By Paul Dundas
The Indian faith of Jainism, whose relevant guideline consists of non-violence to all creatures, is likely one of the world's oldest and least-understood faiths. Dundas seems at Jainism in its social and doctrinal context, explaining its historical past, sects, scriptures and formality, and describing how the Jains have, over 2500 years, outlined themselves as a distinct non secular neighborhood. This revised and multiplied variation takes account of latest learn into Jainism.
By Devdutt Pattanaik
Excessive above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, home of the gods. nonetheless above is Vaikuntha, heaven, homestead of God.
The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, either whose names suggest 'victory'. One retains you in Swarga; the opposite increases you into Vaikuntha.
In Vaikuntha there's bliss ceaselessly, in Swarga there's excitement for less than so long as you deserve. what's the distinction among Jaya and Vijaya? resolve this puzzle and you'll resolve the secret of the Mahabharata.
In this spell binding retelling of India's maximum epic, the Mahabharata initially often called Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves right into a unmarried narrative plots from the Sanskrit vintage in addition to its many people and nearby editions, together with the Pandavani of Chhattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu and Yakshagana of Karnataka.
Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings via the writer, the 108 chapters abound with little-known information similar to the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the tales of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata model of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the courting of the warfare in keeping with astronomical data.
With readability and ease, the stories during this stylish quantity demonstrate the everlasting relevance of the Mahabharata, the complicated and hectic meditation at the human situation that has formed Indian proposal for over 3000 years.
By Stephen Jacobs
Understanding Hinduism at the present time calls for an realizing of the way it truly is practised within the modern international. Stephen Jacob's new creation tackles those crucial concerns, starting with case reviews of the grassroots perform of Hinduism in India and in diaspora communities.
He covers problems with singular significance within the glossy learn of Hinduism, together with the significance and function of mass media to this primarily orally transmitted faith. different significant components coated comprise the concept that of Hindu dharma, rather on the subject of caste, gender and Hindu nationalism, key and sometimes arguable strategies in Hinduism.
By Heinrich Robert Zimmer
This ebook translates for the Western brain the major motifs of India's legend, delusion, and folklore, taken at once from the Sanskrit, and illustrated with seventy plates of Indian paintings. it's essentially an advent to image-thinking and picture-reading in Indian paintings and notion, and it seeks to make the profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions of the riddles of existence and demise recognizable no longer purely as Oriental yet as common parts.
Within the Bhagavad Gita, Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions of his non secular consultant at the eve of an exceptional battle.
In this best-selling and improved variation of the main recognized --and well known -- of Indian scriptures, Eknath Easwaran contextualizes the e-book culturally and traditionally and explains the most important options of Hindu non secular concept and the technical vocabulary of yoga.
Chapter introductions, notes, and a word list aid readers comprehend the book's message. most significantly, this translation makes use of uncomplicated, transparent language to impart the poetry, universality, and timelessness of the Gita's teachings.
By A. V. Srinivasan
This name is a part of a nine quantity set of recent paperbacks released by means of Parijata guides, Periplus Line LLC (www.periplusbooks.com), 1999 -2009. each one ebook is 5.25" tall x 4.25" - complete colour hide - b&w illustrations - Sanskrit transliteration & English translation - step by step directions with creation and record of fabrics. How-to handbooks for Hindu ceremonies of worship for: Ganapati (Ganesha); Shiva; Lakshmi; Rama; Soorya; Durga, Krishna, Saraswati, the Navagrahas (Nine Planets).
By M. K. Gandhi, Mahadev Desai
In this autobiography, additionally titled The tale of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas okay. Gandhi recounts his existence from youth up till 1921, noting that "my existence from this element onward has been so public that there's not often whatever approximately it that individuals don't know." HarperCollins selected this paintings as one of many "100 most crucial religious Books of the twentieth Century." The pursuit of fact was once a tenet for Gandhi. He states that it "is no longer my objective to try a true autobiography. I easily are looking to inform the tale of my a variety of experiments with fact, and as my existence comprises not anything yet these experiments, it's precise that the tale will take the form of an autobiography." He additionally notes that this "will after all comprise experiments with non-violence, celibacy and different ideas of behavior believed to be designated from truth."
By Sir Monier Monier-Williams
This ebook derives from a sequence of lectures given in 1888 by means of Monier Monier-Williams, who used to be Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford for over 30 years and whose paintings broke new floor within the Western figuring out of Buddhism and different South Asian religions. This great historic survey of Buddhism starts with an account of the Buddha and his earliest educating, in addition to a short description of the beginning and composition of the scriptures containing the Buddha's legislation (Dharma). Monier-Williams explains the early structure of the Buddha's order of clergymen (Sangha), and descriptions the philosophical doctrines of Buddhism including its code of morality and thought of perfection, culminating in Nirvana. He additionally describes formal and well known rituals and practices, and sacred areas and items. The publication is an instance of Victorian Orientalist scholarship which is still of curiosity to historians of non secular reviews, Orientalism, and the British Empire.
By Meera Nanda
As India's economic climate has liberalized, so too has it turn into Hinduized.
Middle-class Indians have gotten actively non secular as they're changing into filthy rich. the decade has visible the proliferation of robust new god-men, a huge upward thrust in temple rituals, the construction of recent gods, and the elevated call for for clergymen. Hinduism has entered public lifestyles besides with politicians usually utilizing pujas and yajnas of their campaigning.
The kingdom is permitting this Hinduization with the aid of the non-public region. From actively selling non secular tourism, to turning in larger schooling to non-public zone associations, a few of whom use spiritual trusts to run those associations and impart 'value-based' schooling, to gifting away land at hugely sponsored premiums to specialists and god-men, a number of the privatization measures of the govt are associated with the promoting of Hinduism.
Why has this occurred? What does it suggest? And does this spell the loss of life of Indian secularism?...
By Dorit Kedar
The e-book indicates evolving the knowledge of the center by way of contemplating the lifetime of the good mystics and their appreciation of God's fingerprints in Nature. One may perhaps, for this reason, domesticate the best way of affection, unconstrained through comparability, hierarchy, and pre-concepts, often existent in territorial considering.