Download E-books Apparitions of the Self: The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary (Buddhist Tradition) PDF

Apparitions of the Self is a groundbreaking research into what's identified in Tibet as "secret autobiography," an excellent, not often studied literary style that provides a private exploration of intimate spiritual stories. during this quantity, Janet Gyatso interprets and experiences the phenomenal pair of mystery autobiographies by means of the famed Tibetan Buddhist visionary, Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), whose poetic and self-conscious writings are as a lot concerning the nature of his personal id, reminiscence, and the undecidabilities of autobiographical fact as they're narrations of the particular content material of his studies. Their translation during this publication marks the 1st time that works of this type were translated in a Western language.

Gyatso is one of the first to contemplate Tibetan literature from a comparative standpoint, interpreting the marvelous fit--as good because the misfit--of Western literary idea with Tibetan autobiography. She examines the exciting questions of why Tibetan Buddhists produced such a lot of autobiographies (far greater than different Asian Buddhists) and the way autobiographical self-assertion is feasible even whereas Buddhists think that the self is eventually an phantasm. additionally explored are Jigme Lingpa's old milieu, his revelatory visions of the traditional Tibetan dynasty, and his meditative practices of non-public cultivation. The booklet concludes with a research of the subversive girl determine of the "Dakini" in Jigme Lingpa's writings, and the consequences of her gender, her sexuality, and her unsettling discourse for the autobiographical topic in Tibet.

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Download E-books Kularnava Tantra PDF

By Arthur Avalon, Taranatha Vidyaratna

The Kularnava is an expert in Tantric literature. it's one of many uncomplicated works of the rituals and philosophy of the Sakta Tantrism following the Kulacara, the main complicated of the Sakta approach. The discovered advent in English provides precise information regarding the structure of the textual content and esoteric philosophy and practices ordinary to the varsity. the whole textual content is given in Devanagari in the event you desire to examine the booklet within the unique Sanskrit.

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Download E-books Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia: Past and Place in the Sanskrit Mahabharata PDF

The Sanskrit Mahabharata is without doubt one of the maximum works of worldwide literature and pivotal for the knowledge of either Hindu traditions and wider society in historical, medieval and smooth South Asia. This booklet offers a brand new synthesis of philological, anthropological and cognitive-linguistic procedure and idea when it comes to the learn of narrative textual content via concentrating on the shape and serve as of the Mahabharata within the context of early South Asia.

Arguing that the mix of structural and thematic beneficial properties that experience helped to set up the iconic cultural centrality of spiritual narrative in South Asia used to be first defined within the textual content, the publication highlights the Mahabharata’s complicated orientation to the cosmic, social and textual prior. The publication exhibits the level to which narrative is critical to human social lifestyles, and extra ordinarily the construction and upkeep of spiritual ideologies. It highlights the contexts of starting place and transmission and the cultural functionality of the Mahabharata in first millennium South Asia and, by means of extension, in medieval and smooth South Asiaby drawing on either textual and epigraphic resources. The ebook attracts realization to what's culturally particular concerning the origination and transmission of early South Asian narrative and what can be utilized to counterpoint our orientation to narrative in human social lifestyles extra globally.

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Download E-books The Fearless Prince PDF

By Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Canto 7

Long in the past, an evil monarch named Hiranyakashipu seized keep an eye on of the full universe. even if he made existence very unlikely for all, his son Prahlad, who was once continuously absorbed in meditating at the Lord, remained undisturbed. Seeing the boy’s usual predilection for non secular lifestyles and hence taking him as an archenemy, Hiranya-kashipu attempted to kill him, yet with no good fortune. If we keep on with the lessons of Prahlad Maharaja, we'll additionally turn into fearless natural devotees of the Lord.

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Download E-books Kerala Christian Sainthood: Collisions of Culture and Worldview in South India PDF

By Corinne G. Dempsey

Kerala Christian Sainthood is an ethnography-based learn that celebrates the multi-vocal functionality of saints. Drawing on pilgrim anecdotes, shrine practices, reputable hagiographies, and nearby lore, writer Corinne Dempsey demonstrates how the enterprise of saints commonly extends past their ability as earthly conduits of amazing energy. Saintly characters defined during this e-book, hailing from the religiously pluralistic south Indian kingdom of Kerala, have a tendency not just to the healthiness and happiness of person devotees yet aid craft and convey the a number of identities and intricate energy family in their devotional groups as well.
Throughout the research, Dempsey highlights the traditions of Sr. Alphonsa of Bharananganam (1910-1946) and St. George the martyr, figures who mirror the various preoccupations of Kerala sainthood. Sr. Alphonsa, local of Kerala and recognized for her lifetime of affliction and posthumous energy, stands in line to be canonized through the Vatican. St. George, the caped dragon slayer imported to Kerala by means of Syrian retailers and later via Portuguese and British colonizers, is this present day partly debunked by way of Rome. those figures, whereas differing dramatically in temperament, nationality, age of cult, and Vatican status, boast an enormous well known charm in Kerala's Kottayam district. In reading Sr. Alphonsa and St. George, Dempsey exhibits how Kerala's saint traditions mirror devotees' hybrid identities in either colonial and postcolonial times.
This ethnography of Christian sainthood inside of a Hindu cultural context, of "foreign" traditions followed by means of local perform, and of girl sanctity negotiated via patriarchal expectation is poised at a few intersections. Dempsey offers not just a comparative research of cultures, religions, and worldviews, but in addition a special grounding for modern ethnographic, post-colonial, and feminist concerns.

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Download E-books Religious Therapeutics: Body and Health in Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra (SUNY Series in Religious Studies) (Suny Series, Religious Studies) PDF

By Gregory P. Fields

Spiritual Therapeutics explores the connection among psychophysical healthiness and religious wellbeing and fitness and offers a version for reading connections among faith and medication in international traditions. This version emerges from the work's research of health and wellbeing and religiousness in classical Yoga, AÖyurveda, and Tantra-three Hindu traditions noteworthy for the imperative position they accord the physique. writer Gregory P. Fields compares Anglo-European and Indian philosophies of physique and health and wellbeing and makes use of fifteen determinants of well-being excavated from texts of historic Hindu medication to teach that future health matters the individual, no longer the physique or body/mind on my own. This booklet elucidates multifaceted perspectives of wellbeing and fitness, and-in the context of spirituality and healing-explores subject matters akin to psychological overall healthiness, meditation, and track.

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Download E-books All About Hinduism PDF

By Swami Sivananda

Hinduism is usually the fountain-head of all religions.It comprises inside of itself the seeds of all religions.It is yet common that folks around the globe may still convey expanding curiosity in a faith so universal.The approval for this publication might be gauged from the truth that it bumped into Ten re-prints after it was once revealed first time within the yr 1947.

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Download E-books Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions) PDF

By David R. Kinsley

Goddess worship has lengthy been an important element of Hinduism. during this booklet David Kinsley, writer of The Sword and the Flute—Kali & Krsna: darkish Visions of the bad and the chic in Hindu Mythology, varieties out the wealthy but frequently chaotic heritage of Hindu goddess worship.

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Download E-books Happiness and the Art of Being: An introduction to the philosophy and practice of the spiritual teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana (Second Edition) PDF

By Michael James

Happiness is our actual nature, our crucial being. The brief happiness that we appear to derive from exterior stories truly arises purely from inside of ourself, and is skilled through us because of the transitority calming of our brain that happens at any time when any of our wants are fulfilled. as long as our brain is extroverted, getting to something except our personal crucial self-conscious being, we will be able to by no means adventure excellent, everlasting and unqualified happiness. To event real and everlasting happiness, we needs to reach the event of actual self-knowledge — that's, completely transparent realization of our personal crucial being, 'I am'. Such is the reality printed through Bhagavan Sri Ramana.

The philosophy of Sri Ramana derives completely from his adventure of precise, absolute, non-dual self-knowledge, an adventure that transcends all concept, either rational and irrational. even if, in view that we think the life of duality, multiplicity and relativity, we appear to lack the non-dual and absolute wisdom of our personal crucial self-conscious being that Sri Ramana skilled as his average country. consequently he provided his philosophy to us by way of a rational and logical research of our current event of ourself as a finite person cognizance, to be able to let us to be firmly confident of absolutely the fact that underlies and helps this finite attention that we now mistake to be ourself.

However, the religious teachings of Sri Ramana aren't just a rational philosophy, yet also are an exact technological know-how and artwork. He meant his philosophy to serve in basic terms because the theoretical starting place upon which we should always instruction the empirical technology of self-investigation (atma-vicara), that is the paintings of keenly self-attentive and hence completely thought-free being.

This publication, Happiness and the paintings of Being, is an in-depth exploration of either the philosophy and the perform of the religious teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana. although it truly is meant basically to be an advent to his teachings, it's not a quick one, simply because in a transparent and straightforward demeanour it offers a truly special and deep perception into their middle. accordingly although it's been written to ensure that it may be simply understood even through readers who've no past acquaintance with any type of non secular philosophy, it may even be worthwhile to readers who have already got a great knowing of his teachings.

Like the purpose of his teachings, the purpose of this ebook is to steered every one folks to imagine extra deeply in regards to the truth of all that we as a possible restricted person cognizance adventure and comprehend, to aid us to appreciate that the one absolute truth in our complete event of duality and relativity is our primary attention of our personal crucial being, 'I am', and thereby to augment our love and energy to wait keenly and completely to this crucial self-consciousness 'I am' so that it will realize its actual nature.

The writer of this e-book, Michael James, spent greater than 8 years learning the unique Tamil writings of Sri Ramana and of his most advantageous disciple, Sri Muruganar, in minute element lower than the transparent assistance of one other shut disciple, Sri Sadhu Om. Therefore the principal concentration of this publication is at the teachings of Sri Ramana as expressed in his personal unique writings, and as a result it comprises exact and thoroughly worded translations through the writer of the total of Sri Ramana's prose treatise Nan Yar? (Who am I?) and of lots of the verses of his philosophical poems such as Upadesa Undiyar, Ulladu Narpadu, Ekatma Pancakam, Anma-Viddai and Upadesa Tanippakkal.

This moment print version is a marginally revised model of the 1st print variation, and encompasses a exact glossary.

For additional information approximately Sri Ramana and his teachings, please stopover at the author's web site: happinessofbeing.com.

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