Encyclopedia of Religion by Philip Wilkinson

By Philip Wilkinson

This encyclopaedia includes every thing you must find out about whatever to do with faith. From the secret of Mesopotamia to Zen Buddhism, get to the center of the entire significant faiths from around the globe. notice the attitudes, beliefs, artwork and structure of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta (Collected by René Guénon

By René Guénon

Guy and His turning into in accordance with the Vedanta is Guénon's relevant exposition of conventional metaphysics, significant other to his different nice works during this style: The Symbolism of the pass and The a number of States of the Being. Guénon held that Hinduism embraces the main old, profound, and complete expression of conventional metaphysics we own, which could in many ways functionality as a key to each different conventional shape, and this paintings has been known as the 1st trustworthy exposition of Hindu metaphysics in any Western language. ahead of Guénon, the West's photo of Hinduism used to be a hodge-podge of translated scriptures missing conventional statement, fragments of doctrine stated through Jesuits and different missionaries, random impressions of retailers, imperialists, and adventurers, unreliable Eurocentric structures of the orientalists, and the fantasies of the Theosophical Society and their ilk. To today, guy and His turning into continues to be the most effective (if no longer the simplest) expositions of the doctrines of the Vedanta, an exposition fullyyt loose from the modernizing and Westernizing trends that first infiltrated the Indian subcontinent less than the British Raj, and feature now not but abated. this article is a veritable bible of conventional metaphysics and anthropology. In his reviews in Hinduism and advent to the learn of the Hindu Doctines, Guénon treats historic and cosmological points of Hinduism in extra element.

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Spring, Heat, Rains: A South Indian Diary by David Shulman

By David Shulman

“Rocks. Goats. Dry shrubs. Buffaloes. Thorns. A fallen tamarind tree.” Such have been the attractions that greeted David Shulman on his arrival within the South Indian nation of Andhra Pradesh within the spring of 2006. knowledgeable on South Indian languages and cultures, Shulman knew the area good, yet from the instant he arrived for this seven-month sojourn he actively soaked up such easy elements of his atmosphere, decided to take care of the wealthy texture of day-by-day life—choosing to be while student and vacationer, wanderer and wonderer. Lyrical, sensual, and introspective, Spring, warmth, Rains is Shulman’s diary of that have. Evocative reflections on day-by-day events—from explorations of crumbling temples to battles with ineradicable insects to joyous dinners with friends—are organically interwoven with issues of the traditional poetry and myths that stay such an inextricable a part of lifestyles in modern India. With Shulman as our consultant, we meet singers and poets, washermen and betel-nut proprietors, glossy literati and historic gods and goddesses. We wonder on the “golden electrocution” that's the flavor of a mango clean from the tree. And we plunge into the searing warmth of an Indian summer season, so oppressive and inescapable that once the monsoon arrives to banish the warmth with sheets of rain, we comprehend why, 12 months after yr, it really is celebrated as a miracle. An unabashedly own account from a student whose deep wisdom hasn't ever obscured his pleasure in discovery, Spring, warmth, Rains is a passionate act of sharing, an unforgettable present for somebody who has ever dreamed of India. 

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Hindu goddesses : visions of the divine feminine in the by David R. Kinsley

By David R. Kinsley

Goddess worship has lengthy been an important element of Hinduism. during this e-book David Kinsley, writer of The Sword and the Flute—Kali & Krsna: darkish Visions of the negative and the elegant in Hindu Mythology, kinds out the wealthy but frequently chaotic heritage of Hindu goddess worship.

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