Category: Hinduism

Download Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in by June McDaniel PDF

By June McDaniel

The Indian nation of West Bengal is domestic to at least one of the world's so much vivid traditions of goddess worship. The year's largest vacation trips are dedicated to the goddesses Durga and Kali, with lavish rituals, adorned statues, fireworks, and parades. In providing vegetation, Feeding Skulls, June McDaniel presents a extensive, accessibly written assessment of Bengali goddess worship. McDaniel identifies 3 significant kinds of goddess worship, and examines every one via its myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred texts, and practitioners. within the folk/tribal strand, that is present in rural parts, neighborhood tribal goddesses are worshipped along Hindu goddesses, with an emphasis on ownership, therapeutic, and animism. The tantric/yogic strand makes a speciality of ritual, meditation, and visualization as methods of experiencing the facility of the goddess without delay. The devotional or bhakti strand, that's the most well-liked shape, comprises the serious love and worship of a selected type of the goddess. McDaniel strains those strands via Bengali tradition and explores how they're interwoven with one another in addition to with other kinds of Hinduism. She additionally discusses how those practices were reinterpreted within the West, the place goddess worship has won the values of sexual freedom and mental therapeutic, yet misplaced its emphases on devotion and asceticism. Offering plant life, Feeding Skulls takes the reader contained in the lives of practising Shaktas, together with holy ladies, hymn singers, philosophers, visionaries, professionals, ascetics, healers, musicians, and businessmen, and provides brilliant descriptions in their rituals, practices, and day-by-day lives. Drawing on years of fieldwork and wide examine, McDaniel paints a wealthy, expansive portrait of this interesting non secular tradition.

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Download The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously by Carla Bellamy PDF

By Carla Bellamy

The violent partitioning of British India alongside non secular strains and ongoing communalist aggression have forced Indian electorate to deal with the suggestion that an specific, mounted spiritual id is prime to selfhood. then again, Muslim saint shrines referred to as dargahs allure a religiously diversified variety of pilgrims. during this obtainable and groundbreaking ethnography, Carla Bellamy lines the long term therapeutic tactics of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a fancy of dargahs in northwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims’ narratives, ritual and daily practices, archival records, and well known guides in Hindi and Urdu, Bellamy considers questions on the character of faith normally and Indian faith specifically. Grounded in tales from person lives and stories, The robust Ephemeral deals not just a humane, hugely readable portrait of dargah tradition, but in addition new perception into notions of selfhood and spiritual distinction in modern India.

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Download Le Yoga de l'amour : le geste de Krishna (Spiritualités by Jean Herbert PDF

By Jean Herbert

Jean Herbert, fondateur en 1946 de los angeles assortment "Spiritualités vivantes", a consacré l'essentiel de sa vie à faire découvrir en Occident les trésors des sagesses orientales et notamment de l'Inde. Son oeuvre d'éditeur et d'auteur a influencé des générations entières.
II étudie ici le mythe hindou certainement le plus populaire de toute l'Inde, celui de l'enfance de Krishna au milieu des gopis. Groupant méthodiquement pour chaque épisode ce qu'en disent les nombreux textes sacrés, il en dégage un profond enseignement : celui de l. a. voie du Bhakti-Yoga, le Yoga de l'Amour. II décrit minutieusement chaque challenge auquel se heurte celui qui veut s'engager sur l. a. voie spirituelle, et los angeles façon de le surmonter pratiquement.
Un précieux outil de réflexion et de méditation.

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Download Reform, Identity and Narratives of Belonging: The Heraka by Arkotong Longkumer PDF

By Arkotong Longkumer

Reform, identification and Narratives of Belonging makes a speciality of the Heraka, a spiritual reform flow, and its influence at the Zeme, a Naga tribe, within the North Cachar Hills of Assam, India. Drawing upon serious reviews of ‘religion’, cultural/ethnic identification, and nationalism, archival learn in either India and Britain, and fieldwork in Assam, the publication initiates new grounds for figuring out the evolving notions of ‘reform’ and ‘identity’ within the emergence of a Heraka ‘religion’. Arkotong Longkumer argues that ‘reform’ and ‘identity’ are dynamically inter-related and associated with the revitalisation and negotiation of either ‘tradition’ legitimising indigeneity, and ‘change’ legitimising reform. the consequences have deepened, but challenged, not just triumphing perspectives of the Western development of the class ‘religion’ but additionally understandings of ways marginalised groups use collective old mind's eye to motivate self-identification throughout the discourse of faith. In end, this booklet argues for a second look of how during which multi-religious traditions engage to reshape identities and belongings.

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Download Raja Yudhisthira: Kingship in Epic Mahabharata (Myth and by Kevin McGrath,Gregory Nagy PDF

By Kevin McGrath,Gregory Nagy

In Raja Yudhisthira, Kevin McGrath brings his accomplished literary, ethnographic, and analytical wisdom of the epic Mahabharata to endure at the illustration of kingship within the poem. He indicates how the preliterate nice Bharata tune depicts either archaic and classical types of kingly and premonetary polity and the way the king turns into a ruler who's considered as ritually divine. in response to his special and empirical shut interpreting of the textual content, McGrath then addresses the assumption of heroic faith in either antiquity and at the present time; for bronze-age heroes nonetheless obtain nice devotional worship in smooth India and groups proceed to conflict on the websites that experience been—for millennia—associated with those epic figures; actually, the notice hero is in reality extra of a spiritual than a martial term.

One of an important contributions of Raja Yudhisthira, and a subtext in McGrath's research of Yudhisthira’s kingship, is the revelation that neither of the contesting moieties of the royal Hastinapura extended family triumphs after all, for it's the Yadava band of Krsna who in achieving genuine victory. that's, it's the matriline and never the patriline that secures final luck: it's the kinship crew of Krsna—the heroic determine who was once to develop into the dominant Vaisnava icon of classical India—who merits such a lot from the poor Bharata war.

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Download The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic by Ramesh Menon PDF

By Ramesh Menon

The nice Indian epic rendered in sleek prose

India's so much liked and enduring legend, the Ramayana is broadly said to be one of many world's nice literary masterpieces. nonetheless a vital part of India's cultural and spiritual expression, the Ramayana was once initially composed by way of the Sanskrit poet Valmiki round three hundred b.c. The epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and fight to rescue his trustworthy spouse, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne has profoundly affected the literature, paintings, and tradition of South and Southeast Asia—an impact probably extraordinary within the heritage of global literature, other than, almost certainly, for the Bible. during the centuries, numerous models of the epic were produced in different codecs and languages. yet prior English models were both too brief to trap the significance of the unique; too secular in proposing what's, in impression, scripture; or dry, line-by-line translations. Now novelist Ramesh Menon has rendered the story in lyrical prose that conveys the entire good looks and pleasure of the unique, whereas making this non secular and literary vintage obtainable to a brand new iteration of readers.

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Download Major World Religions: From Their Origins To The Present by Lloyd Ridgeon PDF

By Lloyd Ridgeon

This paintings seeks to respond to questions about the good non secular traditions within the modern age. It focuses upon these religions that proceed to call for the eye of the Western global. Following an advent at the philosophy of faith, consciousness is concentrated on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that are religions that experience had (and most likely proceed to have) the best variety of fans in Western society. as well as the lasting impression that faith has had in society, we're witnesses to the advance of secularism at the one hand and the revival of spiritual sentiment at the different, hence chapters on modernity, postmodernism, and 'fundamentalism' have additionally been integrated. The virtue of the e-book is its glossy believe. each one bankruptcy brings the reader updated with contemporary advancements and commentaries upon contemporary spiritual suggestion, theology and religious-political routine. additionally, the size of the chapters allows a close research that's so usually missing in books on international religions.

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Download THE BOOK OF BUDDHA by Arundhati Subramaniam PDF

By Arundhati Subramaniam

round 2500 years in the past a thirty-five-year-old guy named Siddhartha had a paranormal perception lower than a peepul tree in north-eastern India; in a spot now respected as Bodhgaya.

Today; greater than three hundred million humans around the globe examine themselves beneficiaries of Gautama Buddha’s perception; and think that it has irrevocably marked their religious dedication and id.

Who used to be this guy who nonetheless continues to be any such very important determine for the modern day questor? How did he arrive on the consciousness that ‘suffering on my own exists; yet none who are suffering; the deed there's; yet no doer thereof; Nirvana there's; yet nobody looking it; the trail there's; yet none who go back and forth it’?

The e-book of Buddha lines a number of the levels of the non secular trip undertaken through a guy who began as Siddhartha the Seeker; accomplished knowing as Shakyamuni the Sage and attained supremacy as Tathagata the Master—finally achieving transcendence as Jina the Victor whilst he used to be remodeled into the Buddha and have become the Enlightened One.

Combining own perception with a deep knowing of Buddhist philosophy; Arundhathi Subramaniam provides the reader a delicate and revealing portrait of the Buddha and his function in shaping and transfiguring the process historical past. during this passionate and deeply felt rendition of the Buddha’s lifestyles she explores his enduring impression; and affirms that although he promised no quick-fix strategy to life’s difficulties; Buddhism has remained really democratic since it holds out the promise of self-realization for all.

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Download The Heart of a Vaishnava: Exploring the Essence of Humility, by Swami B.P. Puri,Swami B.B. Bodhayan PDF

By Swami B.P. Puri,Swami B.B. Bodhayan

This publication glorifies the Vaishnava: it tells us of the need of Vaishnava organization, easy methods to realize the Vaishnava, and the way to serve the Vaishnava. 

 

The center of a Vaishnava reminds us of Krishna's phrases, "The worship of My devotee is bigger than even the worship of Me." To the uninitiated, this can be a puzzle, for Krishna additionally says, "The devotee is My center and i'm His." yet right here Swami B. P. Puri exhibits that with no the organization of devotees there is not any Krishna. The Lord is found in this international via his devotees. If we wish to locate Krishna, we needs to search for him in the middle of Vaishnava organization. This ebook glorifies the Vaishnava: it tells us of the need of Vaishnava organization, the right way to realize the Vaishnava, and the way to serve the Vaishnava.

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