Unprotected Sects (The Secret Life of a Celibate Monk)

Author: Nathan Vanek

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A fascinating, often humorous and brutally honest look at the journey of a monk, a yogi, specifically focusing on the sexual component to a spiritual life. Vanek had spent seven years as a Vippassana Buddhist Bikkhu and over forty years as a Bramachari Yogi. He lived in the mid-ranges of the Himalayas studying, teaching and running a business in religious icons for over twenty-five years. 'Unprotected Sects' is both his story and a description of the celibate-bramachari lifestyle he embraced. While people have many ideas about bramacharya, Vanek attempts to describe the reality, along with the rewards and possible pitfalls..

Anandamath, or The Sacred Brotherhood

Author: Bankimcandra Chatterji

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Page: 336

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This is a translation of a historically important Bengali novel. Published in 1882, Chatterji's Anandamath helped create the atmosphere and the symbolism for the nationalist movement leading to Indian independence in 1947. It contains the famous hymn Vande Mataram ("I revere the Mother"), which has become India's official National Song. Set in Bengal at the time of the famine of 1770, the novel reflects tensions and oppositions within Indian culture between Hindus and Muslims, ruler and ruled, indigenous people and foreign overlords, jungle and town, Aryan and non-Aryan, celibacy and sexuality. It is both a political and a religious work. By recreating the past of Bengal, Chatterji hoped to create a new present that involved a new interpretation of the past. Julius Lipner not only provides the first complete and satisfactory English translation of this important work, but supplies an extensive Introduction contextualizing the novel and its cultural and political history. Also included are notes offering the Bengali or Sanskrit terms for certain words, as well as explanatory notes for the specialized lay reader or scholar.

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Monthly current affairs magazine from a Christian perspective with a focus on politics, society, economics and culture.

Ānandamaṭh, Or, The Sacred Brotherhood

Author: Bankim Chandra Chatterji

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

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Category: Fiction

Page: 315

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Winner of the A.K. Ramanujan Prize for Annotated Translation This is a translation of a historically important Bengali novel. Published in 1882, Chatterji's Anandamath helped create the atmosphere and the symbolism for the nationalist movement leading to Indian independence in 1947. It contains the famous hymn Vande Mataram (I revere the Mother), which has become India's official National Song. Set in Bengal at the time of the famine of 1770, the novel reflects tensions and oppositions within Indian culture between Hindus and Muslims, ruler and ruled, indigenous people and foreign overlords, jungle and town, Aryan and non-Aryan, celibacy and sexuality. It is both a political and a religious work. By recreating the past of Bengal, Chatterji hoped to create a new present that involved a new interpretation of the past. Julius Lipner not only provides the first complete and satisfactory English translation of this important work, but supplies an extensive Introduction contextualizing the novel and its cultural and political history. Also included are notes offering the Bengali or Sanskrit terms for certain words, as well as explanatory notes for the specialized lay reader or scholar.