Sanâtana Dharma:An Elementary Text Book of Hindu Religion and Ethics (Classic Reprint) Central Hindu College
Sanâtana Dharma:An Advanced Text Book of Hindu Religion and Ethics (Classic Reprint) Benares Central Hindu College
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)
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.
A sweeping, interdisciplinary history of the world´s third-largest river, a potent symbol across South Asia and the Hindu diaspora. Originating in the Himalayas and flowing into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges is India´s most important and sacred river. In this unprecedented work, historian Sudipta Sen tells the story of the Ganges, from the communities that arose on its banks to the merchants who navigated its waters, and the way it came to occupy center stage in the history and culture of the subcontinent. Sen begins his chronicle in prehistoric India, tracing the river´s first settlers, its myths of origin in the Hindu tradition, and its significance during the ascendancy of popular Buddhism. In the following centuries, Indian empires, Central Asian regimes, European merchants, the British Empire, and the Indian nation-state all shaped the identity and ecology of the river. Weaving together geography, environmental politics, and religious history, Sen offers a remarkable portrait of one of the world´s largest and most densely populated river basins. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Shah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014286/bk_tant_014286_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
George Sydney Arundale:His Life and Work in the Central Hindu College, Benares (Classic Reprint) B. Sanjiva Rao
´Kundalini´ is the Indian word for a spiritual energy known by a variety of titles to many cultures - ´Shekinah´ in mystical Judaism, ´Sekhem´ in Egypt, ´Da Kan Li´ in Daoism. Present throughout the universe, Kundalini is thought to lie quiescent in most humans at the base of the spine. In this book, Dr. Arundale gives a clear, concise and very personal account of this powerful force which, when aroused, migrates up the spine, vivifying successive chakra until reaching the crown - when it bestows ´enlightenment´ of long or short duration. Dr George S Arundale spent many years in India studying its spiritual traditions, and working alongside such luminaries as Annie Besant. He was principal of the Central Hindu College in Varanasi, and in 1934 was elected as president of the Theosophical Society, a post he held until his death in 1945.
In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the ´´outside´´ world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human-and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.
´Gloriously provocative... female sexuality within a patriarchal world is Chughtai´s central concern´ Kamila Shamsie, winner of the Women´s Prize for Fiction 2018, from the introduction Lifting the Veil is a bold and irreverent collection of writing from India´s most controversial feminist writer. These stories celebrate life in all its complexities: from a woman who refuses marriage to a man she loves to preserve her freedom, to a Hindu and a Muslim teenager pulled apart by societal pressures, to eye-opening personal accounts of the charges of obscenity the author faced in court for stories found in this book. Wickedly funny and unflinchingly honest, Lifting the Veil explores the power of female sexuality while slyly mocking the subtle tyrannies of middle-class life. In 1940s India, an unlikely setting for female rebellion, Ismat Chughtai was a rare and radical storyteller born years ahead of her time. ´Ismat Chughtai is known for her iconoclastic, feminist writings which explored the inner workings of women´s lives´ Huffington Post
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.