How is it that this woman's breasts glimmer so clearly through her saree? Can't you guess, my friends? What are they but rays from the crescents left by the nails of her lover pressing her in his passion, rays now luminous as the moonlight of a summer night? These South Indian devotional poems show the dramatic use of erotic language to express a religious vision. Written by men during the fifteenth to eighteenth century, the poems adopt a female voice, the voice of a courtesan addressing her customer. That customer, it turns out, is the deity, whom the courtesan teases for his infidelities and cajoles into paying her more money. Brazen, autonomous, fully at home in her body, she merges her ...
The awakening of the kundalini or the cosmic energy in a human body is a rare phenomenon which defies the logic and rational explanation by modern science. The author has narrated his direct experiences with this energy in great detail in this book. It gives a fascinating insight into what happens when this cosmic energy gets activated in a human body. Hence, the kind of literature presented in some of the portions is rare to come across and truly mind boggling. This book also addresses some of the profound questions facing the mankind about its very existence. This book is meant for all sections of the humanity irrespective of their religious, philosophical, cultural, professional and educational background. The secrets revealed in this book can be of immense help to anyone in pursuit of the lasting peace and happiness.
The History of the Book in South Asia covers not only the various modern states that make up South Asia today but also a multitude of languages and scripts. For centuries it was manuscripts that dominated book production and circulation, and printing technology only began to make an impact in the late eighteenth century. Print flourished in the colonial period and in particular lithographic printing proved particularly popular in South Asia both because it was economical and because it enabled multi-script printing. There are now vibrant publishing cultures in the nation states of South Asia, and the essays in this volume cover the whole range from palm-leaf manuscripts to contemporary print culture.
Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned ...
"The scholarship exhibited here is not only superior; it is in many ways staggering. The author's control of an astonishing range of primary and secondary texts from many languages, eras, and disciplines is awe-inspiring. This is a learned, original, and important work."—Robert Goldman, Sanskrit and India Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Maurice and Bula Dell were young Tennesseans called to do big things for the Lord, and it would require a lifetime of their reliance upon God's faithfulness. Having made the willing, yet thoughtful decision to accept God's call, they traveled to Burma to begin working as Christian missionaries. Events of World War II forced them to evacuate separately, not knowing where or when they would ever find each other again. Through a series of awe-inspiring events, God planted them in Ramapatnam, South India. He used the following years to grow them in ways that would help fulfill His purposes in that part of the world. Bula Dell's 1940's American dream of honeysuckle and roses around their front door was traded for beautiful eternal "blossoms" of new believers at Heaven's door.
A concise guide covers the history, beliefs and practices, key leaders, and impact upon the modern world of major world religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity.