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  • Bodies of Songby Linda Hess

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 38.99

    North Indian poetry, music, religion, and politics come to life in Bodies of Song , a textual and ethnographic work on the oral traditions of Kabir, the great fifteenth-century iconoclastic poet. Linda Hess provides stories of individuals and families, villages and towns, religious and secular organizations, castes and communities of those who sing,... more...

  • Provincial Hinduismby Daniel Gold

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Provincial Hinduism explores intersecting religious domains of a medium-sized Indian city. Temples and Sufi shrines, the dynamics of caste and class, and specifically modern gurus and movements are described in a Hindu world that has experienced impacts of globalization but is still close to its traditional roots. more...

  • Demoting Vishnuby Anne T. Mocko

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Demoting Vishnu examines how the same public ritual that once placed kings at the privileged apex of Nepal's government now in the 21st-century have stopped serving the king, turning instead to authorize party-based politicians. The book shows how ritual upheaval undermined the institutional logic of monarchy, demonstrating that kingship was contingent... more...

  • Nonviolence in the Mahabharataby Alf Hiltebeitel

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    In Indian mythological texts like the Mah?bh?rata and R?m?ya?a, there are recurrent tales about gleaners. The practice of "gleaning" in India had more to do with the house-less forest life than with residential village or urban life or with gathering residual post-harvest grains from cultivated fields. Gleaning can be seen a metaphor for the Mah?bh?rata... more...

  • Categorisation in Indian Philosophyby Jessica Frazier

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    It is by fitting the world into neatly defined boxes that Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain philosophers were able to gain unparalleled insights into the nature of reality, God, language and thought itself. Such categories aimed to encompass the universe, the mind and the divine within an all-encompassing system, from linguistics to epistemology, logic and... more...

  • Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogueby Irina Kuznetsova; Jonardon Ganeri; Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    The debates between various Buddhist and Hindu philosophical systems about the existence, definition and nature of self, occupy a central place in the history of Indian philosophy and religion. These debates concern various issues: what 'self' means, whether the self can be said to exist at all, arguments that can substantiate any position on this... more...

  • Caitanya Vaisnava Philosophyby Ravi M. Gupta

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    In the sixteenth century, the saint and scholar Sri Caitanya set in motion a wave of devotion to Krishna that began in eastern India and has now found its way around the world. Caitanya taught that the highest aim of life is to develop selfless love for God Krishna, the blue-hued cowherd boy who spoke the Bhagavad Gita. Although only a handful of poetry... more...

  • Women in the Ramkathasby Atreyi Biswas

    Gyan Publishing House 2016; US$ 42.99

    Women in the Ramakathas attempts to focus on the unfavourable conditions of women in the various renderings of the Rama legends, originating from Valmiki Ramayana. Through 2000 years of Indian literary tradition and folklore, these have been moulded and reshaped, according to the beliefs and understanding of later composers. The basic concept of the... more...

  • Wisdom's Blossomsby Doug Glener; Sarat Komaragiri

    Shambhala 2002; US$ 15.99

    Here is a timeless collection of traditional stories that recount the personal spiritual journeys and true acts of selflessness by saints from various religious traditions indigenous to India, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Sufism. The authors present a diverse selection of these inspirational tales—about both men and women saints,... more...

  • Glimpses of Raja Yogaby Vimala Thakar

    Shambhala 2016; US$ 21.99

    In Glimpses of Raja Yoga , Vimala Thakar introduces the basic concepts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras by focusing on a different sutra, or aphorism, in each of the twelve chapters. In her opening chapter, she presents the historical and cultural background of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga. Chapter 2 contains an eloquent invocation of the dimension of Silence—the... more...