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Landscapes of Urban Memory: The Sacred and the Civic in by Smriti Srinivas

By Smriti Srinivas

City reports/ faith A wealthy research of what this Indian urban can let us know concerning the intersections of faith, civic existence, and international transformation. tested in the course of the 16th century, Bangalore has develop into in our day a middle for high-technology learn and creation, the recent "Silicon Valley" of India, with a metropolitan inhabitants imminent six million. it's also the positioning of the very hot annual functionality referred to as the "Karaga" devoted to Draupadi, the polyandrous spouse of the heroes of the pan-Indian epic of the Mahabharata. via her research of this functionality and its value for the experience of the civic in Bangalore, Smitri Srinivas exhibits how structures of locality and globality emerge from present cultural milieus and the way articulations of the city are modes of cultural self-invention tied to ancient, spatial, somatic, and formality practices. The ebook hightlights cultural practices embedded in urbanization, and strikes past economistic arguments approximately globalization or their reliance at the ecu polis or the yankee city as types. Drawing from city reports, sociology, anthropology, functionality reports, faith, and heritage, Srinivas's paintings significantly expands our realizing of ways the civic is built. Smriti Srinivas is assistant professor of comparative and cultural reviews of faith at Ohio nation college.

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Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western by Hugh B. Urban

By Hugh B. Urban

Sexuality and the occult arts have lengthy been linked within the western mind's eye, however it used to be now not till the 19th century that an enormous and complicated physique of literature on sexual magic--the use of intercourse as a resource of magical power--emerged. This ebook, the 1st historical past of western sexual magic as a latest religious culture, locations those practices within the context of the bigger discourse surrounding sexuality in American and ecu society over the past one hundred fifty years to find how sexual magic used to be reworked from a terrifying medieval nightmare of heresy and social subversion right into a smooth perfect of non-public empowerment and social liberation. targeting a chain of key figures together with American spiritualist Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Julius Evola, Gerald Gardner, and Anton LaVey, Hugh city lines the emergence of sexual magic out of older western esoteric traditions together with Gnosticism and Kabbalah, which have been gradually fused with recently-discovered jap traditions comparable to Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. His research offers extraordinary new perception into sexuality within the smooth period, particularly on concerns corresponding to the politics of contraception, the category of sexual "deviance," debates over homosexuality and feminism, and the position of sexuality in our personal new global of post-modern spirituality, client capitalism, and the web.

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Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation: The Four Aims of by Alain Daniélou

By Alain Daniélou

What's the Nature of the social order that undoubtedly produced one of many maximum and most lasting civilizations identified to humankind? Alain Daniélou, extraordinary Orientalist, musicologist, and linguist, finds the rules of India's tradition and the 4 goals of human lifestyles as they're seen within the conventional Hindu society: advantage on an ethical airplane; good fortune at the fabric and social planes; excitement on a sensual airplane; and liberation on a religious airplane. Coexistent with those goals are the 4 levels of lifestyles: quest for wisdom, relatives lifestyles, retreat into the woodland, and renunciation.

A four-fold department are available in all conventional societies during the international, symbolically representing the development of inventive awareness into actual fact. In India, this department is mirrored within the caste procedure, a social order that differs profoundly from these authorized within the modern Western global. Exploring he primary suggestions of the caste method, the writer addresses problems with race, person rights, sexual mores, martial practices, and religious attainments. during this mild, he exposes the inherent flaws and hypocrisies of our glossy egalitarian governments and exhibits how the shadow aspect of the traditional caste process persists, disguised and unacknowledged, underneath modern financial regimes. Daniélou explains how Hindu society has served as a version for the conclusion of human capability on many degrees, addressing sociological and human difficulties which are either undying and common.

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Theories of the Chakras: Insights into Our Subtle Energy by Hiroshi Motoyama

By Hiroshi Motoyama

It truly is a superb ebook from either the medical and religious issues of view. it's the precise list of the pioneering experiments which provides transparent, electro-physiological facts of the lifestyles of the community of chakras and nadis which shape the infra-structure of the delicate energies current within the pranic and psychic dimensions, which underlie and turn on the actual, fabric physique of guy. The experiments within the booklet effectively combine the subjective and target dimensions of information, and may function guideposts and blueprints for experiments within the years forward. The chakras and different elements of the human power box have been mostly dropped at the eye of the Western international through clairvoyant Charles W. Leadbeater. His pioneering paintings is mentioned intimately during this attention-grabbing exploration of the sophisticated physique, besides that of alternative revered seers and yogis.

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The Fearless Prince by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

By Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Canto 7

Long in the past, an evil monarch named Hiranyakashipu seized keep watch over of the full universe. even if he made existence most unlikely for all, his son Prahlad, who was once regularly absorbed in meditating at the Lord, remained undisturbed. Seeing the boy’s typical predilection for religious existence and therefore taking him as an archenemy, Hiranya-kashipu attempted to kill him, yet with no good fortune. If we persist with the lessons of Prahlad Maharaja, we are going to additionally develop into fearless natural devotees of the Lord.

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Wings of Soul: Releasing Your Spiritual Identity by Dadi Janki

By Dadi Janki

Dadi Janki is a yogi — one that seeks union with God. Her life’s paintings has been to construct inside herself the adventure of the Divine and to proportion that have with the realm. Set in lyrical verse, Janki’s undying phrases clarify methods of responding to life’s demanding situations that aid us to discover actual happiness and satisfy our optimum strength. during this inspiring assortment, framed through the beautiful colour photographs of French artist Marie Binder, readers will become aware of that it truly is certainly attainable to banish sorrow from their lives. Chapters on Humility and Empowerment, dwelling the imaginative and prescient, God, the area, Meditation, The artwork of dwelling and Angels, supply readers with the instruments they should get rid of psychological and emotional stumbling blocks to self-fulfillment. Dadi exhibits how, with God’s aid, each people can locate our religious identification and make a truly functional contribution to a greater existence and a greater global.

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In Praise of Adya Kali: Approaching the Primordial Dark by Aditi Devi

By Aditi Devi

In compliment of Adya Kali details the goddess Kali, and her tradition of devotion in West Bengal and South Asia. varied from so much modern books approximately this darkish Goddess, this booklet deals a liturgy of worship--a religious perform, the Song of the Hundred Names of Adya Kali, that readers can use to domesticate an immediate devotional dating to Kali.


In compliment of Adya Kali is additionally a context-setting consultant, constructing this tradition as a normal orientation to lifestyles. such a lot compelling, the textual content of this liturgy and Commentaries include an intimate revelation of ways the goddess establishes herself in her devotees' our bodies and hence intervenes, by means of unconditional love and reputation, of their lives.

A long advent, either scholarly and private, describes the goddess and the probabilities that those prayers will provide. Aditi Devi publications us in find out how to construct a shrine to Kali, numerous forms of choices to make to her, and indicates a agenda for a way to exploit this liturgy with a long term dedication over the process 108 nights.

"This Song of the Hundred Names is a robust instructing that each one kinds are her forms," the writer notes. Male, girl, or different gendered, readers are awarded with the prospect to adventure the depths in their personal inner female energies, and thereby come into better therapeutic and wholeness, extra without problems capable of convey this frequently ignored a part of ourselves.

Aditi Devi's long-term non secular perform and immersion inside residing Tantric lineages in South Asia is the resource of this ebook. aditi devi.com

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Miracle of Love: Stories about Neem Karoli Baba by Ram Dass

By Ram Dass

"There might be no biography of him. proof are few, tales many. He turns out to were recognized via diversified names in lots of components of India, showing and disappearing over the years. His western devotees of contemporary years knew him as 'Neem Karoli Baba,' yet as a rule as 'Maharajii'--a nickname so normal in India that you can usually listen a tea seller addressed therefore. simply as he acknowledged, he used to be 'Nobody.' He gave no discourses; the briefest, least difficult tales have been his teachings. frequently he sat or lay on a wood bench wrapped in a plaid blanket whereas a number of devotees sat round him. viewers got here and went; they got nutrients, a number of phrases, a nod, a slap at the head or again, and so they have been despatched away. there has been gossip and laughter for he enjoyed to funny story. Orders for operating the ashram got, frequently in a piercing yell around the compound. occasionally he sat in silence, absorbed in one other international to which shall we now not stick to, yet bliss and peace poured down on us. Who he was once used to be not more than the event of him, the nectar of his presence, the totality of his absence--enveloping us now like his plaid blanket. --Anjani In 1967 I met Neem Karoli Baba, a gathering which replaced the process my existence. within the intensity of his compassion, knowledge, humor, strength and love i discovered human risk by no means prior to imagined...an outstanding integration of spirit and shape. i used to be with him in simple terms in brief for he left his physique in 1973, nonetheless he entered my center as residing fact, and his presence maintains to counterpoint and consultant my lifestyles. -- Ram Dass

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