An anthology of the most lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical tradition. Some of the most lyrical, passionate, and illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical tradition are showcased in this anthology. Spiritual scholar and writer Andrew Harvey has selected excerpts from ancient and contemporary sources, including the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other classical Hindu texts; the words of such venerable spiritual teachers as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi; and the devotional poetry of Mirabai, Ramprasad, and many others. The scope of the collection makes it an excellent introduction to Hindu mystical literature, while the power and beauty of the language will inspire those already familiar with the genre. This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series. The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.
´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
From the creator of Myths Retold comes a hilarious collection of Greek, Norse, Chinese and even Sumerian myths retold in their purest, bawdiest forms! All our lives, we´ve been fed watered-down, PC versions of the classic myths. In reality, mythology is more screwed up than a schizophrenic shaman doing hits of unidentified?wait, it all makes sense now. In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O´Brien, creator of Myths RETOLD!, sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words. Did you know? Cronus liked to eat babies. Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate. Odin got construction discounts with bestiality. Isis had bad taste in jewelry. Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy. And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face. Still skeptical? Here are a few more gems to consider: ? Zeus once stuffed an unborn fetus inside his thigh to save its life after he exploded its mother by being too good in bed. ? The entire Egyptian universe was saved because Sekhmet just got too hammered to keep murdering everyone. ? The Hindu universe is run by a married couple who only stop murdering in order to throw sweet dance parties?on the corpses of their enemies. ? The Norse goddess Freyja once consented to a four-dwarf gangbang in exchange for one shiny necklace. And there´s more dysfunctional goodness where that came from.
Pakshibasa is the saga of the declination of a family, a dream, and a future. This multi-dimensional novel includes a downtrodden family saga; the Communist guerilla war (Maoist movement) in current India; and the socio-economic picture of Orissa. All these subjects are combined with a symbolic representation of a mythical story from the Hindu Vaishnavism holy book Bhagwat. In every aspect, the author´s tone is bold and spiky and heightens the awareness and senses of the reader. The novel is the saga of an untouchable, downtrodden cattle bone collector, Satnemi and his family, and takes place in western Orissa. It is not a story of an individual person but of an entire family. Antara, the head of the family himself, his wife Sarasi, his three sons Sanyasi, Daktar, and Okil, and his daughter Paraba demonstrate the development of restlessness and frustration regarding the ongoing crisis of mankind. A downtrodden man has a dream to see his sons established in their lives. So he names them ´´Collector´´ (Administrative Officer), ´´Daktar´´ (Doctor), and ´´Okil´´ (Lawyer). He dreams to see his only daughter, Paraba, as a bride in a respectable and rich family. But where the traditional occupation of cattle bone collection is the only way of living, could this ever be possible? The elder son, Sanyasi, becomes a bohemian artist adopted by a white-skinned priest and has been lost in Japan where he has gone to perform his folk art. His illiterate wife awaits her husband´s return in an alien city. The second son Daktar became a bonded laborer as the local youths of western Orissa usually prefer to make their living. The third son Okil, who is considered by his father to be a lazy good-for-nothing, joins the Communist Guerilla movement, locally known as the Maoist Party. Three days´ hunger forces Paraba to be raped for a plate of rice by a forest guard who the only representative of the Government in the jungle for the people and who also works as an agent for sex trafficking. Later she adopts the profession of prostitution. The novel ends with the death of Okil.
THE RENOWNED TEACHER AND AUTHOR´S SPIRITUAL MEMOIR, AS TOLD THROUGH HIS LIFELONG ENCOUNTERS WITH ANIMALS AND NATURE ´´I love this book. It feels like a secret treasure bequeathed by Stephen Levine to be opened after his death-an overflowing vessel of insight, humor and literary genius. Animal Sutras may be the best book Stephen Levine ever wrote.´´ -Mirabai Starr, Wild Mercy ´´Stephen was a profound healer of the heart, writer and meditation teacher. In Animal Sutras , his other gifts shine, as a wise poet-naturalist and Dharma storyteller-philosopher, offered here in a lyrical, quirky, playful, and inviting collection.´´ -Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart For Stephen Levine, ´´animal-people´´ were his greatest teachers. So, at age seventy, he began collecting animal spirit stories and transcendent moments in nature from throughout his life-from the green snake who taught him to meditate as a boy to the generous hen whom predators would not harm, and many more. ´´Animals have a natural mindfulness,´´ Levine writes. ´´They know what they are doing. Humans, who are full of confusion and seldom wholly in touch with their mind/body, need encouragement and technique to live in the present.´´ Stephen Levine (1937-2016) was an American poet, author, and spiritual teacher best known for his work, with his wife Ondrea, on death and dying. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who made Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. Like the writings of his colleague and close friend Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert), Levine´s work is also flavored by the devotional practices and teachings of the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba. Levine spent many years in the Southwest, including one tending a wildlife sanctuary in southern Arizona, and among the mountains of New Mexico, where Ondrea still lives. His many books include Who Dies? , A Year to Live , Unattended Sorrow , and Healing into Life and Death .