The Complete Mahabharata: Vana Parva (Part Two) and Virata by Jayashree Kumar,Katya Osborne,Ramesh Menon

By Jayashree Kumar,Katya Osborne,Ramesh Menon

Meteors rain down in torrents and a deep gloom falls each the place. Birds fly approximately in alarm and nice bushes tremble. From the thunderous sound the Kurus recognize that it truly is Arjuna's palms that drew the string of that better of bows.' The Mahabharata of Veda Vyasa is the longest recorded epic on this planet. With nearly 100,000 verses, it's again and again so long as the Iliad and the Odyssey mixed and has deeply inspired each point of the Indian ethos for a few 4,000 years. The Mahabharata embodies the traditional and sacred Indian culture, in all its earthy and non secular immensity. but, the one complete Indian translation of the Mahabharata into English is the nineteenth century one through Kisari Mohan Ganguli. greater than 100 years have handed because Ganguli finished his activity and the language he used is now unfortunately, archaic. This new 12 quantity sequence retells the good epic, line by way of line, in clean, simply readable english prose. With it, we are hoping to deliver the Mahabharata alive back, for the modern and the long run reader.

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Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 1): Bhishma (Clay Sanskrit by Vyasa,Alex Cherniak

By Vyasa,Alex Cherniak

“Bhishma,” the 6th ebook of the eighteen-book epic The Maha•bhárata, narrates the 1st ten days of the nice conflict among the Káuravas and the Pándavas. this primary quantity covers 4 days from the start of the good conflict and contains the recognized “Bhágavad•gita (“The track of the Lord”), awarded the following inside of its unique epic context. during this “bible” of Indian civilization the charioteer Krishna empowers his disciple Árjuna to solve his own limitation: even if to persist with his righteous responsibility as a warrior and slay his opponent family within the simply conflict, or to abstain from battling and resign the warrior code to which he's born.

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Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western by Hugh B. Urban

By Hugh B. Urban

Sexuality and the occult arts have lengthy been linked within the western mind's eye, however it was once no longer until eventually the 19th century that an enormous and complicated physique of literature on sexual magic—the use of intercourse as a resource of magical power—emerged. This booklet, the 1st historical past of western sexual magic as a latest non secular culture, locations those practices within the context of the bigger discourse surrounding sexuality in American and eu society during the last a hundred and fifty years to find how sexual magic used to be reworked from a terrifying medieval nightmare of heresy and social subversion right into a sleek excellent of non-public empowerment and social liberation. targeting a chain of key figures together with American spiritualist Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Julius Evola, Gerald Gardner, and Anton LaVey, Hugh city strains the emergence of sexual magic out of older western esoteric traditions together with Gnosticism and Kabbalah, that have been steadily fused with recently-discovered jap traditions equivalent to Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. His examine supplies impressive new perception into sexuality within the smooth period, in particular on matters similar to the politics of contraception, the class of sexual "deviance," debates over homosexuality and feminism, and the position of sexuality in our personal new global of post-modern spirituality, customer capitalism, and the Internet.

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The Deeper Dimension of Yoga: Theory and Practice by Georg Feuerstein

By Georg Feuerstein

Here is a entire survey of the total breadth and intensity of the 5,000-year-old Yoga culture, emphasizing its powerful philosophy and non secular imaginative and prescient. Georg Feuerstein demonstrates that Yoga is way greater than a process of actual exercises—it is a profound direction of self-transformation that features a variety of teachings, practices, and sacred texts which could aid us domesticate knowledge, stability, and internal freedom, in addition to actual health.

Feuerstein is among the few Western scholar-teachers of Yoga whose writing and instructing penetrate the entire richness and intensity of this historical culture. the following he bargains a suite of essays concerning all aspects of the discipline.

Topics include:

  • The assorted branches and types of Yoga
  • The moral teachings of Yoga
  • Yoga and vegetarianism
  • Meditation and mantras
  • Choosing a teacher
  • Tantric Yoga
  • The adventure of ecstasy

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McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel and Om Economics: by Jonathan D James

By Jonathan D James

This e-book seems to be at faith in a transnational and worldwide context and provides a scientific account of the tools undertaken by way of modern-day missionaries to transform people.

The writer seeks to appreciate the outworking of the yank phenomenon of televangelism in India, in a brand new ancient, cultural, non secular, political and financial environment. He likens worldwide televangelism to 'McDonaldisation', as a result of its standardised, 'one dimension suits all' process. 'Glocal' televangelism-the fusion of the yank and Indian evangelism-is known as 'Masala McGospel' as a result of overwhelming presence of the worldwide, American grammar and common sense within the presentation and elegance of those programmes in India. the writer then is going directly to convey how a disjunction is being created in Hindu televangelism as a result of such mixing of yank concepts with the holiness of old scriptures, making them subservient to the trendy day aspirations of globalisation and consumerism.

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A Storm of Songs by John Stratton Hawley

By John Stratton Hawley

A widely-accepted reason behind India’s nationwide cohesion is a story referred to as the bhakti movement—poet-saints making a song bhakti from India’s southern tip to the Himalayas among six hundred and 1600. John Hawley exhibits that this narrative, with its political overtones, used to be created by means of the early-twentieth-century circle round Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal.

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Conquest and Community: The Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi by Shahid Amin

By Shahid Amin

Few subject matters in South Asian historical past are as contentious as that of the Turkic conquest of the Indian subcontinent that started within the 12th century and ended in a protracted interval of Muslim rule. How is a historian imagined to write truthfully concerning the bloody background of the conquest with out falling into communitarian traps?


Conquest and Community is Shahid Amin's solution. masking greater than 8 hundred years of heritage, the ebook facilities at the enduringly renowned saint Ghazi Miyan, a younger soldier of Islam whose shrines are stumbled on far and wide India. Amin information the warrior saint’s mythical exploits, then tracks the various methods he has been venerated within the centuries because. The fascinating tales, ballads, and proverbs that grew up round Ghazi Miyan have been, Amin exhibits, a fashion of domesticating the conquest—recognizing earlier conflicts and adjustments yet however bringing assorted teams jointly right into a neighborhood of devotees. What turns out at the beginning look to be the tale of 1 legendary determine turns into an allegory for the heritage of Hindu-Muslim kinfolk over an astonishingly lengthy time period, and a well timed contribution to present political and ancient debates.


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Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of by J. Barton Scott

By J. Barton Scott

Historians of faith have tested at size the Protestant Reformation and the liberal thought of the self-governing person that arose from it. In Spiritual Despots, J. Barton Scott unearths an unexamined piece of this tale: how Protestant applied sciences of asceticism turned entangled with Hindu non secular practices to create an awesome of the “self-ruling topic” an important to either nineteenth-century reform tradition and early twentieth-century anticolonialism in India. Scott makes use of the old fashioned time period “priestcraft” to trace anticlerical polemics that vilified non secular hierarchy, celebrated the person, and endeavored to reform human matters by way of releasing them from exterior non secular impression. by means of drawing on English, Hindi, and Gujarati reformist writings, Scott offers a breathtaking view of accurately how the threat of the artful priest reworked faith and politics in India.


Through this substitute family tree of the self-ruling topic, Spiritual Despots demonstrates that Hindu reform pursuits can't be understood exclusively in the precolonial culture, yet fairly must be learn along different activities in their interval. The book’s concentration strikes fluidly among Britain and India—engaging thinkers reminiscent of James Mill, Keshub Chunder Sen, Max Weber, Karsandas Mulji, Helena Blavatsky, M. ok. Gandhi, and others—to convey how colonial Hinduism formed significant glossy discourses concerning the self. all through, Scott sheds much-needed gentle how the rhetoric of priestcraft and practices of worldly asceticism performed an important position in making a new ethical and political order for twentieth-century India and demonstrates the significance of viewing the emergence of secularism throughout the colonial encounter.

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They Sing the Wedding of God: An Ethnomusicological Study of by John Napier

By John Napier

In Rajasthan, India, a caste of musicians and mendicants, the Nath-Jogis, sing tales of kings who resign their thrones to turn into wandering mendicants. in addition they sing of a god, Mahadeva, Shiva, who needs to abandon his world-renouncing lifestyles and marry, therefore setting up the very caste that tells his tale. this can be the 1st targeted ethnomusicological learn of the song of this caste, analyzing how the existential questions of the sung stories—of the clash among loyalty to households or groups and the transcending wish to surrender the cloth world—are articulated in musical performances within which the caste’s personal ethnography is inscribed.
Discussing the connection among the played repertoire and the caste’s id, the contexts of functionality and ways that customary tales are successfully retold, the booklet deals a transcription, translation and musical and ethnographic research of 1 functionality, by way of Kishori Nath, and indicates how the questions the performances venture should not only speculative acts of self-identification but in addition demanding situations to audiences to contemplate their very own responses.

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Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of by Shiva Rea,Sally Kempton

By Shiva Rea,Sally Kempton

"We are created in rhythm, stored alive in rhythm, evolve via rhythm. Tides, breath, and blood circulate in rhythm. we're born right into a universe of currents, and our center is the nice conductor of the physique, orchestrating our flow."

The mystical foundations of all of the world's non secular paths meet in one, sacred position: the guts of the seeker. we now have reached a time whilst medical realizing mirrors the lessons of the good knowledge traditions in revealing our vigorous middle because the gentle of recognition, the fireplace of affection, a box of intelligence. Tending the center Fire, the 1st e-book by means of pioneering yogini Shiva Rea, is a call for participation to embrace our awesome strength at this turning time limit, to reconnect your existence to the rhythms of your physique and the typical world—to stay in movement with the heart beat of life.

Weaving jointly knowledge from the good international traditions—including yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and smooth science—Shiva provides a necessary source for turning into a firekeeper of the sacred middle. This assorted treasury is full of mediations, lifestyles assistance, seasonal rituals, and day-by-day practices, including:

  • Insights for harmonizing with the sacred junctures of time—the day-by-day, weekly, lunar, and sunlight cycles of manifestation and renewal
  • Aligning with the seasons—how to evolve your nutrition, workout, and yoga rhythms during the annual cycle how you can honor the nice sacred vacation trips, rites, and festivals
  • Awakening of sahaja—the usual stream on the origins and resource of yoga asana and sacred embodiment on the center of yoga and Tantra
  • Skills for tending your internal hearth in each element of existence and therapeutic imbalances that could aid a renewable power lifestyle
  • A visible instructing with over 100 full-color pictures, together with reference charts, diagrams, illustrations, and historic poetry for inspiration

The legacy of the guts hearth is greater than 8 hundred thousand years old—and in our sleek global, we want greater than ever to consciously reconnect to the radiant box that transcends time, house, and tradition. "The direct awakening of the center frequently occurs once we are at a drawback aspect, whilst the armor of our center has to crack," writes Shiva Rea. "Let us go back to the facility and style of our hearts—as dwelling hearth, as clever strength and electromagnetic radiance, and as our illuminating consultant towards love, creativity, and deep realizing of our real sacred nature."

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