Based on extensive cultural studies and long years of practice, Livia Kohn creates a new typology of meditation, based on six distinct ways of accessing the subconscious. In a special chapter on each type, she outlines the physiology, world view, and traditional practice as well as its modern medical adaptations and organizational settings. Providing a thorough theoretical framework combined with a comprehensive, analytical overview, the book greatly advances our understanding of meditation. The book is published by University of Hawai‘i Press and Three Pines Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Hundley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004206/bk_acx0_004206_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.
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.
For Hindus, Vishnu is God, who inspires man to discover humanity by engaging with the world. Artists have visualized him with as curlyhaired, dark complexioned man with a smile on his lips and a sparkle in his eyes. Draped in yellow silk, garlanded with forest flowers, bedecked with dolphin-shaped earrings, anointed with sandal paste, he reclines on a thousand hooded serpent that floats on an ocean of milk and rides a golden hawk bearing in his arms a conchshell, a wheel, a mace and a lotus. Poets say that when he is awake, the world takes shape; when he is asleep, the world ceases to be. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, follows him wherever he goes. To him is made offerings of rich creamy butter. Sometimes, as the upright Ram, he is worshipped across India as Balaji, Shreenathji, Jagannath, Ranganath and Badrinath. Locked in the stories, symbols and rituals of Vishnu is the wisdom of the ancestors, transmitted over hundreds of years. This book attempts to unlock seven secrets that are relevant even in modern times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sagar Arya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029350/bk_adbl_029350_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Out-of-body Travel Magazine: Swami Abhedananda - Forgotten Hindu Mystic (For more info - www.outofbodytravel.org) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anjali A Sarkar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017218/bk_acx0_017218_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.
Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it. Sushila Blackman places death - and life - in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with dignity. Graceful Exits offers valuable guidance in the form of 108 stories recounting the ways in which Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen masters, both ancient and modern, have confronted their own deaths. By directly presenting the grace, clarity, and even humor with which great spiritual teachers have met the end of their days, Blackman provides inspiration and nourishment to anyone truly concerned with the fundamental issues of life and death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Shah, Dawn Harvey, Emily Zeller, Steven Menasche, Fred Stella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019878/bk_adbl_019878_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gods and heroes in Indian mythology have made all the difference in their cultural and religious development. If you have ever been to India, you know you can find traces of these things and existing modern elements of Hindu and Krishna beliefs all over the place. In this book, you will learn more about: The Holi Festival and the way the colors serve as symbolic emblems. How the Indian culture is divide and united at the same time, in its own various ways. Dances, sarees, and gods in Indian legends. The main beliefs about Krishna and the repetition of the Mantra. How yoga, meditation, and the belief in reincarnation are connected to religious backgrounds in India. An in-depth study in this brief guide will help you get a greater understanding of the spreading religious beliefs and historical background of the Indian nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Zachary Dylan Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115529/bk_acx0_115529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Out-of-Body Travel Magazine: My Out-of-Body Journey with Shirdi Sai Baba, Hindu Avatar. Through Out-of-Body Travel, experience an astral world where dreams enter projection and the Out-of-Body mystery will travel into reality. Lost Souls, Reincarnation, Karma, Dreams, Rites of Passage, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Angels, Demons, Initiation, Ascension. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josiah John Bildner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011597/bk_acx0_011597_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.