The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

By Kim Stanley Robinson

With the incomparable imaginative and prescient and breathtaking element that introduced his now-classic Mars trilogy to bright lifestyles, bestselling writer KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines another heritage of the final 700 years. In his grandest paintings but, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a global significantly assorted from the single we know....

The Years of Rice and Salt

It is the fourteenth century and probably the most apocalyptic occasions in human background is determined to occur–the coming of the Black dying. heritage teaches us 3rd of Europe’s inhabitants used to be destroyed. yet what if? What if the plague killed ninety nine percentage of the inhabitants as an alternative? How may the realm have replaced? it is a examine the background that may have been–a historical past that stretches throughout centuries, a background that sees dynasties and international locations upward push and collapse, a historical past that spans terrible famine and sumptuous innovation. those are the years of rice and salt.

This is a universe the place the 1st send to arrive the recent global travels around the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. it is a universe the place the economic Revolution is caused by means of the world’s maximum clinical minds–in India. this can be a universe the place Buddhism and Islam are the main influential and practiced religions and Christianity is in simple terms a ancient footnote.

Through the eyes of infantrymen and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and students, Robinson renders an immensely wealthy tapestry. Rewriting heritage and probing the main profound questions as in simple terms he can, Robinson shines his impressive mild at the position of faith, tradition, energy, or even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shorelines of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the current and past, here's the beautiful tale of the production of a brand new world.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Samnyasa Upanisads: Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and by Patrick Olivelle

By Patrick Olivelle

The 1st readable and exact translation of twenty of the main authoritative Hindu files touching on ascetic beliefs and the ascetic lifestyle, this article opens to scholars a massive resource for the research of the Hindu ascetical associations and of the historic adjustments they underwent in the course of a interval of one thousand years or extra. starting with an research of the ancient context that gave upward push to Indian ascetical associations and ideologies, Patrick Olivelle strikes directly to elucidate the which means of renunciation--the principal establishment of holiness in so much Hindu traditions--and the functionality and value of some of the parts that represent the ceremony of renunciation. The Samnyasa Upanisads should be an unprecedented resource of data and perception for college kids of Hinduism and Indian eticism, mysticism, and holiness.

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Les leurres de Mâyâ : Science et tradition du Cachemire by Jean Papin

By Jean Papin

Cet ouvrage est composé d’entretiens, de causeries et d’interviews de Jean Papin, dans lequel l’auteur prolonge ses réflexions sur le yoga, le tantrisme et les traditions spirituelles. Avec un ton vif et une parole libre Jean Papin n’hésite à renverser quelques-unes de nos idoles et bousculer nos certitudes. Jean Papin éclaircit pour nous le sens des mots Dieu, âme, esprit que nous projetons sur l’Inde et qui nous conduit à de mauvaises interprétations de l’hindouisme. Il nous montre aussi que los angeles recherche d’appuis dans les traditions spirituelles peut être une fuite de l’expérience de l’instant présent ; les cultures et les traditions nous enferment dans le carcan des conditionnements et nous orientent vers des expériences de seconde major. Elles nous suggèrent des réponses qui n’auront jamais l. a. fraîcheur de l. a. spontanéité. castle de son large tradition et de connaissance directe du sanskrit, Jean Papin discussion ici sur les enseignants contemporains, René Guénon, Lilian Silburn, Alain Danielou, ainsi que sur les traditions comme le shivaïsme du cachemire, l’advaita Vedanta, le zen, le hatha-yoga. Il aborde de nombreuses questions intéressant tout chercheur spirituel : A-t-on besoin d’un maitre ? Des pratiques sont-elles nécessaires pour los angeles libération (moksha) ? Qu’est-ce que le pranayama ? Jean Papin montre aussi qu’aujourd’hui une vraie concordance apparaît entre technological know-how et culture de sagesse non-duelle, notamment entre l. a. mécanique quantique et le shivaïsme du Cachemire. Ce que cherche Jean Papin c’est de nous montrer remark toucher l. a. sensation "nue", déconnectée du psychological, remark se mettre au touch direct avec le mouvement universel et ininterrompu de l. a. vie dans le présent éternel. Il s’agit de retourner les sens vers le dedans pour s’éveiller à une measurement où l’espace-temps est aboli.

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Awakening to the Infinite: Essential Answers for Spiritual by Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh

By Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh

Raised as a Catholic and knowledgeable within the West, then expert as a monk in India because the Nineteen Eighties, Canadian writer Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh is uniquely situated to deliver the jap culture of Vedanta to Western religious seekers. In Awakening to the Infinite, he solutions the everlasting query posed through philosophical seekers, "Who am I?" with user-friendly simplicity. in accordance with the traditional teachings of advaita or nonduality—the knowing that, at a basic point, there isn't any department among ourselves and others—the solutions within the publication are drawn from the various conversations Swami has had during the years with participants from various backgrounds, cultures, and walks of existence. masking more than a few matters from the religious route to daily difficulties at paintings and in relationships, sexuality, parenting, actual sickness, and social injustice, Muktananda communicates without delay and compassionately, from the viewpoint of somebody who's anchored within the limitless yet absolutely involved with the realm.

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Consciousness in Indian Philosophy: The Advaita Doctrine of by Sthaneshwar Timalsina

By Sthaneshwar Timalsina

This ebook specializes in the research of natural recognition as present in Advaita Vedanta, one of many major faculties of Indian philosophy. in accordance with this practice, fact is pointed out as Brahman, the area is taken into account illusory, and the person self is pointed out with absolutely the truth. Advaitins have a number of techniques to guard this argument, the primary one being the doctrine of 'awareness simply' (cinmatra). Following this circulate of argument, what awareness grasps instantly is recognition itself, and the notions of topic and item come up because of lack of know-how. This doctrine categorically rejects the plurality of person selves and the truth of gadgets of perception.Timalsina analyzes the character of attention as understood in Advaita. He first explores the character of truth and natural attention, after which strikes directly to examine lack of expertise as propounded in Advaita. He then offers Advaita arguments opposed to the definitions of 'object' of cognition present in a variety of different colleges of Indian philosophy. during this method, the positions of 2 rival philosophical colleges of Advaita and Madhva Vedanta are explored to be able to learn the trade among those faculties.  The ultimate component of the booklet contrasts the Yogacara and Advaita understandings of awareness. Written lucidly and obviously, this publication unearths the intensity and implications of Indian metaphysics and argument. will probably be of curiosity to students of Indian philosophy and spiritual reviews.

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The life of a text : performing the Rāmcaritmānas of by Tulasīdāsa, Tulasīdāsa; Lutgendorf, Philip; Tulasīdāsa

By Tulasīdāsa, Tulasīdāsa; Lutgendorf, Philip; Tulasīdāsa

The lifetime of a Text bargains a bright portrait of 1 community's interplay with its favourite text—the epic Ramcaritmanas—and the best way performances of the epic functionality as a versatile and evolving medium for cultural expression. Anthropologists, historians of faith, and readers drawn to the tradition of North India and the functionality arts will locate breadth of topic, cautious scholarship, and fascinating presentation during this certain and fantastically illustrated exam of Hindi culture.

The most well-liked and influential textual content of Hindi-speaking North India, the epic Ramcaritmanas is a 16th century retelling of the Ramayana tale through the poet Tulsidas. This masterpiece of pre-modern Hindi literature has continually reached its mostly illiterate audiences basically via oral functionality together with ceremonial recitation, folksinging, oral exegesis, and theatrical illustration. Drawing on fieldwork in Banaras, Lutgendorf breaks new flooring through shooting the diversity of functionality suggestions in brilliant element and tracing the influence of the epic in its modern cultural context.

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