Download E-books The Bhagavadgita: Doctrines and Contexts PDF

By Angelika Malinar

The Bhagavadgita is likely one of the most famous texts of Hinduism since it includes discussions of vital concerns similar to liberation and the character of motion in addition to the revelation of the Krishna because the optimum god and writer of the universe. it's integrated within the historic Indian Mahabharata epic at certainly one of its such a lot dramatic moments, that's, while the ultimate conflict is ready to start. not like many different stories, this publication offers with the connection among the Bhagavadgita and its epic contexts. at the foundation of a radical research of the textual content Angelika Malinar argues that its theology delineates not just new philosophical thoughts and non secular practices but in addition addresses the matter of righteous kingship and acceptable use of strength. Malinar concludes by means of contemplating the Bhagavadgita's old and cultural contexts and people positive aspects of the textual content that turned paradigmatic in later Hindu non secular traditions.

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Download E-books Donors, Devotees, and Daughters of God: Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu (South Asia Research) PDF

By Leslie C. Orr

By using epigraphical proof, Leslie C. Orr brings into concentration the actions and identities of the temple girls (devadasis) of medieval South India. This publication indicates how temple women's initiative and monetary autonomy concerned them in medieval temple politics and allowed them to set up themselves in roles with specific social and non secular meanings. This examine indicates new methods of realizing the nature of the temple girl and, extra quite often, of the jobs of girls in Indian faith and society.

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Download E-books Tantra: Geheimnisse östlicher Liebeskunst (German Edition) PDF

By Kalashatra Govinda

Der spirituelle Weg der Lebensfreude

Spiritualität, erfüllte Sexualität und transzendentale Liebe sind wesentliche Ziele der altindischen Tantraphilosophie. Diese östliche Liebeskunst erweitert das Bewusstsein und führt zu einer vertieften Beziehung mit dem companion.

Das großformatige Buch ist mit vielen sinnlichen Farbfotos opulent bebildert. Alle Schritte von einstimmenden Tantra-Yogaübungen über Massagetechniken bis hin zu den Stellungen der tantrischen Vereinigung werden anschaulich dargestellt.

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Download E-books Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture PDF

By James McHugh

James McHugh deals the 1st accomplished exam of the ideas and practices relating to scent in pre-modern India. Drawing on quite a lot of textual assets, from poetry to clinical texts, he indicates the numerous spiritual and cultural position of scent in India through the first millennium CE.

McHugh describes the humanities of perfumery constructed in royal courts, temples, and monasteries, which have been attached to a exchange in unique aromatics. via their transformative nature, perfumes performed a tremendous half in each point of Indian lifestyles from seduction to international relations and faith. The aesthetics of odor dictated some of the fabrics, practices, and ceremonies linked to India's non secular tradition. McHugh indicates how spiritual discourses at the objective of existence emphasised the pleasures of the senses, together with olfactory event, as legitimate results in themselves. Fragrances and stenches have been analogous to convinced values, aesthetic or moral, and in a method the place karmic effects usually had a sensory impact-where evil actually stank-the moral and aesthetic grew to become tricky to tell apart. throughout the research of scent, McHugh strengthens our knowing of the very important connection among the theological and the actual world.

Sandalwood and Carrion explores scent in pre-modern India from many views, masking such issues as philosophical bills of odor notion, odors in literature, the background of perfumery in India, the importance of sandalwood in Buddhism, and the divine providing of fragrance to the gods.

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Download E-books Urdu/Hindi: An Artificial Divide: African Heritage, Mesopotamian roots, Indian Culture & British Colonialism (The Politics of Language) PDF

By Abdul Jamil Khan

In a blow opposed to the British Empire, Khan means that London artificially divided India’s Hindu and Muslim populations by way of splitting their one language in , then burying the facts in vague scholarly works outdoor the general public view. All language is political — and so is the boundary among one language and one other. the writer analyzes the origins of Urdu, one of many earliest recognized languages, and propounds the iconoclastic perspectives that, Hindi got here from pre-Aryan Dravidian and Austric-Munda, no longer from Aryan’s Sanskrit (which, just like the Indo-European languages, Greek and Latin, etc., are rooted within the heart East/Mesopotamia and never in Europe); Hindi’s script got here from the Aramaic process, just like Greek, and within the 1800s, the British initiated the divisive online game of splitting one language in , Hindi (for the Hindus) and Urdu (for the Muslims). those proof, he says, were buried and approximately misplaced in turgid educational works. Khan bolsters his speculation with copious technical linguistic examples. this can spark a revolution in linguistic heritage! Urdu/Hindi: a synthetic Divide integrates the “out of Africa” linguistic evolution thought with the fossil linguistics of heart East, and discards the speculation that Sanskrit descended from a hypothetical proto-IndoEuropean language and via degeneration created dialects, Urdu/Hindi and others. It indicates that a number of tribes from the center East created the hybrid through cumulative evolution. The oldest teams, Austric and Dravidian, beginning 8000 B.C. supplied the grammar/syntax plus approximately 60% of vocabulary, SKT extra 10% after 1500 B.C. and Arabic/Persian 20-30% after A.D. 800. The booklet unearths Mesopotamia because the linguistic melting pot of Sumerian, Babylonian, Elamite, Hittite-Hurrian-Mitanni, etc., with a standard script and vocabularies shared at the same time and handed directly to IE, SKT, DR, Arabic after which to Hindi/Urdu; in reality the writer locates oldest proof of SKT in Syria. The e-book additionally exposes the myths of a “revealed” SKT or Hebrew and the fiction of linguistic races, i.e. Aryan, Semitic, and so forth. The e-book helps the “one global idea” and divulges the opportunity of Urdu/Hindi to unite all genetic components, races and areas of the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent. this is often vital examining not just for these to appreciate the divisive exploitation of languages in British-led India’s partition, yet for these attracted to - The technology and historical past of beginning of Urdu/Hindi (and different languages) - The fake claims of “linguistic races and construction” - historical past of Languages and Scripts - Language, Mythology and Racism - historic background and Fossil Languages - British Rule and India’s Partition

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Download E-books In Praise of Adya Kali: Approaching the Primordial Dark Goddess Through the Song of Her Hundred Names PDF

By Aditi Devi

In compliment of Adya Kali details the goddess Kali, and her tradition of devotion in West Bengal and South Asia. diversified from such a lot modern books approximately this darkish Goddess, this ebook deals a liturgy of worship--a non secular perform, the Song of the Hundred Names of Adya Kali, that readers can use to domesticate an immediate devotional courting to Kali.

In compliment of Adya Kali is additionally a context-setting advisor, developing this tradition as a common orientation to existence. so much compelling, the textual content of this liturgy and Commentaries include an intimate revelation of the way the goddess establishes herself in her devotees' our bodies and therefore intervenes, by means of unconditional love and popularity, of their lives.

A long creation, either scholarly and private, describes the goddess and the chances that those prayers will supply. Aditi Devi publications us in how you can construct a shrine to Kali, quite a few varieties of choices to make to her, and indicates a agenda for the way to exploit this liturgy with a long term dedication over the process 108 nights.

"This Song of the Hundred Names is a strong educating that every one kinds are her forms," the writer notes. Male, lady, or different gendered, readers are offered with the chance to event the depths in their personal inner female energies, and thereby come into larger therapeutic and wholeness, extra conveniently in a position to show this usually missed a part of ourselves.

Aditi Devi's long-term religious perform and immersion inside residing Tantric lineages in South Asia is the resource of this ebook. aditi

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Download E-books Siva's Warriors: The Basava Purana of Palkuriki Somanatha (Princeton Legacy Library) PDF

By Velcheru Narayana Rao, Gene H. Roghair

Here is the 1st translation into English of the Basava Purana, a desirable choice of stories that sums up and characterizes probably the most very important and so much radical spiritual teams of South India. the information of the Virasaivas, or militant Saivas, are represented in these stories through an exciting mixture of outrageous extra and standard conservatism. Written in Telugu within the 13th century, the Basava Purana is an anthology of legends of Virasaivas saints and a hagiography of Basavesvara, the twelfth-century Virasaiva chief. This translation makes available a very new standpoint in this major spiritual team. even if Telugu is among the significant cultural traditions of India, with a classical literature attaining again to the 11th century, formerly there was no translation or exposition of any of the Telugu Virasaiva works in English. The creation orients the reader to the textual content and is helping in an realizing of the poet's standpoint. the writer of the Basava Purana, Palkuriki Somanatha, is respected as a saint by means of Virasaivas in Andhra and Karnataka. His books are considered as sacred texts, and he's additionally thought of to be a tremendous poet in Telugu and Kannada.

Originally released in 1990.

The Princeton Legacy Library makes use of the most recent print-on-demand know-how to back make to be had formerly out-of-print books from the prestigious backlist of Princeton college Press. those variations shield the unique texts of those vital books whereas proposing them in sturdy paperback and hardcover variations. The aim of the Princeton Legacy Library is to significantly elevate entry to the wealthy scholarly history present in the millions of books released via Princeton collage Press on account that its founding in 1905.

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Download E-books Srimad-Bhagavad-Gita (Forgotten Books) PDF

This is often an early twentieth century translation of the Bhagavad Gita into readable glossy English prose. since it is a reasonably shut translation, the road numbering will correspond heavily to the Sanskrit textual content. the unique ebook comprises the Sanskrit textual content, yet couldn't be included into this etext for technical reasons.

There is a few debate over no matter if this was once truly written via Sister Nivedita (Margaret Noble), and released less than Swarupananda's byline for unknown purposes. it's been claimed that publishing a Gita translation by way of a girl or a foreigner could were obvious as beside the point. in spite of the fact that, Nivedita released a number of books brazenly below her personal identify in this interval. there are many English translations of the Gita through Hindus and non-Hindus from this era, released either in India and overseas. So neither of those factors healthy. (Quote from

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Swami Swarupananda Paramhanshadev (1899 - 1984)
Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhanshadev used to be born Bankim Chandra Gangopadhyay (nickname 'Baltu') on 26 December 1899 ( Birthday : Bengali 1294 dusra mangalbar in Pous, English calendar December 1885 from a special resource) in Chandpur, Dist.Chandpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His father, Satish Chandra Gangopadhyay, led the lifetime of an ascetic regardless of the standard burdens of a householder. Mamata Devi, his mom, used to be instrumental in fostering the early symptoms of spirituality that sprouted within the preliminary years of little Baltu. The relations identified for his or her erudition and philanthropic actions resided at village Chandpur within the district of Chandpur. it's bounded by means of Munshiganj District and Comilla District at the north, Noakhali District, Lakshmipur District and Barisal District at the south, Comilla District at the east, and Meghna River,

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