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The Demon's Daughter
The Demon's Daughter (March 2006)
A Love Story from South India
Velcheru Narayana Rao - Translation and afterword by
Pingali Suranna - Author

This sixteenth-century work has a modern sensibility, presenting characters' inner worlds and understanding love as the fullest realization of the individual.

The Demon's Daughter (Prabhavati-pradyumnamu) is a sixteenth-century novel by the south Indian poet Pingali Suranna, originally written in Telugu, the language of present-day Andhra Pradesh. Suranna begins with a story from classical Hindu mythology in whi...(Read More)
 
 
Samadhi
Samadhi (November 2005)
The Numinous and Cessative in Indo-Tibetan Yoga
Stuart Ray Sarbacker - Author

Explores yoga and meditation in Eastern religions, incorporating psychological and social aspects of these practices.

A historical and comparative study grounded in close readings of important works, this book explores the dynamics of the theory and practice of yoga in Hindu and Buddhist contexts. Author Stuart Ray Sarbacker explores the fascinating, contrasting perceptions that meditation leads to the attainment of d...(Read More)
 
 
God of Desire
God of Desire (November 2005)
Tales of Kamadeva in Sanskrit Story Literature
Catherine Benton - Author

Presents Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire, in tales, art, and ritual. Also covers Kamadeva's appearance in Buddhist lore.

God of Desire
presents Sanskrit tales of the Indian deity Kamadeva as he battles the ascetic god Siva, assists the powerful goddess Devi, and incarnates as the charming son of Krsna. Exploring the imagery and symbolism of the god of desire in art and ritual, Catherine Benton reflects on the conne...(Read More)
 
 
Gurus in America
Gurus in America (October 2005)
Thomas A. Forsthoefel - Editor
Cynthia Ann Humes - Editor

A fascinating look at Hindu gurus with significant followings in the United States.

Gurus in America provides an excellent introduction to the guru phenomenon in the United States, with in-depth analyses of nine important Hindu gurus—Adi Da, Ammachi, Mayi Chidvilasananda, Gurani Anjali, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho, Ramana Maharshi, Sai Baba, and Swami Bhaktivedanta. All of these gurus have attracted signific...(Read More)
 
 
Guests at God's Wedding
Guests at God's Wedding (August 2005)
Celebrating Kartik among the Women of Benares
Tracy Pintchman - Author

A fascinating look at women’s rituals honoring the god Krishna.

This fascinating look at the sacred Hindu month of Kartik (October–November) as it is celebrated in the city of Benares in North India highlights Kartik-related practices, stories, songs, and experiences particular to women. During Kartik, Hindu women living in and around Benares meet daily to enact a form of ritual worship, or puja, in...(Read More)
 
 
Gandhi's Pilgrimage of Faith
Gandhi's Pilgrimage of Faith (July 2005)
From Darkness to Light
Uma Majmudar - Author
Rajmohan Gandhi - Foreword by

Documents the lifelong journey of faith—full of challenges along the way—that made Gandhi the enlightened spiritual leader we revere.

Millions around the world revere Mahatma Gandhi, yet only a few know the man Mohandas Gandhi and the internal journey of his soul. This pioneering book fills the spiritual void in Gandhian literature by focusing on the soul and the substance of the man. Uma Majmudar shows that...(Read More)
 
 
Alternative Krishnas
Alternative Krishnas (March 2005)
Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity
Guy L. Beck - Editor

Going beyond the standard depictions of Krishna in the epics, this book uses regional and vernacular sources to present a wide range of Krishna traditions.

Krishna—widely venerated and adored in the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many aspects. An ancient manifestation of the Supreme God Vishnu, or the Godhead itself, Krishna is the bringer of Yoga philosophy and the creator of the universe, the destroyer of evil ...(Read More)

 
 
Make Me a Man!
Make Me a Man! (March 2005)
Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India
Sikata Banerjee - Author

Looks at the ideals of masculine Hinduism—and the corresponding feminine ideals—that have built the Indian nation, and explores their consequences.

Make Me a Man! argues that ideas about manhood play a key role in building and sustaining the modern nation. It examines a particular expression of nation and manliness: masculine Hinduism. This ideal, which emerged from India's experience of British imperi...(Read More)
 
 
Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta
Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta (October 2004)
Arvind Sharma - Author

Explores deep sleep (susupti), one of the three states of consciousness in Advaita Vedanta, and the major role it plays in this philosophy.

Indian philosophy bases itself on three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. Deep sleep, or susupti, plays an important role in Advaita Vedanta, the major philosophical school that advocates a doctrine of pure consciousness. Explaining ...(Read More)
 
 
Female Ascetics in Hinduism
Female Ascetics in Hinduism (August 2004)
Lynn Teskey Denton - Author

Provides both a first-hand look at and an insightful analysis of a little-known world—that of female ascetics in India.

Female Ascetics in Hinduism
provides a vivid account of the lives of women renouncers—women who renounce the world to live ascetic spiritual lives—in India. The author approaches the study of female asceticism by focusing on features of two dharmas, two religiously defined ways o...(Read More)
 
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