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- Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 15.28
Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is easily the most recognizable and loveable of Hindu deities. But pinpointing his various attributes is not quite so simple. He is at once the portly, merry, childlike god and the sage, complex philosopher. He is the presiding deity of material wealth and the lord of spirituality. He removes all impediments for his... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 15.28
This Is A Remarkable Book. It Untangles The Many Complexities Of The Vedas And Combines Staal S Scholarly Respect For The Texts, With Explanations That Are Lucid And Occasionally Witty. His Insights Are Thoughtful And Perceptive. Romila Thapar In This Unprecedented Guide To The Vedas, Frits Staal, The Celebrated Author Of Agni: The Vedic Ritual Of... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 159.99
King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India presents an English translation of Kautilya's Arthasastra (AS.) along with detailed endnotes. When it was discovered around 1905, the AS. was described as perhaps the most precious work in the whole range of Sanskrit literature, an assessment that still rings true. Patrick Olivelle's new translation... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 25.00
The sacred city of Ban?ras on the River Ganges is one of the oldest living cities in the world?as old as Jerusalem, Athens, and Peking. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation. There are few cities in India as traditionally Hindu and as symbolic of the whole of Hindu culture as... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98
How a person thinks, behaves and feels ultimately impacts not just their own lives, but the society they live in. If we desire to attain happiness, we must understand that the journey begins within us, and can reach out to touch millions. In this anthology, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with characteristic wisdom, humour and kindness, directs us towards... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 20.38
It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of the narrative, made even more complex by Ram?s refusal to remarry despite... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 35.99
In a meditation on the wisdom of the Vedas, Roberto Calasso brings ritual and sacrifice to bear on the modern world In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris Review has called "a literary institution," explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Little is known about the Vedic people, who lived more than three thousand... more...
- New World Library 2014; US$ 15.95
What has made Alanna Kaivalya so popular is her ability to bring storytelling to the understanding of the myths behind much of yoga practice. It is this practical and lively storytelling that both engages the reader and allows them a deeper understanding of their practice and its meaning in their lives. This was what made her first book so popular... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 18.68
?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...
- Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 49.95
Composed by three poet-saints between the sixth and eighth centuries A.D., the Tevaram hymns are the primary scripture of the Tamil Saivism, one of the first popular large-scale devotional movements within Hinduism. Indira Peterson eloquently renders into English a substantial portion of these hymns, which provide vivid and moving portraits of the... more...