By Lavanya Vemsani
Krishna is a critical determine in Hinduism, a faith that has been a basic strength for millions of years. This available encyclopedia covers texts, practices, scholarship, and humanities with regards to Krishna from the earliest recognized resources on.
• Overviews the significance of Krishna to global history
• deals topical and thematic entries illuminating classical texts and perform and smooth advancements inside and out India
• Covers philosophical traditions akin to Advaita and vegetarianism in addition to non secular and yoga traditions and their modern adaptations
• comprises wide reviews of fans and founders of Krishna in India and round the world
• stocks geographical information about sacred areas and areas of pilgrimage
By Daniel Odier
By Karline McLain
Nearly a century after his demise, a dead ringer for Sai Baba, the serene previous guy with the white beard from Shirdi village in Maharashtra, India, is quickly recognizable to so much South Asians (and many Westerners) as a guru for all faiths�Hindus, Muslims, and others. in the course of his lifetime Sai Baba authorised all fans who got here to him, despite non secular or caste history, and preached a direction of non secular enlightenment and mutual tolerance. nowadays, tens of millions of Indians and foreigners make the pilgrimage to Shirdi every year, and Sai Baba temples have sprung up in not likely areas all over the world, comparable to Munich, Seattle, and Austin.
Tracing his upward thrust from small village guru to worldwide phenomenon, spiritual reviews pupil Karline McLain makes use of quite a lot of resources to enquire different ways in which Sai Baba has been understood in South Asia and past and the explanations at the back of his skyrocketing attractiveness between Hindus specifically. Shining a focus on a very forceful devotional circulate that avoids basic politics and emphasizes cohesion, carrier, and peace, The Afterlife of Sai Baba is an entertaining�and enlightening�look at one among South Asia�s hottest religious gurus.
By William S. Sax,Helene Basu
Such practices appear to be the very antithesis of modernity and lots of glossy, secular states have systematically tried to get rid of them. Why are such rituals principally absent from smooth societies, and what occurs to them whilst the nation makes an attempt to expunge them from their overall healthiness and justice structures, or perhaps to criminalize them? regardless of the superiority of rituals regarding a few or all of those components, The legislation of Possession represents the 1st try and examine and study them systematically. the quantity brings jointly ancient and modern case reviews from East Asia, South Asia, and Africa, and argues that, regardless of constant makes an attempt via states to deter, cast off, and criminalize them, such rituals persist or even thrive simply because they meet frequent human needs.
By Sanjay K. Gautam
Gautam exhibits how heavily intertwined the heritage of erotics in Indian tradition is with the heritage of theater-aesthetics grounded within the discourse of affection, and Foucault presents the framework for commencing up an highbrow horizon of Indian idea. to do that, Gautam appears to be like to the heritage of 3 inglorious characters in classical India: the courtesan and her closest male companions—her customer, the dandy consort; and her instructor and consultant, the dandy guru. Foucault’s contrast among erotic arts and the technology of sexuality drives Gautam’s exploration of the courtesan as a logo of either sexual-erotic and aesthetic excitement. in any case, by means of entwining jointly Foucault’s works at the heritage of sexuality within the West and the classical Indian texts on eros, Gautam transforms our knowing of either, at the same time he opens up new methods of investigating erotics, aesthetics, gender relatives, and subjectivity.
By Paul Friedrich
This ebook explores and translates the myriad connections among non secular classics, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and the Bhagavad-Gita. proof exhibits that Thoreau took the Gita with him while he moved to Walden Pond, and the books have a lot in universal, referring to final moral and metaphysical questions. Paul Friedrich seems to be at how every one paintings speaks to primary difficulties of excellent and evil, self and cosmos, accountability and fervour, truth and phantasm, political engagement and philosophical meditation, sensuous wildness and ascetic devotion. His exam strikes via a number of phases, from an research of key symbols, akin to the upside-down tree, to an exposition of social, moral, and metaphysical values, to a attention of the various assets of those syncretic works. This publication could be of energetic curiosity to these eager about the origins of Indian and American notion, activism, and poetry.
“By getting to the complexity and wonder of Thoreau’s argument … and examining via it to a blinding array of assets that comes with the Gita, Friedrich not just illuminates the 2 books into consideration but in addition sheds a few mild for writers and others engaged in trying to envision a social truth that's not permeated by means of violence.” — visible Artists Collective
“This is the main accomplished research thus far of Henry David Thoreau’s vintage on the subject of Hindu scripture.” — CHOICE
“Friedrich frames his learn round the use of metaphors, beliefs of behavior, rules of purity, and personality-based rules of advantage. greater than a booklet approximately books, it's also approximately cultures and authors.” — Lalita Pandit, coeditor of Literary India: Comparative reviews in Aesthetics, Colonialism, and Culture
Paul Friedrich is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and within the Committee on Social notion on the college of Chicago. he's the writer of a number of books, together with From Root to Flower and track in Russian Poetry.
By Malory Nye
By John Campbell Oman
By Muthuraj Swamy
Offering a critique of the belief of 'dialogue' because it has been complex through its proponents corresponding to non secular leaders and theologians whose goals are to advertise inter-religious dialog and realizing, the writer argues that this method is 'elitist' and that during fact, humans are not making sharp differences among religions, nor do they separate political, fiscal, social and cultural ideals and practices from their non secular traditions.
Case reviews from villages in southern India discover how Hindu, Muslim and Christian groups have interaction in different ways in which holiday the neat different types frequently used to explain each one faith. Swamy argues that those that advertise discussion are ostensibly trying to conquer the separate identities of non secular practitioners via realizing, yet in truth, they re-enforce them by way of encouraging a fake feel of separation. The challenge with Interreligious discussion: Plurality, clash and Elitism in Hindu-Christian-Muslim Relations presents an cutting edge method of a valuable factor confronting non secular stories, combining either idea and ethnography.
By Jack Hawley
The Gita is a common love music sung by means of God to His pal guy. It cannot be constrained through any creed. it's a assertion of the truths on the center of what all of us already think, in simple terms it makes these truths clearer, so that they turn into instantly invaluable in our day-by-day lives. those truths are for our hearts, not only our heads.
The Gita is greater than only a ebook, greater than mere phrases or thoughts. there's an gathered efficiency in it. To learn the Gita is to be encouraged within the actual experience of the time period: to be “inspirited,” to inhale the traditional and ever-new breath of religious energy.