By William J. Jackson
Tyagaraja (1767-1847) is surely South India's such a lot celebrated musician-saint. His songs, extraordinary for his or her attractiveness in addition to for his or her sheer volume, were a resource of thought to numerous generations of Hindus. This research makes an attempt to deepen our realizing of Tyagaraja's lifestyles and lyrics by means of supplying clean insights into the which means this saint holds for South Indians. For the 1st time in Tyagaraja scholarship, the saint's existence and works were contextualized inside of a historic, social, and cultural framework. The ebook reconstructs the Maratha reign within the Kaveri delta in a complete demeanour, and attempts to set up hyperlinks among Tyagaraja's works and the historical past of this sector. the quantity additionally explores Tyagaraja's accomplishments as a composer, and comprises devoted and energetic translations in English of 1 hundred sixty of Tyagaraja's lyrics.
This publication explores the illustration of Hinduism via delusion and discourse in city Hindi theatre within the interval 1880-1960. It discusses consultant works of 7 influential playwrights and appears into the methods they've got imagined and re-imagined Hindu traditions. Diana Dimitrova examines the intersections of Hinduism and Hindi theatre, emphasizing the real function that either fable and discourse play within the illustration of Hindu traditions within the works of Bharatendu Harishcandra, Jayshankar Prasad, Lakshminarayan Mishra, Jagdishcandra Mathur, Bhuvaneshvar, Upendranath Ashk, and Mohan Rakesh. Dimitrova’a research indicates both a traditionalist or a extra modernist stance towards spiritual concerns. She emphasizes the absence of Hindi-speaking authors who take care of concerns implicit to the Muslim or Sikh or Jain, and so forth. traditions. This activates her to indicate that Hindi theatre of the interval 1880-1960, as represented within the works of the seven dramatists mentioned, can be obvious as actually ‘Hindu-Hindi’ theatre.
By Vamsee Juluri
Rearming Hinduism is a instruction manual for highbrow resistance. via an astute and devastating critique of Hinduphobia in ultra-modern academia, media and pop culture, Vamsee Juluri indicates us that what the Hinduphobic worldview denies virulently isn't just the reality and magnificence of Hindu inspiration, however the very integrity and sanctity of the flora and fauna itself.
By boldly not easy many of the media age's most well liked ideals approximately nature, historical past, and pre-history in addition to the Hinduphobes' traditional myths approximately Aryans, invasions, and blood-sacrifices, Rearming Hinduism hyperlinks Hinduphobia and its hubris to a predatory and self-destructive tradition that maybe just a renewed Hindu sensibility can successfully oppose. it's a name to work out the current in a manner that elevates our desa and kala to the beliefs of the sanathana dharma once more.
"For a civilization is not only constructions and machines, yet its humans, their idea, and their culture. it's a method of realizing the area, a manner of giving that means and cost to the contents of lifestyles. it's a source, so much of all, for residing intelligently."
By Francis X. Clooney
Examines texts and commentaries within the Tamil-language SArivastradition of South India; in regards to the common problems with textual content, imaginative and prescient, and narrative that such texts increase, and concerning the implications of those for a selected variety of comparative theology.
By Ramdas Lamb
In Rapt within the identify, Ramdas Lamb offers an fascinating account of the Ram bhakti culture in India. much less recognized within the West than the culture of devotion to Krishna, the Ram culture is a crucial section of Hinduism. Ram is the most-worshipped kind of the divine in North India this present day and has lengthy been rather very important to these of the reduce castes all through India. Lamb explores either the evolution of the culture and the increase of reduce caste spiritual pursuits dedicated to Ram, particularly the Ramnami Samaj, an Untouchable non secular move in critical India.
Lamb's research of the Ramnamis has spanned approximately 3 a long time, first on a private point as a Hindu monk and later as either a pal and a researcher. He discusses the ancient origins, in addition to present-day varieties and constitution of the Samaj, together with an outline of its distinct ritual costume and practices. one of the extra cutting edge features of the sect is its version of the tale of Lord Ram that's uniquely woven into its devotional repetition of his identify (Ramnam). furthermore, Lamb stocks biographical sketches of six Ramnamis, every one of which finds the liberty of person exploration and expression that's critical to the sect. it is a attention-grabbing account of spiritual existence and variation at the outer edge of society.
By Barbara Hand Clow
A nationally recognized astrologer explores the relationship among religious emergencies at age 30, forty, and 50 and key astrological passages of Saturn, Uranus, and Chiron.
• presents options for steering the kundalini power published in the course of planetary passages for optimum own and psychic improvement.
• comprises charts for delivery years beginning in 1930 in order that readers can make sure the timing in their planetary passages.
• by way of Barbara Hand Clow, writer of the bestselling Pleiadian Agenda (60,000 copies sold).
Kundalini--the power of eros that lies on the base of the spine--can be overwhelming as soon as activated. occasions of activation coincide with the major astrological passages of Saturn, Uranus, and Chiron in one's start chart and are usually skilled as classes of non secular emergency, confusion, and imbalance.
In Liquid mild of Sex, Barbara Hand Clow opens up new dimensions for realizing what happens in the course of those key lifestyles passages, which such a lot people adventure thrice in our lives. within the author's phrases, "we form at age 30, we transform at age forty, and we transmute at age 50." targeting the transformation at age 40--the time of imbalance and religious confusion sometimes called the "midlife crisis"--she explores how kundalini power, the liquid gentle of intercourse, should be creatively channeled through unblocking the chakras. delivering potent equipment for attaining actual, emotional, and religious development in this vital lifestyles passage, Liquid gentle of intercourse offers a roadmap for utilizing celestial cycles to navigate absolutely and productively in instances of significant existence switch.
During this e-book, the writer seeks entry to Karma's origins by means of following a number of clues advised by way of the doctrine's earliest formula within the Upanisad texts (circa 600-500 B.C.) those clues lead again to the legendary and formality constructions firmly demonstrated within the Brahmana texts, texts desirous about the rituals that chronologically and conceptually precede the Upanisades. the increase of the karma doctrine is tied to the expanding dominance in overdue Vedic considered the cosmic guy (Purusa/Prajapati) mythology and its ritual analogue the "building of the fireplace altar" (agnicayana).
"To somebody attracted to the Vedic literature or the assumption of karma, this booklet is attention-grabbing. The prose is crisp and transparent, well-ordered and full of life. The arguments are in actual fact awarded. Tull indicates convincingly that the beginnings of karma thought are to be present in the Brahmanas. And he is helping us to work out the common sense of those texts extra basically than someone else."--John M. Koller
By Walter O. Kaelber
This is often the main entire examine but made from tapas and of asceticism through the Vedic interval. It additionally explains 3 different crucial elements of Vedic notion: sacrifice, homology, and data. those thoughts, in addition to tapas and initiation symbolism, demonstrate the center of Vedic faith. hence, this learn offers a historical past of Vedic faith, equipped round the valuable development blocks of that tradition."
Going past the traditional depictions of Krishna within the epics, this booklet makes use of local and vernacular assets to provide a variety of Krishna traditions.
Krishna—widely honored and cherished within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many elements. An historical manifestation of the ideal God Vishnu, or the Godhead itself, Krishna is the bringer of Yoga philosophy and the author of the universe, the destroyer of evil tyrants, and the hero of the epic Mahabharata. he's additionally defined in classical Sanskrit texts as having human features and having fun with very human goals: Krishna is the butter thief, cowherd, philanderer, and flute participant. but even those playful depictions are established upon descriptions present in the Sanskrit canon, and commonly replicate regular, classical Pan-Indian images.
In this publication, participants research the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, supplying examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in various areas between a variety of ethnic teams, vernacular language traditions, and distant branches of Indian religions. those wide-ranging, replacement visions of Krishna contain the Tantric Krishna of Bengal, Krishna in city women's rituals, Krishna as monogamous husband and more youthful brother in Braj, Krishna in Jainism, Krishna in Marathi culture, Krishna in South India, and the Krishna of nineteenth-century reformed Hinduism.
“The complete quantity bargains a consi-derable spectrum of quite a few lesser-known different types of Krishna bhakti provided from varied learn views. it truly is an informative addition to reviews in largely conceived Vaishnavism and spiritual traditions.” — Acta Orientalia Vilnensia
“…Guy Beck has … provid[ed] a superbly produced quantity with a few attention-grabbing study papers proposing ‘regional and vernacular adaptations on a Hindu deity’ … [he] has performed a good carrier through accumulating and soliciting splendidly wealthy and numerous articles.” — Indo-Iranian Journal
"Surely, there are few, if any, deities extra principal and critical to Hinduism than Krishna. This quantity provides vital voices to our figuring out of this Hindu deity, a true and intensely major accomplishment." — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Roads of extra, Palaces of knowledge: Eroticism and Reflexivity within the research of Mysticism
Contributors contain Jerome H. Bauer, man L. Beck, Glen Alexander Hayes, June McDaniel, Anne E. Monius, Christian Lee Novetzke, Tracy Pintchman, Valerie Ritter, and A. Whitney Sanford.