Download 'Yogini' in South Asia: Interdisciplinary Approaches by István Keul PDF

By István Keul

In various phases within the heritage of South Asian religions, the time period yogin? has been utilized in quite a few contexts to designate different things: a feminine adept of yoga, a feminine tantric practitioner, a sorceress, a girl devoted to a deity, or a undeniable type of lady deities. This publication brings jointly contemporary interdisciplinary views at the medieval South Asian cults of the Yoginis, resembling textual-philological, old, paintings old, indological, anthropological, ritual and terminological.


The ebook discusses the medieval yogin? cult, as illustrated in early ?aiva tantric texts, and their representations in South Asian temple iconography. It seems to be on the roles and hypostases of yogin?s in modern non secular traditions, in addition to the modifications of yogin?-related ritual practices. additionally, this e-book systematizes the a number of meanings, and proposes definitions of the concept that and versions for integrating the semantic fields of ‘yogin?.’


Highlighting the significance of analysis from complementary disciplines for the exploration of advanced subject matters in South Asian reports, this ebook is of curiosity to students of South Asian reports and spiritual Studies.

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Download Asian Traditions of Meditation by Halvor Eifring,Edwin F. Bryant,Madhu Khanna,Johannes PDF

By Halvor Eifring,Edwin F. Bryant,Madhu Khanna,Johannes Bronkhorst,Kristina Myrvold,Sarah Shaw,Geoffrey Samuel,Morten Schlutter,Harold D. Roth,Masaya Mabuchi,Are Holen

Meditation has flourished in several components of the realm ever because the foundations of the good civilizations have been laid. It performed an important position within the formation of Asian cultures that hint a lot in their historical past to historic India and China. This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time experiences of the foremost traditions of Asian meditation in addition to fabric on clinical ways to meditation. It delves deeply into the person traditions whereas viewing every one of them from an international viewpoint, analyzing either ancient and regular connections among meditative practices from various historic classes and assorted components of the Eurasian continent. It seeks to spot the cultural and historic peculiarities of Asian colleges of meditation whereas spotting uncomplicated positive aspects of meditative perform throughout cultures, thereby taking step one towards a framework for the comparative examine of meditation.

The ebook, accessibly written by way of students from a number of fields, opens with chapters that debate the definition and type of meditation. those are by way of contributions on Yoga and Tantra, that are frequently subsumed less than the large label of Hinduism; Jainism and Sikhism, Indian traditions no longer frequently linked to meditation; Buddhist techniques present in Southeast Asia, Tibet, and China; and the indigenous chinese language traditions, Daoism and Neo-Confucianism. the ultimate bankruptcy explores contemporary medical curiosity in meditation, which, regardless of its Western orientation, continues to be virtually completely considering practices of Asian origin.

Until many years in the past a tremendous drawback to the learn of particular meditation practices in the traditions explored right here was once a frequent scholarly orientation that prioritized doctrinal concerns and sociocultural contexts over real perform. The members search to counter this bias and complement issues over doctrine and context with the ancient learn of meditative practice.

Asian Traditions of Meditation will attraction widely to readers attracted to meditation, mindfulness, and spirituality and people within the rising box of contemplative schooling, in addition to scholars and students of Asian and spiritual studies.

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Download Swami Vivekananda: A Contemporary Reader by Makarand R. Paranjape PDF

By Makarand R. Paranjape

Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) popularised Vedanta within the West and reformed Hinduism in India. He additionally encouraged the mass stream that made India a latest kingdom. In showcasing his existence and paintings, this Reader balances the 2 major elements of his existence: the spiritual and the secular, the religious and the sensible, the devotional and the rational. incorporated listed below are the main major and consultant texts from each significant style and part — choices from his speeches, essays, letters, poems, translations, conversations, and interviews — prepared for simple interpreting and reference. With a scholarly creation highlighting his modern relevance, separate part introductions and a close biographical Chronology, this quantity presents an extraordinary perception into considered one of India’s maximum minds.


This quantity will curiosity students and scholars of contemporary Indian historical past, faith, literature, and philosophy in addition to normal readers.

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