The Divine and the Demonic: Supernatural Affliction and its by Graham Dwyer

By Graham Dwyer

In line with fieldwork within the north Indian nation of Rajasthan, this publication specializes in supernatural disease - disease and misfortune ascribed to demonic spirits or ghosts and to different mystical brokers, comparable to sorcerers and witches. The research augments and extends the present scholarship on quite a number concerns, together with inter alia ideals approximately spirit ownership, sorcery, witchcraft and the evil eye. the subjects of formality perform, specifically exorcism or therapeutic ceremonies, Hindu clergymen and curers, well known Hinduism and pilgrimage are mentioned, and the anthropology of South Asia is explored with an emphasis on scientific anthropology and Indian ethnomedicine. At a theoretical point, the ebook sharply contrasts with a lot of the literature on spirit ownership or on supernatural disorder and its remedy, because the author's phenomenological orientation consists of stream clear of mental or psychiatric paradigms in addition to from other kinds of Western rationalism that experience tended to dominate scholarly paintings. The booklet hence bargains clean insights, either when it comes to realizing supernatural malaise and its remedy, and when it comes to the appliance of the technique the writer engages.

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Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song by Graham M. Schweig

By Graham M. Schweig

The Bhagavad Gita is frequently considered as the Bible of India. With a gripping tale and deeply compelling message, it really is surely probably the most well known sacred texts of Asia and, besides the Bible and the Qur'an, some of the most very important holy scriptures on the earth.

Part of an historical Hindu epic poem, the discussion of the Bhagavad Gita happens on a battlefield, the place a struggle for the ownership of a North Indian state is set to occur among noble households similar via blood. The epic's hero, younger Prince Arjuna, is torn among his accountability as a warrior and his revulsion on the considered his brothers and cousins killing one another over keep watch over of the area. Frozen through this moral limitation, he debates the large questions of existence and loss of life with the ideally suited Hindu deity Krishna, cleverly disguised as his charioteer. through the tip of the tale, japanese ideals approximately mortality and reincarnation, the imaginative and prescient and perform of yoga, the Indian social order and its obligations, family members loyalty, religious wisdom, and the loftiest ambitions of the human middle are explored intensive. Explaining the very function of lifestyles and lifestyles, this vintage has stood the try of twenty-three centuries. it truly is offered the following in a completely actual, illuminating, and lovely translation that's absolute to develop into the normal for our day.

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The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society by David Mosse

By David Mosse

The Saint within the Banyan Tree is a nuanced and traditionally persuasive exploration of Christianity’s impressive trajectory as a social and cultural strength in southern India. beginning within the 17th century, while the faith was once built-in into Tamil associations of caste and well known religiosity, this examine strikes into the 20th century, while Christianity turned an unforeseen resource of radical transformation for the country’s ‘untouchables’ (dalits). Mosse exhibits how caste was once valuable to the way different types of ‘religion’ and ‘culture’ have been shaped and negotiated in missionary encounters, and the way the social and semiotic chances of Christianity result in a brand new politic of equivalent rights in South India. Skillfully combining archival learn with anthropological fieldwork, this ebook examines the entire cultural influence of Christianity on Indian spiritual, social and political lifestyles. Connecting ancient ethnography to the preoccupations of clergymen and Jesuit social activists, Mosse throws new gentle at the modern nature of caste, conversion, non secular synthesis, secularization, dalit politics, the inherent tensions of non secular pluralism, and the fight for popularity between subordinated people.

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Classical Indian Philosophy Reinterpreted by Victoria Lysenko, Michel Hulin

By Victoria Lysenko, Michel Hulin

Classical Indian Philosophy Reinterpreted includes articles written via Victoria Lysenko and Michel Hulin distinctive students of foreign reputation on a few easy techniques of classical Indian philosophy similar to paramanu (atoms), samanya (universal), ahamkara (ego principle), and karma. those essays handle very important debates and concerns that experience arisen centering round Indian philosophical texts. In an essay an test has been made to solve the obvious contradiction among the mental and cosmic facets of tattva within the scheme of the Samkhya dualism. one of many significant contributions of this quantity is composed in situating Indian suggestions from a comparative standpoint besides. A comparative account of Aristotle's capability (Mesotes) and Buddha's center direction (Majjihima Patipada) is illuminating. The inspiration of Christian reincarnation has additionally been in comparison and contrasted with the Indian proposal of karma. The karmic precept has been interpreted as a mechanism for retribution and the hyperlink among karmic causality and the function of Ayurveda, the classical Indian technological know-how of medication, has been explored and analysed. those essays proportion a typical standpoint in taking a look at philosophy from in the cultural traditions during which it grows. This publication can be important to researchers, academicians and different folks. Even a reader who's no longer accustomed to classical Indian philosophical texts can shape a few inspiration concerning the rigour and thoroughness of Indian philosophical technique.

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The Path: One Man's Quest on the Only Path There is by Donald J. Walters

By Donald J. Walters

Right here, with over four hundred tales and sayings of Paramhansa Yogananda, is the inspiring tale of onemans look for fact that led him to the good masters door, the place he realized to stay thespiritual existence extra completely via his academics education and instance. A vitally worthy guidefor honest seekers on any course. full of insightful tales and mystical adventures, ThePath is taken into account through many as a better half to Yoganandas Autobiography of a Yogi.

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Abhinavagupta: A Trident of Wisdom by Jaideva Singh, Paul Muller-Ortega

By Jaideva Singh, Paul Muller-Ortega

It is a lengthy observation on a quick Tantra. the most authoritative and commemorated texts in Kashmir Shaivism, it offers with the character of final fact and with equipment of recognition targeting the idea and perform of Mantra. Abhinavagupta provides his metaphysics of language, of the area (Vak), and its relation to cognizance. He calls it 'the educating of the key of the Trika doctrine.'

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Wives of the God-King: The Rituals of the Devadasis of Puri by Frederique Apffel Marglin

By Frederique Apffel Marglin

One of the 1,500 devotees of the Hindu temple and cult of Jagannatha at Puri are a handful of girls often called "devadasis" or, actually, "female servants of the deity," who're linked to either chastity and concubinage and prostitution. This e-book specializes in the strain among the purity and impurity of the devadasis, and examines rules approximately kingship, strength, sexual purity, the function and standing of girls, and different important issues of Hindu spiritual and cultural existence which are linked to such rituals.

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History of Kashmir Saivism by Moti Lal Pandit

By Moti Lal Pandit

The significance of Kashmir Saivism lies within the indisputable fact that an self sufficient institution of Saivism, with its personal particular ethos and orientation, emerged from the soil of Kashmir through the 8th century of our period, which until eventually the tip of the 12th century made nice strides either philosophically and theologically. the kind of Saivism that emerged through the 8th century is deeply rooted within the spiritual outlook which has served because the substratum for the flowering of assorted faculties of Saivism, and which eventually terminated within the upward thrust of such philosophical colleges because the Spanda and the Pratyabhijna.

The writer of the e-book has made each try out at explaining as comprehensively as attainable the advanced theoretical contemplating the Trika. The Trika, even supposing non-dualistic in orientation, doesn't obliterate the lifestyles of the individual, and that's why it accepts truth as being of the character of I-consciousness. in response to Trika, fact is either prakasa and vimarsa, and so the realm we are living in is an exact appear of absolutely the. additionally its theology of divine kenosis discloses that God isn't really distant from us, yet as gentle of recognition constitutes our crucial nature.

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Gandhi: The Father of Modern India (What's Their Story) by Pratima Mitchell

By Pratima Mitchell

Mohandas Gandhi grew up in India at a time while it used to be governed by means of a international power--Great Britain. Gandhi fought opposed to the injustice of British humans via prime peaceable marches and protests. time and again he was once imprisoned for his ideals, yet via his management, Britain was once ultimately pressured handy over strength. Gandhi turned chief of India, and "father of his people."

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The secret garland : Āṇṭāls Tiruppāvai and Nācciyār tirumoli by Archana Venkatesan

By Archana Venkatesan

This publication deals new translations of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli, composed by way of the ninth-century Tamil mystic and poetess Kotai. of the main major compositions via a feminine mystic, the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli supply expression to her strong reviews by utilizing a colourful and ambitious sensuality, during which Visnu is her amazing, enthralling, and occasionally merciless lover. Kotai's poetry is characterised by way of a richness of language within which phrases are imbued with polyvalence or even the main mundane reviews are infused with the spirit of the divine. Her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli are garlands of phrases, redolent with meanings ready to be chanced on. this present day Kotai is respected as a goddess, and as a testomony to the iconic relevance of her poetry, her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli stay celebrated in South Indian ritual, song, dance, and the visible arts.

This booklet goals to seize the lyricism, attractiveness, and gear of Kotai's unique works. furthermore, distinct notes in response to conventional commentaries, and discussions of the ritual and performative lives of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli spotlight the significance of this ninth-century poet and her poems over the last 1000 years

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