New PDF release: Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry: The Sena Salon

By Jesse Ross Knutson

on the flip of the twelfth-century into the 13th, on the court docket of King Laksmanasena of Bengal, Sanskrit poetry confirmed profound and surprising adjustments: a brand new social scope made its definitive front into excessive literature.  Courtly and pastoral, rural and concrete, cosmopolitan and vernacular faced one another in a commingling of low and high types. A literary salon in what's now Bangladesh, on the japanese severe of the nexus of neighborhood courtly cultures that outlined the age, turns out to have implicitly reformulated its whole literary approach within the context of the upcoming breakdown of the outdated courtly global, as Turkish strength multiplied and redefined the landscape.  via shut readings of a little-known corpus of texts from jap India, this formidable ebook demonstrates how a neighborhood and rural sensibility got here to infuse the cosmopolitan language of Sanskrit, making a local literary idiom that might outline the emergence of the Bengali language and its literary traditions.

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New PDF release: To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of

By Nathaniel Roberts

To Be Cared For offers a different view into the conceptual and ethical international of slum-bound Dalits (“untouchables”) within the South Indian urban of Chennai. targeting the choice by way of many ladies to embody in the community particular sorts of Pentecostal Christianity, Nathaniel Roberts demanding situations dominant anthropological understandings of faith as an issue of tradition and identification, in addition to Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a “foreign” ideology that disrupts neighborhood groups. faraway from being a divisive force, conversion integrates the slum community—Christians and Hindus alike—by addressing hidden ethical fault traces that subtly pit residents against each other in a countrywide context that renders Dalits outsiders of their personal land."

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Download PDF by Loriliai Biernacki: Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra

By Loriliai Biernacki

Tantra is a kin of rituals modeled on these of the Vedas and their attendant texts and lineages. those rituals more often than not contain the visualization of a deity, choices, and the chanting of his or her mantra. universal adaptations contain visualizing the deity within the act of sexual union with a consort, visualizing oneself because the deity, and "transgressive" acts corresponding to token intake of meat or alcohol. such a lot notoriously, non-standard or ritualized intercourse is typically practiced. This debts for Tantra's detrimental recognition in a few quarters and its reception within the West basically as a set of sexual practices.
Although a few this day extol Tantra's freeing traits, the position of girls is still debatable. often there are perspectives of girls and Tantra. both the female is a metaphor and genuine girls are altogether absent, or Tantra consists of the transgressive use of women's our bodies to serve male pursuits. Loriliai Biernacki offers another view, within which girls are respected, worshipped, and regarded beneficial of non secular attainment. Her basic resources are a set of 8 quite sleek Tantric texts written in Sanskrit from the fifteenth in the course of the 18th century. Her research of those texts finds a view of girls that's more often than not optimistic and empowering. She makes a speciality of 4 issues: 1) the "Kali Practice," during which ladies seem not just as gadgets of reverence yet as practitioners and experts; 2) the Tantric intercourse ceremony, in particular within the case that, opposite to different Tantric texts, the choice is for better halves as ritual consorts; three) female language and the gendered implications of mantra; and four) pictures of male violence in the direction of ladies in tantric myths. Biernacki, via opting for to examine 8 specific Sanskrit texts, argues that in the culture of Tantra there exists a illustration of ladies during which the feminine is an authoritative, robust, equivalent player within the Tantric ritual practice

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New PDF release: Boundless as the Sky: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on

By Renuka Singh

How somebody thinks, behaves and feels finally affects not only their very own lives, however the society they dwell in. If we wish to reach happiness, we needs to needless to say the adventure starts off inside of us, and will succeed in out to the touch hundreds of thousands.
In this anthology, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with attribute knowledge, humour and kindness, directs us in the direction of the trail to a contented, fit, peaceable lifestyles. speaking approximately common topics equivalent to compassion, peace, non-violence, secularism and the pursuit of a fit brain and physique, he reminds us that the accountability to alter our suggestions, activities and lives lies with us.
Once we settle for possession of each element of our lives, we will be able to then start to catalyse swap within the lives of others and, via that procedure, switch the area. via those speeches and dialogues, His Holiness encourages every one person to embody the trail of happiness, compassion and faith.

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Get Legends of Devi (Illustrated in Colour) (Illustrated PDF

By SUKUMARI BHATTACHARJI,Ramananda Bandapadhyay

Legends of Devi is an enthralling narration of many of the legends and folktales that encompass the respected goddesses of India. The goddesses not just epitomize the forces of excellent combating over evil, but additionally the resource of wordly well being. This e-book beneficial properties symbolically wealthy and breathtaking illustrations by way of Ramananda Bandapadhyay. Line drawings on each web page and 16 color plates enhance the publication. especially commissioned for this variation, those illustrations represent a storehouse of knowledge on mythological iconography.

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Get Say to the Sun, "Don't Rise," and to the Moon, "Don't Set": PDF

By Anne Feldhaus,Ramdas Atkar,Rajaram Zagade

Pastoralist traditions have lengthy been terribly very important to the social, monetary, political, and cultural lifetime of western India. The Marathi-language oral literature of the Dhangar shepherds is not just some of the most vital parts of the normal cultural lifetime of its zone, but in addition a treasure of worldwide literature. This quantity provides translations of 2 vigorous and well-crafted examples of the ovi, a style normal of the oral literature of Dhangars. the 2 ovis within the quantity narrate the tales of Biroba and Dhuloba, of those shepherds' most crucial gods. all the ovis tells an intricate tale of the start of the god-a astounding and intricate approach in either cases-and of the struggles each is going via which will locate and win his bride. The huge creation offers a literary research of the ovis and discusses what they show concerning the cosmology, geography, society, and political preparations in their performers' international, in addition to in regards to the performers' perspectives of pastoralists and women.

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Reviving Hinduism by Prakasarao Velagapudi Ph.D PDF

By Prakasarao Velagapudi Ph.D

through the years, Hindus have slowly forgotten the fantastic treasures which are hidden within the land of Bharath. The resilience of Hindu brain; suppleness of its soul; suppleness of Hindu personality; gracefulness of Hindu cultures; equanimity of Hindu ethical compass; gracefulness of Hindu traditions; the internal energy of Hindu scriptures; sacredness of rivers, mountains, animals and timber; the genuineness of the easy residing and excessive considering; the marvelous ideas of ahimsa — trust in nonviolence, grandeur of the primary of Vasudaika Kutumbam; the efficiency of non secular lifestyles and glory that was once and is Bharath; and all-embracing stay and allow reside ideas are the gemstones which are crucial for the survival of Hinduism and human race itself.

The richness of Bharath used to be clouded by way of lack of knowledge, her glory seared with communalism, enveloped with the fog of secularism. The Hindu delight was once tarnished with greed and smeared with Macaulyism. the way forward for Bharath seems bleak, miserable and depressing. Bharath Mata is attacked from all quarters. She isn't even spared by means of vocal Hindu secularists, liberals and communists. Media has created havoc via denouncing the Hindus, Saints and Hindu corporations and leaders. underneath each Hindu, there's the presence of divinity, dharma, spirituality and ahimsa. in some way, he has forsaken the traditional richness and allowed it to be smeared with greed, identify, repute, energy, place, wealth and popularity that purely satiate the current now not the long run. Divine intervention can purely opposite the craze and malaise.
Hinduism is being attacked by means of chosen Hindus in addition to the 2 Abrahamic religions. endurance, tolerance and ahimsa made Hinduism a defenseless faith on the planet. It has turn into a tender objective without retaliation or any plan to guard itself from enemies either inside and with no. in contrast to different significant religions, Hinduism doesn't pontificate for enlargement, doesn't think in terrorism and doesn't perform misleading innovations to transform humans; nor do they think within the enlargement via conversion strategies. Their emphasis is at the improvement of the person, self-improvement and enlightenment.

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Get Walking Home with Baba: The Heart of Spiritual Practice PDF

By Rohini Ralby

Rohini Ralby spent 8 years as head of defense, appointments secretary, and private assistant to Swami Muktananda, and of their many hours by myself jointly, this world-renowned guru taught her, one on one, the essence of non secular practice.

In strolling domestic with Baba, knowledgeable advisor to religious perform, Rohini attracts on that have and her next research and paintings as a religious director to show, in transparent and concise phrases, what non secular perform actually is.

Spiritual perform is jogging domestic. it's retracing our as far back as God—to Absolute fact, Absolute cognizance, and Absolute Bliss. until eventually we take this course, we are going to undergo, trapped inside of a fake identity—our reduce self, that's not anything greater than a collection of rules. the best way out of agony and again to God passes throughout the middle. the center isn't the actual organ or the seat of feelings, however the position inside, the place the occur emerges
from the unmanifest. it's the flooring of our being.

Walking domestic with Baba recounts Rohini’s reports at the course and explains precisely the right way to get to and relaxation within the center. Its odd-numbered chapters are explicitly educational, providing instruments and methods for religious perform. Its even-numbered chapters recount major vignettes from Rohini’s personal religious trip, in particular her years with Muktananda. whereas the academic chapters supply unique suggestions in non secular disciplines, the narrative chapters express the lived adventure of touring the trail and being the shut disciple of an outstanding Guru.

Walking domestic with Baba is usually a pragmatic, even vital significant other to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. instead of provide an exhaustive statement on each sutra, Rohini distills the foremost rules of classical yoga through concentrating on chosen sutras and explaining how they relate to day-by-day religious practice.

After a bankruptcy recounting her ultimate studies with Baba, together with his death,
Rohini closes the ebook with a listing of advised readings, and a compilation of her personal aphorisms—pithy, frequently witty one-liners designed to shake us out of our lack of information. For readability, she offers a thesaurus of non secular terms.

Walking domestic with Baba is the expression of many years spent working towards and sharing the perform with others. Its objective is to educate us how you can unfastened ourselves from distress and realize who we actually are. notwithstanding Rohini introduces instruments she has constructed through the years, she returns time and again to the fundamental ideas of perform. In strolling Home
with Baba, she presents a realistic advisor to genuine, abiding happiness.

Rohini Ralby is a nondenominational non secular director, a vocation that, as of 2012, she has pursued for greater than 20 years.

She lives in Owings generators, MD, a Baltimore suburb, along with her husband, David Soud, and has grown teenagers, Ian and Aaron.

She should be reached via her site and through e mail at

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Swasti Bhattacharyya's Magical Progeny, Modern Technology: A Hindu Bioethics of PDF

By Swasti Bhattacharyya

A Hindu bioethics of reproductive know-how that references the Mahabharata.

Magical Progeny, sleek expertise examines Hindu views on assisted reproductive know-how via an exploration of start narratives within the nice Indian epic the Mahabharata. Reproductive expertise is on the vanguard of up to date bioethical debates, and within the usa usually facilities on moral matters framed by way of conflicts between felony, clinical, and non secular views. writer Swasti Bhattacharyya weaves jointly parts from South Asian reports, faith, literature, legislation, and bioethics, in addition to stories from her earlier profession as a nurse, to build a Hindu reaction to the talk. via research of the mythic tales within the Mahabharata, particularly the delivery narratives of the 5 Pandava brothers and their Kaurava cousins, she attracts out rules and features of Hindu inspiration. She broadens the bioethical discussions by means of utilizing Hindu views to a California court docket case over the parentage of a kid conceived via reproductive expertise and compares particular Hindu and Roman Catholic attitudes towards assisted reproductive expertise. Magical Progeny, smooth expertise offers insightful how one can discover moral concerns and highlights issues usually neglected in modern discussions happening in the United States.

Swasti Bhattacharyya is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and faith at Buena Vista University.

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