Demoting Vishnu:Ritual, Politics, and the Unraveling of Nepal´s Hindu Monarchy Anne T. Mocko
Getting married:Hindu and Buddhist Marriage Rituals Among the Newars of Bhaktapur and Patan, Nepal Ethno-Indology / Heidelberg Studies in South Asia Rituals. 1., Aufl. Niels Gutschow, Axel Michaels, Manik Bajracharya, Tessa Pariyar
Roaming India in 1939 and the early 1940s, two flawed but extraordinary men latch onto each other with shocking consequences as each follows an ill-fated quest for ´´enlightenment.” Moses, a Polish Jew, is fleeing both the Nazis and his own failed marriage; Sahadeva, an itinerant Hindu monk, is trying to resolve his crisis of religious belief. Both men find themselves embroiled in hardship, shame, and chaos, stumbling into scandal and ultimately tragedy. As they clutch obsessively to observance and mysticism - Moses to ancient texts of Jewish symbolism and prophesy, Sahadeva to Hindu rituals—they must confront the ultimate question of whether they are really seeking or merely hiding, and whether they can ever end the cycle of trouble they seem to bring upon themselves. To answer these questions they look first to each other, but must finally face their own shortcomings and fears and stare into the face of ´´Adam Kadmon,” the name the Kabbalah gives to the original soul from which all men are descended. Will they ever be able to honestly see the damage they have caused and seek forgiveness—or will they continue running from themselves? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dolph Amick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008609/bk_adbl_008609_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this 12-lecture series, you´ll encounter a religion that is perhaps the most diverse of all; one that worships more gods and goddesses than any other, and one that rejects the notion that there is only one path to the divine. These lectures provide a window into the roots of, perhaps, all religions. You´ll explore over the course of Hinduism´s 5,000-year journey: the Indus Valley civilization; the sizable variety of Hindu gods and goddess; the sacred writings in the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads; Hindu ritual purity rites; the Aryan language of Sanskrit, whose roots can be seen in English words such as ´´divine,´´ ´´video,´´ and ´´ignite´´; and much more. The story of Hinduism, you´ll come to see, is the story of very non-Western traditions (such as arranged marriages and the caste system) that have survived and thrived for thousands of years. It´s also home to a wealth of gods, terms, and practices (such as karma, Krishna, yoga, and guru) that have found a home in Western lives and language. Along the way, Dr. Muesse discusses salient aspects of Hindu life and places them in historical and theological context. He also explains that Hinduism honors all seekers of truth, that it contains multiple paths to divine reality (the way of action, the way of wisdom, and the way of devotion), and that it can be both a monotheistic and a polytheistic faith. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark W. Muesse. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000134/bk_tcco_000134_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welche Rolle spielen Rituale im Leben eines Hindu? Was bedeuten Wiedergeburt und Erlösung? Welches sind die wichtigsten Texte? Was fasziniert Menschen heute am Hinduismus? Auf diese und viele andere Fragen versucht das neue Arbeitsheft Antworten zu geben. Faszinierend und geheimnisvoll mutet diese Religion an. Dabei ist der Hinduismus nicht nur eine Religion im engeren Sinne, sondern die Lebensweise der Hindus - er umfasst alle Bereiche ihrer persönlichen und gesellschaftlichen Existenz. Die bewährte Reihe Thema Weltreligionen wurde inhaltlich aktualisiert und didaktisch überarbeitet: Religionskundlicher Kompetenzerwerb steht im Zentrum der neuen Aufgabenstruktur, die sich an den EPA Ethik und aktuellen Bildungsstandards orientiert. Eine Trainings-CD mit Klausurvorbereitungen und vielen methodischen Anregungen unterstützt die Selbstständigkeit der Lernenden.´´
Sexuality and spirituality are inextricably linked in the mythology and texts of ancient India. At the heart of this culture´s teachings are sensuous stories of the gods making love that demonstrate the power and purpose of human passion. In Erotic Spirituality and the Kamasutra, Wendy Doniger guides us through India´s seductive tales and hidden insights into the art of living and lovemaking. Drawing on amorous myths as well as the world´s oldest text of erotic love (the Kamasutra), this scholar of Sanskrit and Hindu mythology reveals rituals to prepare yourself and your bedroom for the delights of erotic love, the language of attraction, recognizing the unspoken signals from a suitor, how the tension of sexual battle enhances pleasure, and much more. Here for the first time in audio, a full-length course about spirituality´s embrace of sexual pleasure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wendy Doniger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/000748/sp_true_000748_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 the readers to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them. He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, things that might puzzle people who are not familiar with Hindu culture and religious symbolism. The author has taken up seven aspects of Shiva worship from Hinduism, which are nothing but seven different forms of Shiva worship. Shiva is worshipped in many forms, as the Lingeshwara, Kala Bhairava, Sundareshwara, Shankara, and Nataraja, and the author goes into each form and analyzes what it represents. He also discusses Shivas two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya. He goes into the symbolism behind these forms and provides his interpretation. This book serves as a nice introduction to Shaivite concepts and explains many stories, both known and unknown, the symbolism, and rituals and the reasons behind Hindu worship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mr. Sanjay Iyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bktk/000021/bk_bktk_000021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
By day, bathed in the hot rays of the sun, its tall minaret-like outline looks like a block of ice against the blue sky. By night, with the aid of the intense, phosphorescent moonlight proper to India, it is still more dazzling and poetical. The summit looks as if it were covered with freshly fallen snow-crystals. Raising its slender profile above the dark background of bushes, it suggests some pure midnight apparition, soaring over this silent abode of destruction and lamenting what will never return. Side by side with these cemeteries rise the Hindu ghats, generally by the river bank. There really is something grand in the ritual of burning the dead. Witnessing this ceremony the spectator is struck with the deep philosophy underlying the fundamental idea of this custom. In the course of an hour nothing remains of the body but a few handfuls of ashes. A professional Brahman, like a priest of death, scatters these ashes to the winds over a river. The ashes of what once lived and felt, loved and hated, rejoiced and wept, are thus given back again to the four elements: to Earth, which fed it during such a long time and out of which it grew and developed; to Fire, emblem of purity, that has just devoured the body in order that the spirit may be rid of everything impure, and may freely gravitate to the new sphere of posthumous existence, where every sin is a stumbling block on the way to ´´Moksha,´´ or infinite bliss; to Air, which it inhaled and through which it lived, and to Water, which purified it physically and spiritually, and is now to receive its ashes into her pure bosom.