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Hinduism

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  • THE BOOK OF BUDDHAby Arundhati Subramaniam

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 13.58

    Around 2500 years ago a thirty-five-year-old man named Siddhartha had a mystical insight under a peepul tree in north-eastern India; in a place now revered as Bodhgaya. Today; more than 300 million people across the globe consider themselves beneficiaries of Gautama Buddha?s insight; and believe that it has irrevocably marked their spiritual commitment... more...

  • His Wordsby Amiya P Sen

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 28.88

    ?I found that I had begun to take a great liking for the man . . . Oddly, this did not grow out of any feeling of veneration . . . for that would have implied my being overawed and somewhat fearful in the presence of someone vastly superior. Rather, my feelings grew spontaneously and from the very depths of my heart. I simply revelled in the man?s... more...

  • The Rig Vedaby Wendy Doniger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 16.98

    The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, the Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 BC) is a collection of over 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides a unique insight into early Indian mythology, religion and culture. This... more...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 1991; US$ 25.48

    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...

  • Hindu Mythsby Wendy Doniger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 18.68

    Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths are the many incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous child Krishna, alongside stories of the minor gods, demons, rivers... more...

  • The Hindusby Wendy Doniger

    Penguin Group US 2009; US$ 16.99

    "Don't miss this equivalent of a brilliant graduate course froma feisty and exhilarating teacher." - The Washington Post An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth, The Hindus offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological... more...

  • Ardorby Roberto Calasso; Richard Dixon

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 16.99

    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...

  • Mimamsanyayasamgrahaby Mahadeva Vedantin; James Benson

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2015; US$ 159.09

    Within modern scholarship on Indian philosophy, religious studies, and Indology Purva-Mimamsa unfortunately features as a rather under-represented area. The present edition and translation of the Mimamsanyayasamgraha by James Benson is a most welcome exception in two respects: On the one hand it makes accessible the major premises and topics of Purva-Mimamsa... more...

  • The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjaliby Alistair Shearer

    Ebury Publishing 2010; US$ 17.58

    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...

  • Status and Sacrednessby Murray Milner Jr.

    Oxford University Press 1994; US$ 65.00

    Status and Sacredness provides a new theory of status and sacral relationships and a provocative reinterpretation of the Indian caste system and Hinduism. Milner shows how in India and many other social contexts status is a key resource, and that sacredness can be usefully understood as a special form of status. By analyzing the nature of this resource... more...