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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 465
Release: 1999-11-02
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0679775471
Rating: 4.5/5 (71 downloads)

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In "the very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written" (The New Republic) Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of ancient India. He begins with a mystery: Why is the most important god in the Rg Veda, the oldest of India's sacred texts, known by a secret name—"Ka," or Who? What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. We learn why Siva must carry his father's skull, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as part of a certain sacrifice, the king's wife must copulate with a dead horse. A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible.

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2019-07-25
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0141990767
Rating: 4.0/5 (67 downloads)

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'To read Ka is to experience a giddy invasion of stories - brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful' The New York Times 'Who?' - or 'ka' - is the question that runs through Roberto Calasso's retelling of the stories of the minds and gods of India; the primordial question that continues to haunt human existence. From the Rigveda to the Upanishads, the Mahabharata to the life of Buddha, this book delves into the corpus of classical Sanskrit literature to re-imagine the ancient Indian myths and how they resonate through space and time. 'The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written' Wendy Doniger 'Dazzling, complex, utterly original ... Ka is his masterpiece' Sunday Times

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Modernity in East-West Literary Criticism

Author: Yoshinobu Hakutani
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2001
Genre: Literature, Modern
ISBN: 9780838639078
Rating: 4.8/5 (39 downloads)

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This collection of eleven essays concerns the movement of modernity in East-West literary criicism. Most of the contributions address particular cross-cultural relationships such as W.B. Yeat's interest in the 'noh' play, Ezra Pound's imagism, and the influence of Zen aesthetics on Western poetry. The Western writers discussed range from Americans, including Emerson, Thoreau, Faulkner, Wright, and Snyder, to Europeans, such as Marcel Proust. The Eastern writers include Basho, Tanizaki, Lao Tzu, Wan Wei, Tagore, and Yone Noguchi.

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Transcending Space

Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publsiher: Bucknell University Press
Total Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780838754016
Rating: 4.8/5 (54 downloads)

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Yoga Journal

Total Pages: 136
Release: 1999-07
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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For more than 30 years, Yoga Journal has been helping readers achieve the balance and well-being they seek in their everyday lives. With every issue,Yoga Journal strives to inform and empower readers to make lifestyle choices that are healthy for their bodies and minds. We are dedicated to providing in-depth, thoughtful editorial on topics such as yoga, food, nutrition, fitness, wellness, travel, and fashion and beauty.

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Handbook of Hindu Mythology

Author: George M. Williams
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 395
Release: 2008-03-27
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 019533261X
Rating: 4.2/5 (1 downloads)

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Unlike many other ancient mythologies, Hinduism thrives in the modern world. One billion followers and countless others have been captivated by its symbolic representations of love, karma, and reincarnation. Handbook of Hindu Mythology offers an informative introduction to this dauntingly complex mythology of multifaceted deities, lengthy heroic tales, and arcane philosophies-all with a 3,000-year history of reinterpretations and adaptations. Williams offers a number of pathways by which to approach Hinduism's ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., Brahmâ, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedas), secular epics (including the Râmâyana and the Mahâbhârata), myths within myths, devotional and esoteric traditions, psychic and yogic disciplines, and magical practices. With this handbook, readers can explore the history of Hindu mythology, follow a detailed timeline of key episodes and historical events, and look up specific elements of historical or contemporary Hinduism in a beautifully illustrated reference work. It is the ideal introduction to the origins of Hinduism, the culture that shaped it from antiquity to the present, and the age-old stories, ideas, and traditions that speak to the human condition as eloquently today as ever. Including annotated bibliographies, a glossary of cultural and mythological terms, and numerous illustrations, here is a gold mine of information on Hindu mythology.

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The Book of Miracles

Author: Kenneth L. Woodward
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 436
Release: 2001-07-10
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN: 0743200292
Rating: 4.0/5 (92 downloads)

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Woodward offers an intellectually rich look at the five great religions' foundational miracles and those of the later sages and saints.

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The Emotional Mind

Author: Stephen T. Asma
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2019-04-15
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 0674238923
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For 200 million years before humans developed a capacity to reason, the emotional centers of the brain were hard at work. Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel help us understand the evolution of the mind by exploring this more primal capability that we share with other animals: the power to feel, which is the root of so much that makes us uniquely human.

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Planet India

Author: Mira Kamdar
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2008-02-19
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 0743296869
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A cutting-edge exploration of America's stake in India's ongoing efforts to become a global power depicts the region as the world's fastest-growing center of technology, global economics, and democracy, outlining the challenges facing the country to enable rapid change in environmentally sustainable and politically viable ways. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

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Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art

Author: Jacquelynn Baas
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2004
Genre: Arts, American
ISBN: 9780520243460
Rating: 4.0/5 (434 downloads)

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"Eminently readable and extremely meaningful. The contributors tackle essential questions about the relationship of art and life. The book is also very timely, offering a way to approach Buddhism through unexpected channels."--Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery, New York University

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Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Author: Denise Cush
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 1129
Release: 2012-08-21
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 113518979X
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Covering all aspects of Hinduism, this encyclopedia includes more ethnographic and contemporary material in contrast to the exclusively textual and historical approach of earlier works.

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The Head Beneath the Altar

Author: Brian Collins
Publsiher: MSU Press
Total Pages:
Release: 2014-01-01
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 1628950129
Rating: 4.0/5 (29 downloads)

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In the beginning, says the ancient Hindu text the Rg Veda, was man. And from man’s sacrifice and dismemberment came the entire world, including the hierarchical ordering of human society. The Head Beneath the Altar is the first book to present a wide-ranging study of Hindu texts read through the lens of René Girard’s mimetic theory of the sacrificial origin of religion and culture. For those interested in Girard and comparative religion, the book also performs a careful reading of Girard’s work, drawing connections between his thought and the work of theorists like Georges Dumézil and Giorgio Agamben. Brian Collins examines the idea of sacrifice from the earliest recorded rituals through the flowering of classical mythology and the ancient Indian institutions of the duel, the oath, and the secret warrior society. He also uncovers implicit and explicit critiques in the tradition, confirming Girard’s intuition that Hinduism offers an alternative anti-sacrificial worldview to the one contained in the gospels.

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The Emerald Modem

Author: Richard Leviton
Publsiher: Hampton Roads Publishing
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2004-05-04
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN: 1612832997
Rating: 4.2/5 (97 downloads)

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Twenty years ago, in England, author Richard Leviton "discovered the planet." Following quite specific guidance, he began a long process that amounted to an apprenticeship. "My mentors dispatched me to various specific locations in the Somerset landscape, and at all hours of the night and day. I sat on hills and valleys and rocks under sunlight, moonlight, rain, snow, and fog, and had visions. I started to see another landscape behind the apparent landscape. It was an apparitional landscape with stars, planets, galaxies, angels, spirits of Nature, mythic deities, divinity." As time went on, he found himself talking with angels, visiting celestial cities, and following gnomes. He came to understand that at one level we are the planet, and that both we and it have an intimate relationship with our galaxy. "I found myself living inside the myths of the world as if they were expert scripts for real-life inner adventures. I never once thought I was crazy. Why should I? Quite the opposite. I believed I was finally getting grounded in something real. But it would take me twenty years to make sense of it. That sense is embodied in The Emerald Modem." The Emerald Modem includes: direct correspondences between human chakras and the Earth's energy features--and the galactic originalstables listing locations of sacred sites around the planet where you may experience this relationshipexplanations of world myths, which provide clues to this unsuspected visionary world around us This is the first book to synthesize all the fragments of geomantic perception (sacred sites, energy points, vertexes, etc.) into a global interactive model that ties human consciousness directly to it. Leviton describes 85 subtle features in the planetary landscape, places you can go for mystical experiences. They are features of the Earth's energy body, almost all invisible to conventional sight. But psychic cognition can be trained, and you can usefully interact with any of these types of sites today without seeing what you're doing. Your intent to interact for the benefit of yourself and the planet is all that's required. Just as modems dial us into the Internet, so the features of the Earth's energy body described in The Emerald Modem help us get online with the galaxy. You can learn to visit Grail Castles, experience a Mount Olympus, or walk through the stars in a landscape zodiac--and you can learn enough to become confident that you're not traveling alone.

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Dancing the Deep Hum, One Woman's Ideas about How to Live in a Dancing, Singing Universe

Author: Connie Tyler
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2009-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0615264867
Rating: 4.4/5 (67 downloads)

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In Dancing the Deep Hum, Connie Pwll examines the sometimes delightful and sometimes painful lessons she has learned in her sixty-five years of life, and humbly presents some ideas about how to live life joyfully. Weaving in and out between the personal and the public, the individual and the whole - the universe, the infinite, and the here and now, she searches for the definition of that unnamable something that hums, uses her own experiences and other people's stories found in books, film and the media, to suggest a set of principles for living that just might bring us personal happiness while moving us toward a solution to the world's ecological and social justice problems.

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The World Is a Waiting Lover

Author: Trebbe Johnson
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-02-08
Genre: Self-Help
ISBN: 1577318129
Rating: 4.8/5 (29 downloads)

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Johnson explores the concept of the Beloved — the elusive, alluring force that beckons us forth to passionate engagement with the world — and shows how our sense of love is often linked to something far greater than ourselves. She explains that mistaking a human lover for the inner, eternal Beloved is the first step in any romance, yet the ability to distinguish between the two ultimately holds the key to our quest for personal freedom and fulfillment. Steeped in Western and Eastern myth and romantic imagery, The World is a Waiting Lover guides us through story and thought in order to discover passion, Eros, and our authentic selves. It is a personal story and, at the same time, an invitation to explore our individual yearnings to live with fearless authenticity as we find more passion and meaning in our work, relationships, and view of the future.

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Author: Brian Cummings
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2022-02-10
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0192663097
Rating: 4.3/5 (97 downloads)

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Bibliophobia is a book about material books, how they are cared for, and how they are damaged, throughout the 5000-year history of writing from Sumeria to the smartphone. Its starting point is the contemporary idea of 'the death of the book' implied by the replacement of physical books by digital media, with accompanying twenty-first-century experiences of paranoia and literary apocalypse. It traces a twin fear of omniscience and oblivion back to the origins of writing in ancient Babylon and Egypt, then forwards to the age of Google. It uncovers bibliophobia from the first Chinese emperor to Nazi Germany, alongside parallel stories of bibliomania and bibliolatry in world religions and literatures. Books imply cognitive content embodied in physical form, in which the body cooperates with the brain. At its heart this relationship of body and mind, or letter and spirit, always retains a mystery. Religions are founded on holy books, which are also sites of transgression, so that writing is simultaneously sacred and profane. In secular societies these complex feelings are transferred to concepts of ideology and toleration. In the ambiguous future of the internet, digital immateriality threatens human equilibrium once again. Bibliophobia is a global history, covering six continents and seven religions, describing written examples from each of the last thirty centuries (and several earlier). It discusses topics such as the origins of different kinds of human script; the development of textual media such as scrolls, codices, printed books, and artificial intelligence; the collection and destruction of libraries; the use of books as holy relics, talismans, or shrines; and the place of literacy in the history of slavery, heresy, blasphemy, censorship, and persecution. It proposes a theory of writing, how it relates to speech, images, and information, or to concepts of mimesis, personhood, and politics. Originating as the Clarendon Lectures in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford, the methods of Bibliophobia range across book history; comparative religion; philosophy from Plato to Hegel and Freud; and a range of global literature from ancient to contemporary. Richly illustrated with textual forms, material objects, and art works, its inspiration is the power that books always (and continue to) have in the emotional, spiritual, bodily, and imaginative lives of readers.

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The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion

Author: James Alison
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 549
Release: 2017-10-19
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1137538252
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The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion draws on the expertise of leading scholars and thinkers to explore the violent origins of culture, the meaning of ritual, and the conjunction of theology and anthropology, as well as secularization, science, and terrorism. Authors assess the contributions of René Girard’s mimetic theory to our understanding of sacrifice, ancient tragedy, and post-modernity, and apply its insights to religious cinema and the global economy. This handbook serves as introduction and guide to a theory of religion and human behavior that has established itself as fertile terrain for scholarly research and intellectual reflection.