Sraddha

Author: R. C. Prasad
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 9788120811928
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Sraddha from the Author: R. C. Prasad. Of the sixteen samskaras which encompass a Hindu life the last one is performed for the dead by their sons or grandsons or relatives. Many passages in the Puranas and Dharmasastras extol the role of the son in the life of devout Hindu. The present book deals with the rite of Sraddha and vindicates the popular belief that Sraddha, being an important topic, forms an integral part of Hindu Dharmasastra. The belief in the after-death survival of deceased ancestors and their separate world belongs to the Indo-Iranian period and as such is pre-Vedic. Ancestor-worship for one's prosperity, continuation of one's race, is as old as the Rgveda. Contents Preface, Introduction, The Antyesti Samskara, Appendices, Glossary

The Kundalini Book Of Living And Dying

Author: Ravindra Kumar
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 9781578633005
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The Kundalini Book Of Living And Dying from the Author: Ravindra Kumar. There is a spiritual energy dormant below the base of the spine. In the East it is called the Kundalini- but by whatever name it is called, it is the common denominator in all major religions. People with awakened Kundalini experience death even before dying through visions and out-of-body spiritual experiences. These people are known as the "twice born." The Kundalini Book of Living and Dying shows how to awaken Kundalini and experience the power of spiritual rebirth. A twice-born person simultaneously enjoys the best of this world and the next - through an inner journey that conquers fear of death. That inner journey travels the world of meditation and unconscious dreams, as well as actual near-death experience. This book describes: the seven divisions of the universe and details of the astral plane, the properties of the soul, experiences and anecdotes of people showing the power of the awakened soul, scientific evidence of the soul's existence, as well as various methods of achieving higher consciousness through Kundalini awakening. As one practices the techniques and exercises that awaken Kundalini, one becomes twice born - the chain of repeated births is broken and one may enter the Kingdom of God. The Kundalini Book of Living and Dying offers a spiritual practice that is the most direct path to self-realization. More than enlightenment, the awakened Kundalini is the triumph of eternal life over the fear of death.

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead

Author: W. Y. Evans-Wentz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199839514
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The Tibetan Book Of The Dead from the Author: W. Y. Evans-Wentz. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the texts that, according to legend, Padma-Sambhava was compelled to hide during his visit to Tibet in the late 8th century. The guru hid his books in stones, lakes, and pillars because the Tibetans of that day and age were somehow unprepared for their teachings. Now, in the form of the ever-popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, these teachings are constantly being discovered and rediscovered by Western readers of many different backgrounds--a phenomenon which began in 1927 with Oxford's first edition of Dr. Evans-Wentz's landmark volume. While it is traditionally used as a mortuary text, to be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person, this book--which relates the whole experience of death and rebirth in three intermediate states of being--was originally understood as a guide not only for the dead but also for the living. As a contribution to the science of death and dying--not to mention the belief in life after death, or the belief in rebirth--The Tibetan Book of the Dead is unique among the sacred texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison. This fourth edition features a new foreword, afterword, and suggested further reading list by Donald S. Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez traces the whole history of the late Evans-Wentz's three earlier editions of this book, fully considering the work of contributors to previous editions (C. G. Jung among them), the sections that were added by Evans-Wentz along the way, the questions surrounding the book's translation, and finally the volume's profound importance in engendering both popular and academic interest in the religion and culture of Tibet. Another key theme that Lopez addresses is the changing nature of this book's audience--from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to contemporary exponents of the hospice movement--and what these audiences have found (or sought) in its very old pages.

Jimutavahana S Dayabhaga

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198031604
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Jimutavahana S Dayabhaga from the Author: . This is a translation of a 12th-century Sanskrit legal text, with the original text. The Dayabhaga was one of the most important texts in the history of Indian law. The text, fairly late and inspiring little attention, is important because the British elevated it to such prominence in their new colony in the early 19th century. It was known as the authority on inheritance and significant aspects of family law for the eastern Indian region. The case law and scholarship that surround this text have shaped Indian personal law right up to the present day.

Splitting The Difference

Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226156415
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Splitting The Difference from the Author: Wendy Doniger. Hindu and Greek mythologies teem with stories of women and men who are doubled, who double themselves, who are seduced by gods doubling as mortals, whose bodies are split or divided. In Splitting the Difference, the renowned scholar of mythology Wendy Doniger recounts and compares a vast range of these tales from ancient Greece and India, with occasional recourse to more recent "double features" from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Face/Off. Myth, Doniger argues, responds to the complexities of the human condition by multiplying or splitting its characters into unequal parts, and these sloughed and cloven selves animate mythology's prodigious plots of sexuality and mortality. Doniger's comparisons show that ultimately differences in gender are more significant than differences in culture; Greek and Indian stories of doubled women resemble each other more than they do tales of doubled men in the same culture. In casting Hindu and Greek mythologies as shadows of each other, Doniger shows that culture is sometimes but the shadow of gender.

Dying Death And Bereavement In A British Hindu Community

Author: Shirley Firth
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9789068319767
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Dying Death And Bereavement In A British Hindu Community from the Author: Shirley Firth. This study is an exploration of the religious beliefs, attitudes, traditions and rituals of a British hindu community, with respect to dying, death and bereavement. The observations of this community are compared with material obtained during three months of fieldwork in India and ethnographic sources. The primary focus of this study is on individual Hindus, seen in the context of their family and community: their beliefs, experiences and perceptions about death, and their reactions to the changes that take place. It also examines the process of adaptation and change in the death rituals and the role of the pandits in maintaining continuity. The first part of this study sets the context, introducing the issues confronting Hindus facing death and bereavement in Britain. It discusses theoretical issues in a multicultural study as well as beliefs about death and life after death. In the second part, Hindu ritual practices around death are explored, using a model of nine stages from preparation for death to the final post-mortem and annual ancestral rituals. The third part explores the social and psychological dimensions of death, grief and mourning, the implications of death in hospital and the professional and bureaucratic issues which affect Hindu deaths in Britain. The social aspects of mourning are discussed, with reference to pollution, the role of the family and community, young people and widows. Finally, the author examines the implications of social changes for British Hindus and for those who are involved with them in the caring professions.

Hindu Gods And Goddesses

Author: W. J. Wilkins
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486431567
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Hindu Gods And Goddesses from the Author: W. J. Wilkins. The Hindu pantheon comprises such a multitude of gods and goddesses that even the most devout can find it difficult to remember their names and characteristics. This self-contained volume presents a comprehensive picture of the gods and goddesses commonly worshiped in India; their origins, and their related myths and legends. It covers the deities from both the Vedic and Puranic literature, as well as demons, sacred birds, and other lore, all accompanied by excellent illustrations from traditional sources.

The Palgrave Handbook Of The Afterlife

Author: Yujin Nagasawa
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137486090
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The Palgrave Handbook Of The Afterlife from the Author: Yujin Nagasawa. This unique Handbook provides a sophisticated, scholarly overview of the most advanced thought regarding the idea of life after death. Its comprehensive coverage encompasses historical, religious, philosophical and scientific thinking. Starting with an overview of ancient thought on the topic, The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife examines in detail the philosophical coherence of the main traditional notions of the nature of the afterlife including heaven, hell, purgatory and rebirth. In addition (and breaking with traditional conceptions) it also explores the most recent exciting advance – digital models. Later sections include analysis of various possible metaphysical accounts that might make sense of the afterlife (including substance dualism, emergent dualism and materialism) and the science of near death experiences as well as the links between human psychology and our attitude to the afterlife. Key features: • Grounded in the most advanced philosophical, theological and scientific thinking • Contributions by eminent scholars from the world’s top universities • Balanced treatment of fundamental issues that are relevant to everyone • Diverse approaches ranging from the religious to the scientific, from the optimistic to the pessimistic • A major section on the meaning of the afterlife which includes chapters on fear, purpose, evil, and issues regarding identity The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife is essential reading for scholars, researchers and advanced students researching attitudes to and effects of beliefs about death and life after death from philosophical, historical, religious, psychological and scientific perspectives.