Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice by Kathryn McClymond

By Kathryn McClymond

For lots of Westerners, the time period sacrifice is linked to historical, usually primitive ritual practices. It indicates the demise -- often violent, frequently bloody -- of an animal sufferer, often with the purpose of atoning for human guilt. Sacrifice is a significant ritual, culminating in a dramatic occasion. the truth of non secular sacrificial acts around the globe and all through heritage is, although, extra expansive and inclusive.In past Sacred Violence, Kathryn McClymond argues that the fashionable Western world's reductive realizing of sacrifice simplifies an vastly extensive and dynamic cluster of spiritual actions. Drawing on a comparative research of Vedic and Jewish sacrificial practices, she demonstrates not just that sacrifice has no unmarried, crucial, picking attribute but in addition that the weather most often attributed to such acts -- loss of life and violence -- aren't common. McClymond finds that the area of spiritual sacrifice varies drastically, together with grain-based choices, worthy beverages, and intricate interdependent actions. Engagingly argued and written, past Sacred Violence considerably extends our figuring out of spiritual sacrifice and serves as a well timed reminder that the sector of spiritual reviews is essentially framed through Christianity. (December 2008)

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The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger

By Wendy Doniger

"Don't leave out this similar of a super graduate direction from a feisty and exhilarating teacher."

-The Washington Post

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of heritage and fable, The Hindus deals a brand new approach of figuring out one of many world's oldest significant religions. Hinduism doesn't lend itself simply to a strictly chronological account. lots of its imperative texts can't be reliably dated inside a century; its principal tenets come up at specific moments in Indian background and infrequently vary in response to gender or caste; and the variations among teams of Hindus a long way outnumber the commonalities. but the greatness of Hinduism lies accurately in lots of of those idiosyncratic characteristics that keeps to encourage debate this present day. This groundbreaking paintings elucidates the connection among recorded background and imaginary worlds, the internal existence and the social background of Hindus.

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Awakening to the Infinite: Essential Answers for Spiritual by Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh

By Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh

Raised as a Catholic and knowledgeable within the West, then educated as a monk in India because the Eighties, Canadian writer Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh is uniquely situated to deliver the jap culture of Vedanta to Western non secular seekers. In Awakening to the Infinite, he solutions the everlasting query posed through philosophical seekers, "Who am I?" with ordinary simplicity. in response to the traditional teachings of advaita or nonduality—the realizing that, at a basic point, there is not any department among ourselves and others—the solutions within the publication are drawn from the various conversations Swami has had through the years with contributors from assorted backgrounds, cultures, and walks of lifestyles. masking various topics from the religious route to daily difficulties at paintings and in relationships, sexuality, parenting, actual affliction, and social injustice, Muktananda communicates without delay and compassionately, from the point of view of somebody who's anchored within the countless yet absolutely in contact with the area.

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An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy: The Paramārthasāra 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 within which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a impressive exponent, specifically 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 creation to the proven doctrine of a practice, but additionally advances the inspiration of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its middle subject. extra, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet from time to time tricks at a moment experience mendacity underneath the obtrusive feel, particularly esoteric suggestions and practices which are on the center of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these quite a few degrees of which means. An advent to Tantric Philosophy provides, besides a severely revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

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

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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, although, they've got shifted their practices from the include of ritually polluted components to the therapeutic of stigmatized illnesses. within the technique, they've got turn into a wide, socially mainstream, and politically robust association. in response to huge fieldwork, this lucidly written e-book explores the dynamics of pollutants, demise, and therapeutic in Aghor drugs. Ron Barrett examines various Aghor cures from ritual bathing to transformed Ayurveda and biomedicines and clarifies many misconceptions approximately this little-studied crew and its hugely unorthodox, strong principles approximately sickness and healing.

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Education as Service by J. Krishnamurti

By J. Krishnamurti

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Bhagavadgītā. Il canto del beato

Bhagavadgītā, in sanscrito, significa appunto “Canto del Divino” o “Canto dell’Adorabile”. È un poema di contenuto religioso di circa seven-hundred versi, diviso in 18 canti e parte integrante del più ampio poema epico Mahābhārata. Questo Canto ha acquisito valore di testo sacro ed è divenuto uno dei testi più popolari e amati dai fedeli dell’Induismo. L’edizione in digitale esce oggi in step with Utet in un’inedita versione critica corredata anche dell’originale in sanscrito navigabile in forma di ipertesto.

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Buddhism: In its Connexion with Brahmanism and Hinduism and by Sir Monier Monier-Williams

By Sir Monier Monier-Williams

This booklet derives from a chain of lectures given in 1888 through 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 knowing of Buddhism and different South Asian religions. This tremendous historic survey of Buddhism starts with an account of the Buddha and his earliest instructing, in addition to a short description of the starting place 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 concept of perfection, culminating in Nirvana. He additionally describes formal and renowned rituals and practices, and sacred locations and items. The publication is an instance of Victorian Orientalist scholarship which continues to be of curiosity to historians of non secular experiences, Orientalism, and the British Empire.

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The Roots of Hinduism: The Early Aryans and the Indus by Asko Parpola

By Asko Parpola

Hinduism has significant roots. The extra widespread is the faith dropped at South Asia within the moment millennium BCE via audio system of Aryan or Indo-Iranian languages, a department of the Indo-European language kin. one other, extra enigmatic, root is the Indus civilization of the 3rd millennium BCE, which left at the back of exquisitely carved seals and hundreds of thousands of brief inscriptions in a long-forgotten pictographic script. found within the valley of the Indus River within the early Twenties, the Indus civilization had a inhabitants anticipated at a million humans, in additional than one thousand settlements, a number of of that have been towns of a few 50,000 population. With a space of approximately 1000000 sq. kilometers, the Indus civilization was once extra vast than the contemporaneous city cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt. but, after virtually a century of excavation and learn the Indus civilization continues to be little understood. How may we decipher the Indus inscriptions? What language did the Indus humans communicate? What deities did they worship?

Asko Parpola has spent fifty years getting to know the roots of Hinduism to respond to those primary questions, which were debated with expanding animosity because the upward thrust of Hindu nationalist politics within the Eighties. during this pioneering ebook, he lines the archaeological path of the Indo-Iranian languages from the Aryan fatherland north of the Black Sea to principal, West, and South Asia. His new rules at the formation of the Vedic literature and rites and the good Hindu epics hinge at the profound effect that the discovery of the horse-drawn chariot had on Indo-Aryan faith. Parpola's entire evaluation of the Indus language and faith is predicated on all to be had textual, linguistic and archaeological facts, together with West Asian resources and the Indus script. the consequences verify cultural and non secular continuity to the current day and, between many different issues, shed new gentle at the prehistory of the foremost Hindu goddess Durga and her Tantric cult.

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