Download Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power by Laura Amazzone PDF

By Laura Amazzone

Goddess Durga and Sacred woman energy is an exploration of the various faces of the Goddess Durga in historic and modern tradition. This e-book takes us on a pilgrimage to goddess temples and common shrines, to go to shamans and residing goddesses within the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, and to India for the yearly ten-day Durga competition. The mythology, rituals, philosophy, and religious practices of this tremendously female-centered and millennia-old culture of Durga supply an alternate version of woman capability and empowerment, concentrating on peace, therapeutic, non secular liberation, and attention of inherent divinity.

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Download A Renunciate Order for the New Age by Swami Kriyananda PDF

By Swami Kriyananda

The Nayaswami Order is a brand new flow in renunciation introduced in overdue 2009 by means of Nayaswami Kriyananda, a right away disciple for over 60 years of the nice yoga grasp, Paramhansa Yogananda. He describes a brand new version in line with beneficial properties of renunciation - instead of the conventional world-negating process. it truly is meant for individuals from all walks of existence, married or unmarried, who're dedicated to discovering God, and is open to humans of each spiritual affiliation.

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Download Sinister Yogis by David Gordon White PDF

By David Gordon White

Since the Sixties, yoga has develop into a billion-dollar within the West, attracting housewives and hipsters, New Agers and the old-aged. yet our smooth perception of yoga derives a lot from nineteenth-century eu spirituality, and the genuine tale of yoga’s origins in South Asia is way richer, stranger, and extra wonderful than so much folks realize.

To discover this historical past, David Gordon White makes a speciality of yoga’s practitioners. Combing via millennia of South Asia’s mammoth and various literature, he discovers that yogis are typically portrayed as wonder-workers or sorcerers who use their risky supernatural abilities—which can contain elevating the useless, ownership, and levitation—to gather strength, wealth, and sexual gratification. As White exhibits, even these yogis who aren’t downright villainous undergo little resemblance to Western assumptions approximately them. At turns rollicking and complicated, Sinister Yogis tears down clone of yogis as indifferent, contemplative lecturers, ultimately putting them of their right context.

Please be aware: The electronic variation doesn't contain 1 of the 24 pictures that seem within the actual edition.

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Download Swami Vivekananda: A Contemporary Reader by Makarand R. Paranjape PDF

By Makarand R. Paranjape

Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) popularised Vedanta within the West and reformed Hinduism in India. He additionally encouraged the mass stream that made India a contemporary state. In showcasing his existence and paintings, this Reader balances the 2 major facets of his existence: the non secular and the secular, the non secular and the sensible, the devotional and the rational. incorporated listed here are the main major and consultant texts from each significant style and part — decisions from his speeches, essays, letters, poems, translations, conversations, and interviews — prepared for simple interpreting and reference. With a scholarly creation highlighting his modern relevance, separate part introductions and an in depth biographical Chronology, this quantity presents an extraordinary perception into one in every of India’s maximum minds.

This quantity will curiosity students and scholars of recent Indian heritage, faith, literature, and philosophy in addition to normal readers.

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Download Hinduism and the 1960s: The Rise of a Counter-Culture by Paul Oliver PDF

By Paul Oliver

The West has drawn upon Hinduism on a large scale, from hatha yoga and meditation strategies, to pop culture in track and model, but the contribution of Hinduism to the counter-culture of the Nineteen Sixties has now not been analysed in full.

Hinduism and the Nineteen Sixties appears on the early life tradition of the Sixties and early Seventies, and how during which it was once prompted via Hinduism and Indian tradition. It examines the origins of the Nineteen Sixties counter-culture within the Beat circulation of the Nineteen Fifties, and their curiosity in japanese faith, particularly Zen. while the Beatles visited India to review transcendental meditation, there has been a swift growth in curiosity in Hinduism. teenagers have been already heading east at the so-called 'Hippie Trail', trying to find non secular enlightenment and an get away from the fabric way of life of the West. Paul Oliver examines the approach to life which they followed, from dwelling in ashrams to experimenting with medicinal drugs, sexual liberation, ayurvedic drugs and yoga.

This enticing booklet analyses the interplay among Hinduism and the West, and how within which each one affected the opposite. It demonstrates the ways that modern Western society has discovered from the traditional faith of Hinduism, and integrated such teachings as yoga, meditation and a typical holistic way of life, into way of life. every one bankruptcy encompasses a precis and additional examining advice, and a thesaurus is integrated on the finish of the publication, making this excellent studying for classes on Hinduism, Indian religions, and faith and renowned culture.

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Download L'essenza della Bhagavad Gita (Ricerca interiore) (Italian by Paramhansa Yogananda,Swami Kriyananda PDF

By Paramhansa Yogananda,Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda ebbe los angeles benedizione di lavorare personalmente con Yogananda mentre il grande Guru scriveva los angeles sua ispirata interpretazione e, dopo aver trascorso un’intera vita in sintonia con l. a. sua coscienza, ha magistralmente completato questo opus magnum. 552 pagine.

«Questo libro monumentale, commovente, entusiasmante, è indubbiamente los angeles più im­portante opera spirituale comparsa negli ultimi cin­quant’anni. Che dono! Che tesoro!» —Neale Donald Walsch, autore di Conversazioni con Dio

«Kriyananda ha donato un’opera preziosa, che sarà accolta con entusiasmo in tutto il mondo».—Dr. Karan Singh, chief politico e spirituale indiano

«Monumentale! Questo libro colmerà l. a. mente di chiunque lo legga con rispetto e meraviglia». —Prof. Ervin Laszlo, Candidato Nobel consistent with los angeles pace

«Kriyananda ha gettato sui versi della Bhagavad Gita una luce che aiuterà a illuminare il sentiero del risveglio in step with molti anni a venire». —Lama Surya Das, autore di Gli otto gradini

«Kriyananda ha prodotto un gioiello di saggezza e compassione… Nel suo modo assolutamente unico, ha catturato los angeles saggezza e l. a. chiarezza della Gita ..». —Fred Alan Wolf, fisico quantistico

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Download Decolonizing The Hindu Mind: 1 by Koenraad Elst PDF

By Koenraad Elst

The ideological size of the Hindu revivalism has been in most cases misrepresented or relatively overlooked within the ongoing debates at the subject.Thoroughly analysing the ideological statements of it really is advocates and their reviews of the present secular order Dr.Koenraad Elst presents an outline of the tips animating the movement.A interval of fast political alterations that witnessed the increase of the BJP with merely 21 Lok Sabha seats in 1984 to have 179 seats that enabled it to shape a coalition executive on the Centre in 1998 is the point of interest of the study.Amidst the umpteen variety of works to be had on Hindu revivalism,this paintings stands proud with it really is transparent concentration and readability of thought.

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Download India: A Sacred Geography by Diana L Eck PDF

By Diana L Eck

In India: A Sacred Geography, well known Harvard pupil Diana Eck deals a unprecedented religious trip throughout the pilgrimage locations of the world's so much religiously brilliant tradition and divulges that it's, in truth, via those sacred pilgrimages that India’s very feel of state has emerged.
irrespective of the place one is going in India, one will discover a panorama during which mountains, rivers, forests, and villages are elaborately associated with the tales of the gods and heroes of Indian tradition. each position during this monstrous panorama has its tale, and conversely, each tale of Hindu delusion and legend has its position. Likewise, those areas are inextricably tied to 1 another—not easily some time past, yet within the present—through the neighborhood, neighborhood, and transregional practices of pilgrimage.
India: A Sacred Geography tells the tale of the pilgrim’s India. In those pages, Diana Eck takes the reader on a rare non secular trip during the residing panorama of this interesting kingdom –its mountains, rivers, and seacoasts, its historic and strong temples and shrines.  looking to totally comprehend the sacred locations of pilgrimage from the floor up, with their tales, connections and layers of which means, she acutely examines Hindu non secular rules and narratives and exhibits how they've been deeply inscribed within the land itself.  finally, Eck indicates us that from those networks of pilgrimage locations, India’s very experience of zone and country has emerged. this can be the impressive and interesting photo of a land associated for hundreds of years now not through the ability of kings and governments, yet via the footsteps of pilgrims.
India: A Sacred Geography bargains a different standpoint on India, either as a posh non secular tradition and as a state. according to her broad wisdom and her many many years of wide-ranging go back and forth and study, Eck's piercing insights and a sweeping snatch of background make sure that this paintings should be trendy for a few years to come.

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Download The Yogini' Oracle by Stella Dupuis PDF

By Stella Dupuis

The Yoginî pantheon, that are saw all through India in temples open to the sky, involves an complex symbolic iconography that differs from one team of Yoginîs to a different. the current oracle, containing sixty-four pictures of Yoginîs, was once created as an auspicious discussion with the internal self, steeped in an historic knowledge. This divinatory deck will reduction the seeker in attaining a deeper esoteric wisdom of the self and the trail to the realisation of the self, in a simple and sensible means. The oracle of the Yoginîs is helping the seeker comprehend features, concerns and divine protections, which result in actual, robust and optimistic activities at the a part of the seeker for the better solid of the world.

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Download Women’s Authority and Leadership in a Hindu Goddess by Nanette R. Spina PDF

By Nanette R. Spina

This e-book investigates women’s ritual authority and the typical obstacles among faith and notions of gender, ethnicity, and id. Nanette R. Spina situates her research in the transnational Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi flow tested by means of the Tamil Indian guru, Bangaru Adigalar. some of the most admired, defining parts of this custom is that girls are privileged with positions of management and formality authority. This represents a rare shift from orthodox culture during which non secular authority has been the specific area of male Brahmin clergymen. providing ancient and modern views at the transnational Adhiparasakthi  organization, Spina analyzes women’s roles and technique of expression in the culture. The ebook takes an in depth examine the Adhiparasakthi society in Toronto, Canada (a Hindu neighborhood in either its transnational and diasporic dimensions), and the way this Canadian temple has either formed and tested their very own diasporic Hindu identification. The Toronto Adhiparasakthi society illustrates how Goddess theology, women's ritual authority, and “inclusivity” ethics have dynamically formed the identification of this trendy move overseas. 
Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork, the quantity attracts the reader into the wealthy textures of tradition, group, and formality lifestyles with the Goddess. 

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