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.
Lakshmi massages Vishnu's feet. Is this male domination? Kali stands on Shiva's chest. Is this female domination? Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender quality? Why then is Shakti never half a man? Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading? The third title in the bestselling Hindu Trinity series focuses on the goddess, and respected mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories, symbols and rituals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sagar Arya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029348/bk_adbl_029348_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Listen to the tales of the Hindu deities as they've never been heard before! Brahma Dreaming is master storyteller John Jackson's intriguing versions of the legends surrounding the Hindus' great gods. These are the tales of the Trimurti - the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Brahma Dreaming is divided into three sections representing their continuous forces of creation, preservation and destruction. The work begins with Lord Brahma dreaming the universe into being and from there unfolds an enthralling collection of interconnected tales that span the history of Hinduism. Here are brave princes, divine divas and demon kings, family feuds and epic battles, burning loves and lies, tragic deaths and glorious rebirths. There are tales about dancing elephants, peacock warriors and monkey armies, all narrated by Jackson himself with great character, warmth and wit. A novel for sophisticated listeners of all ages. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010805/bk_acx0_010805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you ever wanted to learn about the concepts and fundamentals of Hinduism then this is the audiobook for you. Even though the Hindu religion is the oldest religion in the world, there are many misconceptions that laypeople have about it. Some people don't understand the mystical chants and mantra traditions where they keep repeating "Aum" over and over again. But you have to understand the religion to truly appreciate where these acts and traditions come from. There is a 4,000 year history to Hinduism that many people outside of India don't even know about. On top of that, Hinduism has evolved a lot over the years with both oral and ancient stories involving the laws of Hinduism. These stories were often told by sages who passed down their knowledge of the religion to their disciples. Eventually there was a compilation of ancient Sanskrit texts where Hindus could study the ethical and moral code that they needed to live by. However, Hindus for thousands of years have been changing traditions and teaching new philosophies about the religion that help motivate modern day people to become followers. Furthermore, they encourage them to take up Hindu derived practices, like yoga and meditation, in order to help them feel better in their lives. You don't have to be looking to convert to Hinduism to appreciate this audiobook. It is not an audiobook that is going to try to change you or convince you that Hinduism is the one true religion to believe in. This book simply goes over all the important aspects and traditions of the religion, as they are broken down into chapters. That way you can understand the Hindu concepts of God, prayer, meditation, animal sacrifices, and reincarnation. These are the key points that people often misinterpret because they see movies or television shows that misrepresent the real Hindu religion. If you are a Westerner then this probably means you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shynara Reddy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118661/bk_acx0_118661_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mystic Magazine: Hindu Mystical Theology - A Conversation with Sri Ramakrishna. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014616/bk_acx0_014616_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to learn about Hinduism without getting confused? If you are considering learning more on Hinduism or even planning on converting to Hinduism then this audiobook is for you. This book has everything you want to learn about the Hindu religion! Hinduism is a fascinating religion to learn about. Even if you are not Hindu and have no interest in being a Hindu, you can still take it upon yourself to learn about the faith and understand why it is important to so many people around the world. Perhaps you will find that you share many of the beliefs that come out of the religion, or perhaps you won't. But at least you will have a new outlook on Hinduism by advancing your knowledge in its teachings and the way it guides so many people's lives in this world. To have that kind of knowledge can be a very powerful thing. This book will help you gain that knowledge by exploring the most important aspects of Hinduism and the main goals Hindus have in their lives. You will find out much more when you listen to this fact-filled book about the Hindu religion. After you are done listening, you will walk away with a better understanding about a religion that most of the Western hemisphere knows little about. What you will learn from this book: Introduction to Hinduism Important beliefs in Hinduism Important Hindu customs and rituals Introduction to Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism Bhagavad Gita Hindu festivals Hinduism and Buddhism - differences and similarities Conversion to Hinduism What to do in a Hindu temple Pilgrimage to Varanasi Hindu mantras 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shynara Reddy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108753/bk_acx0_108753_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ganesh Finds His Groove is a fun, lively book introducing Lord Ganesh to young listeners. Helping young children to relate, Ganesh is at home with his family - Shiva, Parvati, and Kartikeya - when his mother gives him and his younger brother, Kartikeya, a challenge. In order to win, both kids come up with their own ways to win the treat. With a memorable song for kids to enjoy when Ganesh finds his groove, this story has a wonderful moral and is a true story from the Hindu scriptures. All children, from all cultures and backgrounds, will fall in love with one of the most loved and worshipped gods in the Hindu religion. Enjoy! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Reena Ahya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135541/bk_acx0_135541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Introducing an Asian mythology trilogy from the creator of the Captivating History series. This book includes three captivating manuscripts:Chinese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Chinese Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends from Ancient ChinaJapanese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Japanese Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Yokai, Heroes and HeroinesHindu Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Hindu Myths, Hindu Gods, and Hindu GoddessesIn the first part of this book, you will discover:A story about origin of Earth and humansA captivating tale called "Poor Boy Ma Liang and the Paintbrush"Stories about natural disastersModern mythologyAnd much, much more!In the second part of this book, you'll discover captivating stories of mystery, horror, and romance while simultaneously learning about the Japanese culture. Here are just some of the topics and myths that the second part of this book covers:The creation storiesThe myths of originsStories of the three most evil yokai of JapanWithin the third part of this book, you'll find the following Hindu myths covered:Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and the beginning of the worldThe birth of Lord ShivaSaraswati and Brahma’s fifth headShiva tests ParvatiShiva snares a whaleGanesha loses his headGanesha spills a riverKubera’s prideGanesha injures a goddessGanesha wins a raceShiva skips successKrishna swallows the flamesAgni spreads a curseVayu humbles the silk cotton treeSavitri chooses a husbandSavitri’s fidelitySo if you want to learn more about these three Asian mythologies without having to go through boring textbooks, download to get started now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Whitlow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125815/bk_acx0_125815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.