Some of the maps in this title are best viewed on a tablet device. A classic of travel writing, ´A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush´ is Eric Newby´s iconic account of his journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses on earth.
The Hindu-Yogi Science Of Breath by Yogi Ramacharaka teaches advanced yoga techniques. For thousands of years, yogis have believed that breath is the essential link between body and mind, energizing a subtle body which connects the physical and mental aspects of our being. In this book, Swami Rama and two noted American physicians explore the science of breath as the missing key to both physical health and the attainment of higher states of consciousness. Basic yogic breathing techniques are explained so that one can immediately begin working with the ancient science of breath.
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush:HarperPress. ePub edition Eric Newby
Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic poem which narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. Along with the Mahabharata, it forms the Hindu Itihasa. The epic, traditionally ascribed to the Hindu sage Valmiki, narrates the life of Rama, the legendary prince of the Kosala Kingdom. It follows his fourteen-year exile to the forest from the kingdom, by his father King Dasharatha, on request of his second wife Kaikeyi. His travels across forests in India with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, the kidnapping of his wife by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, resulting in a war with him, and Rama´s eventual return to Ayodhya to be crowned king.
A sweeping, interdisciplinary history of the world´s third-largest river, a potent symbol across South Asia and the Hindu diasporaOriginating 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 that 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 in this lavishly illustrated volume a remarkable portrait of one of the world´s largest and most densely populated river basins.
Als Rachel Verinder an ihrem achtzehnten Geburtstag den geheimnisumwobenen indischen Diamant erbt, der wegen seiner Farbe Mondstein genannt wird, ahnt das junge Mädchen nicht, dass der Stein in seiner Heimat nicht nur eine ganz besondere religiöse Bedeutung hat. Es sind außerdem drei Hindu-Priester, die ihr Leben der Wiederauffindung des vor langer Zeit aus einem Tempel gestohlenen Diamanten gewidmet haben, auf der Spur des wertvollen Steins. Als Rachel am Morgen nach ihrem Geburtstag bestürzt feststellt, dass der Diamant verschwunden ist, scheint für die Ermittler die Sache klar: die indischen Priester müssen den Diebstahl begangen haben. Doch die Ermittlungen gestalten sich schwierig, und schon bald sind außer der Familie Verinder und dem Dienstpersonal auch Freunde und Bekannte verstrickt in ein komplexes Netz von Ereignissen und Umgereimtheiten. Mit ?Der Mondstein? begründete Wilkie Collins 1868 das Genre der britischen Detective Novel. Das Buch gilt neben ?Die Frau in Weiß? als Collins? bestes Werk und trug dazu bei, ihn zu einem der beliebtesten und umsatzstärksten Autoren seiner Zeit zu machen. Überarbeitete Fassung der Übersetzung von Emil Lehmann mit zusätzlichen Anmerkungen.
EVERY thought of man upon being evolved passes into the inner world, and becomes an active entity by associating itself, coalescing we might term it, with an elemental?that is to say, with one of the semi-intelligent forces of the kingdoms. It survives as an active intelligence?a creature of the mind´s begetting?for a longer or shorter period proportionate with the original intensity of the cerebral action which generated it. Thus a good thought is perpetuated as an active, beneficent power, an evil one as a maleficent demon. And so man is continually peopling his current in space with a world of his own, crowded with the offspring of his fancies, desires, impulses and passions; a current which reacts upon any sensitive or nervous organization which comes in contact with it, in proportion to its dynamic intensity. The Buddhist calls it his ´´Skandha´´; the Hindu gives it the name of ´´ Karma´´. The Adept evolves these shapes consciously; other men throw them off unconsciously.
The Baital-Pachisi, or Twenty-five Tales of a Baital is the history of a huge Bat, Vampire, or Evil Spirit which inhabited and animated dead bodies. It is an old, and thoroughly Hindu, Legend composed in Sanskrit, and is the germ which culminated in the Arabian Nights, and which inspired the ´´Golden Ass´´ of Apuleius, Boccacio´s ´´Decamerone,´´ the ´´Pentamerone,´´ and all that class of facetious fictitious literature. The story turns chiefly on a great king named Vikram, the King Arthur of the East, who in pursuance of his promise to a Jogi or Magician, brings to him the Baital (Vampire), who is hanging on a tree. The difficulties King Vikram and his son have in bringing the Vampire into the presence of the Jogi are truly laughable; and on this thread is strung a series of Hindu fairy stories, which contain much interesting information on Indian customs and manners. It also alludes to that state, which induces Hindu devotees to allow themselves to be buried alive, and to appear dead for weeks or months, and then to return to life again; a curious state of mesmeric catalepsy, into which they work themselves by concentrating the mind and abstaining from food
Schiffbruch mit Tiger? Diese Geschichte würden Sie nicht glauben? Kein Wunder. Fantastisch. Verwegen. Atemberaubend. Wahnsinnig komisch. Eine Geschichte, die Sie an Gott glauben lässt. Pi Patel, der Sohn eines indischen Zoobesitzers und praktizierender Hindu, Christ und Muslim erleidet mit einer Hyäne, einem Orang-Utan, einem verletzten Zebra und einem 450 Pfund schweren bengalischen Tiger namens Richard Parker Schiffbruch. Bald hat der Tiger alle erledigt - alle, außer Pi. Alleine treiben sie in einem Rettungsboot auf dem Ozean. Eine wundersame, abenteuerliche Odyssee beginnt. ??Martel schreibt wie ein leidenschaftlicher Paul Auster.?? Times Literary Supplement ??Eine Reminiszenz an Italo Calvino.?? Independent on Sunday
The best known of the Tantric scriptures. It was translated by Sir John Woodruffe (under the pseudonym ´Arthur Avalon´), one of the few Indologists to gain direct access to this obscure and secretive branch of Hinduism. Framed as a conversation between the god Shiva and goddess Shaki, this text describes the chakra, or subtle energy structure of the human body, ceremonies, yogic practices and mantras for meditation, and a summary of the Hindu laws (dharma) regarding sexual behavior. THE Indian Tantras, which are numerous, constitute the Scripture (Shastra) of the Kaliyuga, and as such are the voluminous source of present and practical orthodox ´´Hinduism.´´ The Tantra Shastra is, in fact, and whatever be its historical origin, a development of the Vaidika Karmakanda, promulgated to meet the needs of that age. Shiva says: ´´For the benefit of men of the Kali age, men bereft of energy and dependent for existence on the food they eat, the Kaula doctrine, O auspicious one! is given´´. To the Tantra we must therefore look if we would understand aright both ritual, yoga, and sadhana of all kinds, as also the general principles of which these practices are but the objective expression.