By Ravi Gupta,Kenneth Valpey,Ravi M. Gupta,Kenneth R. Valpey
The Bhagavata Purana is a hard-to-classify embodiment of classical Indian cultural, non secular, and philosophical proposal. Its language and poetic expression are on par with the easiest of Sanskrit poetry (kavya), whereas its narrative constitution holds jointly tightly as a literary paintings. Its theological message facilities on devotion to Krishna and Vishnu, whereas its philosophical content material is grounded solidly within the classical traditions of Vedanta and Samkhya. each one essay during this quantity specializes in a key topic of The Bhagavata Purana and its next presence in Hindu dance, tune, ritual recitation, and observation. The authors think of the connection among the sacred textual content and the divine picture, the text’s metaphysical and cosmological underpinnings, its shaping of Indian tradition, and its ongoing relevance to modern Indian issues. A thesaurus aids within the figuring out of the paintings. that includes unique, professional scholarship, this quantity is a vital spouse for classes and learn on India, Hinduism, and similar topics.
By John Dowson
By Devdutt Pattanaik
Note: This ebook is within the Hindi language and has been made to be had for the Kindle, Kindle fireplace HD, Kindle Paperwhite, iPhone and iPad, and for iOS, home windows mobilephone and Android devices.
By Mathew N. Schmalz,Peter Gottschalk
Focusing on limitations, appropriations, and resistances focused on Western engagements with South Asian religions, this edited quantity considers either the pre- and postcolonial interval in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It will pay specific awareness to modern controversies surrounding the learn of South Asian religions, together with a number of students’ mirrored image at the contentious response to their very own paintings. different chapters contemplate such matters as British colonial epistemologies, the relevance of Hegel for the learn of South Asia, the canonization of Francis Xavier, feminist interpretations of the mum of the Buddha, and theological dispute between Muslims in Bangladesh and Pakistan. by utilizing the topics of obstacles, appropriations and resistances, this paintings bargains perception into the dynamics and variety of Western ways to South Asian religions, and the indigenous responses to them, that avoids uncomplicated active/passive binaries.
Mathew N. Schmalz is affiliate Professor of non secular reviews on the university of the Holy go. along with writing frequently as a panelist for the Newsweek/Washington put up “On religion” web site, he has released in a variety of books and journals, together with The heritage of faith, The magazine of non secular experiences, and procedure & conception within the examine of Religion.
Peter Gottschalk is Professor of faith at Wesleyan collage. he's the writer of past Hindu and Muslim: a number of identification in Narratives from Village India and coauthor (with Gabriel Greenberg) of Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy.
By David Gordon White
Consisting of fewer than 200 verses written in an imprecise if now not impenetrable language and elegance, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is this present day extolled via the yoga institution as a perennial vintage and consultant to yoga perform. As David Gordon White demonstrates during this groundbreaking learn, either one of those assumptions are wrong. nearly forgotten in India for centuries and maligned whilst it used to be first stumbled on within the West, the Yoga Sutra has been increased to its current iconic status—and translated into greater than 40 languages—only through the previous 40 years.
White retraces the unusual and circuitous trip of this confounding paintings from its old origins down via its heyday within the 7th via 11th centuries, its sluggish fall into obscurity, and its smooth resurgence because the 19th century. First brought to the West via the British Orientalist Henry Thomas Colebrooke, the Yoga Sutra was once revived principally in Europe and the US, and predominantly in English. White brings to existence the inconceivable forged of characters whose interpretations—and misappropriations—of the Yoga Sutra resulted in its respected position in pop culture at the present time. Tracing the striking trajectory of this enigmatic paintings, White’s exhaustively researched ebook additionally demonstrates why the yoga of India’s prior bears little resemblance to the yoga practiced today.
By Veronique Bouillier
How have the premodern Shaiva ascetic sect of the N?th Yog?s (known additionally because the Yog?s with splitted ears) succeeded in protecting its presence and significance till at the present time? This e-book intends to offer a common survey of this samprad?ya that is stated to were based through the Siddha Gorakhn?th, identified for his robust hyperlink to Ha?ha Yoga. even though, instead of to Yoga, the background and enlargement of the N?th sect are associated with its wealthy mythical corpus. Dealing first with the marks of belonging (such because the large jewelry worn by means of the totally initiated Yog?s) which offer the sect its cohesion, the publication then makes a speciality of its association and explores the dialectics among the wandering Yog?s and the monastic settlements.
The N?th monasteries belong to 2 different types: the pañc?yati ma?hs, jointly owned and controlled by way of the sectarian experts, which make sure the permanency of the sect, and the n?j? ma?hs, owned on a private foundation and transmitted from guru to disciple, which allows leading edge initiatives
The e-book offers a close account of 2 pañc?yati monasteries, the Kadri Ma?h of Mangalore the place its head’s enthronement is spectacularly played each twelve years, and the Caughera Ma?h of Dang Valley in Nepal, the royal starting place of which provides a glimpse of the complicated relationships that could exist among monasteries and kingdoms. It then specializes in 3 n?j? ma?hs: Amritashram in Fatehpur (Rajasthan), Ashtal Bohar in Rohtak (Haryana) and the Gorakhpur mandir (UP). every one of them exhibits a distinct mode of version to a contemporary context and attests of the current significance and continuity of this pluri-secular culture of asceticism.
By Ravi Gupta,Kenneth Valpey,Ravi M. Gupta,Kenneth R. Valpey
Introducing the Bhagavata Purana’s key topics whereas additionally analyzing its large impression on Hindu suggestion and perform, this assortment conducts the 1st multidimensional studying of the complete textual content. each one essay specializes in a key subject of the Bhagavata Purana and its next presence in Hindu theology, appearing arts, ritual recitation, and remark. The authors examine the connection among the sacred textual content and the divine picture, the text’s metaphysical and cosmological underpinnings, its shaping of Indian tradition, and its ongoing relevance to modern Indian concerns.
By Swami Sadashiva Tirtha
By Timothy S. Dobe
Timothy S. Dobe's fine-grained account of the lives of Sundar Singh and Rama Tirtha bargains a window at the astounding reversals and potentials of Indian ascetic "sainthood" within the colonial touch quarter. His research develops a brand new version of Indian holy males that's historicized, religiously pluralistic, and found in the tensions and intersections of ascetic perform and modernity. the 1st in-depth account of 2 internationally-recognized sleek holy males within the colonially-crucial area of Punjab, Hindu Christian Faqir deals new examples and contexts for pondering via those wider concerns. Drawing on unexplored Urdu writings through and approximately either figures, Dobe argues not just that Hinduism and Protestant Christianity are right here in detail associated, yet that those hyperlinks are solid from the stuff of nearby Islamic traditions of Sufi holy males (faqir). He additionally re-conceives Indian sainthood via an in-depth exam of ascetic perform as embodied faith, public functionality, and dating, instead of as a theological, otherworldly, and remoted ideal.
By Knut A. Jacobsen
Religious procession is an important measurement of faith in South Asia. Processions are crucial not just in Hinduism, but in addition Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism, that have huge procession rituals. The final years have noticeable a rise in processions and ritualizations of area either in South Asia and within the South Asian Diaspora.
Processions are non secular exhibit occasions and the rise in processions are capabilities of non secular pluralism and pageant approximately public area in addition to financial prosperity and a revival of non secular identities. Processions usually assemble faith and politics in view that they're approximately public area, domination and contestation.
Written via major experts on non secular processions and ritualization of public area in South Asia and within the Diaspora, this quantity provides present examine at the interpretations of the function of processions, the new bring up in processions and adjustments within the procession traditions.
South Asian Religions on Display will entice scholars and students of Asian reviews, anthropology, faith and political science.