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A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

₹ 350.00

Author: Marco Pallis Marco Pallis was at once an incomparable authority on Buddhism,especially in its Tibetan form, a defender and protector of the Tibetan tradition in the West since the tragedies of 1951, a lover of nature and a mountain climber who first encountered Tibetan Buddhism while climbing Himalayan peaks in the 1920s, a profound student of other religions, especially Christianity, and a very accomplished musician... All of these concerns of Pallis are reflected in A Buddhist Spectrum. It is a Buddhist work on both religion as such and religions in their multiplicity. A major characteristic of the book is that it is concerned with the reality of Buddhism and not just a theoretical analysis of its ideas. A Buddhist Spectrum is a wise book while being thoroughly reliable from a scholarly point of view.: (Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University)Marco Pallis (1895-1990), author of Peaks and Lamas, is well known as an exponent of Buddhism and a writer of the traditionalist school.

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Benares illustree: Premieres images de la ville sacree

Benares illustree: Premieres images de la ville sacree

₹ 1,850.00

Author: Jagmohan Mahajan Summary: Assembled from public and private art collections in India and abroad, these views are now being published together, along with a short survey of travellers' accounts of their visits to Varanasi, for the first time. Description: Varanasi has attracted pilgrims from all over India for over 2500 years. A number of landscape artists, almost entirely from Britain, began coming to India towards the end of the 18th century, and made superb sketches of Varanasi when they visited the city. The views of Varanasi by the visiting landscape artists gave not only the outside world but also the Indians themselves the first ever visual impressions of the scenic splendours of the holy city. Until then no such visual record existed because of the lack of the genre of landscape painting in an otherwise rich Indian art.

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Benares Seen from Within

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₹ 4,750.00
Benares Seen from Within

Benares Seen from Within

₹ 4,750.00

Author: Richard Lannoy A superb, thick and gorgeous book on Benares (Varanasi) illustratedwith over 600 colour and black and white photographs (from the 1950s up to the late 1990s), and including a long and comprehensivetext section, index, maps, glossary and bibliography. A rarecombination of creative photography and cultural history put togetherby one man, this book both visually and textually is the mostmassive presentation of this extraordinary city ever attempted. Unflinchingin his observations, yet enormously sensitive to his subject,Lannoy records the everyday life of Hinduisms most sacred city. And it is not through the formal acts of ritual, but through themost ordinary gestures of riverside and marketplace that the charged,heightened drama of life in Benares unfolds. Indisputably the bestbook of its kind.Richard Lannoy, internationally known photographer and writer,has been visiting and photographing Benares since the 1950s.

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Benares: A World Within a World The Microcosm of Kashi Yesterday and Today

Benares: A World Within a World The Microcosm of Kashi Yesterday and Today

₹ 675.00

Author: Richard Lannoy This major contribution to the study of urban culture, firstpublished in 1999 as the magnificent photographic book Benares Seen from Within, is now issued in a more accessible format and areduced price, its text substantially revised.Though now beset with all the characteristic urban ills of the age,Benares is arguably the oldest living city in the world to retain itsoriginal cosmic orientation. A centre of learning since antiquity, its way of life has not essentially changed until the last few years.Among other themes, Lannoy writes about the metaphysical substructure of the city, the ancient cults of the pillar and the sun-wheel,the Buddha, yoga, commerce and weaving, pilgrimage, and extendsits survey up to the present, with Hindu-Muslim conflicts, the tension between religion and secularism, and a lively account of the great woman-saint Anandamayi Ma.Illustrated with many photographs by the author.

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Cultural Landscapes and the Lifeworld : Literary Images of Banaras

Cultural Landscapes and the Lifeworld : Literary Images of Banaras

₹ 475.00

Author: Rana P.B. Singh literary images of Banaras : based on the writings of Kabir, Tulasi, Mirza Ghalib, Bhartendu Harishchandra, Rudra Kashikeya, Bhishma Sahni, Raja Rao, Shivprasad Singh, Abdul Bismillah, Kashinath Singh, Pankaj Mishra This book expounds in a colourful way the diverse literary images that Banaras, the city known as the Cultural Capital ofIndia and the holiest city for Hindus, has inspired and continues to inspire in different writers in the course of history. Few other cities in the world have so sparked the imagination ofthe artists as this paradoxical and undescribable city whichseems to integrate all contradictions.Kabir, Tulasi Das, Mirza Ghalib, Bhartendu Harishchandra,Rudra Kashikeya, Bishma Sahni, Raja Rao, Shivprasad Singh,Abdul Bismillah, Kashinath Singh and Pankhaj Mishra, allwrote about the Banaras of their time or of the past. Rana P.B.Singh, an undisputed authority on the city of Banaras, analyses their literary images and the cultural traditions described therein, interpreting them in the purview of cultural symbols and lived traditions which have maintained their continuity since the ancient past.

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Death Must Die: Based on the Diaries of Atmananda (A Western Woman

Death Must Die: Based on the Diaries of Atmananda (A Western Woman's Life-Long Spiritual Quest in India with Shree Anandamayee Ma)

₹ 695.00

Author: Ram Alexander Summary: This book gives an intimate first-hand account of a courageous woman's spiritual quest in close association with several of India's greatest modern saints. Unfolding against the back-drop of Benares in the 1940s, where she lived as a teacher and musician, we are given an in-depth picture of her intense relationship with the extraordinary woman who becomes her guru - the great Bengali mystic, Sri Anandamayee Ma. Description: A Western woman's life-long spiritual quest in India and its fulfilment through her Guru: Shree Anandamayee Ma. Written in a diary format, her story reads almost like a novel. A rare record of a remarkable spiritual odyssey.

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Ganga Observed: Foreign Accounts of the River

Ganga Observed: Foreign Accounts of the River

₹ 175.00

Author: Jagmohan Mahajan The Ganga occupies an unrivalled position among the rivers ofthe world. No other river is so closely identified with a country asthe Ganga is with India.It is little wonder, therefore, that the river should have caught the imagination of the multitude of foreign visitors to the country through the ages. They have left fascinating accounts of the river scene observed for over two millenia. The information provided by them is vast and varied, and we find detailed and delightful descriptions of customs and ceremonies, periodical fairs and festivals, flora and fauna and the picturesque spots and pilgrimage centres which they came across in the course of their travels along the Ganga.Besides exhaustive extracts from the foreign travelers accounts included in this anthology, the book is also illustrated with some ofthe fascinating sketches of the river scene made by the landscape artists among them as they went up and down the river.

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Ganga Lahari: The Flow of the Ganges

Ganga Lahari: The Flow of the Ganges

₹ 145.00

Author: Panditaraja Jagannatha. Translated by Swami Avimukteswaranand Saraswati and Boris Marjanovic Summary: Ganga Lahari is the most known poem in praise of Ganga. Panditraj Jagannath, displaying his immense scholarship and mastery of Sanskrit, wrote this stotra, presented here in Sanskrit, English and Hindi, which has become a symbol of the love of Indian culture for this river-goddess. Description: Ganga signifies not just a mere stream of water but it stands for the numerous streams of Indian culture, the evolution and the eternal continuity f Indian civilization and the power to redeem the fallen. The visible Ganga is a flow of water, from the point of view of faith and philosophy she is the Goddess Makarasanastha, and at the transcendental level she is considered to be saccidananda-svarupa Brahmadravarupini.

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Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition

Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition

₹ 350.00

Author: Arvind Sharma "Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition" goes beyond the traditional sources that lie at the basis for determining the position of goddesses and women in India. Following the lead of a "hermeneutics of surprise" the book identifies, indeed, surprising new material - and conclusions; for example the analysis of Vedic "?rauta" ritual. Or by offering surprising conclusions, when the location is obviously one involving women and goddesses, or anthropology discovers that the worship of the Great Goddess temporarily elevates the position of women. Other examples of the effectivity of the "hermeneutics of surprise" are seen when applied to the role of" kin?s," "?akti" worship, the Marathi Sant tradition, and to ?a?kara's commentaries.

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Harikatha: Samartha Ramdas

Harikatha: Samartha Ramdas' Contribution to the Art of Spiritual Story-telling

₹ 250.00

Author: I.P. Meera Grimes Summary: The greatness of Harikatha lies in the fact that it provides one of the easiest, if not the easient path to attaining lasting happiness and peace. Not only does a katha please its listener, as other fine arts do, but it also comforts the mind and elevates the soul of the listener. Thus, as it entertains, it enlightens. Description: Harikatha (lit. stories of the Lord) is the exposition of a religious theme, usually the life of a saint or a story from one of India's scriptural texts. Its purpose is to spread devotion to to the Divine. Harikatha is a composite art containing story-telling, poetry, music, drama, dance, and philosophy. Any story about God or about saints, who are the living exemplars for the existence of God, is an appropriate subject matter for Harikatha.

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New Lives: 50 Westerners Search for Themselves in Sacred India

New Lives: 50 Westerners Search for Themselves in Sacred India

₹ 425.00

Author: Malcolm Tillis In the pages of this book we are taken on a profound pilgrimage of spiritual discovery. With our guide Malcolm Tillis we wander the length and breadth of India in search of other Westerners who like him have forsaken their old lives in the west for totally new dramatically more meaningful ones in the East. By seeing Indian spirituality through the eyes of outsiders who were not born into the ancient culture but found tremendous personal meaning therein we discover it new and fresh with each individual Malcolm interviews.

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Rigveda Samhita (4 vols.) (Sanskrit text with English translation)

Rigveda Samhita (4 vols.) (Sanskrit text with English translation)

₹ 2,000.00

Edited By: Ravi Prakash Arya & K.L. Joshi Translated By: HH. Wilson & Bhasya of Sayanacarya The Rigveda (Sanskrit: ऋग्वेद ṛgveda, from ṛc "praise, shine" and veda "knowledge") is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It is one of the four canonical sacred texts (śruti) of Hinduism known as the Vedas. The text is a collection of 1,028 hymns and 10,600 verses, organized into ten books (Mandalas). A good deal of the language is still obscure and many hymns as a consequence seem unintelligible. The hymns are dedicated to Rigvedic deities. For each deity series the hymns progress from longer to shorter ones; and the number of hymns per book increases In the earliest composed eight books the hymns predominantly discuss cosmology and praise deities. Books 1 and 10, that were added last, deal with philosophical or speculative questions about the origin of the universe and the nature of god, the virtue of Dāna (charity) in society, and other metaphysical issues in its hymns. Rigveda is one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. Philological and linguistic evidence indicate that the Rigveda was composed in the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent, most likely between c. 1500–1200 BC, though a wider approximation of c. 1700–1100 BC has also been given. Some of its verses continue to be recited during Hindu rites of passage celebrations such as weddings and religious prayers, making it probably the world's oldest religious text in continued use.

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Samaveda Samhita (Sanskrit text with English translation)

Samaveda Samhita (Sanskrit text with English translation)

₹ 500.00

The Samaveda (Sanskrit: सामवेद, sāmaveda, from sāman "song" and veda "knowledge"), is the Veda of melodies and chants. It is an ancient Vedic Sanskrit text, and part of the scriptures of Hinduism. One of the four Vedas, it is a liturgical text whose 1,875 verses are primary derived from the Rigveda. Three recensions of the Samaveda have survived, and variant manuscripts of the Veda have been found in various parts of India. While its earliest parts are believed to date from as early as the Rigvedic period, the existing compilation dates from the post-Rigvedic Mantra period of Vedic Sanskrit, c. 1200 or 1000 BCE, but roughly contemporary with the Atharvaveda and the Yajurveda. Embedded inside the Samaveda is the widely studied Chandogya Upanishad and Kena Upanishad, considered as primary Upanishads and as influential on the six schools of Hindu philosophy, particularly the Vedanta school. The classical Indian music and dance tradition considers the chants and melodies in Samaveda as one of its roots. It is also referred to as Sama Veda.

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Sacred Music : Its Origins, Powers, and Future Traditional Music in Today

Sacred Music : Its Origins, Powers, and Future Traditional Music in Today's World

₹ 350.00

Author: Alain Daniélou What is modal music? Why did the ancients consider music the key of sciences, related to metaphysics? Are there many musics , as there are many languages? Is there a relation between Indian music,jazz, cante jondo, Gregorian chant? How should we understand African music? What are the relations between music and religion? And between music and magic, or therapy?This collection of texts, covering a wide range of subjects, concernsthe amateur music lover as well as the professional musician. The renowned musicologist Alain Danièlou explains here clearly andsimply the profound concepts relating music to its essential roots.aTradition is inevitably the basis on which innovations can develop.Change, if it results in the loss of tradition, is more often than not aloss rather than a gain.: (Alain Danièlou)

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Sanskrit-English Dictionary (2 vols.)-Newly Composed and revised Etymologically and Philologically Arranged

Sanskrit-English Dictionary (2 vols.)-Newly Composed and revised Etymologically and Philologically Arranged

₹ 1,800.00

Author: M. Monier-Williams Summary: The abundant allusions to cognate Indo-European languages and the textual references are an invaluable help in tracing the development of words' meanings in the long history of Sanskrit literature. The present work contains more than 180,000 words. Description: Sir M. Monier-Williams' Sanskrit-English Dictionary is beyond any doubt the most consulted dictionary in the world of Sanskrit scholarship. It is structured along etymological lines, the words being arrangted under their roots, which helps the student to relate words to their original bases giving thereby a deeper insight into the structure of the language.

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