Among the sacred books of India are the hymns of the Rig-Veda, the world´s first recorded poems; the ´´magical texts´´ of the Athara-Veda; the stirring pantheistic speculations of the Upanishads; and the Bhagavad-Gita, a cosmic drama of divine self-revelation in human history on the field of human battle. Taken together they represent 3,500 years of a continuous religious tradition that is multifarious, inclusive, and, at the same time, wedded to a central spiritual vision. This edition features the translations and annotations of R. C. Zaehner, a pioneering scholar whose selections in this volume, first published by Everyman´s Library in 1966, have never been bettered as an introduction for the general reader to the Vedic tradition. Zaehner has chosen the most interesting and important verses, rendered in English that is accessible and vivid, and his introduction provides an excellent guide to the historical context, the philosophical significance, and the literary power of these beautiful and ancient texts. Introduction by R.C. Zaehner (Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)
An introduction to the rich world of Sanskrit scriptures. This book has been created by Campfire, with the hope that through the reading and recitation of the shlokas, children will become aware of the rich traditions of the Hindu religion and gain respect for this unique, age old, enlightening culture. Listen and Learn to Recite: Visit http://bit.do/sanskritshlokas
´´Mit dieser Art der Betrachtung der hinduistischen Tempel ist mehr gelungen als nur eine Bestandsaufnahme der Bauwerke zu vollziehen. Carina Back zeigt mit ihrem Blick auf die Tempel, wie die tamilisch-hinduistische Tradition in Deutschland materielle und rituelle Gestalt gewinnt. Die Autorin bietet damit einen religionswissenschaftlichen Spiegel dieser Glaubensgemeinschaft(en), der nicht nur aus fachwissenschaftlicher Perspektive wertvoll, sondern auch von allgemeinem Interesse ist, da er einen Einblick in die zunächst verwirrende Gestaltung hinduistischer Tempel tamilischer Prägung gibt, wie sie sich derzeit in Deutschland finden und für dieses Land maßgeblich, wenn nicht fast ausschließlich, das Erscheinungsbild des Hinduismus als Bestandteil dieser Gesellschaft prägen.´´ PD Dr. Dr. Bertram Schmitz, Hannover
Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject Theology - Comparative Religion Studies, grade: 1.3, Ruhr-University of Bochum (Lehrstuhl für Religionswissenschaften), course: Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Ritual Practices: Architectural and Pictoral Contexts, language: English, abstract: In this examination there will be the effort to examine the relation between the Buddhist and Hindu Goddess of T?r? in relation to Hindu goddesses such as K?l?, Durg? and P?rvat?. In a large view the dichotomy development of K?l? and T?r? will be the central point of this investigation, but Durg? and P?rvat? will also be mentioned in an elaborate way. It will be important to get a connection to the worship of a goddess, allowing the reader to see how specific cults are worshipped in everyday life. There will be the attempt to demonstrate the range and irreducible complexity of feminine cults in Indian tradition, because there is a need to fix older and current researches on goddesses from different regional traditions in a quite valuable way. In order to ensure this development of specific goddesses, we need to focus the attention on the appearance of particular female cults. There is a need to work with some written sources to investigate the depiction of such cults. That means the examination of several ancient Indian passages and also the delineation of elected sculptures. It needs to be clarified that this kind of operation is the only way to get countable results. But it might be difficult to find ?early? images of such goddesses as K?l? and T?r? in order to get a chronological overview. The establishment of a specific cult is linked with a system of some kind of a special myth building phenomenon. We must remember that we are working with legendary cults, text passages, (maybe failed) translations, images, sculptures and modern interpretations to get a survey of an ancient lifetime. In this extraordinary case it is important to understand a myth as an essential component of our (past) communication.
This book firstly presents an account of how the category life has been understood by religions in the history of Indian, Chinese, and European/Middle Eastern civilizations and secondly how those religions can be explained in terms of life.