From the author of The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: the classic stories he gathered during the ten years he spent journeying across the Indian subcontinent, from Sri Lanka and southern India to the North West Frontier of Pakistan. As he searched for evidence of Kali Yug, the “age of darkness” predicted by an ancient Hindu cosmology in a final epoch of strife and corruption, Dalrymple encountered a region that thrilled and surprised him. Venturing to places rarely visited by foreigners, he presents compelling portraits of a diverse range of figures—from a Hindi rap megastar through the Tamil Tigers to the drug lords of Pakistan. Dalrymple's love for the subcontinent comes across in every page, which makes its chronicles of political corruption, ethnic violence and social disintegration all the more poignant. The result is a dark yet vibrant travelogue, and a unique look at a region that continues to be marked by rapid change and unlimited possibilities as it struggles to reconcile the forces of modernity and tradition.
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......
We are at a time in history during which we have made exponential advancements in technology and communications. Comforts and information are available at our fingertips. But so much information has confused us, and technology has made us slaves. Society is mesmerized by illusion. People have lost the capacity to think, choose the proper direction in life, and experience peace. This book offers guidance that can transform life. It offers a contemporary approach to meditation that is suitable for people of all beliefs, ages and temperaments. A simple threefold path is advanced. The path requires only that we become still and introverted and rediscover the essence of our being which is peace. Give up dogmas, effort, mechanical discipline and running outward in search of happiness. Learn to be empty, aware, and in the present. Wake up here and now to realize that you are perfect where you are. Peace is your essential nature. You do not need to go anywhere or do anything. You are already there.
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.
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"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.