Comprehensively covers the textual traditions of Hinduism
Features four coherent sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, science and philosophy, and Hindu society and politics
Reflects the trend away from essentialist understandings of Hinduism towards tradition and regional-specific studies
Includes material on Hindu folk religions and stresses the importance of region in analyzing Hinduism
Ideal for use on university courses.
Older, richer and more distinctive than almost any other, India’s culture furnishes all that the historian could wish for in the way of continuity and diversity. The peoples of the Indian subcontinent, while sharing a common history and culture, are not now, and never have been, a single unitary state; the book accommodates Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as other embryonic nation states like the Sikh Punjab, Muslim Kashmir and Assam.
Above all, the colonial era is seen in the overall context of Indian history, and the legacy of the 1947 partition is examined from the standpoint of today.
Table of Contents
Scheme of Transliteration
Part One: On Dispassion
Part Two: On the Behaviour of the Seeker
The Story of Suka
Part Three: On Creation
The Story of Lila
The Story of Karkati
The Story of the Sons of Indu
The Story of Ahalya
The Story of the Great Forest
The Story of the Three Non-existent Princes
The Story of Lavana
Part Four: On Existence
The Story of Sukra
The Story of Dama, Vyala and Kata
The Story of Bhima, Bhasa and Drdha
The Story of Dasura
Part Five: On Dissolution
The Story of King Janaka
The Story of Punya and Pavana
The Story of Bali
The Story of Prahlada
The Story of Gadhi
The Story of Uddalaka
The Story of Suraghu
The Story of Bhasa and Vilasa
The Story of Vitahavya
Part Six: On Liberation
Discourse on Brahman
The Story of Bhusunda
Description of the Lord
The Story of the Wood apple
The Story of the Rock
The Story of Arjuna
The Story of the Hundred Rudras
The Story of the Vampire
The Story of Bhagiratha
The Story of Sikhidvaja and Cudala
The Story of the Philosopher's Stone
The Story of Cintamani
The Story of the Foolish Elephant
The Story of Kaca
The Story of the Deluded Man
The Story of Bhrngisa
The Story of Iksvaku
The World Within the Rock
The Story of the Sage from Outer Space
The Story of Vipascit
The Story of the Hunter and the Deer
The Story of Kundadanta
The Yoga Sutras were cast in their present form in India around the third century b.c. Yoga is from the Sanskrit root meaning “union,” and a sutra is a thread or aphoristic verse. The basic questions “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “What is the purpose of life?” are asked by each new generation, and Patanjali’s answers form one of the oldest and most vibrant spiritual texts in the world. He explains what yoga is, how it works, and exactly how to purify the mind and let it settle into absolute stillness. This stillness is our own Self. It is the indispensable ground for Enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of all our aspirations.
Alistair Shearer’s lucid introduction and superb translation, fully preserving Patanjali’s jewel-like style, bring these ancient but vital teachings to those who seek the path of self-knowledge today.
Bell Tower’s series, Sacred Teachings, offers essential spiritual classics from all traditions. May each book become a trusted companion on the way of truth, encouraging readers to study the wisdom of the ages and put it into practice each day.
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