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📒Dar An ✍ Diana L. Eck
📝Dar an Book Synopsis : The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, and sound. This book is about the power and importance of seeing in the Hindu religious tradition. In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, to reap their blessings, and to know their secrets. When Hindus go to temple, their eyes meet the powerful, eternal gaze of the eyes of God. It is called Darsan, Seeing the divine image, and it is the single most common and significant element of Hindu worship. This book explores what darsan means. This is also a book about the divine image in the Hindu tradition. What do Hindus see in the images of the gods? What is meant by these multi-armed gods, with their various weapons, emblems, and animals? How are these images made and consecreted? How are they treated in a ritual context? In exploring the nature of the divine image, this book not only considers the images of the gods, but also the Hindu temple and the Hindu place of pilgrimage.
📝Social Ideas and Social Change in Bengal 1818 1835 Book Synopsis :
📝Gita Darsan as Bhakti Yoga Book Synopsis :
📒Buddhist Saints In India ✍ Reginald A. Ray
📝Buddhist Saints in India Book Synopsis : The issue of saints is a difficult and complicated problem in Buddhology. In this magisterial work, Ray offers the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, Ray seeks to identify the "classical type" of the Buddhist saint, as it provides the presupposition for, and informs, the different major Buddhist saintly types and subtypes. Discussing the nature, dynamics, and history of Buddhist hagiography, he surveys the ascetic codes, conventions and traditions of Buddhist saints, and the cults both of living saints and of those who have "passed beyond." Ray traces the role of the saints in Indian Buddhist history, examining the beginnings of Buddhism and the origin of Mahayana Buddhism.
📒Thaipusam In Malaysia ✍ Carl Vadivella Belle
📝Thaipusam in Malaysia Book Synopsis : "This is an important book by Carl Vadivella Belle which argues that Hinduism and its manifestations in the diaspora has important significance in binding not only the Hindus but also encourages 'others' to revisit Hinduism, especially in a multicultural society like Malaysia which is dominated by communally infused discourses structured upon race and religion."— Ajaya K. Sahoo, Editor, Journal of South Asian Diaspora "Dr Belle weaves his magical journey over nearly half a century, offering poignant and potent insights into the socio economic and spiritual realities of Hindus in Malaysia. Numerous books maybe available on Tamil Traditions and Hinduism in Malaysia, but none seem to have succinctly and encapsulated the very essence and heart of these veritable subjects. I would unreservedly recommend this book, to all those interested in matters pertaining to Indians and Hinduism in Malaysia."— Professor Bala Shanmugam, Academic Director, Federation University, Malaysia "This is a work of immense inspiration. Combining personal pilgrimage with ethnographic perseverance, it is at once a document of ritual power and cultural change and a biography of religious encounter. By becoming the religious Other, Carl Belle creates a new dimension in the understanding of Thaipusam as both ethnic and individual experience. Dauntlessly frank and insightful, it is without doubt a rare achievement."— Raymond Lee, Universiti Malaya (retired)
📒Banasa ✍ Banāsā
📝Banasa Book Synopsis : In the 20th century, many Indian women articulated themselves in autobio-graphical records. Banasa's book, composed shortly before her death in 1957, represents a spiritual autobiography, authored by a woman from the Marwari merchant community from Shekhavati in Rajasthan (North India) and in the local language. It mirrors norms in conflict, norms for women and religious norms, and how the author transgressed and, eventually, reconciled them. The book is a record both of an individual strife and the life of a social group exposed itself in the first half of the 20th century to considerable tension.Im 20. Jahrhundert haben indische Frauen sich vielfach in Autobiographien dargestellt. Banasas Buch ist die spirituelle Autobiographie einer Frau aus der Schicht der MarwariKaufleute von Shekhavati in Rajasthan (Nordindien), verfasst kurz vor ihrem Tod im Jahre 1957 in der Sprache ihrer Heimatregion. Es reflektiert widerstreitende Normen, solche fur Frauen und religiose Normen, und zeigt, wie die Autorin Normen uberschritt und schliesslich miteinander versohnte. Das Buch ist Zeugnis personlichen Ringens und schildert zugleich das Leben einer gesellschaftlichen Gruppe, die in der ersten Halfte des 20. Jahrhunderts selbst erheblichen Spannungen ausgesetzt war.
📒Art And Architecture Of The World S Religions 2 Volumes ✍ Leslie D. Ross
📝Art and Architecture of the World s Religions 2 volumes Book Synopsis : Two abundantly illustrated volumes offer a vibrant discussion of how the divine is and has been represented in art and architecture the world over. • 200 illustrations, including floor plans of churches, synagogues, and temples bring the discussions of art and architecture to life • An extensive bibliography enables further research
📒Religion And Commodification ✍ Vineeta Sinha
📝Religion and Commodification Book Synopsis : Sustaining a Hindu universe at an everyday life level requires an extraordinary range of religious specialists and ritual paraphernalia. At the level of practice, devotional Hinduism is an embodied religion and grounded in a materiality, that makes the presence of specific physical objects (which when used in worship also carry immense ritual and symbolic load) an indispensable part of its religious practices. Traditionally, both services and objects required for worship were provided and produced by occupational communities. The almost sacred connection between caste groups and occupation/profession has been clearly severed in many diasporic locations, but importantly in India itself. As such, skills and expertise required for producing an array of physical objects in order to support Hindu worship have been taken over by clusters of individuals with no traditional, historical connection with caste-related knowledge. Both the transference and disconnect just noted have been crucial for the ultimate commodification of objects used in the act of Hindu worship, and the emergence of an analogous commercial industry as a result. These developments condense highly complex processes that need careful conceptual explication, a task that is exciting and carries enormous potential for theoretical reflections in key fields of study. Using the lens of ‘visuality’ and ‘materiality,’ Sinha offers insights into the everyday material religious lives of Hindus as they strive to sustain theistic, devotional Hinduism in diasporic locations--particularly Singapore, Malaysia, and Tamilnadu--where religious objects have become commodified.
📒Unspoiled Beauty ✍ Charles J. Farmer
📝Unspoiled Beauty Book Synopsis : Annotation Tucked within Missouri's borders are eight Congressionally designated Wilderness areas. These magnificent forests, scattered across the southern portion of the state, combine a wide variety of unique ecosystems. InUnspoiled Beauty, Charles Farmer captures the essence of the Missouri Wilderness experience, allowing even those who have never set foot in the wilderness to enjoy its wonders and appreciate its importance.Farmer begins by describing the wilderness region prior to the Congressional Wilderness designation, providing an overview of the numerous battles that were waged to reclaim the state's wilderness and to assure its preservation. Featured are key players who were instrumental in the acquisition and preservation of Missouri wilderness.Farmer devotes a chapter to each of the eight Wilderness areas, accompanied by numerous engaging photographs, many in color. He provides a brief history of each and shares his own fascinating personal experiences of camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, and fishing within each. He discusses trails, fauna, flora, and other colorful details along the way. His adventures take place during different seasons of the year; he is sometimes alone, sometimes in company. Through his eyes, each area is brought vividly to life."Wilderness Tips" and a guide with rules for the novice camper, hiker, backpacker, hunter, and fisherman enhance the book's usefulness. The final chapter lists the areas in Missouri that qualify for Wilderness designation in the New Forest Plan.Unspoiled Beautymay well play a part in saving Missouri's remaining wilderness candidates. It will also help other states that are preparing campaigns to save their own wilderness areas.Wilderness advocates, hikers and backpackers, fishermen and hunters, anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will enjoy this important new book
📒That Compassionate Touch Of Ma Anandamayee ✍ Narayan Chaudhuri
📝That Compassionate Touch of Ma Anandamayee Book Synopsis : &everything that this body says or does, its actions, movements, its going hither and thither, is done for your sake. Whatever is done for you by this body at any time, it is you who cause it to happen. Shree Shree Anandamayee Ma in reply to a devotee s query This book contains miracle-laden incidents and strange little happenings depicting Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee s infinite compassion for Her children. Each narrative carries one particular message- the message of solace and compassion for Her devotees. The stories of miracles described in the volume corroborate the fact that Shree Shree Ma Aanandamayee lives solely for Her children; for helping and guiding them to become pilgrims of the supreme path- the path that leads to Self-realization and to supreme ultimate God itself. The book makes a revealing study of Mother s supernatural glory. Its appeal is irresistible not only for the devotees of the Mother but for all seekers of God realization.
📒Singing To The Jinas ✍ M. Whitney Kelting
📝Singing to the Jinas Book Synopsis : While Western Jain scholarship has focused on those texts and practices favoring male participation, the Jain community itself relies heavily on lay women's participation for religious education, the performance of key rituals, and the locus of religious knowledge. In this fieldwork-based study, Whitney Kelting attempts to reconcile these women's understanding of Jainism with the religion as presented in the existing scholarship. Jain women, she shows, both accept and rewrite the idealized roles received from religious texts, practices, and social expectation, according to which female religiosity is a symbol of Jain perfection. This volume describes these women's interpretations of their religion, not as folklore or popular religion, but as a theology that recreates Jainism in a form which honors their own participation.
📒South Asian Folklore ✍ Peter J. Claus
📝South Asian Folklore Book Synopsis : Looks at the folklore and customs of both ancient and contemporay society in South Asia.
📒Religion And Film ✍ Melanie J. Wright
📝Religion and Film Book Synopsis : Annotation From the silent era to the contemporary blockbuster - from Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc to The Wicker Man and Mel Gibson's controversial box-office hit The Passion of the Christ - religion has been a perennial fascination for film-makers. Yet film studies rarely look closely at these portrayals of religion, while religious studies have tended to be concerned with a film's fidelity to a religious worldview. or its value as a tool in ministry or mission. Religion and Film: An Introduction redresses this balance, with a new, cross-disciplinary approach to the subject that draws from cultural studies, religious studies and film studies alike.
📒Goddess Durga And Sacred Female Power ✍ Laura Amazzone
📝Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power Book Synopsis : Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power is an exploration of the many faces of the Goddess Durga in ancient and contemporary culture. This book takes us on a pilgrimage to goddess temples and natural shrines, to visit shamans and living goddesses in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, and to India for the annual ten-day Durga Festival. The mythology, rituals, philosophy, and spiritual practices of this distinctly female-centered and millennia-old tradition of Durga offer an alternative model of female potential and empowerment, focusing on peace, healing, spiritual liberation, and realization of inherent divinity.
📒Thus Have I Seen ✍ Andy Rotman
📝Thus Have I Seen Book Synopsis : Although Buddhism is often depicted as a religion of meditators and philosophers, some of the earliest writings extant in India offer a very different portrait of the Buddhist practitioner. In Indian Buddhist narratives from the early centuries of the Common Era, most lay religious practice consists not of reading, praying, or meditating, but of visually engaging with certain kinds of objects. These visual practices, moreover, are represented as the primary means of cultivating faith, a necessary precondition for proceeding along the Buddhist spiritual path. In Thus Have I Seen: Visualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism, Andy Rotman examines these visual practices and how they function as a kind of skeleton key for opening up Buddhist conceptualizations about the world and the ways it should be navigated. Rotman's analysis is based primarily on stories from the Divyavadana (Divine Stories), one of the most important collections of ancient Buddhist narratives from India. Though discourses of the Buddha are well known for their opening words, "thus have I heard" - for Buddhist teachings were first preserved and transmitted orally - the Divyavadana presents a very different model for disseminating the Buddhist dharma. Devotees are enjoined to look, not just hear, and visual legacies and lineages are shown to trump their oral counterparts. As Rotman makes clear, this configuration of the visual fundamentally transforms the world of the Buddhist practitioner, changing what one sees, what one believes, and what one does.
📒Sacred Songs Of India ✍ V.K. Subramanian
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📒Relics Of The Buddha ✍ John Strong
📝Relics of the Buddha Book Synopsis : Buddhism is popularly seen as a religion stressing the truth of impermanence. How, then, to account for the long-standing veneration, in Asian Buddhist communities, of bone fragments, hair, teeth, and other bodily bits said to come from the historic Buddha? Early European and American scholars of religion, influenced by a characteristic Protestant bias against relic worship, declared such practices to be superstitious and fraudulent, and far from the true essence of Buddhism. John Strong's book, by contrast, argues that relic veneration has played a serious and integral role in Buddhist traditions in South and Southeast Asia-and that it is in no way foreign to Buddhism. The book is structured around the life story of the Buddha, starting with traditions about relics of previous buddhas and relics from the past lives of the Buddha Sakyamuni. It then considers the death of the Buddha, the collection of his bodily relics after his cremation, and stories of their spread to different parts of Asia. The book ends with a consideration of the legend of the future parinirvana (extinction) of the relics prior to the advent of the next Buddha, Maitreya. Throughout, the author does not hesitate to explore the many versions of these legends and to relate them to their ritual, doctrinal, artistic, and social contexts.
📒A Complete Guide To Sikhism ✍ Jagraj Singh
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📒Seeking Mahadevi ✍ Tracy Pintchman
📝Seeking Mahadevi Book Synopsis : Explores the identity of the Hindu Great Goddess and how it relates to the many goddesses worshipped in India.
📒Tradition And Modernity In Bhakti Movements ✍ Jayant Lele
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