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Hinduism as a Missionary Religion
Hinduism as a Missionary Religion (April 2011)
Arvind Sharma - Author

Reconsiders whether Hinduism can be considered a missionary religion.

Is Hinduism a missionary religion? Merely posing this question is a novel and provocative act. Popular and scholarly perception, both ancient and modern, puts Hinduism in the nonmissionary category. In this intriguing book, Arvind Sharma reopens the question. Examining the historical evidence from the major Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, ...(Read More)
 
 
Invoking Lakshmi
Invoking Lakshmi (October 2010)
The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony
Constantina Rhodes - Author

A multifaceted portrait of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Includes translations of verses used to invoke this goddess.

Beautiful, beloved Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, happiness, and abundant good fortune. This fascinating book is the first comprehensive guide to this celebrated goddess, her worship, and the deeper spiritual domain of prosperity she reveals. Constantina Rhodes pres...(Read More)
 
 
Colonizing the Realm of Words
Colonizing the Realm of Words (September 2010)
The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India
Sascha Ebeling - Author

Details the transformation of Tamil literary culture that came with colonialism and the encounter with Western modernity.

A true tour de force, this book documents the transformation of one Indian literature, Tamil, under the impact of colonialism and Western modernity. While Tamil is a living language, it is also India’s second oldest classical language next to Sanskrit, and has a literary history that g...(Read More)
 
 
Siva's Demon Devotee
Siva's Demon Devotee (April 2010)
Karaikkal Ammaiyar
Elaine Craddock - Author

An exploration and translation of the work of Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār.

The Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār describes herself as a demon, accompanying the god Śiva as he dances in the cremation grounds. She is believed to be the first to write devotional poetry to Śiva in the Tamil language and is considered the first of the sixty-three...(Read More)
 
 
Asian Texts — Asian Contexts
Asian Texts — Asian Contexts (March 2010)
Encounters with Asian Philosophies and Religions
David Jones - Editor
E. R. Klein - Editor

An overview of some of the great texts of Asian philosophy and religion, along with an exploration of the contexts in which they arose.

In an increasingly global society, non-Western thought can no longer be an afterthought for educators and their students. Asian Texts — Asian Contexts helps bring Asian philosophy and religion into wider classroom consideration by giving nonspecialists entrée to ...(Read More)
 
 
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita (March 2009)
Twenty-fifth–Anniversary Edition
Winthrop Sargeant - Translator
Huston Smith - Foreword by
Christopher Key Chapple - Edited and with a preface by

An interlinear edition of the spiritual classic that provides devanagari, transliterated Sanskrit, and English versions of the Gītā.

For years, this edition of the Bhagavad Gītā has allowed all those with a lively interest in this spiritual classic to come into direct contact with the richness and resonance of the original text. Winthrop Sargeant’s interlinear edition provides a word-for-w...(Read More)
 
 
Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India
Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India (March 2009)
Hala's Sattasai
Peter Khoroche - Translation and introduction by
Herman Tieken - Translation and introduction by

The oldest surviving anthology of lyric poems from India, the Sattasai presents the many aspects of love and provides a realistic counterpart to the Kāmasūtra.

An elegant translation of the Sattasaī (or Seven Hundred), India’s earliest collection of lyric poetry, Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India deals with love in its many aspects. Mostly narrated by women, th...(Read More)
 
 
Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka (January 2009)
Patrick Grant - Author

Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.

Patrick Grant explores the relationship between Buddhism and violent ethnic conflict in modern Sri Lanka using the concept of “regressive inversion.” Regressive inversion occurs when universal teaching, such as that of the Buddha, is redeployed to supercharge passions associated with the kinds o...(Read More)
 
 
The Gita within Walden
The Gita within Walden (November 2008)
Paul Friedrich - Author

Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.

This book explores and interprets the myriad connections between two spiritual classics, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and the Bhagavad-Gita. Evidence shows that Thoreau took the Gita with him when he moved to Walden Pond, and the books have much in common, touching on ultimate ethical and met...(Read More)
 
 
Yoga and the Luminous
Yoga and the Luminous (October 2008)
Patañjali's Spiritual Path to Freedom
Christopher Key Chapple - Author

A fresh look at Yoga philosophy.

In Yoga and the Luminous, a book that emerges from more than thirty years of practice, study, and reflection, Christopher Key Chapple addresses the need for an accessible explanation of Yoga’s difficult philosophy and its applications in daily life. Yoga practice takes an individual on an inward journey, and through Yoga, one enters a rarefied state of consciousness...(Read More)
 
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