Houdini: A Magician Among the Spirits by Harry Houdini

By Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose genuine identify used to be Erik Weisz, used to be probably the most well-known magicians and escapologists of all time. He used to be hugely sceptical of the numerous claims made touching on psychic and paranormal phenomena, that have been very hot within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. He attended thousands of séances for the needs of his learn, and not skilled one he believed actual. during this e-book, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he printed as fraudulent, exposing the methods which had confident many extraordinary scientists and lecturers. those incorporated spirit writing, desk rapping, spirit manifestations, and levitation. between these he printed as frauds was once the recognized medium Mina Crandon, and his exposures ended in a public cut up together with his former pal Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an organization believer. The e-book is an engaging account of superstition and gullibility.

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Nothingness in Asian Philosophy

Various the most important and nonetheless such a lot suitable rules approximately nothingness or vacancy have won profound philosophical prominence within the background and improvement of a few South and East Asian traditions—including in Buddhism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, Hinduism, Korean philosophy, and the japanese Kyoto university. those traditions percentage the perception that during order to provide an explanation for either the nice mysteries and mundane evidence approximately our event, rules of "nothingness" needs to play a major role.

This selection of essays brings jointly the paintings of twenty of the world’s in demand students of Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist, Neo-Confucian, eastern and Korean concept to light up attention-grabbing philosophical conceptualizations of "nothingness" in either classical and smooth Asian traditions. the original assortment bargains new paintings from complete students and gives a coherent, panoramic view of the main major ways in which "nothingness" performs the most important roles in Asian philosophy. It contains either conventional and modern formulations, occasionally placing Asian traditions into discussion with each other and occasionally with classical and glossy Western concept. the result's a ebook of mammoth worth for college students and researchers in Asian and comparative philosophy.

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The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom by Huston Smith

By Huston Smith

Conserving all of the cherished traits of Huston Smith's vintage The Religions of Man and the present totally revised and up-to-date The World's Religions, this lovely pictorial presentation refines the textual content to its incredible necessities. In precise, soaking up, richly illustrated, and hugely readable chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and primal religions, we discover clean and engaging displays of either the diversities and the similarities one of the world wide non secular traditions.
The method is instantly vintage and modern, maintaining the entire empathy, eloquence and erudition that thousands of readers love in regards to the prior variations, whereas being edited and designed for a modern basic readership. This pleasant marriage of winsome textual content and memorable images vividly brings to existence the scope and imaginative and prescient of Huston Smith's services and perception.

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How To Conduct Puja to Mahalakshmi by Dr. A. V. Srinivasan

By Dr. A. V. Srinivasan

Easy methods to behavior Puja to Saraswati is a part of a nine quantity set of latest paperbacks released by means of Parijata guides, Periplus Line LLC (www.periplusbooks.com), 1999 -2009. every one book is 5.25" tall x 4.25" - complete colour hide - b&w illustrations - Sanskrit transliteration & English translation - step by step directions with advent and checklist of fabrics. How-to handbooks for Hindu ceremonies of worship for: Ganapati (Ganesha); Shiva; Lakshmi; Rama; Soorya; Durga, Krishna, Saraswati, the Navagrahas (Nine Planets).

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Shiva: Stories and Teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana by Vanamali

By Vanamali

The conventional realizing of Shiva informed via tales and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

• Explains Shiva’s contradictory varieties, corresponding to destroyer or benefactor, and the way his shape is dependent upon the desires of the devotee
• unearths how Shiva’s teachings enable one to work out in the course of the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles
• Explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and together with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya

Shiva, the main historical and complicated deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in lots of contrasting lighting: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred textual content the Shiva Mahapurana--said to be written through Shiva himself--Vanamali selects the basic tales of Shiva, either these from his darkish wild aspect and people from his benevolent peaceable aspect.

Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars resembling Shambunatha and Bhola, in addition to Dakshinamurti who taught the shastras and tantras to the rishis. She explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and along with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. analyzing Shiva’s attractiveness of outsiders, Vanamali explains why ghosts and ghouls are his attendants and why his maximum devotees are demon kings, like Ravana. She comprises recognized Shiva tales similar to the Descent of the River Ganga and Churning the Milky Ocean in addition to those who demonstrate the beginning of the competition of lighting fixtures, Diwali; his construction of the cosmic couple, or hierogamos; and the way Shiva and Parvati taught the realm the secrets and techniques of Kundalini Shakti. the writer additionally attracts upon Shaivite teachings to demonstrate the variations among Western technology and Vedic technology and their factors for the origins of cognizance.

Integrating Shiva’s aspects, the fierce and the peaceable, Vanamali finds that Shiva’s shape is determined by the wishes of the devotee. knowing his teachings permits one to work out throughout the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles, for Shiva is the wielder of maya who doesn't fall less than its spell. whereas Ganesha is named the remover of hindrances, Shiva is the remover of tears.

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The Jains (2nd Edition) (The Library of Religious Beliefs by Paul Dundas

By Paul Dundas

The Indian faith of Jainism, whose significant guideline contains non-violence to all creatures, is without doubt one of the world's oldest and least-understood faiths. Dundas appears to be like at Jainism in its social and doctrinal context, explaining its heritage, sects, scriptures and formality, and describing how the Jains have, over 2500 years, outlined themselves as a different non secular group. This revised and accelerated version takes account of recent study into Jainism.

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A Hindu Critique of Buddhist Epistemology: Kumarila on by John Taber, Francis X. Clooney

By John Taber, Francis X. Clooney

It is a translation of the bankruptcy on belief of Kumarilabhatta's magnum opus, the Slokavarttika, one of many vital texts of the Hindu reaction to the feedback of the logical-epistemological institution of Buddhist proposal. In an in depth observation, the writer explains the process the argument from verse to verse and alludes to different theories of classical Indian philosophy and different technical concerns. Notes to the interpretation and observation pass additional into the ancient and philosophical history of Kumarila's principles. The publication offers an advent to the historical past and the advance of Indian epistemology, a synopsis of Kumarila's paintings and an research of its argument.

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The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War

Author note: Barbara Stoler Miller (Translator)

The Bhagavad-Gita has been an important textual content of Hindu tradition in India because the time of its composition within the first century A.D.

One of the nice classics of worldwide literature, it has encouraged such diversified thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; such a lot lately, it shaped the center of Peter Brook's celebrated construction of the Mahabharata.

About the Translator
Until her demise in 1993, Barbara Stoler Miller used to be Samuel R. Mil- financial institution Professor of Asian and heart japanese Cultures at Barnard collage, Columbia college. a number one translator of Sanskrit liter- ature and good versed in Indian tune and paintings, Dr. Miller edited and translated a variety of works of poetry and drama.

Her translations in- clude Love music of the darkish Lord, a verse translation and learn of the medieval Indian non secular erotic poem Gitagovinda, and Yoga: self-discipline of Freedom, a translation of the Yoga Sutra attributed to Patanjali. Dr. Miller studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Barnard university and held a doctorate in Sanskrit and Indic stories from the collage of Pennsylvania. She taught at Barnard for twenty-five years.

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