By Jack Hawley
The Gita is a common love music sung through God to His pal guy. It cannot be constrained by means of any creed. it's a assertion of the truths on the center of what all of us already think, merely it makes these truths clearer, in order that they turn into instantly important in our day-by-day lives. those truths are for our hearts, not only our heads.
The Gita is greater than only a publication, greater than mere phrases or thoughts. there's an amassed efficiency in it. To learn the Gita is to be encouraged within the precise experience of the time period: to be “inspirited,” to inhale the traditional and ever-new breath of religious energy.
By Richard S Weiss
Weiss analyzes the good fortune of siddha medical professionals, targeting how they've got effectively garnered authority and credibility. whereas laying off mild on their lives, vocations, and aspirations, Weiss additionally files the demanding situations that siddha medical professionals face within the smooth international, either from a biomedical method that says common efficacy, and in addition from the rival conventional drugs, ayurveda, that is promoted because the nationwide medication of an self sufficient Indian nation. Drawing on ethnographic information; premodern Tamil texts on medication, alchemy, and yoga; govt archival assets; collage textbooks; and renowned literature on siddha medication and at the siddhar yogis, he provides an in-depth learn of this conventional process of information, which serves the scientific wishes of hundreds of thousands of Indians.
Weiss concludes with a glance at conventional drugs at huge, and demonstrates that siddha medical professionals, regardless of resent tendencies towards globalization and biomedicine, replicate the broader political and non secular dimensions of scientific discourse in our smooth international. Recipes for Immortality proves that scientific authority relies not just on actual effectiveness, but in addition on ingenious procedures that relate to non-public and social identities, conceptions of historical past, secrecy, loss, and utopian promise.
By Manjulika Dubey,S.B. Pillay,Ramesh Menon
The major subject of the epic is the good battle in Kurukshetra, however it teems with smaller tales, and different tales inside of those, all woven including a genius that defies comparability. At its middle, it comprises Krishna’s immortal Bhagavad Gita, the track of God.
The Mahabharata embodies the traditional and sacred Indian culture in all its earthy and religious immensity. Famously, 'What is located right here is probably not chanced on in different places. what's now not stumbled on the following should not came upon elsewhere.'
Many think this most luxurious epic to be the best tale ever advised. but, the single complete Indian translation of the Mahabharata into English is the single penned within the nineteenth century through Kisari Mohan Ganguli. greater than 100 years have handed because Ganguli comprehensive his job, and the language he used is now, unfortunately, archaic.
This new twelve-volume sequence retells the good epic, in clean, simply readable English prose. It brings the Mahabharata alive back for the modern in addition to the long run reader.
By Jacob Copeman
Veins of Devotion information fresh collaborations among guru-led devotional routine and public overall healthiness campaigns to inspire voluntary blood donation in northern India. Focusing totally on Delhi, Jacob Copeman rigorously situates the perform in the context of spiritual gift-giving, sacrifice, caste, kinship, and nationalism. The e-book analyzes the operations of a number of high-profile spiritual orders that manage large-scale public blood-giving occasions and argues that blood donation has develop into a website not just of frenetic festival among various devotional routine, but in addition of extreme religious creativity.
Despite tensions among blood banks and those non secular teams, their collaboration is a extraordinary good fortune storyùthe nation's blood offer is replenished whereas blood donors observe new devotional possibilities.
By Shri Aurobindo,Jean Herbert,N. K. Gupta
Aux questions nombreuses et infiniment variées posées par ses disciples, il répondait toujours par des explications et des directions précises, par l'intermédiaire de lettres. Malgré leur caractère body of workers, ces symptoms avaient une portée suffisamment générale pour qu'Aurobindo décide de les publier afin d'éclairer le chemin de ceux qui désirent comprendre et intégrer l'esprit du yoga. Ce advisor du yoga, dont l. a. traduction a été entérinée par l'auteur lui-même, a depuis longtemps acquis le statut de classique.
Il reste un ouvrage de référence pour quiconque veut pratiquer un yoga vivant.
By Jayashree Kumar,Katya Osborne,Ramesh Menon
By Ajay K. Rao
The R?m?yana of V?lm?ki is taken into account through many modern Hindus to be a foundational spiritual textual content. yet this figuring out is partially the results of a metamorphosis of the epic’s receptive historical past, a hermeneutic venture which challenged one characterization of the style of the textual content, as a piece of literary tradition, and changed it with one other, as a piece of remembered culture.
This publication examines R?m?yana commentaries, poetic retellings, and praise-poems produced by means of intellectuals in the ?r?vaisnava order of South India from 1250 to 1600 and indicates how those intellectuals reconceptualized R?ma’s tale throughout the lens in their devotional metaphysics. ?r?vaisnavas utilized leading edge interpretive strategies to the R?m?yana, together with allegorical analyzing, ?lesa reading (reading a verse as a double entendre), and the appliance of vernacular functionality recommendations equivalent to be aware play, improvisation, repetition, and novel varieties of quotation. The e-book is of curiosity not just to R?m?yana experts but additionally to these engaged with Indian highbrow historical past, literary reports, and the historical past of religions.
By Meera Nanda
Conventional knowledge says that integration into the worldwide marketplace
has a tendency to weaken the ability of conventional religion in developing
international locations. yet, as Meera Nanda argues during this path-breaking book,
this is often rarely the case in today’s India. opposed to expectancies of
transforming into secularism, India has as an alternative visible a impressive intertwining
of Hinduism and neoliberal ideology, spurred on by way of a growing
capitalist type. it truly is this “State-Temple-Corporate Complex,”
she claims, that now wields decisive political and fiscal power,
and gives ideological conceal for the dismantling of the Nehru-era
According to this new common sense, India’s swift monetary progress is attributable
to a distinct “Hindu mind,” and it really is what separates the
nation’s Hindu inhabitants from Muslims and others deemed to be
“anti-modern.” for this reason, Hindu associations are exchanging public
ones, and the Hindu “revival” itself has turn into mammoth enterprise, a major
resource of capital accumulation. Nanda explores the roots of this
improvement and its attainable destiny, in addition to the fight for secularism
and socialism within the world’s second-most populous country.
By Catherine Benton
God of wish offers Sanskrit stories of the Indian deity Kamadeva as he battles the ascetic god Siva, assists the robust goddess Devi, and incarnates because the captivating son of Krsna. Exploring the imagery and symbolism of the god of hope in paintings and formality, Catherine Benton displays at the connection of Kamadeva to parrots, makaras (gharials), and apsarases (celestial nymphs), and to playful devotional rituals designed to win his prefer. as well as analyzing the Hindu literature, Benton additionally highlights Buddhist different types of Kamadeva, the demonic Mara, who attempts to cajole the Buddha to alternate enlightenment for the delights of a lady, and the ever-youthful Manjusri, who cuts via lack of awareness with the bodhisattva sword of knowledge. stories of Kamadeva from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions current hope as a strong strength consistently redefining the bounds of chaos and order and lightly pulling past the ephemeral entice of passionate longings.
Catherine Benton is Lecturer within the faith division at Lake woodland College.
By James Mallinson
Describing the most very important practices of hathayoga (khecarimudra), the Khecarividya of Adinatha is gifted right here to an English-speaking readership for the 1st time. the writer, James Mallinson, attracts on thirty Sanskrit works, in addition to unique fieldwork among yogins in India who use the perform, to illustrate how prior tantric yogic ideas constructed and mutated into the practices of hathayoga. followed via an advent and an generally annotated translation, the paintings sheds mild at the improvement of hathayoga and its practices.