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The Iconography and Ritual of Siva at Elephanta
The Iconography and Ritual of Siva at Elephanta (November 1988)
Charles D. Collins - Author

The beautiful rock-cut Siva temple on Elephanta Island in Bombay Harbor is one of the finest monuments of Indian religion and art. Until now, interpretation of its magnificent sculptured scenes has been neglected.

In this book, Collins systematically surveys the pertinent Vedic, Epic, and early Puranic literature as well as the contributions of India's foremost poet and dramatist, Kalidasa, to reveal sources for and interpretations of the su...(Read More)
 
 
Modern Indian Responses to Religious Pluralism
Modern Indian Responses to Religious Pluralism (November 1987)
Harold Coward - Editor

The study of modern Indian responses to the challenge of pluralism reveals the outcome of 2500 years of experience in this "living laboratory" of religious encounter, and offers wisdom to the modern West in its relatively recent encounter with this challenge. A remarkable team of scholars joins forces in this book to examine how religious pluralism actually functions in India. It focuses on both the responses from within Hinduism and of other reli...(Read More)
 
 
The Last Maharani of Gwalior
The Last Maharani of Gwalior (September 1987)
An Autobiography
Vijaya R. Scindia - Editor
Manohar Malgonkar - Author

This is a description of contemporary India and some of its recent history in the form of an autobiography. Rajmata Scindia is a member of the Indian Parliament. As a maharani she had thousands of servants and several enormous palaces. Since Independence, which marked the end of the supremacy of the Maharajas, she has emerged as one of India's most popular political leaders, first with the Congress party and now with the opposition. Her appeal to th...(Read More)
 
 
Palkhi
Palkhi (July 1987)
An Indian Pilgrimage
D. B. Mokashi - Author
Philip C. Engblom - Translator
Eleanor Zelliot - Translator

Mokashi is a Marathiof the post-independence generation of "Realists." This is a vivid account of his day-by-day experience on the Warkari pilgrimage from Alandi to Pandharpur on foot.

Pilgrimage is one of the most visible and pervasive features of Hinduism. Every year the Warkaris carry palanquins, called palkhis, bearing sandals representing the feet of their saints from various towns to Pandharpur in Maharashtra--to ...(Read More)
 
 
Urdu Letters of Mirza Asadu'llah Khan Ghalib
Urdu Letters of Mirza Asadu'llah Khan Ghalib (July 1987)
Daud Rahbar - Translator

Mirza Asadu'llah Khan Ghalib was the brightest luminary of his time in the South Asian, Muslim literary community. A poet in Urdu and Persian, he was endowed with exquisite imagination, sparkling wit, and a charming presence. Ghalib was a brilliant conversationalist, skilled in the art of human relations. In the last twenty years of his life, the political conditions of northern India caused the death or dispersion of many of his best friends. He sa...(Read More)
 
 
Modern Indian Interpreters of the Bhagavad Gita
Modern Indian Interpreters of the Bhagavad Gita (October 1986)
Robert N. Minor - Author

This is a collection of careful, objective, historically sensitive studies of modern commentators on the Bhagavadgita, one of the basic scriptures of Hinduism, and one which has been widely read in the modern West. Experts on modern Indian religious thought show how Ghandi, Vivekananda, Radhakrishnan, Bhaktivedanta, Aurobindo, Tilak, Bhave, Sivananda, the Theosophists, and Bhankim read, used and interpreted the Gita. Collectiv...(Read More)
 
 
Eight Lives
Eight Lives (March 1986)
A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter
Rajmohan Gandhi - Author

This book was written by a Hindu, the grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi. His intent, in writing on eight Muslims and their influence on India in the twentieth century, is to reduce the gulf between Hindu and Muslims. Focusing on figures viewed as heroes by sub-continent Muslims, he shows that they can be admired by Hindus as well--that they need not be frozen in Hindu minds as foes.

Here is a fascinating account of twentieth-century India, Pak...(Read More)
 
 
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita (June 1984)
Revised Edition
Winthrop Sargeant - Translator
Christopher Key Chapple - Edited with a foreword by

It is now possible for anyone with a lively interest in the Gita to come into direct contact with the richness and resonance of the original text. This revised edition provides an inter-linear word-for-word translation along with the devanagari characters and their transliteration. To aid in understanding, a detailed grammatical commentary and page-by-page vocabularies are included as well as a complete prose translation.