Download E-books Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion PDF

By Brian K. Pennington

Drawing on a wide physique of formerly untapped literature, together with records from the Church Missionary Society and Bengali newspapers, Brian Pennington bargains a desirable portrait of the method during which "Hinduism" got here into being. He argues opposed to the typical concept that the trendy building of faith in colonial India was once easily a fabrication of Western Orientalists and missionaries. relatively, he says, it concerned the energetic company and engagement of Indian authors besides, who interacted, argued, and replied to British authors over key non secular matters resembling image-worship, sati, tolerance, and conversion.

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Download E-books Companion to Tantra PDF

By S.C. Banerji

Tantra is a different philosophical procedure Many think wanting to find out about it, yet few love the time and effort to appreciate. The intricacies of Tantra. So, a short-cut is critical. within the current paintings, an test has been made to set forth the highlights of the Tantra works and their authors. A bibliography, meant to aid additional studying, has been addes.

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Download E-books Language and Style of the Vedic Rsis (SUNY Series in Hindu Studies) (Suny Series, Hindu Studies) PDF

By Wendy Doniger

"This is a rare ebook, that can were written through nobody yet Tatyana Elizarenkova. it truly is remarkable since it combines disciplines that not anyone else could dream of mixing, or be capable of mix: the trendy, stylish, imprecise self-discipline of semiotics, and the traditional, dusty, arcane self-discipline of Vedic philology. it's much more remarkable since it combines them in this kind of approach that they turn into collectively illuminating, that the obscurity of the single isn't compounded by means of the arcanity of the opposite yet, to the contrary, clarified by means of it." -- From the Foreword through Wendy Doniger

Elizarenkova, might be the best residing pupil of the Rand definitely its maximum linguist, explains the following the relationships among a truly advanced grammatical approach and the peculiarities of fashion of the archaic non secular poetry. The laudatory hymn is taken care of as an act of verbal conversation among the poet Rand the deity, with the hymn itself transmitting sure info from guy to god. From this perspective, the hymn is used as a method to take care of a round trade of presents among the Rand their gods.

Many peculiarities of the functioning of the grammatical process of the infrequent interpreted in reference to the version of the universe of the Vedic Aryan. for instance, the idea that of time as a round strategy bears heavily at the use of the verbal grammatical different types of stressful and temper; the personification of a few summary forces can clarify a few irregularities within the functioning of the nominal class of gender; and the belief of magical strength attributed to the Sacred Speech often, and to the identify of a god specifically, underlies the mystical grammar of this non secular poetry.

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Download E-books The Unknowing Sage: The Life and Work of Faqir Chand PDF

Faqir Chand (1886-1981) was once a impressive Indian sage who spent over seventy-five years training an historic meditation strategy, popularly recognized this day as surat shabd yoga, which makes an attempt to urge a consciously managed near-death event. This e-book comprises Faqir Chand's special autobiography which was once dictated almost immediately earlier than his loss of life in Urdu and translated in the course of his lifetime into English on the own request of Professor David Christopher Lane. it is usually a pro number of Faqir Chand's radical teachings in addition to numerous introductory essays and pertinent interviews.

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Download E-books The Demon's Daughter: A Love Story from South India (SUNY series in Hindu Studies) PDF

This sixteenth-century paintings has a latest sensibility, providing characters' internal worlds and knowing love because the fullest awareness of the individual.

The Demon's Daughter (Prabhavati-pradyumnamu) is a sixteenth-century novel via the south Indian poet Pingali Suranna, initially written in Telugu, the language of present-day Andhra Pradesh. Suranna starts off with a narrative from classical Hindu mythology within which a demon plans to overthrow the gods. Krishna's son Pradyumna is distributed to foil the plot and needs to infiltrate the impregnable urban of the demons; Krishna is helping determine his good fortune by means of having a matchmaking goose reason Pradyumna to fall in love with the demon's daughter. the unique tale specializes in the continuing battle among gods and anti-gods, yet Pingali Suranna makes it an exploration of the adventure of being and falling in love. during this, the paintings evinces a contemporary sensibility, displaying love as either an individualized emotion and the fullest recognition of anyone, transcending social and cultural barriers.

The translators comprise an afterword that explores the cultural environment of the paintings and its historic and literary contexts. an individual drawn to the literature and mythology of India will locate this e-book compelling, yet all readers who love a very good tale will get pleasure from this relocating booklet. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have supplied a chic translation that might serve good the modern reader who needs to come across a masterwork of global literature mostly unknown within the West.

Velcheru Narayana Rao is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia on the collage of Wisconsin at Madison.

Velcheru Narayana Rao is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia on the college of Wisconsin at Madison.

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Download E-books The Essence Of Hinduism PDF

By M.K.Gandhi

The Essence of Hinduism
The Essence of Hinduism is so deliberate and organized that every part clearly results in the following one. the 1st bankruptcy examines the ethical bliss of Hinduism. the character of the common ethical legislations or energy that sustains the universe is defined within the moment bankruptcy. How can a seeker come head to head with the perfect Spirit-through religion or informed cause or a sensible mixture of either? a solution to this conundrum can be present in the 3rd chapter..... This ebook is basically intended for lay readers and Hindu girls and boys attending English medium faculties and taken up in households with none non secular back-ground, or within which faith has a minimum impact. As such, it's going to function an creation to Hinduism.

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Download E-books Woman As Fire, Woman As Sage: Sexual Ideology in the Mahabharata (S U N Y Series in Religious Studies) PDF

By Arti Dhand

The Hindu culture has held conflicting perspectives on womanhood from its earliest texts preserving girls aloft as goddesses to be worshipped at the one hand and ultimate deeply suspicious approximately ladies s sexuality at the different. In girl as fireplace, lady as Sage, Arti Dhand examines the spiritual premises upon which Hindu principles of sexuality and ladies are built. The paintings specializes in the nice Hindu epic, the Mah bh rata, a textual content that not just displays the cogitations of a momentous interval in Hindu heritage, but additionally used to be severe in shaping the way forward for Hinduism. Dhand proposes that the epic s realizing of womanhood can't be remoted from the wider spiritual questions that have been debated on the time, and that the formation of a sexual ideology is one aspect in crafting a coherent spiritual framework for Hinduism."

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