Subject Area: Hindu Studies
This work explores the meaning of each verse of the Bhagavadgita; by providing the Sanskrit text, translation, and transliteration in interlinear format with grammatical analysis, a word list containing alternate meanings for each word, variant readings with select analyses, interpretation by the author, and interaction with several ancient and modern commentators and translators.2012 0-7734-4546-3
This is the first study to offer local Indian knowledge of Sanskrit, and mythology in addition to translations given by other scholars to form a reference guide as a definitive translation.2007 0-7734-5290-7
This work explores the meaning of each verse of the Bhagavadgita; by providing the Sanskrit text, translation, and transliteration in interlinear format with grammatical analysis, a word list containing alternate meanings for each word, variant readings with select analyses, interpretation by the author, and interaction with several ancient and modern commentators and translators. As a result, readers not only obtain the author’s translating and interpretation but have before them the tools necessary to form independent conclusions if they so choose.2008 0-7734-5291-5
This work explores the meaning of each verse of the Bhagavadgita; by providing the Sanskrit text, translation, and transliteration in interlinear format with grammatical analysis, a word list containing alternate meanings for each word, variant readings with select analyses, interpretation by the author, and interaction with several ancient and modern commentators and translators.2012 0-7734-2635-3
This work enables scholars to analyze more deeply the meanings of these foundational verses of ancient Hindu wisdom. The text allows readers not only to utilize the author’s adept translation and interpretation, but affords them the tools necessary to form independent conclusions.2015 1-4955-0339-9
This work explores the meaning of each verse of the Bhagavadgita; by providing the Sanskrit text, translation, and transliteration in interlinear format with grammatical analysis, a wordlist containing alternate meanings for each word, variant readings with select analyses, interpretation by the author, and interaction with several ancient and modern commentators and translators.
Among millions of Hindus the Bhagavad Gita is their most treasured of holy books and the primary source of their religious inspiration. This volume includes instruction on divine existence, demonic existence, the role of faith in actions, as well as concern with the performance of such actions.2006 0-7734-5723-2
This book studies the evolution of Balarma in Vaiavism through comparative analysis of Balarma stories from selected Hindu puras: the Harivama
(HV), the Viu pura
(Vi.pu), the Brahma pura
(Br.pu), and the Bhgavata pura
(Bh.pu). Through careful analysis of Balarma stories from these texts, the author argues that Balarma was a multifaceted deity of considerable importance in early Vaiavism. The modifications introduced in the earliest stories reveal a process whereby Balarma’s popularity and status declined, and he became a minor deity as Ka grew in importance. In this process, Balarma’s personality is modified from his association with food, abundance, fertility and protection to that of an ordinary warrior.
The author demonstrates that the early supremacy and personality of Balarma is reflected in the depiction of this deity in select Jain texts: the Vasudevahid
(VH), the Harivamapurna (HVP), the Cauppannamahpurisacariyam
(CMC) and the Trialpuruacaritra
(TSP). A comparison of Hindu and Jain pura stories of Balarma also reveal that the Jain Balarma stories are derived from independent sources other than the Hindu puras.
A study of the Balarma stories also contributes to current scholarship on the textual history of the Hindu puras. The stories are analyzed, divided into a series of plots and compared across the different texts. The author shows that changes to these basic plots indicate the evolution of the story and suggests that the more different a story is from the basic story, the later it must be while the less different the story, the closer to contemporary it must be. A comparison of the stories indicates that the HV was the source of the Vi.pu, which served as the source for the Br.pu and Bh.pu. A comparison of the latter two texts reveals that the Bh.pu is the last of the texts, while the Br.pu shows a combination of early and late stories. This pattern is consistent with what scholars working on the puras have described.2000 0-7734-7713-6
This study focuses on the minority Hindus and their interaction with the majority Malay-Muslim community. The Hindus of Malaysia since independence from colonial rule have been seriously marginalized owing to their lack of demographic, economic and political power. Current Islamic resurgence and strident calls for Islamicization of the state have adversely affected the Hindus and created apprehension in the community. This has resulted in augmenting Hindu religiosity and sense of identity. The alienation, ghettoization and economic decline of the Hindus are pressing problems that the Malaysian nation has to tackle.1996 0-7734-8961-4
This volume studies the dynamics of Hindu-Muslim relations in a hitherto little-known part of the province in India, North Malabar, paying special attention to the impact of external political powers on the communal situation. Besides the political history, it also examines social organization, habits of communality, intermarriage, mutual adaptations in literature, music, architecture, and other indications of cultural osmosis. Previously unused sources in the regional language, Malayalam, and the Alexander Bowland Papers on Malabar held by the National Library of Scotland provide important information of use to historians, sociologists, anthropologists, scholars of comparative religion, and political science.2004 0-7734-6561-8
This massive, two-volume work is an extensive survey of the interactions between organized religions and war from the Exodus to Gulf War II. The major emphases are on Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with additional chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, and sections on Shinto, Quakerism, and others. It will attract scholars in a variety of disciplines: peace studies, religion, history, and political science.2003 0-7734-6769-6
These essays examine the extent of religious influence on governmental and public policies, covering recent issues and many countries. The authors are highly-recognized scholars in religious, historical and political science disciplines.1990 0-88946-502-9
Papers focusing, from the viewpoints of history, history of religions, sociology , and anthropology, on a comparative study of monasticism in the two traditions.1983 0-88946-010-8
Covers the spiritual pilgrimage to the holy sites of six major world religions undertaken by the Youth Seminar on World Religions, an event during which 150 young people and professors from 31 nations traveled around the world together to view the historical settings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.1990 0-88946-061-2
An iconological exploration of the seven Hindu female deities known as the Saptamatrikas ("Seven Mothers"), undertaken in order to inquire into the nature of Saptamatrikas icons, identify the inchoate elements that gave rise to their introduction into the Hindu pantheon, and offer an interpretation of their religious function.2015 1-4955-0274-0
The Bhagavad Gita is India’s most treasured of holy books. The present volume concerns itself with ontology. In this book the Gita’s ontology is deeply probed and the difficult task of its careful exegesis is accomplished by the contributors to the volume who know the Sanskrit language very well. This book is an outstanding accomplishment in the study of this remarkable text.2006 0-7734-5626-0
This book makes two major contributions. First, it analyses textual material and qualitative data on Hindu nationalism: in doing so, it reveals the co-existence of several ‘self-other category relations’ and of more elaborate schemas of interpretation in a transnationally circulating discourse often reduced to a cognitive pattern of binary ‘us versus them’ distinctions (frequently dominant though this ‘logic’ is). Second, the analysis is theoretically informed by a newly constructed framework; critically revisiting Claude Lévi-Strauss’s legacy, the author argues that a neo-structuralist paradigm capable of illuminating the structures and workings of (ethno-nationalist) discourses of identity can be constructed if the classically Lévi-Straussian indebtedness to structural linguistics is replaced by conceptual borrowings from social and cognitive psychology. The result is a theoretical approach capable of addressing the blind spots in traditional structuralism — structural diversity, meaning, history and agency. Further complemented by recent work on identity and the cognitively informed study of ethnicity, the analysis reveals the ‘structural possibilities’ and schemas underpinning the discourse of Hindutva
, conceptualizes the latter as a way of interpreting, and acting in, the world, and stresses the role of human agency in relation to a particular specimen of the kind of identity politics that has shaped recent history.2004 0-7734-6397-6
The temple of the god Kalugacalamurtti – the local name for Murugan, Siva’s younger son – is the largest economic enterprise in the town of Kalugumalai, South India, yet ostentatious display and devotionalism loom far larger in the conduct of its affairs than economic rationality, despite attempts at bureaucratic rationalism by successive governments.
This book describes this Hindu temple’s complex patterns of public liturgy and private worship, and explores the metaphysical themes which underlie them according to the Saiva Sidhhanta philosophy governing temple worship. It shows how temple rituals portray and enact the sexuality, kinship, and regality of the gods. It then recounts how temple economy and administration have changed over the past two centuries, how groups and interests within Kalugumalai town challenged the temple’s hegemony over their affairs, and how and why the Rajas of Ettaiyapuram, the temple’s hereditary Trustees, successfully resisted repeated government attempts to assume control of the temple over the past 50 years.
There have relatively few previous ethnographic studies of large Hindu temples and no other fieldworker has access to such detailed information on the orthodox and ceremonial economies of any Hindu temple in South India. The result is a unique synthesis of ethnographic and historical material.2007 0-7734-5262-1
This study provides an enumerative bibliography of the works attributed to Swami Sivananda Saraswati (1887-1963). Containing extensive bibliographic information not found elsewhere, this study can be utilized as either a central research tool or valuable resource for studies relating to Swami Sivananda across a great many research areas. This study provides considerable insight into the composition of Sivananda’s literary corpus, while also raising important questions, such as the issue of authorship and corporate authorship within religious organizations and institutions of India and, more specifically, within the context of the guru-disciple relationship. Appendices include Title Index, Titles by Series, Supplementary Sources, and Guru-Disciple Resources.