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  • A Hundred Measures of Timeby Nammalwar; Archana Venkatesan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    ?Look, my feet measure beyond earth and sky!? he said and touched the sky. I have surrendered to my lord who glanced at me with his large radiant eyes. The Tiruviruttam is an iconic poem by Namm??v?r (c. ninth century CE), the greatest of the ??v?r poet-saints of the Tamil ?r?vai??ava tradition. Its hundred interlinked verses celebrate the love between... more...

  • Siva's Warriorsby Velcheru Narayana Rao; Gene H. Roghair

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 42.50

    Here is the first translation into English of the Basava Purana, a fascinating collection of tales that sums up and characterizes one of the most important and most radical religious groups of South India. The ideas of the Virasaivas, or militant Saivas, are represented in those tales by an intriguing mix of outrageous excess and traditional conservatism.... more...

  • The Hare Krishnas in Indiaby Charles R. Brooks

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.95

    Most Americans know about the "Hare Krishnas" only from encounters in airports or from tales of their activities in the East Village and Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s. This entertaining and sensitive book deepens our knowledge by tracing the paths of those Western Hare Krishnas who eventually traveled to or lived in India. The charismatic leader of... more...

  • Avatarasby Annie Besant

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Annie Besant was a fascinating figure who made a mark in a staggering number of fields and disciplines over the course of her career, ranging from making significant headway in the domain of women's reproductive rights to popularizing the esoteric spiritual system known as Theosophy in the West. The volume Avataras presents the text of a series... more...

  • The "Bhagavad Gita"by Richard H. Davis

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    The Bhagavad Gita , perhaps the most famous of all Indian scriptures, is universally regarded as one of the world?s spiritual and literary masterpieces. Richard Davis tells the story of this venerable and enduring book, from its origins in ancient India to its reception today as a spiritual classic that has been translated into more than seventy-five... more...

  • The Essential Vedantaby Eliot Deutsch

    World Wisdom 2004; US$ 9.99

    This book is the only comprehensive introduction to Advaita Vedanta that traces the history of this tradition by means of primary sources. The sources (in translation) are drawn from Sanskrit texts by some of the most important advaitic thinkers. The editors have filled in the appropriate background materials to make this a book through which readers... more...

  • The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjaliby Alistair Shearer

    Ebury Publishing 2010; US$ 16.23

    The basic questions of Who Am I? Where Am I Going? What Is the Purpose of Life? are asked by every generation, and Patanjali's answers (given in the third century BC) form one of the oldest spiritual texts in the world. 'That which unites' is called 'Yoga' - and is thus much broader than the form of exercise so popular today. It is a way to restore... more...

  • The Laws of Manuby Wendy Doniger; Brian Smith; none

    Penguin Books Ltd 1991; Not Available

    The Laws of Manu form a towering work of Hindu philosophy. Composed by many Brahmin priests, this is an extraordinary, encyclopaedic representation of human life in the world, and how it should be lived. Manu encompasses topics as wide-ranging as the social obligations and duties of the various castes, the proper way for a righteous king to rule... more...

  • Buddhism in the Shadow of Brahmanismby Johannes Bronkhorst

    BRILL 2011; US$ 169.00

    This book deals with the confrontation of Buddhism and Brahmanism in India. Both depended on support from the royal court, but Buddhism had less to offer in return than Brahmanism. Buddhism developed in a manner to make up for this. more...

  • Reading the Fifth Vedaby Joydeep Bagchee; Vishwa Adluri

    BRILL 2011; US$ 255.00

    Bringing together Hiltebeitel's major essays on the the Mah?bh?rata, the R?m?ya?a, and the south Indian cults of Draupad? and K?tt???avar along with new articles written especially for this collection, this two volume work offers a comprehensive re-reading of the Indian epic tradition by the foremost scholar in Indian epic studies today. more...