Are the illustrious clans of the Mahabharata from Surya Vansh or Chandra Vansh?Which yuga does the Ramayana occur in, and does it occur only once?What do haldi, kumkum, bhasm or chandan signify in a puja thali?After the sensational response to Season 1 of EPIC Channel’s Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, Devdutt invited his viewers and fans to ask him questions about Hindu mythology, which he has answered over thirty thrilling episodes. Prepare to be educated, entertained and moved as Devdutt delves into the exhilarating variety of Hindu mythology.In this volume, you will discover the difference between dhyan and darshan, aastik and nastik, Surya Vansh and Chandra Vansh. There are amusing stories about your favourite Hanuman and fascinating facts about the dark Vishnu avatars, Varaha, and Narasimha. Learn why Lakshmi or Saraswati are always in conflict, and how women have the most intriguing characters in mythological tales.Journey deeper into the magical world of Hindu mythology with Devdutt, and you’ll never want to turn back. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suyash Mohan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006511/bk_rand_006511_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over five lectures, Gavin Flood, professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion in the Theology and Religion Faculty at Campion Hall at Oxford University, gives an overview of the history, theory, and practice of Tantra. He explores aspects from the Śaiva Siddhānta tradition to the Non-Saiddhāntika, to Buddhist Tantra. He gives an overview of the many developments in thought, cosmologies, and the varied and fascinating practices that have emerged over the centuries. Session 1: Tantra in history, an overviewSession 2: The Śaiva Siddhānta Tradition, rituals, cosmology, initiation and liberationSession 3: The Non-Saiddhāntika traditions including the path of purity and the path of powerSession 4: Tantric Śaiva views of the self, the porous self & the gnostic self, Tantric meditationSession 5: Buddhist Tantra - Vajrayāna and the influence of ŚaivismGavin Flood is a Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion in the Theology and Religion Faculty and academic director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Gavin read Religious Studies and Social Anthropology at Lancaster University and taught at the universities of Wales (Lampeter) and Stirling before coming to Oxford. He was elected to membership of the British Academy in 2014. His research interests are in medieval Hindu texts (especially from the traditions of Shiva), comparative religion, and phenomenology. Two recent books are The Importance of Religion: Meaning and Action in Our Strange World (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013) and The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2014). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gavin Flood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/159423/bk_acx0_159423_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Introducing an Asian mythology trilogy from the creator of the Captivating History series. This book includes three captivating manuscripts:Chinese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Chinese Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends from Ancient ChinaJapanese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Japanese Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Yokai, Heroes and HeroinesHindu Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Hindu Myths, Hindu Gods, and Hindu GoddessesIn the first part of this book, you will discover:A story about origin of Earth and humansA captivating tale called "Poor Boy Ma Liang and the Paintbrush"Stories about natural disastersModern mythologyAnd much, much more!In the second part of this book, you'll discover captivating stories of mystery, horror, and romance while simultaneously learning about the Japanese culture. Here are just some of the topics and myths that the second part of this book covers:The creation storiesThe myths of originsStories of the three most evil yokai of JapanWithin the third part of this book, you'll find the following Hindu myths covered:Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and the beginning of the worldThe birth of Lord ShivaSaraswati and Brahma’s fifth headShiva tests ParvatiShiva snares a whaleGanesha loses his headGanesha spills a riverKubera’s prideGanesha injures a goddessGanesha wins a raceShiva skips successKrishna swallows the flamesAgni spreads a curseVayu humbles the silk cotton treeSavitri chooses a husbandSavitri’s fidelitySo if you want to learn more about these three Asian mythologies without having to go through boring textbooks, download to get started now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Whitlow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125815/bk_acx0_125815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the oldest and most complex of the world's spiritual traditions, Hinduism is the religion of more than four-fifths of the Indian subcontinent's population. Major Hindu communities also exist around the world. Dispelling many of the myths and mysteries surrounding this ancient world religion, Hinduism, Fourth Edition provides readers with an up-to-date understanding of the interconnection of religion and politics in India, problems facing Hindu communities in the diaspora, and American movements in Hinduism. The book is published by Chelsea House Publishers, a leading publisher of educational material. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vaishali Sharma. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000131/bk_redw_000131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Krishna. At the start of the Dharma Yudhha (righteous war) between Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna is filled with moral dilemma and despair about the violence and death the war will cause. He wonders if he should renounce and seeks Krishna's counsel, whose answers and discourse constitute The Bhagadvad Gita. Krishna counsels Arjuna to "fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty to uphold the Dharma" through "selfless action". The Krishna-Arjuna dialogue cover a broad range of spiritual topics, touching upon ethical dilemmas and philosophical issues that go far beyond the war Arjuna faces.The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of Hindu ideas about dharma, theistic bhakti, and the yogic paths to moksha. The synthesis presents four paths to spirituality - jnana, bhakti, karma, and raja yogas. These incorporate ideas from the Samkhya-Yoga and Vedanta philosophies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Grey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131211/bk_acx0_131211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mystic Magazine: Hindu Mystical Theology - A Conversation with Sri Ramakrishna. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014616/bk_acx0_014616_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A timeless treatise on what constitutes the Hindu way of life Religion in India can appear to be a confusing tangle of myths, with many different gods and goddesses worshipped in countless forms.This complexity stems from a love of storytelling as much as anything else, but it is only the surface expression of Indian faith. Beneath can be found a system of unifying beliefs that have guided the lives of ordinary families for generations. Here, one of the most profound philosophers of India explains these and other related concepts intrinsic to the Hindu philosophy of life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kaushik Ramachandran. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/033914/bk_adbl_033914_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lakshmi massages Vishnu's feet. Is this male domination? Kali stands on Shiva's chest. Is this female domination? Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender quality? Why then is Shakti never half a man? Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading? The third title in the bestselling Hindu Trinity series focuses on the goddess, and respected mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories, symbols and rituals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sagar Arya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029348/bk_adbl_029348_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Soccer World Cup 2006, Germany. The chopped-off head of Gotthard Lerch, owner of a billion-dollar porn empire is found inside a bag at a bar. The German security gets all active, and Michael Andler, a detective with the Berlin police, gets on the case. He finds the man's torso inside his office, with a large swastika painted in blood on the wall. The Germans manage to hide the murder well, but Michael Andler shares the details of the murder with the many international intelligence officials present there to provide assistance to the Germans. Seeing the swastika, everyone points at the neo-Nazi groups. Only one man, Maruththur Gopalmenon Ramachandran Balaswamy, a 52-year-old IB Officer from India known as Bala, points out that it was not a Nazi swastika but a Hindu swastika. Bala, along with his protégé, Maksud Ali, and Michael Andler starts to investigate the case. They discover Gotthard's medallion with a Nazi swastika at the navagrahas in a small Hindu temple in an Asian neighborhood of Berlin. It becomes more confusing as they also find a Hindu swastika where a German is murdered and a Nazi swastika inside a Hindu temple. It soon turns into a race against time, moving from the soccer finale and a terror threat to blow up the stadium to Amsterdam, Mumbai's trains blasts and 26/11, the inhospitable Afghanistan and finally Pakistan, each country marked by the indelible swastika in blood. Bala, Andler and Maksud have to race against time to nab the killer, who keeps throwing them off the trail and, like Forsyth's Jackal, is after the ultimate prize: assassination of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and a spontaneous meltdown in Pakistan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Homer Todiwala. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026422/bk_adbl_026422_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.