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Candipathah (Sanskrit Text with English translation)
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Ptv. Ltd.
  • Author : A. P. N. Pankaj & Bhavana Pankaj
  • Language : English
  • Edition : January 3, 2013
  • Pages : 461
  • Weight : 740g.
  • Size : 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Cover : Hard Cover

About the Book
Candipatha, a part of the Markandeya Purana, which is one of the eighteen major Puranas, is its most important segment. Apart from Sridurgasaptasati, which forms the core of Candipatha, there are, preceding and succeeding it, several hymns of equal importance and, in the course of its ritual performance, all these hymns, as an integral totality, have to be recited as indicated in this book.

Candipatha celebrates the Feminine Power, Durga – Sakti – with her innumerable names, across in this sacred text, represents the quintessential woman. She is the source, substratum and ultimate Life Force. All the gods, men, birds, animal, even demons, all the elements, all moving and stationary objects are but Her fragmental particles. The universe is Her playground as well as Her play. At will, She creates, sustains and dissolves it. In Candipatha we see Her in Her full glory, majesty and splendor. As the Mother, She loves and protects Her children and as the invincible Kali, She decimates the forces of evil when they threaten righteousness, peace and Her devotees in the world.

The present publication includes, in addition to Sridurgasaptasati and the other associate hymns, a detailed Introductory Essay, which besides discussing the contents and importance of this work and its symbolism, provides a panoramic view of the Mother worship through the millennia. The four appendices include (i) Names, Adjectives, Incarnations, Epithets, etc., of the Mother Goddess (ii) Weapons mentioned in the text and their functions (iii) Glossary of important terms and (iv) the First-line index of Sanskrit verses, chapter-wise.

About the Author
A.P.N. PANKAJ, an alumnus of D.A.V. College, Amritsar and St. Stephens College, Delhi, taught Sanskrit for some years in the former before joining State Bank of India where over a period of nearly thirty-five-years, he held a range of assignments and retired from its staff College at Hyderabad. These years gave him an opportunity to pursue his interest in the management and behavioural sciences. Since early days, he has been writing and giving lectures on the subjects related to the Indian culture, philosophy and religion and has deeply studied the Upanishads, Bhagavadgita, Pauranic literature and, especially, Sri Ramacaritamanasa of Gosvami Tulasidasa. He has translated more than half a dozen works from / into English / Hindi / Sanskrit. Besides writing a book on the asrama – system of the Hindu society and editing / writing nearly a dozen books on the medieval Hindi poets, he has also written and led discussions / symposia on the value – based system of education and the concept of development in Indian tradition.

 

BHAVANA PANKAJ, after studying English literature and Mass Communication at Punjab University, Chandigarh, spent some years as a journalist and television anchor. She currently pursues her love for the written word by writing, editing and translations on subjects ranging from Indian classical and dance to health care and education. An occasional film- maker, Bhavana has written books for children, on Vinoba Bhave and two books on a hospital in Jaipur. With equal felicity in Hindi and English, she also lends her voice as sutradhar on stage. Poetry is among her hobbies and she writes / translates poems in / from Hindi / English. 

Specification Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Ptv. Ltd. Author : A. P. N. Pankaj &...
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Erase The Ego (Paperback) by Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • Publisher : Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
  • Author : Jaideva Singh
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2018
  • Pages : 56
  • Weight : 65 gm.
  • Size : 7.1 x 4.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Cover : Paperback
  • ISBN-10 : 8172765142
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8172765149

Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879 to 1950 A.D.)

Venkataramana was a lad in his teens in Madurai in South India. Urged by an inner call, the body played the truant, slipped away from home and soon found himself in the solitary caves of the Arunachala Hills. There he forgot the world, and, insensible to hunger and thirst and reckless of the ravages which crawling creatures wrought on his body, he immersed himself in concentrated meditation.

After a number of years of his phenomenal tapas, incredibly unrelieved by any break whatsoever, he emerged with the realization of the Supreme Reality and of the identity of his Self with it. Liberated by that realization from the chains of finitude, he became a Jivanmukta. Proclaimed a Maharsh from that time, Bhagavan Ramana, as he was reverently adored lived ever after in his ashram at Tiruvannamalai in Sahaja Samadhi, always established in the Spirit and overlooking the things, of the World with a smiling serenity.

A living witness to Advaita anubhava, Sri Ramana spent the remainder of his days conveying counsel through his unparted lips and providing comfort by the beam of his gracious eyes to the countless disciples and devotees who sought refuge at his holy feet from their ills of mind and body. ‘Know thy Self and the world will not torment thee was the central teaching of this modern edition of Vamadeva of yore.

Specification: Publisher : Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Author : Jaideva Singh Language : English Edition :...
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Schopenahuer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Schopenhauer is widely recognized as the Western philosopher who has shown the greatest openness to Indian thought and whose own ideas approach most closely to it. This book examines his encounter with important schools of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy and subjects the principal apparent affinities to a careful analysis. Initial chapters describe Schopenhauer's encounter with Indian thought in the context of intellectual climate of early nineteenth-century Europe. For the first time, Indian texts and ideas were becoming available and the belief that they could bring about a second Renaissance-an "Oriental Renaissance"-was widespread. Schopenhauer shared in this enthusiasm and for the rest of his life assiduously kept abreast of the new knowledge of India. Principal sections of the book consider the two main pillars of Schopenhauer's system in relation to broadly comparable ideas found, in the case of Hindu thought, in Advaita Vedanta, and within Buddhism in the Madhyamika and Yogacara schools. Schopenhauer's doctrine of the world as representation, or a flow of impressions appearing in the consciousness of living beings, is first considered. The convergence between this teaching and India idealism, especially the doctrine of illusory appearance (maya), has long been recognized. Schopenhauer himself was aware of it, emphasizing that it was the result not of influence but of a remarkable convergence between Eastern and Western thought. This convergence is subjected to a much more detailed examination than has previously been carried out, undertaken in the light of twentieth-century Indology and recent studies of Schopenhauer. The second main pillar of Schopenhauer's system, the doctrine of the world as will, is then examined and its relationship to Indian thought explored.

Schopenhauer is widely recognized as the Western philosopher who has shown the greatest openness to...
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Chinnamasta

About the Author


Elisabeth Benard became interested in India at the age of twelve years when her father first brought back Hindu image from a trip to India. For many years she looked at these image in her family library never dreaming that one day she would become a scholar in Indian religions. She researched in India under the auspicious of the American Institute of Indian Studies and received her doctorate from Columbia University. She has lectured widely in the United States, including at Smithsonian Institute and Asia Society, as well as in India and Japan. She has taught at Princeton, Rutgers University, Collage of Wooster and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Presently she is teaching Hinduism, Women in Religion, and Asian Religions at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

This is the first monograph which examines the rare Hindu and Buddhist Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and forms (namarupa) and their symbolism by comparing and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. The entire Hindu "Chinnamastatantra" section from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist "Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana" and the "Trikayavajrayoginistuti" are translated for the first time into English. Since Chinnamasta is a rare goddess, her texts were not popularized or made "fashionable" according to the dictates of a particular group at a particular time. The earliest extant texts date from the ninth and tenth centuries-a time when Hindu and Buddhist Tantras were developing under common influences in the same places in India. Having such texts about Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from these centuries, one can begin to understand the mutuality of a general Tantric tradition and the exclusivity of a particular Hindu or Buddhist Tantric tradition. Hence the study, not only examines Chinnamasta, but also attempts to understand what is a Tantric tradition.


Foreword


Elisabeth Benard’s work on the Hindu-Buddhist goddess Chinnamastã is a product of indefatigable energy, not overlooking any lead from Sanskrit and Tibetan texts or from knowledgeable informants. So to cast light on a goddess that was strangely obscure and yet implicates any Indian goddess properly to be called wondrous or arousing of awe. Although completed in the United States, her treatise does not follow a History of Religions approach with a baggage of technical terms. Besides, Dr. Benard avoids the guessing and speculations that characterized some previous references to this goddess. Throughout she employs a direct communication with the reader while soberly basing her conclusions on stated sources.


One welcome feature of Benard’s book is the translation of much material from the Sakta Pramoda. Another fine feature is the treatment of the goddess’s names, both the 108 and 1,000 list. Her classification of the names by the rasas of Hindu drama is probably unique.


This work is a solid contribution to the theories of the Hindu and Buddhist Tantras and their symbolism, in particular as related to the goddess.



About the AuthorElisabeth Benard became interested in India at the age of twelve years when...
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Jaiminiya Mahabharata "Asvamedhika Parva" - Part I
  • Product Code :BK7082 Size :8.1" X 5.3" Weight :315 gm Publisher :Gita Press Gorakhpur Edition :2007 Cover :Paperback Language :Sanskrit Text and English Translation Pages :364

Foreword

As we know, Gita Press is committed to publish literature that is helpful in exhilarating morality, building national character and inculcating fervour for developing devotion to the universe. For this purpose, Gita press has in its agenda, the publication of puranic literature, rare books on religious subjects, Upanisads, Gita, Ramayana and Mahabharata etc. Under this process Gita Press published the Asvamedhika Parva of Mahabharata composed by Maharsi Jaimini, a great scholar, poet, philosopher and also astrologer. His book on astrology is regarded as a mature composition on the subject.


It is said that Maharsi Jaimini composed also Mahabharata- much bigger in comparison to Mahabharata composed by Krsnadvaipayana vyasa. But the current of time swallowed most of it and now remains only Asvamedhika parva which gives a vivid description of Asvamedha Yajna performed by Yudhisthira. There are three thousand Slokas in the Asvamedha parva of Mahabharata composed by Vyasadeva and four thousand Slokas are there in the Asvamedhika Parva of Jaiminiya Mahabharata. It may give an idea how voluminous the complete Jaiminiya Mahabharata must have been.



A few years before it was a rare book. For the first time Gita Press published it in monthly 'Kalyan' in a serial form and afterwards in a book form with original Sanskrit text and Hindi translation. Now it has been decided to present an English translation with original Sanskrit text for the benefit of non-Hindi readers of the country and also abroad.
From the point of story telling it starts with presenting Yudhisthira quite aggrieved on account of the sin he committed in the form of mass massacre in the war. He seriously thinks to abandon the kingship and go to the forest for practicing penance. Vyasa ap

Specification Product Code :BK7082 Size :8.1" X 5.3" Weight :315 gm Publisher :Gita Press Gorakhpur...
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Shri Durga Saptashati (Sanskrit Text with Hindi Translation)

The Durga Saptashati is well accepted religious text of Hindu religion. Durga Saptashati is full of religious mystery with blessed story of goddess Bhagavati. The devotees motivated by desire and desireless both recite this book with great reverence and attain their desired goal. The book contains is it the procedure of reciting it along with Kavacha, Argal, Kilaka, Vaidika and Tantrika Ratrisukta, Devyatharvashirsha, Navarna Vidhi, original text, Durgashtottaranamastotra, Sri Durgamanasa worship, all the three Rahasyas (secrets), prayer of pardon (Kshama Prarthna), Siddhikunzikastotra and waving light before the idol.



  • Author : Gita Press, Gorakhpur

  • Language : Hindi

  • Cover: Paperback

  • Publisher: Gita Press, Gorakhpur

  • Size : 13.3 cm x 20.3 cm

  • Pages : 240

  • Weight of the Book: 180 gms

The Durga Saptashati is well accepted religious text of Hindu religion. Durga Saptashati is full...
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Nachiketa and Other Stories

The three stories depicted here are from the Upanishads, which are also called Vedanta or "the end of the Veda". This is because they from the last branch of Vedic literature where one finds in them the final aim of the Vedas- that of self-realisation.


The first story is that of young Nachiketa, who struggles to comprehend the truth of life and death. He approaches Yama, the God of Death, and is tested by the Lord before found worthy of divine instruction. The second story is about Satyakama's search for the ultimate reality or "Brahman". Here, nature is the best teacher as Satyakama experiences Brahman directly rather than through verbal instruction by his guru, Gautama. In the third story, Prajapati - the father, the guru and the guide - utters a single syllable "DA" as instruction to the dissatisfied gods, humans and demons who are seeking contentment and peace. "DA" was understood and interpreted differently by the pupils in light of their own experiences.


These three stories are, in essence, about the guru and the pupil, where one who embarks on the path of true knowledge surely achieves it.

The three stories depicted here are from the Upanishads, which are also called Vedanta or...
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Chandragupta Maurya - Amar Chitra Katha
Nearly 2300 years ago, Chandragupta Maurya brought about the political unification of north India and established an empire that successfully resisted the Macedonian invasion. His empire extended form Mysore (present-day Karnataka) in the south to the dorders of Persia (present-day Iran) in the northwest.

Many Legends describe the early career of Chandragupta, making it difficult to distinguish fact form fantasy in the stories about his later years. But what remains true is that he was the first true emperor of India, as no king before him had ever built such a vast kingdom.

Vishakhadatta’s famous play on Chandragupta, Mudra Rakshasa, was written in the 9th century AD. Two Sanskrit works followed this, nearly 700 years later – Mudra Rakshasa Katha by Mahadeva Tirtha of Tanjore and Mudra Rakshasa Katha Sara by Ravikartana of Kerala, both of which serve as introductions to earlier play.
Kempu Narayana, a scholar at the court of Krishnaraja Wedeyar III of Mysore, made a study of these works on chandragupta, and 1823, wrote mudra Manjusha in Kannada. This Amar Chitra Katha is based on Kempu Narayana’s pioneering work. Though Chandragupta was born in the north, he spent his last days at Shravanabelagola in
Nearly 2300 years ago, Chandragupta Maurya brought about the political unification of north India and...
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Chandra Shekhar Azad - Amar Chitra Katha
Chandra Shekhar Azad was a great revolutionary who lived and died for the Motherland. When Ramprasad Bismil, the leader of the Uttar Pradesh Revolutionaries, was caught and hanged by the British for his role in the Kakori conspiracy, Azad assumed the leadership.

Azad eluded the British for ten years. Together with his band of dedicated young men he fought to liberate India form the foreign rules. The activities of Azad and his associates contributed in no small measure to the awakening of the Indian masses – a task which the national leaders of the day were trying to achieve through peaceful means.

Azad had a strong physique, plenty of common sense and patriotic zeal. The British described him as a terrorist. But he considered himself a freedom fighter. Though the national leaders of the time did not approve of his cult of violence, they had great affection and regard for Azad.
Chandra Shekhar Azad was a great revolutionary who lived and died for the Motherland. When...
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Amar Singh Rathor - Amar Chitra Katha
Rajasthan and Bundelkhan abound in stories of valour and sacrifice. Names like Rana Pratap and Chhatrasal are the bright lights that dazzle like the sun. but there are smaller stars as well, like Alha-Udal and Bappa Rawal, to whom history accords a brief tribute. Amar Singh Rathor belongs to this galaxy of stars.

Amar Singh Rathor, a brave Rajput warrior, was the Commander of Shah Jahan’s army, and was held in great esteem by the Mughal Emperor himself. He was brave with a great sense of self-worth. As long as Shah Jahan honoured him, he fulfilled his duties zealously. But when the king. Tricked by his jealous and scheming courtiers, hurt Amar Singh Rathor’s pride and self-respect, he fought the emperor with his small but courageous army and died a martyr’s death.

The story in this Amar Chitra Katha is about Amar Singh Rathor’s brave death, and the ensuing battle by two valiant young lads to bring back his body form Shah Jahan. It is based on the bood Amar Singh Rathor by the late Shri Gheesaram.
Rajasthan and Bundelkhan abound in stories of valour and sacrifice. Names like Rana Pratap and...
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Adventures of Krishna - Paperback Comic Book
Lord Krishna is one of the most endearing deities of Indian mythology and considered to be one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi, the divine consort of Lord Vishnu, was born upon earth as his companion during his many incarnations.

Krishna is, at times, the simple cowherd indulging the milkmaids in playful lbanter. At other times, he is the supreme intellectual – engaged in the exposition of the Gita philosophy. Krishna’s beguiling childish pranks and his dignified wisdom have, in turn, infjuenced the Hindu consciousness for centuries.

This Amar Chitra Katha valume brings to you three adventures of invincible Lord Krishna. The first title in this volume narrates the story of Narakasura whose deeds were so dark that his name has always been identified as a symbol of darkness. Many who celebrate the festival of lights, deepavali, believe they are actually rejoicing the death of Naraka and the consequent emancipation of all good spirits.

The second story deals with Jarasndha, who was the emperor of northern India at a time when the Pandavas ruled Indraprastha. Most of the kings of North India had acknowledged Jarasandha’s suzerainty out of fear. To establish the supremacy of the Pandavas, it was necessary to subdue him. Although Jarasandha was considered unconquerable, he had a vital flaw only known to Krishna. How the lord brought about the fall of the mighty and evil emperor is narrated in this tale. The third tale is about Paundraka Vaasudeva, who shared his name with Krishna Vaasudeva. His sycophants made him believe that he was as strong and powerful as Krishna and, in fact, that he was perhaps the real Vishnu incarnate. How he fell into disgrace and met with disaster is fold in this story. All the three stories in this volume are based on the Bhagawat Purana.
Lord Krishna is one of the most endearing deities of Indian mythology and considered to...
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Ayurveda Virilization
  • Product Code :BK10555
  • Author :P.H. Kulkarni
  • ISBN :8170307465,978-8170307464
  • Publisher :Sri Satguru Publication
  • Edition :2002
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :189

"Prof. Dr. Kulkarni is well known Ayurvedic Physician. Research Guide in Ayurveda, University of Pune. Founder Director, Institute of Indian medicine/Ayurveda Academy. Editor of seven Medical Journals including ' Deerghayu International'. Author of Twelve books related to Ayurveda. Worked as Patron, President, Secretary, Treasurer of many Ayurvedic, Medical and Social Organisations at national and international level. Dr. Kulkarni has established Ayurvedic Centers in many countries of the world and traveled extensively for propogation, education and research in Ayurveda. Prof. Kulkarni is receipient of many national and international awards including Pax Mundi Fellowship (Dag Hammarkjold Awards Committee) for Professional Excellence."

Specification Product Code :BK10555 Author :P.H. Kulkarni ISBN :8170307465,978-8170307464 Publisher :Sri Satguru Publication Edition :2002...
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One Hundred Eight Vedic Upanishads (4 Vol. in 6 Parts)
  • Product Code :BK9023
  • Author :Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
  • ISBN :9385005391, 978-9385005398
  • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
  • Edition :2016
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :2910
Specification Product Code :BK9023 Author :Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia ISBN :9385005391, 978-9385005398 Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan...
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One Hundred Eight Vedic Upanishads (3 Vol. in 3 Parts)
  • Product Code :BK9022
  • Size :10 x 7.2 x 5.2 inches
  • Weight :3.530kg.
  • Author :Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
  • ISBN :9380326009, 978-9380326016
  • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
  • Edition :October 10, 2010
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :1596

The Eternal Upanishads represent the profound essence, the succulent juice and the perennial spiritual philosophy of the Vedas, expounded and elucidated to make them practical and accessible for spiritual aspirants. They are magnificent, stupendous, forceful and powerful instruments in the hands of true seekers that provide spiritual foresight and vision of the ultimate Truth and reality. The Upanishads are integral part of the Vedas; each Veda has a number of Upanishads in it. The present series classifies these Upanishads in true vedic tradition, i.e. they are listed and separated into different volumes strictly according to the Vedic sequence and the Vedas they appear in. Each verse of each Upanishad has been extensively explained using simple language supplemented by elaborate notes so that these profound metaphysical treatises can be made accessible to even a lay man. Towards this end, extensive appendices have been added to elucidated the different concepts in simple words. Concepts such as OM, Naad, Naadis, Chakras, Yoga, Atma, Viraat, Moksha etc. are all elaborately explained in these separate appendices, a Mantra index in roman in also included. The present volume contains 16 principal Upanishads of the Rig Veda. The sequence of their listing in this volume strictly follows the sanction of the Upanishads themselves, as is Clear in Muktikopanishad, cant 1, verse no. 56. Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia born on 8th August, 1955 in Burdwan district of West Bengal, is a humble and unpretentious bachelor, who has dedicated his entire life to the service of Lord Ram. At present he is residing in the holy pilgrim city of Ayodhya (U.P. India) since 1985. Preface A steady Light which is swifter than thought (mind) is present amongst moving (animate) things to show the way to happiness. All the Go

Specification Product Code :BK9022 Size :10 x 7.2 x 5.2 inches Weight :3.530kg. Author :Ajai...
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One Hundred Eight Vedic Upanisads (Vol. 1)
  • Product Code :BK9021
  • Author :Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
  • ISBN :9380326017, 978-9380326016
  • Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan
  • Edition :2010
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :412

The Eternal Upanishads represent the profound essence, the succulent juice and the perennial spiritual philosophy of the Vedas, expounded and elucidated to make them practical and accessible for spiritual aspirants. They are magnificent, stupendous, forceful and powerful instruments in the hands of true seekers that provide spiritual foresight and vision of the ultimate Truth and reality. The Upanishads are integral part of the Vedas; each Veda has a number of Upanishads in it. The present series classifies these Upanishads in true vedic tradition, i.e. they are listed and separated into different volumes strictly according to the Vedic sequence and the Vedas they appear in. Each verse of each Upanishad has been extensively explained using simple language supplemented by elaborate notes so that these profound metaphysical treatises can be made accessible to even a lay man. Towards this end, extensive appendices have been added to elucidated the different concepts in simple words. Concepts such as OM, Naad, Naadis, Chakras, Yoga, Atma, Viraat, Moksha etc. are all elaborately explained in these separate appendices, a Mantra index in roman in also included. The present volume contains 16 principal Upanishads of the Rig Veda. The sequence of their listing in this volume strictly follows the sanction of the Upanishads themselves, as is Clear in Muktikopanishad, cant 1, verse no. 56.

pecification Product Code :BK9021 Author :Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia ISBN :9380326017, 978-9380326016 Publisher :Chaukhamba Sanskrit Prakashan...
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Appeasement of Radhika
An erotic classic and the most recognized work of an celebrated nineteenth-century poet and courtesan 'Last night, I dreamt of Hari With that melodious-voiced woman. He seemed impatient with me, And now even The song of the nightingale seems shrill.' An erotic narrative poem that explores desire and jealousy, love experienced and love lost, Radhika Santawanam is the most recognized work of nineteenth-century poet and courtesan Muddupalani. Celebrated as a literary masterpiece in Muddupalani's lifetime, Radhika Santawanam was banned by the British in 1910 when it was published again, a century and a half later, with critics panning its graphic descriptions of lovemaking. And, after another hundred years, this epic is now available in its entirety for the first time in English translation.
An erotic classic and the most recognized work of an celebrated nineteenth-century poet and courtesan...
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Subhashitavali
The subhashita verse is a popular feature of Sanskrit literature. Composed in isolation or as part of a larger work, it is essentially a miniature poem which encapsulates a complete thought, mood or image in a single stanza. These verse epigrams have a wide range of themes. This selection from the Subhashitavali, a celebrated verse anthology compiled by Vallabhadeva in c. fifteenth-century Kashmir, offers a rich variety of erotic poetry and a wealth of lyrical and gnomic verse. One section is given to earthy humour and cynical satire seldom available in English renditions. Also included are invocations and allegories, panegyrics and pen-pictures, sage observations and stark musings. The sweep of these verses is matched by the eclectic array of contributors from illustrious poets like Vyasa and Valmiki, Kalidasa and Bana to others now mostly forgotten. These verses of jollity and wit, ribaldry and bawdiness, snide sarcasm and wry comment showcase the fact that Sanskrit literature, generally perceived as staid and serious, can also be flippant and fun.
The subhashita verse is a popular feature of Sanskrit literature. Composed in isolation or as...
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Beyond Shirdi - Stories of the Living Presence of Sai Baba

In this set of Shirdi stories the author presents the incidents in which the devotees had experienced the grace of Baba under trying situations, testifying to them Baba's living presence.
The stories here, each self-contained, are spread over the eight decades that have elapsed since Sai Baba's passing away. They are based on the actual experiences of Baba's non-corporeal grace regardless of the religion or region of the recipient. The reader will find the volume absorbing both as a collection of short stories and as a portrayal of experiences relating to Baba from the point of view of one person or another.

About The Author : K Venkatraman
He is the author of books on public finance, technology, and development issues. This is his first novel.

  • Publisher : Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
  • Edition : 1 January 2010
  • Pages : 146
  • Weight : 170 gm.
  • Size : 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Auther : K. Venkataraman
  • Language : English   
  • ISBN-10 : 8172763557
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8172763558

 

Description In this set of Shirdi stories the author presents the incidents in which the...
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Para-trisika-Vivarana by Abhinavagupta: The Secret of Tantric Mysticism

From the Book

The Paratrisika (or Paratrimsika) is a short Tantra which has been held in the highest esteem by Kashmir Saivism or Trika. After Somananda, Abhinavagupta has written two commentaries on it, a short one (Laghuvrtti) and an extensive one-the present Vivarana which is presented here for the first time in an English translation. The Paratrisika Vivarana is one of the most fascinating but also most difficult texts of the Kashmir Saiva School, and of the mystical philosophical literature of India as a whole. It deals with Ultimate Reality (anuttara or para) and with the methods of realization, centred above all in the theory and practice of the mantra. Abhinavagupta displays here his great exegetical genius and presents a penetrating metaphysics of language, of the word (vak) and its various stages in relation to consciousness. His language reflects in a luminous fashion the mystical experience contained in this text.

The present translation of Abhinavagupt's masterpiece will not only be a milestone in the study of Kashmir Saivism, but it also makes available one of the major mystical texts of the Indian tradition to readers interested in philosophy and spirituality.

About the Author

Jaideva Singh (1893-1986) was a great scholar in musicology, philosophy and Sanskrit. A former principal of Y.D. College, Lakhimpurkheri, he also acted as a Chairman of U.P. Sangit Natak Academi. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of Indian in 1974. His other works include: Siva-Sutras, Spanda-Karika, Pratyabhijnahrdayam, Vijnanabhairava.

Swami Lakshmanjee, Saivacarya, was the greatest exponent of the Kashmir Saiva tradition or Trika.

Dr. Bettina Baumer, a Sanskrit scholar from Austria, is at present research director of Alice Boner Foundation and Hon. Project Coordinator of Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts.

  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : 2017
  • Pages : 404
  • Weight : 520 gm.
  • Size : 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Auther : Jaideva Singh
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 8120804724
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8189915544
Description: From the Book The Paratrisika (or Paratrimsika) is a short Tantra which has been...
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Siva Sutras: The Yoga of Supreme Identity

Siva Sutras: The Yoga of Supreme Identity by Jaideva Singh
Text of the Sutras and the Commentary Vimarsini of Ksemaraja

The Saiva philosophy of Kashmir is generally called Trika Sastra, because it is philosophy of the triad ñ (1) Siva (2) Sakti (3) Nara ñ the bound soul or (1) para ñ the highest (2) parapara ñ identity in difference and (3) apara ñ difference. The literature of the Trika system of Kashmir falls into three categories, viz., (1) the Agama Sastra, (2) the Spanda Sastra and (3) the Pratyabhijna Sastra. Agama Sastra is considered to be revelation by Siva. It lays down both the principles and practices of the system. The most important Agama of the Trika system was known as the Siva Sutras.

Siva Sutras are considered to be a revealed book of the Yoga: supreme identity of the individual self with the Divine. Here and English translation of the Siva Sutras has been provided, together with an abstract of each sutra, throws a flood of light on the entire system of Saiva Yoga. A glossary of technical terms and index are appended for the convenience of the reader.

Four commentaries on Siva Sutras are available at present, the Vimarsini commentary of Ksemaraja in prose, the Siva-sutra-vrtti by some anonymous author in prose, the Siva-sutra-varttikam by Varadaraja in verse.

The Siva-Sutra-vrtti is so close to Vimarsini that it appears to be either a preliminary draft or a later abstract of the Vimarsini. There is a strong presumption that the author of the Vrtti was Ksemaraja himself.

  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : 2017
  • Pages : 278
  • Weight : 300 gm.
  • Size : 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Auther : Jaideva Singh
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 8120804074
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8120804074
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Spanda-Karikas The Divine Creative Pulsation
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : 2014
  • Pages : 209
  • Weight : 300 gm.
  • Size : 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Auther : Jaideva Singh
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8120808169
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120808164

The Spandakarikas are a number of verses that serve as a sort of commentary on the Siva-sutras. According to Saivagama, the divine consciousness is not simply cold, inert intellection. It is rather spanda, active, dynamic, throbbing with life, creative pulsation. 

In Siva-sutras, it is the prakasa aspect of the divine that is emphasized; in Spandakarikas, it is the vimarsa aspect that is emphasized. Together, these two books give us integral view of Saiva philosophy. 

Ksemaraja has written a commentary on Spandakarikas, titled Spanda-nirnaya. He is fond of sesquipedalian compounds, long and windy sentences, but he is very profound in the comprehension of the subject and so cannot be ignored. 

The author tried to provide a readable translation of both the karikas and the Spanda-nirnaya commentary. Each karika (verse) is given both in Devanagari and Roman script, followed by its translation in English. This is followed by Ksemaraja's commentary in Sanskrit. Then follows an English translation of the commentary. After this, copious notes are added on important and technical words. Finally, a running exposition of each karika in author's own words is given.

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Vijnanabhairava or Divine Consciousness

Vijnanabhairava is a very ancient book on Yoga. It closely follows the basic principles of
Saivagama. It contains 112 types of Yoga. There is hardly any other book on yoga which has described so many ways of approach to Central Reality that is present in each man as his essential Self. It is both extensive and intensive in the treatment of the subject of yoga.

An English translation of this excellent work is being provided for the first time. The text that
has been adopted is mainly the one that is published in the Kashmir Series of Texts and Studies. At a few places, however, slightly different readings yielding better sense have been
incorporated as suggested by Swami Laksmana Joo.

Each verse of the Sanskrit text has been printed in both Devanagari and Roman script. This is followed by an English translation and a number of expository notes which will go a long way in elucidating the main idea of the verse.

A long Introduction explaining the basic principles of the yogas described in the text has been provided in the beginning. A glossary of technical terms has also been added at the end.

The book has for the first time been translated into English. The translation of each verse is followd by copious expository notes, which contain not only all that is of any value in the Sanskrit commentaries, but also many practical suggestions made by Svami Lakshmana Joo on the basis of his personal experience of these Yogas.

In order to understand the philosophical background of these Yogas, the reader is advised to go through the introductory portion of the author's Pratyabhijnahrdayam or the Siva-sutras.

  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : 2019
  • Pages : 173
  • Weight : 290 gm.
  • Size : 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Auther : Jaideva Singh
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 8120808207
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8120808201
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Devavanipravesika
The purpose, in writing this book, is to provide a self-contained primer, workbook and reader for teaching first year Sanskrit students with no previous linguistic training. The author has tried throughout the work to introduce, explain and illustrate the most significant features of the language and through verses, quotations, and readings.

To these ends the grammar has been, in several areas, simplified to prevent the beginner from being more hampered than is absolutely necessary by relatively insignificant paradigms, rules and exceptions.

Upon completion of this course, students should have a real working knowledge of the major outlines of Sanskrit sentences with some facility and read, with the help of dictionary, approximately five to ten verses of the Valmiki Ramayana or a similar text in an hour.
The purpose, in writing this book, is to provide a self-contained primer, workbook and reader...
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All Roads Lead To Ganga

"The story of the Ganges, from her source to the sea, from old times to new, is the story of India’s civilization and culture, of the rise and fall of empires, of great and proud cities, of adventures of man… Jawaharlal Nehru. The Ganges is a river which has held India’s heart captive and drawn uncounted millions to her banks since the dawn of history. Originating in the mist-filled valleys of the Garhwal Himalayas a land of dense forests, icy white glaciers, clear gurgling streams and towering mountains a land which has been known as `Dev Bhoomi or the land of gods, the Ganga traverses hundreds of miles through the heartland till it flows into the sea. In this travel memoir, noted writer Ruskin Bond captures the breathtaking beauty and splendour of this magical landscape, describing with nostalgia and affection the places and people he has lived with and encountered for over forty years.

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

Ruskin Bond, resident of Mussoorie, is a well-known writer of fiction and a raconteur par excellence. His Tales and Legends from India, Angry River, Strange Men, Strange Places, The Blue Umbrella, A Long Walk for Bina and Hanuman to the Rescue are also available in Rupa paperback. The Ruskin Bond’s Children’s Omnibus has been a firm favourite with young readers for several years. Ghost Stories from the Raj, The Rupa Book of Great Animal Stories, The Rupa Book of True Tales of Mystery and Adventure, The Rupa Book of Himalayan Tales and The Rupa Book of Great Suspense Stories are some of his recent books for Rupa".

  • Product Code : BK8667
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications India
  • Edition : January 1, 2008
  • Pages : 121
  • Weight : 140 gm.
  • Size : 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Author : Ruskin Bond
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8129112132
    ISBN-13: 978-8129112132
Description "The story of the Ganges, from her source to the sea, from old times...
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Rabboni by Anthony Kirk

Though in the Preface to the first edition the author Anthony Kirk (Nina Kisch in real life)did not claim any credit for this work and was even a bit apologetic about it, there is not the least doubt that Rabboni is a unique addition to the existing Christian literature. In it the author ushers the reader in the presence of the most amazing being that ever walked the earth and acted as the Divine Potter to shape receptacles of glory out of the common clay of human nature. For this is what Jesus the Christ did.

The author has projected distinct images of Jesus and his Apostles,described their day-to-day life, their trials and tribulations and has shown how they remained totally uncorrupted in the midst of falsehood and tyranny all round. The spiritual development of the Apostles in the hallowed association of the Master is beautifully delineated in this work.

The story of Jesus is charmingly narrated in a manner almost Biblical in its simplicity and grandeur

  • Product Code: BK14278
  • Publisher : Chetana Books
  • Edition : February 1, 1984
  • Pages : 400
  • Weight : 800 g.
  • Size : 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Binding : Hardcover
  • Author : Anthony Kirk
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8185300127
    ISBN-13: 978-8185300122
Description: Though in the Preface to the first edition the author Anthony Kirk (Nina Kisch...
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Yantra Images by Dilip Kumar

Religion is the root of Indian culture. Rituals and believes are the integral part of Hindu Religion. It becomes more powerful when a devotee develops reverence into it.
Fundamentally a society, which has faith in religion, believes in their own deities or gods and goddesses and pay their homage to them. Apart from ritual commodities, mantras and its chanting, yantras or mandalas play a special and important role in ritual ceremony. It is considered that if mantras are devatas (deities) then yantras are the abode of them. Without yantras, the ritual of deities remains incomplete.
In order to attain perfection in worship, it is suggested that puja with yantras of their related deities is more beneficial.
This book comprises of yantras used for all major gods, goddesses and deities accomplished with meaningful colour and geometrical composition.

  • Product Code: BK14277
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : January 1, 2010
  • Pages : 89
  • Weight : 360 g.
  • Size : 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Binding : Hardcover
  • Author : Dilip Kumar
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-13: 978-8186117071
    ISBN-10: 8186117075
Description: Religion is the root of Indian culture. Rituals and believes are the integral part...
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Yajurveda Samhita by R T H Griffith

The present edition of Yajurveda with English version of Mahidhara and Uvata's commentary by Griffith has become conspicuous with the salient feature, the old usage of English version has been replaced by the corresponding modern usage in order that the contents of the translation may be easily made out even by a layman. For instance, the old pronominal forms like, thy, thou, thee, thine, etc. have been replaced by the corresponding terms in modern English. The old English usage of verbal forms has also been supplanted with the corresponding usage in modern English.

  • Product Code: BK14276
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : 2002
  • Pages : 
  • Weight : 750 g.
  • Size : 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Binding : Hardcover
  • Author : R T H Griffith
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8171101364
    ISBN-13: 978-8171101368
Description: The present edition of Yajurveda with English version of Mahidhara and Uvata's commentary by...
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Who is this Shama Churn?

Yogacharya Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee was invited as the sole representative from India to participate in the Parliament of World Religions held at Val St. Hugon, France in 1997 convened by Dalai Lama and sponsored by UNO, UNESCO, UNCHR. At this Parliament of World Religions, he upheld the tenets of Sanatana yogadharma to the world with a clarion voice. His brilliant exegesis on the subject of love, peace and solidarity one world, one religion, one God, one man at the Parliament of World Religions received tumultous applause. All those present at this Parliament like representatives from all religions; scientists; philosophers; journalists; the audience; being spellbound by his profound wisdom and eloquence, conferred on him paens of praise. French newspapers commented on him to be a “wise worthy dignified sage”; “a seer”; “a visionary”, etc.
A civic reception graced by luminaries from all walks of life was accorded to him on 10 June 1998 in Calcutta.

About the Author

Yogacharya Vacaspati Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee, author of this book was born in 1933 in West Bengal. The sudden demise of his mother when he was away in service intensely agonized him. He grew averse to material pursuits and became spiritually inclined. He received initiation in Kriyayoga in April 1961. He reached the pinnacle of Kriyayoga within a short span. His three Gurus were stalwarts in this discipline. His first Guru was Sri Annada Charan Sastri (Bhattacharya) disciple of Panchanan Bhattacharya, an elevated disciple of Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree. After Sastrirji’s demise, Dr. Chatterjee obtained initiation from Sundarlal Lala of Varanasi, disciple of Sri Harinarayan Paladhi. who was the disciple of Yogiraj and later from Sri Satyacharan Lahiri, grandson of Yogiraj. Today Yogacharya Vacaspati Chatterjee is acknowledged as a World Kriyayoga Master.
Being an ardent devotee of Sanatana Dharma's Polestar, Yogiraj Shama Churn Lahiree and to propagate His ideals and tenets before the masses so that they derive the right path, the right enlightenment, he has penned many books in Bengali, illustrating the science of Kriyayoga. Most of his books have been published in Indian languages like Hindi, Oriya, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati. Tamil, Malayalam, Assamese editions are awaiting publication. Purana Purusha Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree has been published in French also. His other books (English editions) are also awaiting publication. He has authored quite a number of articles delineating the science hence rationality of Kriyayoga.
He has founded “Yogiraj Shyamacharan Sanatan Mission” and the temple of Yogiraj at Kakdwip, West Bengal, India with the objective that mankind can derive the Kriyayoga revived by Yogiraj. He has organized philanthropic activities through this Mission. To further Yogiraj-consciousness he has travelled throughout India and in many places in the Orient and Occident. People irrespective of caste, creed, colour, nation, language, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, untouchables, renouncers, are all coming under his aegis and are finding in him their haven and panacea for all evils. He has a large following throughout India and abroad like USA, England, France, Spain, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Bangladesh, etc.

  • Product Code: BK14275
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : April 26, 2012
  • Pages : 220
  • Weight : 250 g.
  • Size : 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Binding : Hardcover
  • Author : Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8186117121
    ISBN-13: 978-8186117125
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White Shadow of Consciousness: Re-cognition of the Actor

This is a creative manifestation of a long, on-going, deepest realization in a Tantric vision, i.e. expanding timeless wisdom in present time, in a dynamic manner, first time encapsulated in this book. This is a creative flash came out from the inmost being of an aspirant of Shiva. The worldwide serious debate on consciousness has now become off-the-cuff interaction in science and philosophy, especially in neuroscience and brain science, and also in metaphysics. The entire conversation has been shifted from experiencing what is without an atom of psychological yesterdays in terms of “recent findings”. The semantic allegory “White Shadow” comprehends all the problems related to pain, evil and existence, epistemological as well as ontological proof of lime consciousness, and elucidates our integral presence in relation to divine tranquillity.
With a great lineage of Pandit Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar and Pandit Suniti Kumar Chaturjya, Gautam Chatterjee is, in his childhood, initiated with the benediction of Pt. Gopinath Kaviraj, and has been a close associate of Thakur Jaidev Singh and Pt. Vraj Vallabh Dwivedi in the discipline of Kashmir Shaivism. He is the founder president of Abhinavagupta academy, a centre for consciousness studies in Banaras, developed a lucid way to yoga practices to enrich the richest tradition of monistic Shaivism in Kashi, spiritually and ontologically, and also metaphysically. Engaged in translating Tantraloka a magnum opus by Abhinavagupta from Sanskrit to English (four volumes have been published), Shree Gautam teaches conscious communication in Banaras Hindu University

About the Author

With a great lineage of Pandit Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar and Pandit Suniti Kumar Chaturjya, Gautam Chatterjee is, in his childhood, initiated with the benediction of Pt. Gopinath Kaviraj, and has been a close associate of Thakur Jaidev Singh and Pt. Vraj Vallabh Dwivedi in the discipline of Kashmir Shaivism. He is the founder president of Abhinavagupta academy, a centre for consciousness studies in Benaras, developed a lucid way to Yoga practices to enrich the richest tradition of monistic Shaivism in Kashi, spiritually and ontologically, and also metaphysically. Engaged in translating 'Tantraloka' a magnum opus by Abhinavagupta from Sanskrit to English (four volumes have been published), Shree Gautam teaches conscious communication in Banaras Hindu University.

  • Product Code: BK14274
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : April 26, 2012
  • Pages : 220
  • Weight : 250 g.
  • Size : 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Binding : Hardcover
  • Author : Gautam Chatterjee
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8186117121
    ISBN-13: 978-8186117125
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Where the Buddha Walked: A Companion to Buddhist Places in India

This book is the first attempt to describe all the fifteen places with which the Buddha had direct association. Narration of each of these places accounts the mythology, legend, Jataka tales, cultural history, archaeology, field studies and general information. The book is illustrated with 55 photographs and 55 maps and figures, and also contains a description of the main link stations like Varanasi, Allahabad and Gorakhpur. Nearby sites for excursion are also described in the context.
The sequence of the fifteen Buddhist places follows the life cycle and the journeys performed by the Buddha as narrated in the Jatakas and the Tripitaka. Accordingly, the Buddha was born (563 bce) in the garden of Lumbini (1), passed his first 29 years (563-533 bce) in the royal palaces of Kapilavastu (2) and, after abandoning his home and family he ultimately reached Bodh-Gaya (3), where he achieved enlightenment at the age of 35 (528 bce). He did arduous austerities in Gaya (4), then he proceeded to give his first preaching at Sarnath (5) in 529 bce. After this important event, known as “the turning of the wheel of Dharma”, he returned to Bodh-Gaya. After visiting Rajagriha and Nalanda, he very frequently visited Shravasti (6), where he stayed during 24 rainy seasons, performing miracles and gaving sermons. During the 6th (522 bce) and 9th years (519 bce) after enlightenment he stayed at Kaushambi (7). While returning to Bodh-Gaya, to fulfil his promise to King Bimbisara (c. 543-491 bce) he paid a visit to Rajagriha (8) together with a thousand monks of his new order, and gave sermons there. On the request of his two chief disciples Sariputta and Moggallana, the Buddha visited Nalanda (9) several times. Thereafter, the Lord proceeded to Vaishali (10), the capital city of the Lichchhavis, where he gave his last detailed sermons and re-interpreted several of his teachings. Before his final march he stopped at the bank of the Ganga River in Patna (11), in a place called today as Gautama Ghat. While making his final march he stayed a couple of nights at Kesariya (12), followed by his final arrival at Kushinagar (13) where he passed away at the age of eighty (c. 483 bce). In the same year he descended from heaven at Sankisa (14) and gave his final preaching there. Mathura (15) was also visited by the Buddha occasionally, and later developed as the major centre of the Buddhist art and sculpture in the Maurya period.

About the Author

The author, Rana P.B. Singh is Professor of Cultural Geography at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and Founding President of the Society of Heritage Planning and Environmental Health, and also of the Society of Pilgrimage Studies. He has been involved in studying, performing and promoting pilgrimages and eco-tourism for the last two decades as a consultant, project director, collaborator, pilgrimage organiser and a wanderer.

  • Product Code: BK14273
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : June 15, 2003
  • Pages : 303
  • Weight : 550 g.
  • Size : 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Author : Rana P.B. Singh
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8186569367
    ISBN-13: 978-8186569368
Description: This book is the first attempt to describe all the fifteen places with which...
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Vijnana Bhairava The Practice of Centering Awareness

The Vijnana Bhairava is one of the most important Tantras of Kashmir Shaivism as far as the practical aspect of yoga of this school is concerned. It teaches 112 dharanas or ways of centring awareness and entering divine consciousness, which include ordinary and extraordinary experiences, as well as Tantric methods of spiritual practice such as kundalini, mantra and mudra. This ancient text is of great relevanee for a spirituality of our times which has to integrate all aspects of life.
The present edition, translation and commentary is unique since it contains the oral teaching of the last great master of the Kashmir Shaiva tradition, Swami Lakshman Job. In his explanation of the dharanas he gives the deep significance and practical application of various methods of yoga which give direct access to states of higher consciousness.


About the Author

Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-91), also called Swami Lakshmanji Raina or Ishvara Svarupa, was a great yogi from an early age. He embodied a rare unity of a mystic and a pandit, being well-versed in Sanskrit and in the texts of the non-dualistic tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. He was also called the Abhinavagupta of the twentieth century, being the last authority of Kashmir Shaivism, who was teaching scholars and guiding seekers on the spiritual path. He edited several Sanskrit texts and published Hindi translations and commentaries, such as Abhinavagupta’s Gitarthasamgraha Sambapanchashika, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, Abhinavagupta’s Paratrishika Vivarana and others. Some of his teachings and lectures have been published in English: Kashmir Shaivism: The Secret Supreme, The Awakening of Supreme Consciousness, Self Realization in Kashmir Saivism, and in Hindi: Trikashastra-Rahasya Prakriya. His commentary on the Shiva Sutras has already been published.

  • Product Code: BK14272
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : January 1, 2007
  • Pages : 207
  • Weight : 360 g.
  • Size : 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Author : Swami Lakshman Joo
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8186569359
    ISBN-13: 978-8186569351
Description: The Vijnana Bhairava is one of the most important Tantras of Kashmir Shaivism as...
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Varanasi Vista: Early Views of the Holy City

Form the Jacket

One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the holiest in India. Varanasi has attracted pilgrims from all over India for over 2500 years. No account of the travels of Indian visitors and pilgrims to the city, however, is available because of the non-existence of the tradition of recording impressions of such visits by Indians

Nor is there any record of foreign travelers visiting Varanasi until four centuries ago. It was then that travelers form the West started visiting Varanasi on a regular basis, and left animated accounts their visit. Later a number of landscape artists, almost entirely from Britain, began coming to India towards the end of the eighteenth 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 word but also the Indians themselves the first ever visual impression of the scenic splendours of the holy city,. Until then so such visual record existed because of the lack of the genre of landscape painting in an otherwise rich Indian art.

Assembled from public and private art collections in India and abroad, these views are now being published together, along with a short survey of travelers;' accounts of their visit to Varanasi, for the first time.

About the Author

Jagmohan Mahajan has written extensively on British landscape artists in India as also on Ganga. His publications include Picturesque India: Sketches and Travels of Thomas and William Daniell. The Raj Landscape: British Views of Indian Cities and the Ganga Trail: Foreign Accounts of the River Scene.

  • Product Code: BK14271
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : May 30, 2008
  • Pages : 90
  • Weight : 1600 g.
  • Size : 17.3 x 11.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Author : Jagmohan Mahajan
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8186569715
    ISBN-13: 978-8186569719
Description: Form the JacketOne of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the holiest...
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Towards The Pilgrimage Archetype The Pancakrosi Yatra of Banaras (Pilgrimage & Cosmology Series)

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1947-76) was one of the best minds that India has produced in the twentieth century. Son of a Tamil father and an English mother, his life was a living example on how to build bridges between Eastern and Western cultures.
By profession an art critic and a museum curator, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was also a masterful exponent of metaphysics. As much at home with Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas as with Shankara and the other Vedic commentators, familiar with the Scriptures of all the main religions and proficient in many languages, he used to teach metaphysical principles by explaining the symbolism of traditional works. In his writings Coomaraswamy never displays his vast knowledge for the sake of mere erudition, but rather uses his amazing scholarship for a well-crafted plan: to show that below the endless variety of art forms and traditional beliefs a common thread runs deep — the acceptance of the sacred as the ultimate means to validate the multiplicity of everyday experience.
This book is a compilation of quotations from his works and letters, and it constitutes a good introduction to his thought. His theories are here applied to concrete situations, related to the problems of modern India, and could still suggest a third way to avoid both the traps of modern technocracy and the temptation of fundamentalism. It should not surprise us that his views are still relevant to the present situation: his opinions are rooted in truths that are neither political nor historical, neither ideological, or simply religious, nor even merely intellectual. They are rather related to that inner wisdom that embraces, without crushing it, all the distinctiveness of human experience.

  • Product Code: BK14270
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • Edition : January 1, 2011
  • Pages : 221
  • Weight : 300 g.
  • Size : 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Author : Rana P.B Singh
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8186569308
    ISBN-13: 978-8186569306
Description: Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1947-76) was one of the best minds that India has produced...
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