By Arthur Coke Burnell
By Dwijendra Narayan Jha
By V. Krishnamurthy
The ocean of Hindu scriptural knowledge within the kind of teachings of old masters of the faith is just too enormous for a unmarried person. This publication offers, although, a compact hooked up choice of such knowledge from the significant and deep literature on religious Hindu inspiration. featuring the esoteric meanings and value of diverse names of Gods, throughout the phrases of Rishis, it explains the philosophical foundations of Hinduism, rooted within the Upanishads, the Gita and different historic scriptures. A glimpse of the synthesis of faith and artwork as exhibited by means of the Divine Dance within the Nataraja temple of Chidambaram is usually provided.
About The Author:
V. Krishnamurthy (b. 1927) has served the dept of arithmetic in Thiagarajar collage, Madurai; Annamalai collage; collage of Illinois, united states; and BITS, Pilani, the place he was once additionally Dy. Director for 2 a long time. His mathematical study is within the zone of practical research, Topology, Combinatorics and arithmetic Education.
Prof. Krishnamurthy used to be additionally educated systematically within the conventional Hindu scriptures. as well as a large number of lectures on Hindu scriptural literature and Vedanta, he has to his credits many books on Hinduism, together with necessities of Hinduism (1989); Hinduism for the following new release (1992); the 10 Commandments of Hinduism (1994); technological know-how and Spirituality—A Vedanta conception (2002); reside fortunately the Gita method (2008); and gemstones from the sea of Devotional Hindu idea (2010).
By Anne Feldhaus,Ramdas Atkar,Rajaram Zagade
By George D. Chryssides
In this newly up-to-date moment version of theHistorical Dictionary of recent non secular Movements, George D. Chryssides strains the increase and improvement of recent non secular events in the course of the global. An up to date advent summarizes the phenomenon of latest spiritual events and lays out the adjustments to the dictionary because the 2001 variation, whereas the most physique of the dictionary involves as regards to six hundred cross-referenced entries on key figures, principles, subject matters, and locations concerning quite a few new spiritual hobbies. An index organizes the knowledge within the dictionary, and a complete bibliography leads the researcher to extra assets. This booklet is a wonderful entry aspect for college students, researchers, and a person eager to be aware of extra approximately new spiritual movements.
By Meera Nanda
Conventional knowledge says that integration into the worldwide marketplace
has a tendency to weaken the ability of conventional religion in developing
international locations. yet, as Meera Nanda argues during this path-breaking book,
this can be infrequently the case in today’s India. opposed to expectancies of
turning out to be secularism, India has as a substitute visible a awesome intertwining
of Hinduism and neoliberal ideology, spurred on through a growing
capitalist type. it really is this “State-Temple-Corporate Complex,”
she claims, that now wields decisive political and monetary power,
and offers ideological conceal for the dismantling of the Nehru-era
According to this new common sense, India’s fast monetary progress is attributable
to a different “Hindu mind,” and it really is what separates the
nation’s Hindu inhabitants from Muslims and others deemed to be
“anti-modern.” hence, Hindu associations are changing public
ones, and the Hindu “revival” itself has develop into large enterprise, a major
resource of capital accumulation. Nanda explores the roots of this
improvement and its attainable destiny, in addition to the fight for secularism
and socialism within the world’s second-most populous country.
By David M. Knipe
In Vedic Voices, David M. Knipe bargains for the 1st time, a chance for them to talk about their lives, ancestral lineages, own offerings as pandits, better halves, young children, and methods of dealing with an avalanche of adjustments in smooth India. He offers a examine of 4 generations of ten households, from these born on the outset of the 20 th century right down to their great-grandsons who're simply starting, on the age of 7, the duty of memorizing their Veda, the Taittiriya Samhita, a feat that would require 8 to 12 years of day-by-day recitations. After profitable examinations those younger males will live with the Veda relations women they married as teenagers years earlier than, take their areas within the oral transmission of a three-thousand-year Vedic history, educate the Taittiriya selection of texts to their very own sons, and adopt with their other halves the key and minor sacrifices played by way of their ancestors for a few 3 millennia.
Coastal Andhra, famed for bountiful rice and coconut plantations, has acquired scant awareness from historians of faith and anthropologists regardless of a wealth of cultural traditions. Vedic Voices describes in desirable prose the geography, cultural heritage, pilgrimage traditions, and celebrated folks of the quarter. right here unfolds a impressive tale of Vedic pandits and their other halves, one scarcely recognized in India and never in any respect to the surface world.
By Arti Dhand
The Hindu culture has held conflicting perspectives on womanhood from its earliest texts—holding ladies aloft as goddesses to be worshipped at the one hand and final deeply suspicious approximately women’s sexuality at the different. In girl as fireplace, lady as Sage, Arti Dhand examines the spiritual premises upon which Hindu rules of sexuality and girls are developed. The paintings specializes in the good Hindu epic, the Mahābhārata, a textual content that not just displays the cogitations of a momentous interval in Hindu background, but in addition was once serious in shaping the way forward for Hinduism. Dhand proposes that the epic’s knowing of womanhood can't be remoted from the wider spiritual questions that have been debated on the time, and that the formation of a sexual ideology is one aspect in crafting a coherent spiritual framework for Hinduism.
“…an large and insightful exploration of girls, gender, and sexual kinfolk within the epic, analyzing those concerns in the greater context of the non secular ideologies of the textual content … an outstanding book.” — background of Religions
“Dhand’s review of Mahabharata examine is especially precious for overlaying the rage in Indian scholarship that's extra drawn to the interior that means of the epic, stepping clear of Western standards to review the paintings within the Indian literary context.” —The Statesman
“Arti Dhand’s paintings, with its specialize in problems with gender and sexuality, is welcome and lengthy past due, and the power, enthusiasm, and thoroughness of her attempt is commendable … Her paintings fills an immense lacuna in epic reviews and offers a good base from which to extra research those and similar issues of gender within the early culture of the Indian Subcontinent.” — magazine of Asian Studies
“Dhand has delved deeply right into a textual content that, as she says, is written from the male viewpoint. it truly is fresh to contemplate the data approximately ladies in old India that she has gleaned. i locate her premise—highlighting the contrasting ambitions inside pravrtti and nivrtti—to be tremendous. a piece of this significance and eloquence makes an excellent contribution to Asian reviews and women’s studies.” — Constantina Rhodes Bailly, translator of Meditations on Shiva: The Shivastotravali of Utpaladeva
“This is a superb e-book for someone attracted to the ‘front traces’ of the examine of Hinduism and gender: effortless to learn, good geared up, and an exceptional creation to the epic as a complete. Dhand represents a ‘world’ of ladies in all of its complexities.” — Laurie L. Patton, writer of Bringing the Gods to brain: Mantra and formality in Early Indian Sacrifice
Arti Dhand is Assistant Professor of faith on the college of Toronto.
By Marianne Moyaert,Joris Geldhof
Bringing jointly top foreign participants and voices from a few spiritual traditions, Ritual Participation and Interreligious discussion delves into the complexities and intricacies of the phenomenon. They ask: what are the guarantees and perils of celebrating and praying jointly? What are the bounds of formality participation? How do we make feel of emotions of pain whilst getting into the sacred area of one other religion group? the 1st booklet to target the lived dimensions of interreligious discussion via ritual participation instead of textual or doctrinal concerns, this leading edge quantity opens a wholly new perspective.
By Johannes Bronkhorst
Initially, karma manifested itself in a couple of spiritual movements—most particularly Jainism and Buddhism—and used to be thus absorbed into Brahmanism regardless of competition until eventually the top of the 1st millennium C.E. Philosophers of all 3 traditions have been faced with the problem of explaining through what method rebirth and karmic retribution happen. a few took the drastic step of accepting the participation of a ultimate god who acted as a cosmic accountant, others of determining radical idealism. The doctrine of karma used to be faced with substitute reasons of human future, between them the idea within the move of advantage. It additionally needed to accommodate itself to devotional routine that exerted a massive impression on Indian religions.
The publication concludes with a few normal reflections at the value of rebirth and karmic retribution, drawing cognizance to similarities among early Christian and Indian ascetical practices and philosophical notions that during India draw their suggestion from the doctrine of karma.