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Download Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of by Lavanya Vemsani PDF

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

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Download L'incendie du coeur (French Edition) by Daniel Odier PDF

By Daniel Odier

Daniel Odier nous donne ici une traduction inédite des fifty three stances du Spandakârikâ ou "Chant du Frémissement", texte tantrique écrit au début du IXème siècle par l'un des grands yogis du Shivaïsme cachemirien. Il divulge une philosophie et une pratique de méditation essentielle, le Mahamudra, pratique qui rejoint par ses préceptes le ch'an chinois, le zen japonais et le dzogchen tibétain. Il fait souffler un vent de liberté sur des théologies sclérosées et redonne à los angeles spiritualité sa vraie position : celle de l'esprit.

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Download The Afterlife of Sai Baba: Competing Visions of a Global by Karline McLain PDF

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.

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Download The Law of Possession: Ritual, Healing, and the Secular by William S. Sax,Helene Basu PDF

By William S. Sax,Helene Basu

Rituals combining therapeutic with spirit ownership and court-like complaints are stumbled on all over the world and all through background. for instance, someone suffers from an disease that can't be cured, and so one can be healed he plays a ritual regarding prosecution and security, a pass judgement on and witnesses. Divine beings provide facts via human oracles, spirits own their human sufferers and are exorcized, and native gods intrude to supply therapeutic and justice.

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.

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Download Foucault and the Kamasutra: The Courtesan, the Dandy, and by Sanjay K. Gautam PDF

By Sanjay K. Gautam

The Kamasutra is better identified within the West for its scandalous occasion of unbridled sensuality. but, there's a lot, even more to it; embedded within the textual content is a imaginative and prescient of the town based on paintings and aesthetic excitement. In Foucault and the "Kamasutra", Sanjay ok. Gautam lays out the character and starting place of this iconic Indian textual content and engages within the first critical interpreting of its dating with Foucault.

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.

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Download The Gita within Walden by Paul Friedrich PDF

By Paul Friedrich

Looks on the connections among Thoreau’s Walden and the paintings that encouraged it, the Bhagavad-Gita.

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.

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Download The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue: Plurality, by Muthuraj Swamy PDF

By Muthuraj Swamy

Muthuraj Swamy presents a clean viewpoint at the international religions paradigm and 'interreligious dialogue'. through not easy the belief that 'world religions' function as crucial entities break away the lived reviews of practitioners, he exhibits that interreligious discussion is in flip complicated because it is equipped in this very paradigm, and at the delusion of non secular clash.

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.

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Download The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley PDF

By Jack Hawley

The Bhagavad Gita has been referred to as India's maximum contribution to the realm. For greater than 5 thousand years, this nice scripture has proven thousands within the East tips to fill their lives with serenity and love. In those pages, Jack Hawley brings those old secrets and techniques to Western seekers in a gorgeous prose model that makes the tale of the Gita transparent and intriguing, and makes its truths comprehensible and straightforward to use to our busy lives.

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.

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