores the potential enrichment for Jewish theology and spirituality, as well as the challenges for Jewish identity.

A Storm of Songs - India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Hardcover): John Stratton Hawley A Storm of Songs - India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Hardcover)
John Stratton Hawley
R1,106 Discovery Miles 11 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

India celebrates itself as a nation of unity in diversity, but where does that sense of unity come from? One important source is a widely-accepted narrative called the "bhakti movement." Bhakti is the religion of the heart, of song, of common participation, of inner peace, of anguished protest. The idea known as the bhakti movement asserts that between 600 and 1600 CE, poet-saints sang bhakti from India's southernmost tip to its northern Himalayan heights, laying the religious bedrock upon which the modern state of India would be built. Challenging this canonical narrative, John Stratton Hawley clarifies the historical and political contingencies that gave birth to the concept of the bhakti movement. Starting with the Mughals and their Kachvaha allies, North Indian groups looked to the Hindu South as a resource that would give religious and linguistic depth to their own collective history. Only in the early twentieth century did the idea of a bhakti "movement" crystallize-in the intellectual circle surrounding Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal. Interactions between Hindus and Muslims, between the sexes, between proud regional cultures, and between upper castes and Dalits are crucially embedded in the narrative, making it a powerful political resource. A Storm of Songs ponders the destiny of the idea of the bhakti movement in a globalizing India. If bhakti is the beating heart of India, this is the story of how it was implanted there-and whether it can survive.

Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita (Annotated Edition) (Paperback): Swami Vivekananda Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita (Annotated Edition) (Paperback)
Swami Vivekananda
R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mahabharata - The Condensed Version of the World's Greatest Epic (Paperback): Krishna Dharma Mahabharata - The Condensed Version of the World's Greatest Epic (Paperback)
Krishna Dharma
R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 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
Hinduism and Hierarchy in Bali (Paperback): Leo Howe Hinduism and Hierarchy in Bali (Paperback)
Leo Howe
R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the context of Dutch colonialism, world war, the incorporation of Bali into the Indonesian state and the tourist boom, this book examines the complex relationships between the changing nature and continuing relevance of Balinese hierarchy, the neo-Hindu reforms of Balinese religion, and the impact these have had on new forms of identity. Since at least the 1920s commoners and other intellectuals and reformers have sought ways to challenge Balinese caste hierarchy, both through egalitarian re-interpretations of Balinese institutions and through changing religious ideas and practices. State initiatives to transform 'traditional' Balinese religion into monotheistic and more 'authentic' form of Hinduism have precipitated the appearance of many indigenous new religious movements and the importation from India of devotional forms of Hinduism (Sai Baba and Hare Krishna), which has created a vastly more intricate religious landscape. These various forms of Hinduism, and the conflict and competition between, both undermine and sustain relations of hierarchy. Through historically informed, ethnographic analyses of status competition, caste conflict, ritual inflation, religious innovation, and the cultural politics of identity this book, written in an accessible style, makes a major contribution to our understanding of modern Balinese society and its future development.BR> Series editors: Wendy James & N.J. Allen

Kali Mantra Magick - Summoning The Dark Powers of Kali Ma (Paperback): Baal Kadmon Kali Mantra Magick - Summoning The Dark Powers of Kali Ma (Paperback)
Baal Kadmon
R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Kali Puja (Paperback): Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Shree Maa Kali Puja (Paperback)
Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Shree Maa
R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
City of Mirrors - Songs of Lalan Sai (Hardcover): Carol Salomon City of Mirrors - Songs of Lalan Sai (Hardcover)
Carol Salomon; Foreword by Richard Salomon; Edited by Keith Cantdu, Saymon Zakaria; Introduction by Jeanne Openshaw
R3,019 Discovery Miles 30 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Carol Salomon dedicated over thirty years of her life to researching, translating, and annotating this compilation of songs by the Bengali poet and mystical philosopher Lalan Sai (popularly transliterated as Lalon) who lived in the village of Cheuriya in Bengal in the latter half of the nineteenth century. One major objective of his lyrical riddles was to challenge the restrictions of cultural, political, and sexual identity, and his songs accordingly express a longing to understand humanity, its duties, and its ultimate destiny. His songs also contain thinly veiled references to esoteric yogic practices (sadhana), including body-centered Hathayogic techniques that are related to those found in Buddhist, Kaula, Natha, and Sufi medieval tantric literature. Dr. Salomon's translation of the work is the first dedicated English translation of Lalan's songs to closely follow the Bangla text, with all of its dialectical variations, and is here produced alongside the original text. Although her untimely death left her work unpublished, the editors have worked diligently to reconstruct her translations from her surviving printed and handwritten manuscripts. The result is a finished product that can finally share her groundbreaking scholarship on Baul traditions with the world.

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