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Rajput Painting
To enter the world of Rajput Painting is to enter a dream world of fantasy and colour, of heroes and heroines gorgeously attired in brilliant hues, of epic poems and love songs, of courtly majesty and India's romantic past. This beautiful survey conveys the spirit of the great Hindu classical tradition that existed in all the arts, including painting and literature, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. In this richly illustrated book, Roda Ahluwalia sets Rajput Painting in its historical and art-historical background, looking at local styles in the principalities of Rajasthan, Central India and the Punjab. She explores the themes -- mainly taken from folk tales and epic literature, erotic and religious poems, myths, legends and music - as well as the influence of Mughal painting and the importance of the cult of Krishna. The illustrations, taken mainly from the superb collections of the British Museum and the British Library, include many previously unpublished images, allowing a rare insight into this world of colour and romance.

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements
History and Religion
Romance, Divinity and Courtly Portraiture
Early Rajput Painting
Rajasthan: Mewar
Bundi and Kotah
Amber and Jaipur
Marwar
Bikaner
Kishangarh
Central India: Malwa
Bundelkhand
Pahari Painting: Early Pahari painting
Later Pahari painting
The Nineteenth Century
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration References
Index.
To enter the world of Rajput Painting is to enter a dream world of fantasy...
$42.00
Tantra
A Complex body of religious practices that spread throughout the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a form of spirituality that seemingly combines sexuality, sensual pleasure, and the full range of physical experience with the religious life-Tantra has played a central yet conflicted role in the Western imagination ever since the first "discovery" of Indian religions by European scholars. Always radical, always extremely other, Tantra has proved to be a key factor in the imagining of India. This book offers a critical account of how the phenomenon came to be.

Tracing the complex genealogy of Tantra as a category within the history of religions, Hugh B. Urban reveals how it has been formed through the interply of popular and scholarly imaginations. tantra emerges as a product of mirroring and misrepresentation at work between East and West-a dialectical category born of the ongoing play between Western and Indian minds. Embracing historical detail, textual analysis, popular cultural phenomena, and critical theory, this book shows Tantra as a shifting amalgam of factasies, fears, and wish fulfilment, at once native and other, that strikes at the very heart of our constructions of the exotic Orient and the contemporary West.

Review:

A powerful book demonstrating how the Western study of Hinduism, Indian religious texts, and American popular culture have become related to one another in exceptionally intimate and creative ways. Urban refuses to narrate yet another postcolonial narrative about the evil West, producing instead a subtle and much more accurate reading of the cultural encounter that produced, intentionally or not, a new form of erotic mysticism-Western Tantra." - Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Kali's Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna
A Complex body of religious practices that spread throughout the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions;...
$25.00
Tantra
Tantra: The Cult of the Feminine reveals a practical and balanced, modern view of the secret teachings of Tantric yoga. Tantra known in India for several millennia, brings us a different view of life, the world, and oneself which is at once new and archaic, exotic yet very close to the roots of each of us. Being neither a sect nor a religion, it is a yogic discipline that awakens not only the sacredness and magic of the sexual act, but of life itself.

Van Lysebeth discloses the sexual techniques of Tantra that can be used by Western couples to enhance relationships and help open the door to a new kind of enlightenment. He also reveals the wisdom of tantra--the essential belief that our universe is a creation of the physical and spiritual union of the Mala and Female principles, manifested in the human plane as Love. He shows us how the repression of feminine values in our patriarchal civilization is the esoteric cause of many of the modern world`s crises. Tantra affirms that a true understanding of feminine values can bring about much-needed changes in our society. Van Lysebeth`s warmth and insight brings modern readers to new dimensions of feeling and understanding!
Tantra: The Cult of the Feminine reveals a practical and balanced, modern view of the...
$30.00
Nonviolence As a Way of Life, 2 Vols

"This book is intended for those who are struggling to understand and confront the epidemic of violence in our world but are not familiar with the nonviolent alternatives. Among those alternatives is the tradition of ahimsa, which has been advocated and practiced by the Jains for the last twenty-five centuries. Inspired by the Jains, this collection of essays speaks with many “voices” – personal reflections, scholarly studies, religious insights n to provide examples, guidance, and encouragement to those trying to cope with the violence that has become so prevalent. The essays should speak to a broad audience, but most especially to young people (late teens to early twenties), who are surrounded by violence practically from their birth and in virtually all aspects of their life: home, school, community, work, and media. The book will help them see:


1. What is involved in a nonviolent approach to the world, and how to apply it in various aspects of their daily lives. ?


2. That there are many of us out there n of different genders, race, professions, social classes, and religious affiliations, on every continent n who take nonviolence very seriously and try to live in accordance with its principles and values. ?


3. That there are many groups, institutions, and organizations that practice nonviolence and who can offer guidance, counsel, and help. ? The central aims of this book are to let those dealing ? with or surrounded by violence know that there is another way, and to encourage them to try to live in accordance with that way n the way of nonviolence.


The discourse of the twentieth century was dictated by its ""big"" events-two world wars, the Holocaust, the killing of millions of people during the times of political turmoil in India, China, Cambodia, the Soviet Union, and numerous other countries, and the nuclear arms race during the Cold War. The haunting images of broken bodies and destroyed countries, and the thoughts of how easily all life on this planet could be destroyed, brought to our eyes and minds the realization of the unprecedented levels of physical destruction of which we are now capable.


In the frenzy of war, those who are violent are hailed as heroes and saviors. Those who refuse to choose sides, those who do not shoot and murder, those who resort to nonviolence, are regarded as traitors and cowards. Yet when the weapons stop firing, when the surviving ""heroes"" are relegated to hospitals and psychiatric wards, it is the healers who take the central role. What is so dearly needed for all of those who are hurting are hospitality and healing acceptance and care. The brokenness of our world has reached such an alarming level that it appears to undermine the distinction between victimizers and victims: those who victimize others do so because they themselves have been victimized, because they themselves have been hurting. And the forms and levels of hurting have become so numerous that playing the blame game and insisting on justice is often beside the point. What is sorely needed is not another instance of hurting but its opposite: healing. This is why, on the pages that follow, you will find so many stories of hospitality: toward strangers, toward refugees, toward orphaned or imprisoned children, toward the elderly"

"This book is intended for those who are struggling to understand and confront the epidemic...
$40.00
Kalidas Granthavali (कालिदास-ग्रन्थावली)
  • Product Code :BK9040
  • Size :9.9 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Weight : 1 kg.
  • Author : (Kalidasa) Pandit Shriramtej Sjastro
  • ISBN : 938032619X, 978-9380326191
  • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
  • Edition :October 10, 2014
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :796
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    Specification Product Code :BK9040 Size :9.9 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches Weight : 1 kg....
    $50.00
    Saundaranandam Mahakavyam (सौन्दर महाकाव्यम)
    • Product Code :BK9042
    • Author : Jagdisha Chandra Mishra
    • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
    • Edition :2010
    • Cover :Hardcover
    • Language :Sanskrit & Hindi
    • Pages : 4+48+440

      Language: Sanskrit Text with Hindi Translation

      Specification Product Code :BK9042 Author : Jagdisha Chandra Mishra Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan Edition :2010...
      $38.00
      Tariniparijatatantram (तारिणीपारिजाततन्त्रम)
      • Product Code :BK9044
      • Size :8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
      • Weight :400 gm.
      • Author :Radheshyam Chaturvedi
      • ISBN :9385005588, 978-9385005589
      • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
      • Edition :2016
      • Cover :Hardcover
      • Language :Sanskrit Text to Hindi Translation
      • Pages :18+222

        Language: Sanskrit Text with Hindi Translation
        Pages: 240

        Specification Product Code :BK9044 Size :8.5 inch X 5.5 inch Weight :400 gm. Author :Radheshyam...
        $25.00
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