By Devdutt Pattanaik
Publish yr note: First released in 2006
A deciphering of Hindu mythology Hindus have one God. in addition they have 330 million gods: male gods; girl gods; own gods; kin gods; family gods; village gods; gods of house and time; gods for particular castes and specific professions; gods who stay in bushes; in animals; in minerals; in geometrical styles and in man-made gadgets. Then there are a complete host of demons. yet no satan.
In this groundbreaking ebook Dr Devdutt Pattanaik; certainly one of India's most well-liked mythologists; seeks a solution to those obvious paradoxes and unravels an inherited fact approximately existence and demise; nature and tradition; perfection and danger. He retells sacred Hindu tales and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals; utilizing a different sort of statement; illustrations and diagrams. we find why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (all other than Yudhishtira) have been despatched to hell; why Rama regardless of leaving behind the blameless Sita is still the version king; why the blood-drinking Kali is one other type of the milk-giving Gauri; and why Shiva wrenched off the 5th head of Brahma.
Constructed over generations; Hindu myths function home windows to the soul; and supply an realizing of the realm round us. the purpose isn't to outgrow fantasy; yet to be enriched and empowered through its historic; powerful and nonetheless proper language.
By Garma C. C. (translated and anotated by) Chang
This e-book has a few lofty disclaimer paintings firstly. That, mixed with a few of the damaged language and esoteric references at the start makes it a troublesome learn. however it does a fantastic task of supporting the reader visualize the concepts for varied Tibetan Yoga suggestions. while you are discovering for descriptions of the innovations or theories at the back of Tibetan Yoga, this can be a lovely solid one.
By John Stratton Hawley, Donna Marie Wulff
I've got this model lower than the name Devi: Goddesses of India released in India. i'm happy with this publication. Many books exhibit Kali as a ruthless killer and destroyer, right here you'll examine a softer and but freeing aspect of Kali for ladies and males. This publication has many articles from diffrent authers which rather provides the reader a glance at diffrent devis from diffrent issues of view. as soon as i started to learn this ebook i couldn't positioned it down. i'd additionally suggest whatever via David Kinsley and Kali through Elizabet U Harding .
By U. B. Schmid, D. C. Parker, W. J. Elliott, American and British Committees of the International Greek New Testament Project
This e-book offers transcriptions and photographs of a few of the oldest parchment manuscripts of the Gospel of John in Greek. It comprises additionally an entire serious equipment of the entire parchment manuscripts of John, together with such vital manuscripts as Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus. The transcriptions and plates are constrained to fragmentary and difficult-to-read copies. those havereceived a similar exact therapy as used to be utilized by the foreign Greek New testomony venture to make an variation of the papyri of John (Brill: 1995). The overseas Greek New testomony undertaking is a European-American venture at the moment taking part with the Institut fur neutestamentliche Textforschung (Munster, Germany) to make a serious version of the Gospel of John within the Editio Critica Maior.
By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was once probably the most well-known students of Indian paintings, tradition, and faith. He served for a few years because the Keeper of Indian and Islamic artwork on the Boston Museum of excellent Arts, constructing some of the most awesome collections of oriental artifacts on the planet. This anthology comprises thematically prepared excerpts from his many writings, letters, and speeches, making it a uniquely obtainable selection of his knowledge and perception. it truly is richly illustrated with over one hundred forty black-and-white historic pictures and work.
By A.C. Haktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Booklet by means of A.C. Haktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
By Laurie L. Patton
Author note: Simon Brodbeck (Introduction), Laurie L. Patton (Translator)
A brilliant new translation of the jewel of Hindu spirituality
One of the glories of Sanskrit poetry, The Bhagavad Gita is the traditional non secular textual content that varieties an elegant synthesis of the various strands of Hindu trust. Taken from the Mahabharata epic, it information a discussion among the divine Krishna and the human warrior Arjuna ahead of a powerful conflict within which Arjuna needs to come to a decision no matter if to salary conflict opposed to his circle of relatives. Krishna imparts religious enlightenment to Arjuna, educating him the trails of data, devotion, motion, and meditation, and aiding him to work out past the temporal to the everlasting. This new translation captures either the readability of Hindu philosophy and the great thing about Sanskrit poetry.
By Abhijit Basu
Historical India - the place Vishvaamitra via Vedic austerities and Yaajnavalkya via Vedantic perception, explored the hovering degrees of human awareness; the place Valmiki and Kalidasa created elegant poetry; the place Rama and Yudhishthira governed with a wonderful composite of knowledge, welfare and justice because the stuff in their royal sceptres; and the place Lord Krishna spoke the wondrously common philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita - theses gemstones from the treasures of India's religious and literary history, shape the subjects that hyperlink this quantity of contemporary essays.
While those tales were informed and retold, interpreted and re-interpreted via millennia, this fluent and stress-free narrative, provides a trip of exploration and research to discover new meanings within the historic phrases - them throughout the prism of a latest, liberal and humanistic world-view.
By André Padoux, Roger-Orphe Jeanty
Even though many practitioners of yoga and meditation are acquainted with the Shri Chakra, a sacred diagram, few totally comprehend the intensity of which means during this illustration of the cosmos. The Yoginihrdaya, a Hindu tantric textual content courting again to the 10th or 11th century Ce, discloses to initiates the key of the guts of the Yogini, or the splendid fact: the divine airplane the place the Goddess (Tripurasundari, or attention itself) manifests her energy and glory, via her yantra, mantra, and worship. André Padoux, with Roger Orphe-Jeanty, deals the 1st English translation of this seminal textual content. Padoux demonstrates that the Yoginihrdaya isn't a philosophical treatise aimed toward expounding specific metaphysical tenets. relatively it goals to teach a manner in the direction of liberation, or, extra accurately, to a tantric kind of liberation during this life-jivanmukti, which gives you either liberation from the fetters of the realm and domination over it.
"This long-awaited English-language version of André Padoux's vintage research and translation of the Yoginihrdaya is a window onto a remarkably subtle ritual and metaphysical method. offered in a transparent and fascinating structure, it really is a fantastic creation and consultant to the area of Hindu Tantra." --David Gordon White, J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative faith, college of California, Santa Barbara
About the Authors
André Padoux is Senior learn Fellow (retired) on the French nationwide middle for clinical Research.
Roger-Orphé Jeanty is an autonomous practitioner of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Vidya.