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  • Handbook of Hindu Mythologyby George M. Williams

    ABC-CLIO 2003; US$ 75.00

    Hindu mythology is a complex mythology of multifaceted deities, lengthy heroic tales, and arcane philosophies, with a 3000-year history of reinterpretations and adaptations. This text looks at the connections between the structure of myth cycles and Indian storytelling and music traditions. more...

  • The Early Upanisadsby Patrick Olivelle

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 149.99

    This edition of the early "Upanisads", the central scriptures of Hinduism, includes the complete Sanskrit text, as well as scholarly emendations and explanations of Patrick Olivelle's choices of particular readings. The volume also contains a concordance of the recensions of Brhadaranyaka Upanisad. more...

  • The Samnyasa Upanisadsby Patrick Olivelle

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 33.99

    Note on the Translation INTRODUCTION 1. The Samnyasa Upanisads 2. Renunciation and Society: The Inner Conflict of Tradition 3. The Nature and Purpose of Renunciation 4. The Rite of Renunciation 5. The Classifications of Renouncers 6. The Behavior and Customs of Renouncers TRANSLATIONS 1. Aruni Upanisad 2-3. Laghu-Samnyasa Upanisad and Kundika Upanisad 4.... more...

  • The Bhagavadgitaby Angelika Malinar

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 40.00

    Angelika Malinar analyses the doctrines of the Bhagavadgita and its historical and cultural contexts. more...

  • Krishna's Songby Steven J. Rosen

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 50.00

    Rosen offers Westerners an easy-to-read introduction to a sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, demystifying its considerable philosophy in a user-friendly way. more...

  • Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epicsby Alf Hiltebeitel

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 56.00

    Throughout India and Southeast Asia, ancient classical epics—the Mahabharata and the Ramayana —continue to exert considerable cultural influence. Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics offers an unprecedented exploration into South Asia's regional epic traditions. Using his own fieldwork as a starting point, Alf Hiltebeitel... more...

  • Dharma, Disorder and the Political in Ancient Indiaby Adam Bowles

    BRILL 2007; US$ 167.00

    Provides a study of the Apaddharmaparvan which situates it within its context in the great Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata and within Indian political and social thought. more...

  • Essence of the Upanishadsby Eknath Easwaran

    Nilgiri Press 2010; US$ 14.95

    Through his interpretation of one important Upanishad, an ancient wisdom text, Eknath Easwaran shows how the timeless Indian tradition offers guidance on how to live today. Lyrical, dramatic, and inspiring, the Katha Upanishad presents the core ideas of Indian mysticism in a mythic story all can relate to the adventure of a young hero, Nachiketa,... more...

  • The Upanishadsby Eknath Easwaran

    Nilgiri Press 2009; US$ 11.95

    Among the oldest of India?s spiritual texts, the Upanishads are records of intensive question-and-answer sessions given by illumined sages to their students ? in ashrams, at family gatherings, in a royal court, and in the kingdom of Death. The sages share flashes of insight, extraordinary visions, the results of their investigation into consciousness... more...

  • The Difficulty of Being Goodby Gurcharan Das

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 15.99

    Why should we be good? How should we be good? And how might we more deeply understand the moral and ethical failings--splashed across today's headlines--that have not only destroyed individual lives but caused widespread calamity as well, bringing communities, nations, and indeed the global economy to the brink of collapse? In The Difficulty of... more...