By Ronald L. Barrett, Jonathan P. Parry
By Ronald L. Barrett, Jonathan P. Parry
By June McDaniel
In delivering vegetation, Feeding Skulls, June McDaniel offers an exhaustive, accessibly written assessment of Bengali goddess worship or Shakti. McDaniel identifies 3 significant different types of goddess worship, and examines every one via its myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred texts, and practitioners. She strains those strands via Bengali tradition and explores how they're interwoven with one another in addition to with different kinds of Hinduism and other kinds of faith. McDaniel additionally discusses how Shakti practices were reinterpreted within the West, the place goddess worship has received the values of sexual freedom and mental therapeutic, yet misplaced its emphases on devotion and asceticism. She takes the reader contained in the lives of practising Shaktas, together with non secular execs, hymn singers, philosophers, visionaries, authorities, or even a businessman, and provides bright descriptions in their rituals, practices, and day-by-day lives. Drawing on years of fieldwork and vast learn, McDaniel paints a wealthy, expansive portrait of this attention-grabbing non secular culture.
By Norman Lewis
A attention-grabbing portrait of the eclectic tribes of India and the distant areas that they inhabit
In the Nineties, the fifty-four million participants of India’s tribal colonies accounted for seven percentage of the country’s overall population—yet little or no approximately them used to be recorded. Norman Lewis depicts India’s jungles as being endangered by means of “progress,” and his experience of urgency in recording what he can in regards to the country’s detailed tribes leads to a compelling and fascinating narrative. From the poetic Muria humans whose nutrition contains monkeys, crimson ants, and crocodiles, to the tranquil mountain tribes who should be on the topic of the Australian Aborigines, to the bare Mundas those who may well shoot, with bow and arrow, an individual who laughs of their course, Lewis chronicles the original features of the numerous tribes that locate their lifestyle more and more threatened via the encroachment of modernity.
By Mr Anand Neelakantan
The epic story of victory and defeatƒ the tale of the Ramayana were instructed innumerable occasions. The enchanting tale of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is understood to each Indian. And within the pages of heritage, as consistently, it's the model instructed through the victors, that lives on. The voice of the vanquished is still misplaced in silence. yet what if Ravana and his humans had a unique tale to inform? the tale of the Ravanayana had by no means been instructed. Asura is the epic story of the vanquished Asura humans, a narrative that has been loved through the oppressed outcastes of India for 3000 years. in the past, no Asura has dared to inform the story. yet probably the time has come for the lifeless and the defeated to talk. ñFor hundreds of thousands of years, i've been vilified and my loss of life is well known yr after yr in each nook of India. Why? was once it simply because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? was once it simply because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? you will have heard the victor's story, the Ramayana. Now listen the Ravanayana, for i'm Ravana, the Asura, and my tale is the story of the vanquished.î ñI am a non-entity ? invisible, powerless and negligible. No epics will ever be written approximately me. i've got suffered either Ravana and Rama ? the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. whilst the tales of significant males are informed, my voice might be too feeble to be heard. but, spare me a second and listen to my tale, for i'm Bhadra, the Asura, and my lifestyles is the story of the loser.î the traditional Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling below the heel of the Devas. In desperation, the Asuras search for to a tender saviour ? Ravana. Believing greater international awaits them below Ravana, universal males like Bhadra choose to stick to the younger chief. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to be triumphant, Ravana leads his humans from victory to victory and carves out an enormous empire from the Devas. yet even if Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the negative Asuras locate that not anything a lot has replaced for them. it's whilst that Ravana, by way of one motion, alterations the historical past of the area.
By Devdutt Pattanaik
In My Gita, acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies The Bhagavad Gita for the modern reader. His targeted approach—thematic instead of verse-by-verse—makes the traditional treatise eminently available, mixed because it is along with his trademark illustrations and straightforward diagrams.
In an international that turns out spellbound through argument over discussion, vi-vaad over sam-vaad, Devdutt highlights how Krishna nudges Arjuna to appreciate instead of pass judgement on his relationships. This turns into correct this day after we are more and more indulging and separating the self (self-improvement, self-actualization, self-realization—even selfies!).We disregard that we are living in an atmosphere of others, the place we will be able to nourish one another with nutrition, love and which means, even if we fight.
So allow My Gita tell your Gita.
By Roberto Calasso
"A giddy invasion of stories--brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful." --The ny occasions e-book Review
"So great that you just can't examine it anymore--and you can't examine anything. . . . nobody will learn it with out reward."
--The Boston Globe
With a similar narrative fecundity and creative sympathy he delivered to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the brain of historic India. He starts off with a secret: Why is an important god within the Rg Veda, the oldest of India's sacred texts, identified via a mystery name--"Ka," or Who?
What ensues isn't an evidence, yet an unveiling. listed here are the tales of the construction of brain and topic; of the beginning of loss of life, of the 1st sexual union and the 1st parricide. We study why Siva needs to hold his father's cranium, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as a part of a undeniable sacrifice, the king's spouse needs to copulate with a useless horse. A travel de strength of scholarship and seduction, Ka is impossible to resist.
"Passage[s] of such ecstatic perception and cross-cultural synthesis--simply, of such beauty." --The manhattan assessment of Books
"All is spectacle and pleasure, and tiny mirrors reflecting human foibles are set into the weave,turning this retelling into the stuff of literature." --The New Yorker
By Dr. A. V. Srinivasan
How you can behavior Puja to Saraswati is a part of a nine quantity set of recent paperbacks released via Parijata guides, Periplus Line LLC (www.periplusbooks.com), 1999 -2009. every one book is 5.25" tall x 4.25" - complete colour disguise - b&w illustrations - Sanskrit transliteration & English translation - step by step directions with advent and record of fabrics. How-to handbooks for Hindu ceremonies of worship for: Ganapati (Ganesha); Shiva; Lakshmi; Rama; Soorya; Durga, Krishna, Saraswati, the Navagrahas (Nine Planets).
By Swami Sri Yukteswar
The Holy technology through Swami Sri Yukteswar.
Swami Sri Yukteswar (1855-1936), whose westernly-known disciple was once Paramahansa Yogananda, was once a quiet, difficult Bengali instructor of Kriya Yoga, the complex kind of raja (meditative) yoga that Yogananda has made so well known within the west. Sri Yukteswarji, although, didn't have the effusive, pleasing kind of his renowned disciple, nor did he write in as simply obtainable demeanour. This slim quantity is however to be hugely urged to the intense pupil of yoga philosophy or raja perform, and particularly to scholars of Kriya Yoga, for whom Sri Yukteswar's penetrating insights will healthy jointly very important puzzle-pieces of the yoga non secular direction. (Beginners to yoga philosophy and perform will be good prompt first to learn Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi" -- might be once or twice and taking in even the technical footnotes -- earlier than tackling "The Holy Science." )
The swami defines his volume's objective to be: displaying the fundamental cohesion of *all* religions. it truly is, however the emphasis certainly facilities on parallels among John's gospel and Revelation and the yoga ideas of India's Sankhya philosophy "Sanatan Dharma." essentially the most arresting parallels offered crisis the way in which either teachings current ideas of "The Word", "Holy Baptism", and "Messiah/Satguru". Sri Yukteswarji doesn't dissipate additional phrases trying to make cohesion persuasive to those that have a dogmatic conviction that their faith (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, or no matter what) has the "true" carry on "truth," so those who find themselves so persuaded can correctly pass this paintings. If, besides the fact that, you might have consistently had a nagging intuitive feel that there should be One fact in the back of all types of non secular fact, time spent to assimilate the swami's realizations can be good repaid.
As an advantage there's a interesting introductory bankruptcy and is the reason India's macro-astrology and the astronomical development of the equinoxes ( the phenomenon which leads western astrologers to talk of the arriving "age of Aquarius"). This creation to the Indian astrological procedure finds it to be remarkably subtle -- supplying cause to pause and give some thought to the consequences of a potential cyclical nature of *spiritual* a while ("yugas" to India) -- and new desire that humanity's spirituality will begin to meet up with its technology... offering we attend to our dharmas!
Not an *easy* learn -- but when you're thinking that you are ready for it, it may be a really lucrative one.
By Paul Dundas
The Indian faith of Jainism, whose imperative guideline consists of non-violence to all creatures, is without doubt one of the world's oldest and least-understood faiths. Dundas seems to be at Jainism in its social and doctrinal context, explaining its historical past, sects, scriptures and formality, and describing how the Jains have, over 2500 years, outlined themselves as a distinct non secular neighborhood. This revised and elevated variation takes account of recent examine into Jainism.