By Anand Neelakantan
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The Encyclopedia of Hinduism includes over 900 entries reflecting fresh advances in scholarship that have raised new theoretical and methodological matters in addition to making a choice on new parts of research that have now not been addressed formerly. the controversy over the time period 'Hinduism' within the gentle of post-Orientalist evaluations is only one instance of ways as soon as common educational frameworks were known as into query. Entries diversity from 150-word definitions of phrases and ideas to 5,000-word in-depth investigations of significant topics.
The Encyclopedia covers all points of Hinduism yet departs from different works in together with extra ethnographic and modern fabric not like an solely textual and ancient method. It encompasses a vast variety of material resembling: ancient advancements (among them 19th and 20th century reform and revival); geographical distribution (especially the diaspora); significant and minor routine; philosophies and theologies; scriptures; deities; temples and sacred websites; pilgrimages; gala's; rites of passage; worship; non secular arts (sculpture, structure, song, dance, and so forth. ); spiritual sciences (e. g. astrology); biographies of top figures; neighborhood and nearby traditions; caste and untouchability; feminism and women's faith; nationalism and the Hindu radical correct; and new non secular activities. The background of research and the position of significant students prior and current also are discussed.
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In My Gita, acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies The Bhagavad Gita for the modern reader. His special approach—thematic instead of verse-by-verse—makes the traditional treatise eminently available, mixed because it is together with his trademark illustrations and easy diagrams.
Excessive above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, home of the gods. nonetheless above is Vaikuntha, heaven, homestead of God.
The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, either whose names suggest 'victory'. One retains you in Swarga; the opposite increases you into Vaikuntha.
In Vaikuntha there's bliss ceaselessly, in Swarga there's excitement for less than so long as you deserve. what's the distinction among Jaya and Vijaya? resolve this puzzle and you may resolve the secret of the Mahabharata.
In this enchanting retelling of India's maximum epic, the Mahabharata initially often called Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves right into a unmarried narrative plots from the Sanskrit vintage in addition to its many people and local editions, together with the Pandavani of Chhattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu and Yakshagana of Karnataka.
Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings through the writer, the 108 chapters abound with little-known info reminiscent of the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the tales of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata model of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the courting of the struggle in line with astronomical data.
With readability and straightforwardness, the stories during this based quantity exhibit the everlasting relevance of the Mahabharata, the advanced and stressful meditation at the human that has formed Indian concept for over 3000 years.
For hundreds of years, the Aghori were often called the main radical ascetics in India: dwelling bare at the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, accomplishing cannibalism and coprophagy, and eating intoxicants out of human skulls. lately, besides the fact that, they've got shifted their practices from the include of ritually polluted ingredients to the therapeutic of stigmatized illnesses.
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He bent down painfully and picked it up. It was a wooden cart with a broken wheel – a little boy’s toy. A smear of blood had dried on its broken side. With a sigh, the General started climbing up. The steps groaned in protest. As if on cue, the sobbing stopped. The long verandah ran a considerable distance, vanishing into shadow. It started snowing and the white flakes fell on the wooden benches placed along the corridor, forming strange shapes. The General walked slowly, careful not to step on the dead soldiers.
It made me rush home to revisit the Mahabharata, an epic that has inspired countless writers over the centuries. Once I started viewing the Kaurava Prince through the eyes of the villagers of Poruvazhy, a different picture of Duryodhana began to emerge – far removed from the scheming, roaring, arrogant villain of popular television serials and traditional retellings. Instead, here was a brutally honest Prince, brave and self-willed, willing to fight for what he believed in. Duryodhana never believed his Pandava cousins to be of divine origin; and to modern minds, their outlandish claim now sounds chillingly similar to present-day political propaganda used to fool a gullible public.
This is Anand’s second book and follows the outstanding success of his national #1 bestseller, ASURA Tale Of The Vanquished (Platinum Press 2012). AJAYA Book II, Rise Of Kali, is due for release later in 2014. in CONTENTS Author’s Note Select Cast of Characters Genealogy Prelude ~ GANDHARA 1 PRINCE OF THE BLOOD 2 THE TEACHER COMES 3 CHILD OF THE FOREST 4 THE CHARIOTEER’S SON 5 MAVERICK BRAHMIN 6 CHALLENGE OF THE EUNUCH 7 THE LESSON 8 RAMA WITH THE PLOUGH 9 THE BEAST 10 NAGAS 11 IN THE SHADOWS 12 THE TRIAL 13 DHARMAVEERA 14 GURUDAKSHINA 15 DHARMA 16 RETURN OF THE SUTA 17 WANTED 18 GRADUATION 19 REVENGE OF A BRAHMIN 20 HOUSE OF LAC 21 SWAYAMVARA 22 MARRIAGE 23 MARCH OF CIVILIZATION 24 A CITY CURSED 25 RAJASUYA 26 THE FALL 27 ROLL OF THE DICE Short Notes Glossary Acknowledgements AUTHOR’S NOTE WHY WRITE ABOUT DURYODHANA?
Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan