The book of your life will have many chapters. Some will tell of triumph, some of tragedy. Some will be dull and ordinary, others intense and exciting. Some will tell of sorrow, others of joy. There will be chapters of passionate love and there will be chapters of implacable hatred. There will be chapters of pain, of anger, of envy, of ego so big that it just can’t be fathomed. Some chapters will bring anxiety, some rage, some joy, some peace. Others will resound with uproarious laughter; still others will bring down a summer rain of tears. Life goes on in happiness and in distress; in celebration and in tragedy; during the day and during the night; in good times and bad, year in, year out. The great cycles of the universe are never still. They move continuously, relentlessly, endlessly, on and on and on......
This study tracks the evolution of 'Bollywood style' in popular Indian cinema between 1991 and 2004. In addressing the social, political and economic implications of this cinematic revolution, Basu finds the frontier of modernisation in the subcontinent today and explains how some features of Bollywood can actually be connected to conservative Brahminical imaginations of class, caste, or gender hierarchies.This comprehensive account of present-day India caught between brave new silicon valleys and farmer suicides will appeal to academics and students alike across a broad range of disciplines, including film, cultural and postcolonial studies.
The Eastern Path to Freedom, Empowerment, and Illumination
Author: Stephen Knapp
This is a definitive and easy to understand guide to the essential as well as devotional heart of the Vedic/Hindu philosophy. Using numerous references, it gives you access to the most important knowledge presented in the Vedic texts regarding your real potential and spiritual identity. Thus, it is especially good for anyone who lacks the time to research the many topics that are contained within the library of Vedic manuscripts and to see their insights and wisdom. Some of the topics you will find include: A complete review of all the Vedic texts and the wide range of topics they contain, and their philosophical conclusion. The uniqueness and freedom in the Vedic system of self-discovery. A description of the main yoga processes and their effectiveness, and the real purpose of yoga. A review of the main Vedic Divinities, such as Krishna, Radharani, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, Durga, Ganesh and others. All the essential teachings of Lord Krishna. The most effective spiritual process for this modern age and what it can do for you, with practical instructions for deep realizations, and much more. This book provides you with a complete process for advancing on the spiritual path, making way for individual empowerment, freedom, and spiritual illumination.
"The purpose of this book is to show as clearly as possible that there is an essential unity in all religions; that there is no difference in the truths inculcated by the various faiths; that there is but one method by which the world, both external and internal, has evolved; and that there is but one Goal admitted by all scriptures." -Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri The Holy Science was written by Sri Yukteswar at the behest of Mahavatar Babaji. In it, Sri Yukteswar compares Sanskrit slokas to the writings of the New Testament. Also explained is the great cycle of world ages (yugas), of which there is currently a transition.
The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna
Author: Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Scholar Jeffrey J. Kripal explores the life and teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a 19th-century Bengali saint who played a major role in the creation of modern Hinduism. The work is now marked by both critical acclaim and cross-cultural controversy. In a substantial new Preface to this second edition, Kripal answers his critics and addresses the controversy.
Spanning 80 years of Indian servitude in South Africa, this novel ebbs and flows with four generations of characters who work as indentured laborers in the cane fields of Natal and Durban. Eventually, the families move to the Casbah district, home of the infamous "Grey Street system." With meticulous research and magnetic, taut storytelling, this work weaves a narrative that is rich in character, history, and place.
A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology
Author: H. P. Blavatsky
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-91), writer, traveller and spiritualist, is well known for her role in nineteenth-century theosophy. Born in the Ukraine, Blavatsky travelled extensively and claimed to have spent seven years studying esoteric mysteries in Tibet. From 1863 she began working as a medium and later counted W. B. Yeats among her followers. In 1875 she founded the Theosophical Society with Henry Steel Olcott. Influenced by Eastern philosophy and the Templars, Freemasons and Rosicrucians, the Society aimed to unravel the occult mysteries of nature. First published in 1877, this book outlines theosophy's precepts. The book is a mishmash of Hermetic philosophy, Christian history and Asian theology, and was allegedly dictated astrally from authorities including Plato, Solomon and Roger Bacon. Volume 2 questions the 'infallibility of religion'. Blavatsky attacks the Church's authority on spirituality and outlines its historic crimes. The book also explores the influence of Eastern philosophy on Christianity.