Shiva, ´the destroyer´ among the Hindu trinity (of gods), is depicted in many contradictory manners. He is an ascetic who wears animal skin, his body smeared with ashes. Contradictory to his wild nature, he is also depicted as having a family, with a beautiful wife and two children. There are many more such varied representations of Shiva, the most prominent of these being the Linga and the Nataraja. The author, Devdutt Pattanaik, introduces listeners to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them. He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, as well as the symbolism, rituals and reasons behind Hindu worship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sagar Arya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029341/bk_adbl_029341_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When we talk about mythology, we often think of the Greeks or the Romans. Many people forget, however, that the historical country India, with more than one billion citizens, has a mythological heritage as well. In this audiobook, we’ll dive deeper into that heritage and the beliefs and religions that have contributed to it. You’ll hear about things like: The significance of cows, the multiple arms, and the symbolical color blue in Hindu mythology. The meaning of Namaskar in Hindu mythology. The main characteristics of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and other gods and goddesses in the Hindu religion. Some of the most intriguing tales from Hindu mythology. An overview of the Hindu demons. Marriage practices and matrimonies in ancient India. Indian Mythology is an interesting topic for those who try to understand the South Asian culture and come to a more comprehensive level of knowing their background and history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Zachary Dylan Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121032/bk_acx0_121032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
India has perhaps the oldest living philosophical tradition in the world. Though both Buddhism and Jainism began in India, its primary influence is the Vedic tradition. The Vedas are the fundamental Hindu scriptures and the basis of the six systems of Indian philosophy. Hindu philosophy affirms an ultimate or universal reality, but it is also individualistic, embracing many alternatives or paths to one reality. Also characteristic is the belief in reincarnation, and in karma, the law of moral causation. The World of Philosophy series presents the questions, interests, and worldviews of the world´s great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations, in understandable language, give you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lynn Redgrave. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001623/bk_blak_001623_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hinduism is a very broad term for the religious practices and doctrines of the Indian people. This tradition is believed to have begun in about 1800 BCE with religious poems known as the Vedas. Hinduism is best known in the west through the doctrines of Advaita, the belief that there is only one ultimate reality. Advaitans, however, worshipped a range of icons that represented the separate manifestations of the ultimate Brahman. After the decline of Vedic religion, bhakti devotional cults arose and have remained a predominant form of Hindu worship up through the modern era. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world´s great religious traditions. It also describes a religion´s way of understanding scripture and discusses its relationship to society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Kingsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001698/bk_blak_001698_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Human Icon:A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs Christine Mangala Frost
When the Indian people, inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi, overthrew British rule, they proved that great political change could exist without violence. Revered both as a saint and a master politician in his native country, Gandhi proffered a philosophy that combined Thoreau’s doctrine of civil disobedience with many Hindu beliefs. A comprehensive introduction to this influential modern thinker, The Wisdom of Gandhi recounts his deeply held views on a variety of topics, including passive resistance, self-discipline, democracy, and even well-being. This is essential text for the history and political listener, as well as anyone looking for words to inspire change. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Turetsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009083/bk_adbl_009083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
CULTURAL PERCEPTIONS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTURBANCES:The folklore beliefs of South African Muslim and Hindu community members Yaseen Ally
Sacred poetry from twelve mystics and saints, rendered brilliantly by Daniel Ladinsky, beloved interpreter of verses by the fourteenth-century Persian poet Hafiz In this luminous collection, Daniel Ladinsky-best known for his gifted and bestselling interpretations of the great Sufi poet Hafiz-brings together the timeless work of twelve of the world´s finest spiritual writers, six from the East and six from the West. Once again Ladinsky reveals his talent for creating profound and playful renditions of classic poems for a modern audience. Rumi´s joyous, ecstatic love poems; St. Francis´s loving observations of nature through the eyes of Catholicism; Kabir´s wild, freeing humor that synthesizes Hindu, Muslim, and Christian beliefs; St. Teresa´s sensual verse; and the mystical, healing words of Sufi poet Hafiz-these along with inspiring works by Rabia, Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Mira, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and Tukaram are all ´´love poems by God,´´ from writers considered to be ´´conduits of the divine.´´ A spiritual treasure to cherish always.
Roaming India in 1939 and the early 1940s, two flawed but extraordinary men latch onto each other with shocking consequences as each follows an ill-fated quest for ´´enlightenment.” Moses, a Polish Jew, is fleeing both the Nazis and his own failed marriage; Sahadeva, an itinerant Hindu monk, is trying to resolve his crisis of religious belief. Both men find themselves embroiled in hardship, shame, and chaos, stumbling into scandal and ultimately tragedy. As they clutch obsessively to observance and mysticism - Moses to ancient texts of Jewish symbolism and prophesy, Sahadeva to Hindu rituals—they must confront the ultimate question of whether they are really seeking or merely hiding, and whether they can ever end the cycle of trouble they seem to bring upon themselves. To answer these questions they look first to each other, but must finally face their own shortcomings and fears and stare into the face of ´´Adam Kadmon,” the name the Kabbalah gives to the original soul from which all men are descended. Will they ever be able to honestly see the damage they have caused and seek forgiveness—or will they continue running from themselves? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dolph Amick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008609/bk_adbl_008609_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I had heard of crystal healing all of my life but I assumed that it was quackery. A friend, who was a believer, asked me to take a look and find the scientific basis of crystal healing. My career has been in aerospace engineering so he thought I could surely find the scientific basis for something in which he so strongly believed. I felt that I had to check it out for my friend. I realized that any scientific basis for crystal healing would have to require some sort of exchange of energy between the crystal and our human body. I evaluated several types of crystals and found that the amethyst crystal had the best measurable energy field with the most available data. I knew from Einstein´s famous equation E=MC squared that our bodies are basically two kinds of matrices: one of matter (M) which is our flesh and bone, and one of energy (E) which has a measurable electromagnetic field. (C is the speed of light.) I knew that advocates of crystal healing called this field our aura. The basic objective was then to find a mechanism that could enable our bodies to receive an energy transmission from a radiating crystal. I read the Vedas of the ancient Hindu religion and learned their beliefs regarding chakras and especially the chakra they call the third eye. I investigated this third eye and learned that our ancient ancestors did indeed have a third eye that could sense vibrations from their environment. Some primitive creatures still living today have third eyes. Further investigations revealed that our ancestor´s third eye had evolved to our pineal gland. I then learned that our pineal gland secretes a hormone that has become the major director of our daily lives. I did not need any further goading from my friend to try to put this information together and compare it with the experiences reported by crystal healing advocates down through the ages. I found the possible scientific basis for crystal healing and I des... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon Louis Chaus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011587/bk_acx0_011587_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.