New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mohandas Gandhi, the father of India. As a young teenager in India, Gandhi led a rebellious life and went against his parents´ values. But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood. Gandhi began to dream of unity for all peoples and religions. Inspired by this idea, he led peaceful protests to free India from British rule and unite the country - ending violence and unfair treatment. His bravery and free-thinking made him one of the most iconic people of peace in the world, known as Mahatma, meaning ´great soul´. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back , including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the activist´s life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people , from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats . The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
Modern Western culture and technology is inextricably tied to the belief in the existence of a self as a separate ego, separated from and in conflict with the rest of the world. In this classic book, Watts provides a lucid and simple presentation of an alternative view based on Hindu and Vedantic philosophy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001913/bk_aren_001913_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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 the readers to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them. He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, things that might puzzle people who are not familiar with Hindu culture and religious symbolism. The author has taken up seven aspects of Shiva worship from Hinduism, which are nothing but seven different forms of Shiva worship. Shiva is worshipped in many forms, as the Lingeshwara, Kala Bhairava, Sundareshwara, Shankara, and Nataraja, and the author goes into each form and analyzes what it represents. He also discusses Shivas two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya. He goes into the symbolism behind these forms and provides his interpretation. This book serves as a nice introduction to Shaivite concepts and explains many stories, both known and unknown, the symbolism, and rituals and the reasons behind Hindu worship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mr. Sanjay Iyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bktk/000021/bk_bktk_000021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rearming Hinduism is a handbook for intellectual resistance. Through an astute and devastating critique of Hinduphobia in today´s academia, media and popular culture, Vamsee Juluri shows us that what the Hinduphobic worldview denies virulently is not only the truth and elegance of Hindu thought, but the very integrity and sanctity of the natural world itself. By boldly challenging some of the media age´s most popular beliefs about nature, history, and pre-history along with the Hinduphobes´ usual myths about Aryans, invasions and blood-sacrifices, Rearming Hinduism links Hinduphobia and its hubris to a predatory and self-destructive culture that perhaps only a renewed Hindu sensibility can effectively oppose. It is a call to see the present in a way that elevates our desa and kala to the ideals of the sanathana dharma once again. ´´For a civilization is not just buildings and machines, but its people, their thought, and their culture. It is a way of knowing the world, a way of giving meaning and value to the contents of life. It is a resource, most of all, for living intelligently.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: P. J. Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029346/bk_adbl_029346_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ms. Patel´s startling memoir of survival and escape from Idi Amin´s Uganda is an amazing journey through cultures, beliefs, and life-and-death passions. her girlhood growing up in an Indian Hindu family living in the East African nation of Uganda in the 1960s and 1970s. Like all those of Asian lineage, they were expelled from the country when the brutal dictator, Idi Amin, seized power. Ms. Patel describes their life before Amin, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. When the violence began, she was just beginning her passage into womanhood. Amin started encouraging violence toward Uganda´s Asian community as soon as he took over. This escalated until the brutal dictator expelled all Asians, giving them 90 days to leave, or they would face death. Meanwhile his followers engaged in random murders, and more and more frequent massacres. Ms. Patel and her family witnessed much of this. At one point she even stood up to Amin´s murderous soldiers, yet she lived to tell her tale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pamela Antwine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084743/bk_acx0_084743_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Discover the origins of Buddhism and its tenets from the seminal texts Drawn from the sacred books of Buddhism, this collection reveals the insights and beliefs at the heart of the world’s fourth-largest religion. Siddhartha Guatama, a sixth-century Hindu warrior prince, renounced the world in his search for the meaning of life and became the Buddha, or ´´Enlightened One,” while meditating at Bodh Gaya. From that moment forward the Buddha sought to share his own enlightenment with all of mankind. Through the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the Buddha taught followers to let go of desire and worldly attachments in order to alleviate suffering while embracing practices of meditation, mindfulness, and right conduct. Covering the birth and death of the Buddha, as well as the major tenets of Buddhism, including karma and the middle doctrine, The Wisdom of Buddha offers a profound view of the Buddhist religion and its founder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Turetsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009079/bk_adbl_009079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the course of caring for the ill or dying, health care professionals are sometimes the only ones available to provide spiritual comfort to their patients. In our modern pluralistic society, where patients could come from any number of religious traditions, it can often be difficult to find exactly the right words in these situations. Prayers and Rituals at a Time of Illness and Dying: The Practices of Five World Religions by experienced physician and theologian Pat Fosarelli offers clear instructions for health care professionals on how to better understand the needs of their Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish patients during these difficult times. Devoting separate chapters to each tradition, Fosarelli briefly outlines the basic beliefs and then looks at the main tenets of each religion, exploring the varied approaches that they take to illness and end-of-life issues. For each tradition, she also describes practices and offers suitable prayers. Each chapter suggests modifications that may be necessary for Western hospitals, modifications for children, and specific suggestions about what not to do or say in respect to different faith traditions. This resource will be referenced again and again by physicians, paramedics, hospital and military chaplains, pastoral counselors, hospice providers, and other medical professionals. The book is published by Templeton Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Judy Hoctor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014629/bk_acx0_014629_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Raja Yoga contains transcripts of lectures by Vivekananda on ´´Raja Yoga´´, his interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras, and a ´´rather free translation´´ of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras plus Vivekananda´s commentaries, which also was a series of talks. It presents Vivekananda´s understanding and interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras, ´´and a selection of hathayoga teachings on the basis of the beliefs that he shared with his students.´´ These included elements from traditional Hinduism, but also ideas from Western science, Idealism, and ´´the Neo-Vedantic esotericism of the Brahmo Samaj and Western occultism,´´ including mesmerism and ´´American Harmonial religion´´. Vivekananda adapted traditional Hindu ideas and religiosity to suit the needs and understandings of his Western audiences, who were especially attracted by and familiar with Western esoteric traditions and movements like Transcendentalism and New Thought. An important element in his adaptation of Hindu religiosity was the introduction of his four yoga´s model, which includes raja yoga, his interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras, which offered a practical means to realize the divine force within which is central to modern Western esotericism. The other three yogas are the classical karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and jnana yoga. Vivekananda´s interpretation of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras is mostly based on the part on astanga yoga, the eight limbs of yoga described in the Sadhana Pada or practice part. According to De Michelis, Vivekananda´s ideas on raja yoga mainly consists of two different models, with sometimes a third ´´mode of thought´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry J. Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109991/bk_acx0_109991_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With few exceptions, the world´s religions are anchored in their sacred texts-core writings that express the ideals and vision of the faiths, forming a basis for belief and action. Humanity´s library of sacred writings is a huge canon that includes many of the most influential books ever written. In addition to the Hebrew and Christian bibles and the Quran of Islam, major sacred writings include the Hindu Vedas, the Buddhist Sutras, Daoism´s Daodejing, and the Analects of Confucius, as well as the beloved texts of religions such as Zoroastrianism and Jainism, and modern faiths such as Baha´i. These are texts that people live by and, at times, are willing to die for. In these 36 lectures, Professor Hardy takes you deeply into the body of sacred writings that have played a fundamental role in human culture and history. Discussing a broad range of texts, the course examines the scriptures of seven major religions, as well as nine lesser known or smaller faiths, including texts from the ancient Egyptian and Mayan societies. In addition to studying the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic worlds, you´ll discover religious texts from vastly differing cultures around the world. These richly insightful lectures highlight a global legacy of faith, thought, and spirituality. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grant Hardy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000367/bk_tcco_000367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Okay, let´s get one thing straight. I didn´t write this book to de-convert anyone. Honest. So, if you´re a devout Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Mormon, Catholic, Scientologist, or whatever, you just keep on doing what you´re doing. No offense, but, as long as you´re a good person who doesn´t try to shove your beliefs down my throat or protest at military funerals, I really couldn´t give a rodent´s rectum about your spirituality. It´s none of my business. Go to church. Don´t eat pork. Worship Ganesh. Pray your rosary. Jump on couches and pretend you´re on Oprah? Whatever. If it keeps you from going on a multi-state killing spree armed with grenades and an Uzi, knock yourself out! For your information, I wrote this book, well, for your information. That´s it. Over the years I´ve been asked more and more how I went from being a Catholic to a teen atheist to a rabid Bible thumper (with a mullet!) to a (somewhat) mild-mannered atheist and I´ve always said, "It´s a really long story. I´ll write a book about it someday. I promise". Now, after repeating this oath a bazillion or two times, frankly, I´m tired of stalling. So, instead of procrastinating more or becoming rude to (mostly) well-meaning folks who are just curious, here you go. I done wrote a book about it. So if this book offends you, don´t launch a campaign to re-convert me. Don´t carpet bomb me with hellfire and brimstone emails. If you´re really pissed off, I´m so nice I´ll give you a list of names and home addresses of all the people who´ve pestered me for the story contained in this audiobook. So go bother them! It´s their fault this book exists, not mine! Incidentally, if you feel so inclined, you can pray for me. That´s cool. Whatever lights your altar candles, partner. That´s none of my business either. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hines. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068469/bk_acx0_068469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.