A repressed ex-Christian has a breakdown on the eve of marriage, then embarks on a journey through sex, politics and religion.Gods of the Flesh is a spiritual memoir, weaving fantasy and eroticism with the big questions of philosophy, history, and current affairs. Can Christians be gay? Why was Trump elected--and why was anyone surprised? Do religions have a hate problem, or is there an even deeper problem with love?Morrow´s journey covers Alaska, Mississippi, Louisiana and Nevada. A Hindu commune, Native American mounds, African fortune-tellers, and the temple of an Egyptian Goddess. Online dating, a hotel foursome, a swingers´ club, and what stays in Vegas. Witch hunts, slavery, nuclear weapons, and the meaning of ´´The Star-Spangled Banner´´ (It´s not what you think).We live in an age of cognitive dissonance, when people struggle to reconcile personal feelings with social norms, and many strike painful compromises. Gods of the Flesh unpacks the customs we take for granted and explores how they evolved. Here you´ll find the information they didn´t teach in church or school. How animals communicate, how Buddha estimated the age of the Earth, why God´s wife was (almost) erased from the Bible, and why millions of spiritual people are atheists. You will learn to shatter paradigms, build your own spiritual practice, get in touch with your body, and create unique purposes in life.
The Bhagavad Gita is India´s most sacred textthe Hindu ´´Bible.´´ Yogananda´s translation and commentary brings a unique and deeply penetrating insight into this great scripture, and is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive books available on the science and philosophy of Yoga. God Talks With Arjuna explains the Bhagavad Gita´s profoundest spiritual, psychological, and metaphysical truths, long obscured by metaphor and allegory. Yogananda takes Lord Krishna´s counsel to the warrior Arjuna and applies it to our everyday struggles with the human ego. Our greatest battle he explains, like Arjuna´s, takes place within our own minds as we fight our doubts, fears, negative habits, self-defeating thoughts, and erroneous thinking. Appealing to scholar and general reader alike, there is no other Gita on the market as attractive, and comprehensive.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), a Hindu missionary to the US, wrote one of the world´s most highly acclaimed spiritual classics, Autobiography of a Yogi. David Neumann tells the story of Yogananda´s fascinating life while interpreting his position in religious history, transnational modernity, and American culture.
´Ravi is a triumph . . . Introduce yourself to him immediately´ Alan Moore Life as a private investigator is non-stop for Ravi Chandra Singh and his gleefully amoral colleagues at the Golden Sentinels Agency. Ravi is getting used to his visions of Hindu gods, but the cases are as crazy as ever. There´s the actress who hires them to track down the source of a sex tape she never made, the party in a rock star´s mansion that gets way out of control, and the terrorist leader who goes missing in London before he can hand himself in. But soon Ravi finds himself in worse trouble than he could ever have imagined when his boss´ secret plan to make himself a player on the world stage blows up in everyone´s face. The future of Golden Sentinels hangs in the balance in the madcap, exhilarating conclusion to the Ravi PI series.
Gathers Vedic hymns about creation, death, sacrifice, ritual, and the various gods and characters of Hindu mythology, in a definitive translation that includes an updated bibliography, comprehensive notes, and informative introduction to the texts. Reprint.
Explore one of Tamil Nadu´s many grand Hindu temples, stopping to savour the smell of jasmine garlands piled up before carved granite gods. Crane your neck to see the top of these towering pyramid-like temples adorned with the statues of deities, warriors and dancers. Escape the heat by following the footsteps of the British colonialists into the charming hill stations, or go surround yourself by nature in the blue Nilgiri mountains. Featuring detailed coverage of this wonderfully diverse region, Footprintfocus Chennai & Tamil Nadu will prove an invaluable companion. - Essentials section with practical tips on getting there and around. - Background section with fascinating information on the region´s unique history, culture & cuisine. - Comprehensive listings of where to eat, sleep & play including festivals and horse riding. - Detailed street maps for important cities and towns. - Slim enough to fit in your pocket. Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprintfocus guide will help you get the most out of Tamil Nadu without weighing you down. The content of the Footprintfocus Chennai & Tamil Nadu guide has been extracted from Footprint´s India Handbook.
Artist and veteran Pixar animator Sanjay Patel lends a lush, whimsical illustration style and lighthearted voice to one of Hindu mythology´s best-loved and most enduring tales. Teeming with powerful deities, love-struck monsters, flying monkey gods, magic weapons, demon armies, and divine love, Ramayana tells the story of Rama, a god-turned-prince, and his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she is kidnapped by a demon king. This illustrated tale features over 100 colorful full-spread illustrations, a detailed pictorial glossary of the cast of characters who make up the epic tale, and sketches of the work in progress. From princesses in peril to gripping battles, scheming royals, and hordesof bloodthirsty demons, Ramayana is the ultimate adventure storypresented with an unforgettably modern touch.
The Shreemad Bhagavatam is a scripture unlike any other. It is the last and greatest work of the great sage, Sri Vedavyasa, and serves as the culmination of all the Vedas and Puranas. Above all the many things it accomplishes, it tells us that God has, and continues to, incarnate in many forms to make Himself known to His children. He walks with them, talks with them, laughs with them - He lives with them. So how can we come to know Him? This is why we have the Shreemad Bhagavatam, the crown jewel of Hindu holy scripture. When it is expounded to us by a true living embodiment of the Divine like Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda, we have something incomparable to anything else - we have a firsthand experience of God Himself. Do not simply read this book. Relive every experience, every word, in the core of your heart and you will find that God doesn´t exist in some far away plane, nor is He confined to the scriptures of yesteryear. He lives in the heart of every living being today. Find Him, love Him and be free.
Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn´t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book. What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.
´To read Ka is to experience a giddy invasion of stories - brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful´ The New York Times ´Who?´ - or ´ ka´ - is the question that runs through Roberto Calasso´s retelling of the stories of the minds and gods of India; the primordial question that continues to haunt human existence. From the Rigveda to the Upanishads , the Mahabharata to the life of Buddha, this book delves into the corpus of classical Sanskrit literature to re-imagine the ancient Indian myths and how they resonate through space and time. ´The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written´ Wendy Doniger ´Dazzling, complex, utterly original ... Ka is his masterpiece´ Sunday Times