This audiobook contains an easily accessible overview of the Hindu religion, with a focus on those coming from the Western religions and cultures. While quite a few of us in the west are familiar with at least some aspects of the religion (karma, for instance), most of us lack any real depth of understanding of the complexities and nuances of one of the world´s oldest and most diverse religions. I hope that by listening to this book you can at least begin to scratch the surface of this rich and intricate religion. We will cover the basics of the belief system, including the concepts of karma, reincarnation, ahimsa, and the one Supreme Being. These concepts unite all the various sects of the Hindu religion, as well as all of the regional and familial variations in what is a rich and complex religion. The pantheon of the gods is described, with an emphasis on each god´s function. The rich symbolism present in their depictions is also explored, for a small sampling of the main deities. A full treatment of the symbolism is a subject worthy of a full semester college course. Not only is Hinduism rich in its diversity of gods and goddesses, it is also filled with many different rituals and festivals. Some of the most important rituals that punctuate the life of a Hindu are described. Rituals that are performed for pregnancy, birth, and death are common. Like we are accustomed to in the west, the Hindu religion also celebrates many holidays. I describe some of the most popular. Finally, I give a brief overview of what can only be considered one of the largest collections of religious scriptures in the world. They number over 100, though not all are accorded the same significance. This work is intended to serve as a jumping off point for you to begin your self-exploration of the world´s oldest and third largest religion. Listen to the audiobook today to learn more about this fascinating religion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Schell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054808/bk_acx0_054808_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nineteen-year-old college girl Kirsty auctioned her virginity and lost in in a debauched weekend that left her very sore and half a million pounds better off. Now her new lovers, middle-aged millionaires Grant and Elizabeth, want more of her but only if she brings them a new virgin for deflowering. Kirsty knew just the girl and quickly went to work on gorgeous 18-year-old Hindu girl, Neeta, who was about to experience things almost beyond her comprehension! 1. Language: English. Narrator: C J Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073387/bk_acx0_073387_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this comprehensive and groundbreaking work, mystical scholar Andrew Harvey unearths traces of the sacred feminine in major world religions - Hinduism, Islam (Sufism), Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity - and in aboriginal and indigenous wisdom traditions. Harvey takes a strong stand against our dependence on ´´gurus´´ and ´´masters´´, proposing instead an egalitarian model of spiritual community based on intimate groups of mutually supportive guides and friends. The Return of the Mother is an eloquent and passionate call to all to rediscover and reclaim an authentic and empowering relationship with the divine and re-create a sacred life in this world. Andrew Harvey is a renowned writer, lecturer, and teacher. An Englishman born in India, Harvey was educated at Oxford and at 21 became the youngest fellow in the history of All Soul´s College. In 1977 he returned to India and began a lifelong spiritual quest, studying and practicing Hindu mysticism at the ashram of Sri Aurobindo, with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Thuksey Rinpoche and with the Christian mystic Bede Griffiths. Returning to teach and write in Europe and America, Harvey continued his explorations with extensive study in Eastern and Western mystical literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Harvey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000828/bk_pnix_000828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you have the courage... the faith...the fire? Loving the world like God does involves extreme sacrifice. It also has radical effects, demonstrated in these 366 true accounts of fellow believers from around the world: A Christian claims the names of God at knifepoint and lives to tell about it...Prayer revives a coma victim, in defiance of village witch doctors...A Bible verse between friends helps a Hindu family discover the light of Christ....An abused 7-year-old asks, ´´Do you have any pills that would give me hope?´´...Prayer walking college students lay a foundation for spiritual revival in West Africa...A former Muslim finds forgiveness in the Jesus she denied.... Voices of the Faithful brings you the amazing stories of hundreds of Christians worldwide who daily go to the outer limits of spiritual devotion and are living the passionate, courageous life Jesus challenged us all to live. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Voices of the Faithful. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/000602/bk_oasi_000602_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Writers Manil Suri and Peter Hessler on this edition of Fresh Air. Manil Suri´s just published his first novel The Death of Vishnu. The book follows the lives of the many inhabitants of a Bombay apartment building - including Vishnu, the homeless man who lives in the building´s stairwell. Based on the writer´s childhood in Bombay, the book has met praise from critics for its inclusion of Hindu mythology and cinema. When not writing, Mr. Suri is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Maryland. Peter Hessler is the author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. It´s about his two years in Fuling, China as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English and American literature at a local college. The book was serialized in The New Yorker. (Broadcast Date: February 5, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010205/rt_whyy_010205_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was the charismatic leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement and known internationally as the Beatles´ guru. After John Lennon and George Harrison suddenly left Maharishi´s India ashram retreat in 1968, rumors have persisted that the spiritual leader made advances toward young women which overstepped the boundaries expected of a celibate Hindu monk. In disillusionment, Lennon concluded his stay at the ashram by writing ´´Sexy Sadie´´. He wanted to use Maharishi´s name but changed the title of the song at George Harrison´s request. Robes of Silk Feet of Clay reveals the true story of a young woman´s love affair with the powerful guru. Just out of college, Judith Bourque went to India to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM). ´´I expected to have a deeply profound spiritual experience with a living prophet...what I got was a decidedly human one!´´Maharishi told her not to tell anyone about their relationship, and she didn´t...not until he died in 2008. Judith first came out of the closet in David Sieveking´s David Wants to Fly, a full-length film documenting the German filmmaker´s experiences in learning TM.´´After that interview I felt I needed to share the whole story of my relationship with Maharishi in my own way, and finally decided to write my book.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Judith Bourque. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/012772/bk_blak_012772_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Katrell Christie was a 30-something artist turned roller-derby rebel who opened a tea shop in Atlanta. Barely two years later, her life would make a drastic change - and so would the lives of a group of girls half a world away. I chose the name of my tea shop - Dr. Bombay´s Underwater Tea Party - because it sounded whimsical. India wasn´t part of the equation. Not even remotely. I didn´t do yoga. I had no deep yearning to see the Taj Mahal or tour Hindu temples. Indian food? I could take it or leave it. Yet on a whim, Katrell did go. She witnessed the throngs at the Ganges River, toured the tea fields of Darjeeling, and helped string pearls in conservative Hyderabad. But it was in a crowded Buddhist orphanage where she crossed paths with some girls who would change the course of her life. One night we had a conversation about their futures. What did they hope to be when they grew up? They didn´t have any answers. The fear that consumed them was leaving the orphanage. What would happen on the day they were asked to gather their things and leave - to walk out the door and be all alone on the street with no one to turn to and nowhere to go? With her mind racing about their grim futures, Katrell reached the simple conclusion that she couldn´t walk away. So instead she walked forward - on a mission to help them in any small way. Once back at her shop, an idea for The Learning Tea was born. By selling tea, cupcakes, scones, and other treats, Katrell raised enough funds to provide life necessities for the girls - safe housing, uniforms, medical care, tutoring, and ultimately, a college education for each of them. To date, The Learning Tea has helped 11 young girls who once faced the bleakest of futures. Tiger Heart recounts Katrell´s riveting adventures back to India, through the chaotic streets of Mumbai, to tiny villages with roadside tea huts and hot samosas, to elephant crossings and snowcapped mountain switchbacks of the Hi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Roberts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058602/bk_acx0_058602_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.