Category: Hinduism

Hinduism For Dummies by Amrutur V. Srinivasan

By Amrutur V. Srinivasan

Your hands-on consultant to at least one of the world's significant religions

The dominant faith of India, "Hinduism" refers to a wide selection of spiritual traditions and philosophies that experience constructed over millions of years. at the present time, the us is domestic to nearly 1000000 Hindus.

If you might have heard of this historic faith and are trying to find a reference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices, and teachings of this old non secular process, Hinduism For Dummies is for you!

  • Provides an intensive creation to this earliest and renowned global trust system
  • Information at the rites, rituals, deities, and teachings linked to the perform of Hinduism
  • Explores the background and teachings of the Vedas, Brahmans, and Upanishads
  • Offers perception into the trendy day-by-day perform of Hinduism round the world

Continuing the Dummies culture of constructing the world's religions enticing and available to everybody, Hinduism For Dummies is your hands-on, pleasant consultant to this interesting religion.

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Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal: by Rachel Fell McDermott

By Rachel Fell McDermott

Annually through the months of autumn, Bengal hosts 3 interlinked gala's to honor its most vital goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. whereas every one of those deities possesses a different iconography, delusion, and personality, they're all martial. Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri frequently call for blood sacrifice as a part of their worship and supply fabric and religious merits to their votaries. Richly represented in straw, clay, paint, and ornament, they're equally displayed in elaborately festooned temples, thronged via hundreds of thousands of admirers.

The first booklet to recount the historical past of those gala's and their revelry, contention, and sentimental energy, this quantity is an exceptional fulfillment, tracing the interesting improvement of an important public occasion. Rachel Fell McDermott describes the fairs' origins and their progress lower than British rule. She maps their iconographic conventions and carnivalesque traits and their dating to the fierce, Tantric facets of formality perform. She confronts controversies over the culture of blood sacrifice and the status-seekers who compete for symbolic capital. increasing her narrative, she takes readers past Bengal's borders, staring at the transformation of the goddesses and their gala's internationally. McDermott's paintings underscores the position of vacations in cultural reminiscence, in particular the evocation for Bengalis of an awesome, culturally wealthy earlier. less than the thrall of the goddess, the social, political, fiscal, and non secular identification of Bengalis takes shape.

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Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material by Bhrigupati Singh

By Bhrigupati Singh

The Indian subdistrict of Shahabad, positioned within the dwindling forests of the southeastern tip of Rajasthan, is a space of maximum poverty. Beset by means of droughts and nutrition shortages lately, it's the domestic of the Sahariyas, former bonded employees, formally categorised as Rajasthan’s simply “primitive tribe.” From afar, we'd contemplate this the bleakest of the awful, yet in Poverty and the search for Life, Bhrigupati Singh asks us to re-examine simply what caliber of lifestyles potential. He exhibits how the Sahariyas conceive of aspiration, development, and energy in either fabric and religious phrases, and the way such bridging can engender new chances of life.

Singh organizes his research round issues: strength and ethics, during which he explores a posh terrain of fabric and non secular forces. Authority continues to be contested, no matter if in divine or human kinds; the country is either despised and wanted; low and high castes negotiate new methods of residing jointly, in clash but additionally cooperation; new gods circulate throughout rival social teams; animals and vegetation go away their tracks on human subjectivity and religiosity; and the potential of energy persists while traditional assets progressively disappear. learning this milieu, Singh bargains new methods of pondering past the religion-secularism and nature-culture dichotomies, juxtaposing questions about caliber of lifestyles with political theologies of sovereignty, neighborliness, and ethics, within the strategy portray a wealthy portrait of perseverance and fragility in modern rural India. 

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Die göttliche Shakti: Die Kraft des Weiblichen im Yoga by Ela Thole

By Ela Thole

INDIENS GÖTTINNEN DER KRAFT UND WEISHEIT
Shakti kommt aus Indien und steht für ein mysteriöses und machtvolles Prinzip der indischen culture. Treten wir in Kontakt damit, befi nden wir uns sofort in einem uralten Bereich des Geheimnisvollen und Urweiblichen. Energie oder Kraft ist das eigentliche Wesen der Shakti. Sie ist nicht nur eine anbetungswürdige Gottheit oder ein philosophisches Konzept, sondern eine in der Gegenwart ganz konkret erfahrbare Kraft. Die Autorin nimmt die Leser anhand mythologischer Geschichten und Legenden über die Shakti mit in die faszinierende Vielfalt der indischen Götterwelt und gibt Einblicke, welchen Stellenwert die Shakti im Tantrismus und Integralen Yoga besitzt. Ela Thole, erfahrene Referentin für Yogaphilosophie und integrale Spiritualität, eröffnet in diesem Buch ganz neue Sichtweisen und bringt uns diese nahe: »Viele Menschen spüren bei diesen Legenden eine verborgene Saite im Inneren mitschwingen, deren lautloser Klang nach und nach das gesamte Wesen erfasst und in Resonanz versetzt«.

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Yoga Wisdom For Modern Living - From The Chariot by Nand Narine

By Nand Narine

From the Chariot brings you sacred wisdom which has guided the behaviors and lives of numerous generations sooner than us. the writer has chosen a verse from all the eighteen Chapters to supply a superb review of this Divine music of the Lord. utilizing sleek occasions, tales, examples and private stories, he explores the importance of the Divine dialog and offers functional suggestion.

As you learn every one bankruptcy of this publication, you will discover nuggets of knowledge to use on your personal way of life. The position of the senses turn into obvious and your internal power is revealed.

IMPORTANT classes:

This publication offers you an figuring out of:

  • The Foundations of a Yoga lifestyle
  • The various physique Types
  • What demanding situations take place alongside the non secular Path
  • Managing our 5 senses
  • The significance of Nutrition
In this e-book you can find the solutions to those questions:
  • Why is Yoga so well known today?
  • What offers me function in life?
  • Can I stay a religious lifestyles ?
  • What are a few fit nutrition choices?
  • How am i able to make the most of training yoga?

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Bhakti Yoga: Tales and Teachings from the Bhagavata Purana by Edwin F. Bryant

By Edwin F. Bryant

From the writer of what has develop into the normal variation of The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, an exploration of potentially the main major culture in Hinduism, in addition to a rendering of key texts and parables from that tradition

Bhakti Yoga explores one of many 8 “limbs” of yoga. within the least difficult phrases, bhakti yoga is the perform of devotion, that's the fundamental center of yoga and of Hinduism regularly. in recent years, the time period has become utilized in a slightly simplistic solution to discuss with the more and more renowned perform of kirtan, or chanting in a bunch or at huge gatherings. yet bhakti yoga is way extra complicated and historical than today’s becoming kirtan audiences are acutely aware, and embraces many strands and practices. Edwin F. Bryant specializes in one recognized and demanding institution of bhakti and explores it intensive to teach what bhakti is and the way it's expressed. And he provides his personal renderings of imperative texts from that culture within the type of “tales and teachings” from a huge paintings referred to as the Bhagavata Purana, or “The appealing Legend of God.” This clarifying paintings establishes a baseline for figuring out, and should be welcomed via all severe scholars of the religious background of India.

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Vedic Wisdom by J. M. Mehta

By J. M. Mehta

"The 4 Vedas – RIG, SAMA, YAJUR and ATHARVA are the fountainhead of old Indian philosophy, traditions and practices. The Vedas include over 20,000 verses, which make for 4 huge volumes, particularly a tough proposition for the layman to review and entirely comprehend. This small booklet contains simply round one hundred sixty chosen verses, which conceal significant elements of human lifestyles. those are divine directions for all mankind with none contrast and for all times.
A needs to learn publication for ALL - convenient, instructive and in concise uncomplicated language!"

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Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata (Routledge Hindu by Simon Brodbeck,Brian Black

By Simon Brodbeck,Brian Black

The Sanskrit Mahabharata is the most very important texts to emerge from the Indian cultural culture. At nearly 75,000 verses it's the longest poem on the planet, and all through Indian heritage it's been highly influential in shaping gender and social norms. within the context of historical India, it's the definitive cultural narrative within the development of masculine, female and substitute gender roles.

This ebook brings jointly a number of the most dear students within the box of Mahabharata studies, in addition to a few of its so much promising younger students. by means of focusing particularly on gender buildings, essentially the most cutting edge elements of the Mahabharata are highlighted. when taking account of feminist scholarship, the individuals see the Mahabharata as delivering a chance to border dialogue of gender in literature not only when it comes to the socio-historical roles of guys and girls. as an alternative they learn the textual content when it comes to the broader poetic and philosophical chances thrown up by means of the semiotics of gendering. accordingly, the ebook bridges a spot in text-critical method among the normal philological method and newer tendencies in gender and literary concept.

Gender and Narrative within the Mahabharata might be liked via readers attracted to South Asian reviews, Hinduism, spiritual stories and gender studies.

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