An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy: The Paramarthasara of by Lyne Bansat-Boudon

By Lyne Bansat-Boudon

The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of final Reality’, is a piece of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). it's a short treatise during which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a remarkable exponent, particularly nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works because the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of 3 rules: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara).

The major curiosity of the Paramārthasāra is not just that it serves as an advent to the proven doctrine of a practice, but additionally advances the thought of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its middle subject. additional, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet from time to time tricks at a moment feel mendacity underneath the obtrusive experience, particularly esoteric concepts and practices which are on the middle of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these a number of degrees of which means. An creation to Tantric Philosophy provides, besides a seriously revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

This publication can be of curiosity to Indologists, in addition to to experts and scholars of faith, Tantric reports and Philosophy.

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Die Indoeuropäer: Herkunft, Sprachen, Kulturen (Beck'sche by Harald Haarmann

By Harald Haarmann

Europäische Sprachen weisen in Wortschatz und Grammatik erstaunliche Ähnlichkeiten mit östlichen Sprachen wie dem Persischen und dem Sanskrit auf. Wie kommt es zu dieser Verwandtschaft in einem so weiten Raum von Westeuropa bis Indien? Harald Haarmann beschreibt anschaulich, was once wir über die Ursprache der Indoeuropäer und ihre Urheimat in der südrussischen Steppe wissen, und erklärt, wie die berittenen Steppennomaden ab dem 4. Jahrtausend v. Chr. nach Westen und Osten gewandert sind, wo sie sich mit vorindoeuropäischen Kulturen vermischten und schließlich in Persien, Indien, Westeuropa und andernorts sesshaft wurden. Nicht nur die Sprachen der Indoeuropäer legen Zeugnis von dieser Entwicklung ab, sondern auch ihre Mythen sowie archäologische Funde.

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Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity by James Hoffmeier

By James Hoffmeier

Needs to interpreting for all scholars of the Bible. should you have already got a few heritage in center japanese background, you completely needs to upload this e-book for your assortment. if you happen to like Kitchen's paintings, you will like Hoffmeier.

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The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture and by Jennifer Howes

By Jennifer Howes

This publication investigates how the fabric tradition of South Indian courts used to be perceived through those that lived there within the pre-colonial interval. Howes peels away the normal different types used to review Indian palace area, comparable to public/private and male/female, and replaces them with indigenous descriptions of house present in court docket poetry, vastu shastra and painted representations of courtly existence. Set opposed to the old historical past of the occasions which ended in the formation of the Ramnad country, the Kingdom's fabric situations are tested, starting with the innermost sector of the palace and relocating out to the dominion through the palace compound itself and the walled city which surrounded it. a massive learn for either paintings historians and South India experts. the amount is richly illustrated in color.

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Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern by Ronald L. Barrett, Jonathan P. Parry

By Ronald L. Barrett, Jonathan P. Parry

For centuries, the Aghori were often called the main radical ascetics in India: dwelling bare at the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, carrying out cannibalism and coprophagy, and eating intoxicants out of human skulls. in recent times, notwithstanding, they've got shifted their practices from the embody of ritually polluted ingredients to the therapeutic of stigmatized illnesses. within the strategy, they've got develop into a wide, socially mainstream, and politically strong association. in accordance with vast fieldwork, this lucidly written e-book explores the dynamics of pollutants, dying, and therapeutic in Aghor medication. Ron Barrett examines a variety of Aghor treatments from ritual bathing to changed Ayurveda and biomedicines and clarifies many misconceptions approximately this little-studied staff and its hugely unorthodox, strong principles approximately disease and healing.

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Unveiling the Garden of Love: Mystical Symbolism in Layla by Lalita Sinha

By Lalita Sinha

Detect the typical flooring shared among Islamic Sufism and Hindu Bhaktism via their literary expressions. This publication examines vintage love poems-The tale of Layla Majnun (written by means of Nezami within the Sufi culture) and Gita Govinda (written via Jayadeva within the Hindu tradition)-and reveals universal stories of affection shared among those possible disparate cultures.

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Sri Sarada Devi, the holy mother;: Her life and by Swami Nikhilananda

By Swami Nikhilananda

An inspiring message for all humanity from one of
India's so much loved non secular teachers

If Sri Ramakrishna was once a jumping flame of non secular awareness, Holy mom was once a gradual sparkling fireplace of God-consciousness. To the grasp, Sri Ramakrishna, she was once the goddess of knowledge in human shape. To her disciples she used to be the Divine mom herself. To her devotees she used to be a extra genuine mom than their very own earthly mom. To the seekers of fact she was once the ultimate, and to sinners she used to be the final refuge.
―from the Introduction

The yr 2003 marked the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of Sri Sarada Devi, the spouse and religious significant other of Sri Ramakrishna. identified affectionately in India and during the international because the Holy mom, she was once an extraordinary mix of human and divine characteristics, and is an thought this present day to hundreds of thousands who search non secular fulfillment.

The first American version of the conversations and teachings of the Holy mom as recorded by way of her disciples, either lay and monastic, this attention-grabbing assortment brings to lifestyles the Holy Mother’s teachings on human disease, strength of will, and peace in methods either own and profound. It illuminates her function because the energy, scripture, pleasure, and guiding spirit of the Ramakrishna Order and obviously captures her unyielding devotion to God that earned her a name as a gentle gleaming fireplace of God-consciousness.

Translated from the unique Bengali by means of Swami Nikhilananda, a right away disciple of the Holy mom, those inspiring and precise conversations provide new perception into the everyday life of this endearing and liked religious character and her message of compassion that maintains to persuade her devotees in India and in the course of the world.

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Prophets, Poets & Philosopher-Kings by Abhijit Basu

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 chic poetry; the place Rama and Yudhishthira governed with an attractive 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 historical past, shape the subjects that hyperlink this quantity of recent 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 - taking a look at them during the prism of a contemporary, liberal and humanistic world-view.

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