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Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
Kim Knott
0192853872
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Hinduism is practiced by about eighty percent of India's population, and by about 30 million people outside India. But how is Hinduism defined, and what basis does the religion have? In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott provides clear insight into the beliefs and authority of Hindus and
Hinduism, and considers the ways in which it has been affected by colonialism and modernity.
Knott offers succinct explanations of Hinduism's central preoccupations, including the role of contemporary gurus and teachers in the quest for spiritual fulfillment; and the function of regular performances of the Mahabharata and Ramayana--scriptures which present the divine in personal form
(avatara) and provide models of behavior for everyone, from kings and warriors to servants and children, and which focus on the dharma,...


The Religions Next Door
Marvin Olasky
0805431438
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The Religions Next Door will educate readers as to the truth about world religions that the media often misrepresent. Our neighborhoods are full of religious diversity these days, but the media would have us believe they all hold different variations of the same tenets. But this isn’t so, and it is in those missed details that serious and grave misjustice is done to the American people by the misreporting of religion.


The Heart of Hinduism : The Eastern Path to Freedom, Empowerment and Illumination

0595350755


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Book Description
This is a definitive and easy to understand guide to the essential as well as devotional heart of the Vedic/Hindu philosophy. Using numerous references, it gives you access to the most important knowledge presented in the Vedic texts regarding your real potential and spiritual identity. Thus, it is especially good for anyone who lacks the time to research the many topics that are contained within the library of Vedic manuscripts and to see their insights and wisdom.

Some of the topics you will find include: A complete review of all the Vedic texts and the wide range of topics they contain, and their philosophical conclusion. The uniqueness and freedom in the Vedic system of self-discovery. A description of the main yoga processes and their effectiveness, and the real purpose of yoga. A review of the main Vedic...



The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion

1884852041


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From Library Journal
Swami Bhaskarananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna order, here offers a brief catechism aimed at Westerners unacquainted with Hindu religious traditions. Perforce covering those traditions in broad terms without going into doctrinal complexities, his book has a straightforward style that should appeal to casual readers and students at a basic level but will not interest advanced students and scholars. Bhaskarananda, who has founded and led several Vedanta societies, has also been involved in interfaith relations. His tone is frequently apologetic, and he corrects American stereotypes about India and Hindus. In general, he points out, Hinduism emphasizes family and personal devotion over communal celebration and values variety in viewpoint and observance. While this book is not broad enough to be a reference work and is...


Bhagavad-Gita
Swami Prabhavananda
0451528441
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Bhagavad-Gita is the Gospel of Hinduism, and one of the great religious classics of the world. Its simple, vivid message is a daily inspiration in the lives of millions throughout the world and has been so for countless generations.

Here is a distinguished translation that can be read by every person, not as an archaic monument to an ancient culture, but as a living contemporary message that touches the most urgent personal and social problems.


Hinduism
Vasudha Narayanan
0195221443
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Dating back some five thousand years, Hinduism is the dominant faith of India and an increasingly powerful spiritual force in the West. But it is an unusually diverse religion--one divided by caste, community, language, and region--and is thus quite difficult for outsiders to grasp. Now, in
Hinduism, Vasudha Narayanan offers an illuminating, compact introduction to this highly complex and ancient religion.
Attractively illustrated with many full-color photographs, this informative guide takes readers through the most important aspects of Hinduism--its divinities, sacred places, ethical teachings, and sacred texts, as well as aspects of Hindu culture such as yoga. Readers learn that, though
Hindus are monotheistic, there are the many manifestations of divinity, from Vishnu ("All-Pervasive"), Shiva...


The Bhagavad Gita
Eknath Easwaran (Editor)
0915132354
June 1985
Paperback
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Book Review
Prince Arjuna faced a dilemma that many face sooner or later--whether to take action that is necessary yet morally ambiguous. The difference is that Arjuna's action was to wage war against his own family. With the armies arrayed, Arjuna loses his nerve. Krishna, his charioteer and incarnation of divine consciousness, begins to teach him the nature of God and of himself, that Arjuna can attain liberation through union with God, and that there are several available paths. And so the most famous and revered of all Hindu Scriptures goes on to teach the paths of knowledge, devotion, action, and meditation, becoming the seed for all the Hindu systems of philosophy and religion that followed. For all of its profundity, Eknath Easwaran manages to translate the Gita in easy prose that neither panders nor obscures. Coupled with his...


An Introduction to Hinduism
Gavin D. Flood
0521438780
July 1996
Paperback
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Review
"This new introduction to Hinduism is distinguished by exceptionally useful chapter divisions, good detail combined with ease of reading, and a particular focus on the integrated quality of the evolution of Hindu thought....The book's balance between scholarly detail and clear, readable elucidation of issues is commendable....In all, this is a valuable contribution to the undergraduate classroom. Libraries whose Hinduism holdings include other good introductions should, nonetheless, acquire this one." Choice

"Flood's book is a very welcome newcomer, comprehensive, detailed and judicious." Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Theological Studies

"...is one of the best and most informative intiations into Hinduism to date." Journal of Indo-European Studies

"An Introduction to Hinduism is a highly readable and authoritative...



Eastern Religions
Michael D. Coogan
0195221915
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This fascinating volume provides a concise, illustrated introduction to five of the great religious traditions of the world--Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

Buddhism, one of the world's great religious traditions, attracts millions of modern-day followers. Hinduism, one of the most ancient of all belief systems, is increasingly well known in the West through expatriate Indian communities. Taoism has been an important influence on Western thinking,
especially through the impact of the Tao Te Ching. Confucianism, less metaphysical in its principles, emphasizes family values and the role of the individual within the state. And Shinto, distinctively Japanese in character, is the most animistic of the great religions, based on a belief in numerous
individual spirits. The contributors...


The Book of Secrets

0312180586
April 15, 1998
Hardcover
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Review
"These techniques will not mention any religious ritual. No temple is needed, you are quite enough of a temple yourself. You are the lab; the whole experiment is to go on within you. This is not religion, this is science. No belief is needed. Only a daringness to experiment is enough; courage to experiment is enough.

These 112 methods are for the whole of humanity-for all the ages that have passed, and for all the ages that have yet to come. I will go on describing each method from as many angles as possible. If you feel any affinity with it, play with it for three days. If you feel that it fits, that something clicks in you, continue it for three months.

Life is a miracle. If you have not known its mystery, that only shows that you do not know the technique for how to approach it." --Osho


The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Hinduism
Linda Johnsen
0028642279
November 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Hinduism is such a vast, complex, and exotic topic that to boil it down to a few hundred pages--and make it fun--must be the work of a true avatar, in this case Linda Johnsen. In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism, Johnsen covers the history, philosophy, devotions, gods, and traditions of this timeless religion. She takes pains to not only make the material easy to read and understand but to get inside the minds of Hindus, themselves, to make sense of what they believe and why. This sympathetic view is balanced by objective and concrete reporting. For example, she presents discussions of the Aryan Invasion theory, whether Jesus visited India, and a well-documented case of modern-day reincarnation. In addition to introducing each of the different strains of Hinduism and their beliefs, she also gives an overview of the...


Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
B.K.S. Iyengar
0007145160
January 25, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This book provided readers with a fresh and accessible translation of this ancient text.

From the Publisher
A fresh translation of the writings of Patanjali, the first man to record the ancient practice of yoga, by B. K. S. Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to the West. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Bhagavad Gita
Stephen Mitchell
0609810340
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
On the list of the greatest spiritual books of all time, the Bhagavad Gita resides permanently in the top echelon. This poem of patently Indian genius sprouted an immense tree of devotional, artistic, and philosophical elaboration in the subcontinent. The scene is a battlefield with the prince Arjuna pitted against his own family, but no sooner does the poem begin than the action reverts inward. Krishna, Arjuna's avatar and spiritual guide, points the way to the supreme wisdom and perfect freedom that lie within everyone's reach. Worship and be faithful, meditate and know reality--these make up the secret of life and lead eventually to the realization that the self is the root of the world. In this titular translation, Stephen Mitchell's rhythms are faultless, making music of this ancient "Song of the Blessed One."...


Sex and the Perfect Lover: Tao, Tantra, and the Kama Sutra
Mabel Iam
0743287991
October 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"Taking from the ancient books of the Kama Sutra and the Tao, Iam's self-help guide to lovemaking will make you and your mate the perfect yin and yang combo." -- Adriana Lopez, Latina Magazine
"Offering a philosophical approach to sexual pleasure, the author draws upon Eastern teachings but uses a writing style and terminology more accessible to a Western audience. More than a simple sex manual, this slim volume condenses vast amounts of information into short, practical techniques for integrating mental and physical energies." -- Library Journal
"Sex and the Perfect Lover is not just a list of interesting sex positions. Rituals, massages, aphrodisiacs, and all sorts of strategies to take pleasure to unknown heights are included in this book." -- Alfredo Arango, el Nuevo Herald
"The reader will find several...


Exploring Meditation
Susan G. Shumsky
156414562X
Nov 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
This spiritual self-help book offers easy, step-by-step ways to master the ancient arts of meditation and enlightenment. It offers practical techniques to increase love, power and energy, reduce stress and tension, improve health, reverse aging, and bring well-being, contentment, and peace of mind to everyday life. This book does not assume any prior experience in inner exploration. It demystifies abstract concepts and provides a road map to the inner life, leading beginners safely through the maze of the spiritual path, pointing out signposts and pitfalls along the way. Its field-proven methods have been tested and verified by thousands of students from all backgrounds, who have experienced significant benefits. A new, systematic approach helps novices working on spiritual development begin to understand the basics,...


Bhagavad Gita
Swami Prabhavananda (Translator)
1566198534
June 1995
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
The Bhagavad-Gita is the Gospel of Hinduism, and one of the great religious classics of the world. Its simple, vivid message is a daily inspiration in the lives of millions throughout the world and has been so for countless generations.

Here is a distinguished translation that can be read by every person, not as an archaic monument to an ancient culture, but as a living contemporary message that touches the most urgent personal and social problems. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


Graceful Exits
Sushila Blackman
1590302702
May 2005
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Blackman narrates the death stories of over 100 Tibetan, Hindu, and Zen masters, ancient and modern. The striking element in these accounts is a sense of being fully prepared to meet death. Blackman grappled with lung cancer and came to peace with her own fears about death as she compiled this book, completed only a few months before she died. As Blackman notes, the Judaeo-Christian perspective of death is not represented here, but this fills a demand for inspirational books about death and Eastern spirituality.Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Publishers Weekly
Written in lucid prose, the book is a training manual for making graceful exits from this life. --This text refers to an...


Hinduism
Robert C. Zaehner
019888012X
January 1966
Textbook Paperback
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Wheels Of Life (Llewellyn's New Age Series)
Anodea Judith
0875423205
July 1, 1999
Paperback
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God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita [BOX SET]
Paramahansa Yogananda (Translator)
0876120303
December 1, 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Two-Volume Slipcased Quality Paperback Of all the Eastern scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita is the most widely known and best loved in the West. In this eye-opening translation and commentary, Yogananda unveils for the first time the deeper meaning hidden within its symbology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hindi


The Bhagavad-Gita
Barbara Stoler-Miller
0553213652
July 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text of Hindu culture in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. One of the great classics of world literature, it has inspired such diverse thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; most recently, it formed the core of Peter Brook's celebrated production of the Mahabharata.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Hinduism
James B. Robinson
0791078582
February 2004
Paperback
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Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
Stephen Cope
055337835X
Sept 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Despite skeptical jibes from his well-meaning friends, Stephen Cope set off for a four-month yoga retreat in rural Massachusetts. Ten years later, he is still there. A psychotherapist left in the lurch after a long-term relationship, Cope was experiencing the same deep questioning of life that he had witnessed so often in his practice. His self-prescribed antidote was to pursue a life of contemplation and inner discovery that he had felt drawn to for some time. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self is Cope's chronicle of self-discovery. Cope is at turns frank in describing his own obstacles and epiphanies, brotherly in relating anecdotes of friends and patients on similar quests, and clinical in his trenchant psychological summations of why we find ourselves estranged and how yoga and meditation bring us back to clear...


Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Sri Ramana Maharshi, David Godman (Editor)
0140190627
February 1989
Paperback
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Hinduism
Herbert Ellinger
1563381613
April 1996
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Swami Nikhilananda (Translator)
0911206019
June 1985
Hardcover
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Irwin Edman, Professor of Philosophy in Columbia University
The spirit of Ramakrishna, as given in his reported conversations, and his life, as rendered in the admirable Introductions by Swami Nikhilananda, constitute a unique and absorbing document for any serious student of the philosophy of religion. Ramakrishna is revealed as that rarity, the real thing in metaphysical mysticism and saintliness. He belongs in the great tradition of classic religious leaders. His teachings and his spirit here come wonderfully alive, and Western readers will have a new dimension added to their conception of the religious life.

John Haynes Holmes, Minister of the Community Church, New York
I have examined the proofs of your new volume, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, and send you herewith my praises for a...


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
0140192476
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie
0140132708
January 1991
Paperback
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Book Review
Anyone who has spent time in the developing world will know that one of Bombay's claims to fame is the enormous film industry that churns out hundreds of musical fantasies each year. The other, of course, is native son Salman Rushdie--less prolific, perhaps than Bollywood, but in his own way just as fantastical. Though Rushdie's novels lack the requisite six musical numbers that punctuate every Bombay talkie, they often share basic plot points with their cinematic counterparts. Take, for example, his 1980 Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children: two children born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947--the moment at which India became an independent nation--are switched in the hospital. The infant scion of a wealthy Muslim family is sent to be raised in a Hindu tenement, while the legitimate heir to such squalor ends...


How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
Swami Prabhavananda (Translator), et al
0874810418
September 1996
Paperback
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Be Here Now
Ram Dass
0517543052
October 12, 1971
Paperback
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Book Review
It's easy to dismiss Be Here Now as the relic of a whacked-out '60s acid tripper. Paging through the center section of the book, with its inch-high print and psychedelic drawings, you come across lines like: Magic Theatre
For madmen only
price of admission
your
mind
Then you turn to the first page of the book, and you are suddenly sucked into the story of a Harvard psychiatrist who has reached the pinnacle of success, discovers the mind-expanding powers of acid, and ends up trooping through India with a 23-year-old holy man from Laguna Beach, California. In the story, you see all the trappings of your own life and begin to wonder if India might hold the answers after all. Before booking your ticket, turn to the last section of the Be Here Now, "Cookbook for a Sacred Life." Ram Dass saves...

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