The Rig Veda

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141923989

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 924

The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, the Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 BC) is a collection of over 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides a unique insight into early Indian mythology, religion and culture. This selection of 108 of the hymns, chosen for their eloquence and wisdom, focuses on the enduring themes of creation, sacrifice, death, women, the sacred plant soma and the gods. Inspirational and profound, it provides a fascinating introduction to one of the founding texts of Hindu scripture - an awesome and venerable ancient work of Vedic ritual, prayer, philosophy, legend and faith.

Die Bhagavad Gita

Die Quelle der indischen Spiritualität. Eingeleitet und übersetzt von Eknath Easwaran

Author: Eknath Easwaran

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641089077

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

View: 2984

Die bedeutendste Quelle indischer Spiritualität Die Bhagavadgita gilt als das grundlegende mystischspirituelle Werk der Inder. Entstanden vor Tausenden von Jahren, diskutiert und kommentiert die Gita grundlegende Seinsfragen wie Liebe, Freundschaft, Tod, Sinn und Ziel des Lebens und den Zyklus der Wiedergeburten. Easwaran schafft den Zugang zu diesem Werk von seiner historischen Bedingtheit her, aber er erschließt auch die universelle Gültigkeit und Zeitlosigkeit seiner Lehren.

Hindu Myths

A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141903759

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 9327

Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths are the many incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous child Krishna, alongside stories of the minor gods, demons, rivers and animals including boars, buffalo, serpents and monkeys. Immensely varied and bursting with colour and life, they demonstrate the Hindu belief in the limitless possibilities of the world - from the teeming miracles of creation to the origins of the incarnation of Death who eventually touches them all.

Die Welträtsel

Gemeinverständliche Studien über monistische Philosophie

Author: Ernst Haeckel

Publisher: andersseitig.de

ISBN: 3955015351

Category: Science

Page: 354

View: 5308

Die Welträtsel, in veralteter Schreibweise Die Welträthsel, ist der Titel eines Sachbuches aus der Feder des Biologen und Philosophen Ernst Haeckel aus dem Jahre 1899, es trägt den Untertitel "Gemeinverständliche Studien über monistische Philosophie". In diesem Werk stellt Haeckel sein monistisch geprägtes Weltbild als Lösung der Welträtsel einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vor, die Darwinsche Evolutionstheorie wird als Grundprinzip jeder Entwicklung verstanden. Dabei geht er besonders mit der katholischen Kirche hart ins Gericht, sieht aber in den ethischen Grundlagen des Urchristentums einen Anknüpfungspunkt zum Monismus und will diesen als Bindeglied zwischen Religion und Naturwissenschaft sehen. Das rund 500 Seiten starke Buch ist in 20 Kapitel unterteilt, gefolgt von einer Schlussbetrachtung und einigen Anhängen. Der wesentliche Ausgangspunkt für die in diesem Werk dargestellte monistische Weltanschauung ist Darwins Evolutionstheorie. Diese und insbesondere die damit zusammenhängende Abstammung des Menschen, die an heutigen (2011) Schulen selbstverständlicher Unterrichtsgegenstand sind, waren zu Haeckels Zeit weit von einer gesellschaftlichen Akzeptanz entfernt. Sie waren entweder unbekannt oder wurden kontrovers diskutiert und stießen vor allem kirchlicherseits auf heftigen Widerstand. Der Inhalt, der trotz der Verwendung vieler biologischer Fachtermini als gemeinverständlich bezeichnet werden kann, wird im Folgenden in groben Zügen mit einigen charakteristischen Zitaten wiedergegeben, um so einen Eindruck von Haeckels monistischer Weltsicht einerseits und seinen Attacken gegen die Kirchen andererseits zu vermitteln.

The Hindus

An Alternative History

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110102870X

Category: Religion

Page: 800

View: 8801

From one of the world?s foremost scholars on Hinduism, a vivid reinterpretation of its history An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world?s oldest major religions, The Hindus elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated even within a century; its central tenets?karma, dharma, to name just two?arise at particular moments in Indian history and differ in each era, between genders, and caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism?its vitality, its earthiness, its vividness?lies precisely in many of those idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate today. Wendy Doniger is one of the foremost scholars of Hinduism in the world. With her inimitable insight and expertise Doniger illuminates those moments within the tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon. Without reversing or misrepresenting the historical hierarchies, she reveals how Sanskrit and vernacular sources are rich in knowledge of and compassion toward women and lower castes; how they debate tensions surrounding religion, violence, and tolerance; and how animals are the key to important shifts in attitudes toward different social classes. The Hindus brings a fascinating multiplicity of actors and stories to the stage to show how brilliant and creative thinkers?many of them far removed from Brahmin authors of Sanskrit texts?have kept Hinduism alive in ways that other scholars have not fully explored. In this unique and authoritative account, debates about Hindu traditions become platforms from which to consider the ironies, and overlooked epiphanies, of history.

What the Heart Sees

Author: Kurt Heyl

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1304954633

Category: Poetry

Page: 108

View: 4338

This is a collection of short prose, and poems that develop and explore a new way of seeing with one's heart.

The World Tree

Author: William Gaspar

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1618972049

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

View: 4737

A scientist studies the Mayan calendar and the prophecy that the world will end in the later part of 2012.

Narrative Gravity

Conversation, Cognition, Culture

Author: Professor of Linguistics and English Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Rukmini Bhaya Nair,Rukmini Bhaya Nair

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134397925

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 440

View: 8161

In this elegantly written and theoretically sophisticated work, Rukmini Bhaya Nair asks why human beings across the world are such compulsive and inventive storytellers. Extending current research in cognitive science and narratology, she argues that we seem to have a genetic drive to fabricate as a way of gaining the competitive advantages such fictions give us. She suggests that stories are a means of fusing causal and logical explanations of 'real' events with emotional recognition, so that the lessons taught to us as children, and then throughout our lives via stories, lay the cornerstones of our most crucial beliefs. Nair's conclusion is that our stories really do make us up, just as much as we make up our stories.

The Divine Verdict

A Study of Divine Judgement in the Ancient Religions

Author: John Gwyn Griffiths

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004092310

Category: Religion

Page: 410

View: 4513

The theme of divine judgement has often been treated, but usually with a concentration on one it its two main aspects: either that which is seen in the present life and in history or that which is believed to occur only after death. This new study seeks to combine the two aspects. It also tries to cover the whole spectrum of the ancient religions. Special attention is given to Israel, Greece, and Egypt. Israel's neighbours are also considered, and there are discussions of Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. In several areas, notably in Egypt and Israel, it is shown that punishment in this life is sometimes presented as a fate that man brings upon himself rather than as one imposed by God, though always against a moral background derived from religion. The origins of judgement after death in the Judaeo-Christian tradition are examined in some detail and elements are traced to Egyptian, Zoroastrian, and Judaic sources.

Rig-Veda

Author: Hermann Grassmann

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5879498484

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 6909

Rig-Veda. Theil 2. Sammelb?cher Des Rig-Veda (1., 9.-10. Buch). ?bersetzt und mit kritischen und erl?uternden anmerkungen versehen von Hermann Grassmann.

Verfahren eingestellt

Roman

Author: Claudio Magris

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446256040

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4683

Für sein “Kriegsmuseum zum Zwecke des Friedens” sammelt ein Mann in Triest Kriegsgeräte aller Art. Sie erzählen die Geschichten derer, die damit getötet haben oder getötet wurden. Als Jahre später das Museum bei einem Brand zerstört wird, versucht Luisa, Tochter einer Jüdin und eines afroamerikanischen Leutnants, es zu rekonstruieren. Dabei wird nicht nur die Geschichte ihrer Vorfahren zwischen Diaspora und Sklaverei wieder lebendig, sondern auch die von San Sabba, dem einzigen Konzentrationslager Italiens. Doch die Kraft des Vergessens erscheint ungeheuer: die Verbrechen wurden vertuscht, die Verfahren eingestellt. Gestützt auf eine wahre Geschichte hat Claudio Magris ein gewaltiges Epos geschrieben.

Paradise Rediscovered

The Roots of Civilisation

Author: Michael A. Cahill

Publisher: Interactive Publications

ISBN: 1921869496

Category: History

Page: 1115

View: 4164

In a long-forgotten era - an age of slavery, of glorious new scientific innovations, revolutionary wonders, warrior heroes, Titans, Druids and bards, magicians, dragons and serpents, of angels and gods; an age of immortality and sacrificial death, of oppression, exploitation, social upheaval, indeed the age of the catastrophic biblical flood and, the fulcrum to social structure, of the struggle for control of the closely guarded secret and eternal wisdom of the undying Holy Elect of Paradise - in a long forgotten era, a man, just a mortal man, may have escaped his death by usurping the power of the goddess and her people to his own ends in a political coup that changed his world, and produced ours... Join Dr Michael Cahill as he explores the origins of civilisation, using information from history, archaeology, mythology, linguistics, geology, astronomy and philosophy to learn more about who we are. Paradise Rediscovered will challenge your intellect and spur your imagination, as you journey with him to uncover secrets, solve mysteries and consider the foundations that shaped our modern society and may yet change its face again. Note: This title is published as a two volume work in its physical edition, and as a complete work in its digital editions.

Vedic Voices

Intimate Narratives of a Living Andhra Tradition

Author: David M. Knipe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190266732

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 2857

For countless generations families have lived in isolated communities in the Godavari Delta of coastal Andhra Pradesh, learning and reciting their legacy of Vedas, performing daily offerings and occasional sacrifices. They are the virtually unrecognized survivors of a 3,700-year-old heritage, the last in India who perform the ancient animal and soma sacrifices according to Vedic tradition. In Vedic Voices, David M. Knipe offers for the first time, an opportunity for them to speak about their lives, ancestral lineages, personal choices as pandits, wives, children, and ways of coping with an avalanche of changes in modern India. He presents a study of four generations of ten families, from those born at the outset of the twentieth century down to their great-grandsons who are just beginning, at the age of seven, the task of memorizing their Veda, the Taittiriya Samhita, a feat that will require eight to twelve years of daily recitations. After successful examinations these young men will reside with the Veda family girls they married as children years before, take their places in the oral transmission of a three-thousand-year Vedic heritage, teach the Taittiriya collection of texts to their own sons, and undertake with their wives the major and minor sacrifices performed by their ancestors for some three millennia. Coastal Andhra, famed for bountiful rice and coconut plantations, has received scant attention from historians of religion and anthropologists despite a wealth of cultural traditions. Vedic Voices describes in captivating prose the geography, cultural history, pilgrimage traditions, and celebrated persons of the region. Here unfolds a remarkable story of Vedic pandits and their wives, one scarcely known in India and not at all to the outside world.

Hindu Myths

A Sourcebook

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140443066

Category: Gods, Hindu

Page: 358

View: 6960

Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths are the many incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous child Krishna, alongside stories of the minor gods, demons, rivers and animals including boars, buffalo, serpents and monkeys. Immensely varied and bursting with colour and life, they demonstrate the Hindu belief in the limitless possibilities of the world - from the teeming miracles of creation to the origins of the incarnation of Death who eventually touches them all.

Gott ist schön

das ästhetische Erleben des Koran

Author: Navid Kermani

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406467387

Category: Aesthetics

Page: 546

View: 3908


Animals and the Human Imagination

A Companion to Animal Studies

Author: Aaron S. Gross,Anne Vallely

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527764

Category: Nature

Page: 400

View: 2814

Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals' significance in human self-conception. Thinkers such as French philosopher Jacques Derrida, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, and American theorist Donna Haraway have initiated rigorous inquiries into the question of the animal, now blossoming in a number of directions. It is no longer strange to say that if animals did not exist, we would have to invent them. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collection reflects the growth of animal studies as an independent field and the rise of "animality" as a critical lens through which to analyze society and culture, on a par with race and gender. Essays consider the role of animals in the human imagination and the imagination of the human; the worldviews of indigenous peoples; animal-human mythology in early modern China; and political uses of the animal in postcolonial India. They engage with the theoretical underpinnings of the animal protection movement, representations of animals in children's literature, depictions of animals in contemporary art, and the philosophical positioning of the animal from Aristotle to Derrida. The strength of this companion lies in its timeliness and contextual diversity, which makes it essential reading for students and researchers while further developing the parameters of the discipline.

Brahmasūtra

Author: Bādarāyaṇa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783899011418

Category: Vedanta

Page: 458

View: 5720


The Eternal Cycle

Indian Myth

Author: Charles Phillips,Michael Kerrigan

Publisher: Time Life Education

ISBN: 9780705435932

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 6334

Collects mythological tales and folklore from India and describes the historical context in which they were created.