Indian Philosophy
The Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
The Complete Kama Sutra
The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
Hardcover      ISBN: 0892814926

This definitive volume is the first modern translation of Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra to include two essential commentaries: the Jayamangala of Yashodhara and the modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Alain Danilou spent four years comparing versions of the Kama Sutra in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, and English, drawing on his intimate experience of India, to preserve the full explicitness of the original. I wanted to demystify India, he writes, to show that a period of great civilization, of high culture, is forcibly a period of great liberty.

The Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
The Complete Kama Sutra
The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
Paperback      ISBN: 0892815256

The world's oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures and techniques of sex, the Kama Sutra was compiled in the fourth century A.D. by a Brahmin and religious scholar name Vatsyayana, who worked from texts dating back to the fourth century B.C. Until the present, the only English translation of his Hindu love classic was that of the famous English explorer Sir Richard Burton, published in 1883.

Unlike Burton's version, Alain Dani lou's new translation preserves the numbered verse divisions of the original and includes two essential commentaries: the Fayamangala commentary, written in Sanskrit by Yashodhara during the Middle Ages, and a modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Whereas Burton's Victorian reluctance to translate certain terms obscured our understanding of the philosophy and techniques of the Kama Sutra, Dani lou has preserved the full explicitness of the original, dealing with everything from the art of scratching to relations with the wives of others.

Realistic and pragmatic in its approach, the Kama Sutra deals without ambiguity or hypocrisy with all aspects of sexual life--including marriage, adultery, prostitution, group sex, sadomasochism, male and female homosexuality, and transvestism. The text paints a fascinating portrait of an India whose openness to sexuality gave rise to a highly developed expression of the erotic.
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Patanjala Yoga Pradipika
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Patanjala Yoga Pradipika
Paperback      ISBN: 1855382253

From the world's greatest and best-known teacher of yoga comes this guide to the discipline. Patanjali, an early Indian sage and mystic, was the first to systematize and codify the principle and practice of yoga. Patanjali's collection of 185 aphorisms, Yoga Sutras, remains the classical work on the subject - this book provides a commentary on Patanjali's work.

Living Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide for Daily Life
Living Yoga
A Comprehensive Guide for Daily Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0874777291

Explore the many paths of yoga.

Yoga has been a living tradition of spiritual teaching for five thousand years. Here, readers will discover the wisdom of the millennia--and learn to live yoga.

This book contains the best of Yoga Journal the most outstanding interviews, essays, illustrations, and photographs. It offers the promise of hatha yoga exercise for health, and the yoga approach to diet and nutrition. It teaches meditation as an antidote to stress and a path to mindfulness. It explores the yoga of love and devotion in relationships; karma yoga, the path of work; and tantra yoga, the path of ritual, creativity, and sexuality.

The authoritative contributors and wide-ranging topics here include:
- Ram Dass on life as service
- Joan Borysenko on the healing power of love
- Larry Dossey on illusions about the body
- Judith Lasater on asanas, or hatha yoga postures
- Thich Nhat Hanh on the nature of suffering
- Ken Wilber on the role of meditation
- Frances Vaughan on the common ground between psychotherapy and spirituality
- Daniel Coleman on early-warning signs for detecting spiritual abuse
- John Welwood on spiritual relationships
- Georg Feuerstein on sacred sexuality
- Jacob Needleman on money and the path
- Joanna Macy on caring for the earth

Also richly illustrated, Living Yoga celebrates a fresh vision of life for spiritual seekers. Beginners will find an accessible, far-reaching overview of the topic; advanced practitioners will be reminded once again of the value and promise of yoga.
Analytical Philosophy in Comparative Perspective: Exploratory Essays in Current Theories and Classical Indian Theories of Meaning and Reference
Analytical Philosophy in Comparative Perspective
Exploratory Essays in Current Theories and Classical Indian Theories of Meaning and Reference
Hardcover      ISBN: 9027718709

We are grateful to the authors who wrote papers specially for this volume and kindly gave their permission for printing them together. None of these papers appeared anywhere before. Our special thanks are due to the first six authors who kindly responded to our request and agreed to join this new venture which we are calling 'comparative perspective' in ana- lytical philosophy. In the introductory essay certain salient points from each paper have been noted only to show how 'com- parative perspective' may add to, and be integrated with, mod- ern philosophical discussion in the analytic tradition. Need- less to say, any mistake, possible mis-attribution or misrepresentation of the views of the original authors of the papers (appearing in the said introductory essay) is entirely the responsibility of the author of that essay. The author apologizes if there has been such unintentional misrepresenta- tion and insists that the readers should depend upon the orig- inal papers themselves for their own understanding. For typo- graphical problems it has not always been possible to use the symbols originally used by the authors, but care has been taken to use the proper substitute for each of them. Bimal K. Matilal ANALYTICAL PHILOSOPHY IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE: AN INTRODUCTION 1. The aim of this volume is to extend the horizon of philosophi- cal analysis as it is practiced today.

The Bhagavad Gita: The Original Sanskrit and an English Translation
The Bhagavad Gita
The Original Sanskrit and an English Translation
Sanskrit    Paperback      ISBN: 0971646678

At last, an edition of the Bhagavad Gita that speaks with unprecedented fidelity and clarity, letting the profound beauty and depth of this classic shine through. It contains an unusually informative introduction, the Sanskrit text of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute's critical edition, an accurate and accessible English translation, a comprehensive glossary of names and epithets and a thorough index.

From the Introduction
You are about to have the profound pleasure of reading one of the truly great books in the history of the world. Not only is it a spiritual monument--an essential scripture of Hinduism, recited daily for two millennia and to this very day, whose teachings have spread throughout Asia and around the globe--it is also a literary masterpiece, the linchpin of a great epic of war and peace, honor and disgrace, loyalty and betrayal. It is a book people everywhere in the world return to again and again throughout their lives for insight into the nature of reality.

Excerpt
If the light of a thousand suns had risen in the sky at the same time, that would have equaled the splendor of that great soul.

There, in the body of the god of gods, the son of Pandu beheld the whole world, united in its infinite diversity.

Dhananjaya, struck with amazement, his body hair bristling, bowed his head to the god and spoke with folded hands.

Arjuna said, 'I see all the gods in your body, Lord, with the different hosts of beings--the lord Brahma sitting on his lotus seat, all the sages, the divine serpents.

I see you with countless arms, bellies, faces, and eyes, your form stretching endlessly in all directions. I see no end, no middle, nor beginning of you, lord of the universe with universal form.

I see you with your crown, your mace, and your discus; a glowing mass shining in all directions with the splendor of blazing fire and the sun on all sides, difficult to behold, immeasurable.

You are the immutable, the supreme, that which should be known. You are the ultimate repository of this universe. You are the immortal guardian of the eternal law. I know you as the everlasting spirit.

Without a beginning, a middle, or an end, with endless power, countless arms, with the moon and the sun as your eyes, I see you with your mouth as a blazing fire, burning this universe with your fiery energy.

For this space between heaven and earth and all four directions is pervaded by you alone. Seeing this wondrous and terrifying form of yours, the three worlds tremble, great soul

The Bhagavad Gita: The Original Sanskrit and An English Translation
The Bhagavad Gita
The Original Sanskrit and An English Translation
Hardcover      ISBN: 097164666x

At last, an edition of the Bhagavad Gita that speaks with unprecedented fidelity and clarity, letting the profound beauty and depth of this classic shine through. It contains an unusually informative introduction, the Sanskrit text of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute's critical edition, an accurate and accessible English translation, a comprehensive glossary of names and epithets and a thorough index.

From the Introduction
You are about to have the profound pleasure of reading one of the truly great books in the history of the world. Not only is it a spiritual monument--an essential scripture of Hinduism, recited daily for two millennia and to this very day, whose teachings have spread throughout Asia and around the globe--it is also a literary masterpiece, the linchpin of a great epic of war and peace, honor and disgrace, loyalty and betrayal. It is a book people everywhere in the world return to again and again throughout their lives for insight into the nature of reality.

Excerpt
If the light of a thousand suns had risen in the sky at the same time, that would have equaled the splendor of that great soul.

There, in the body of the god of gods, the son of Pandu beheld the whole world, united in its infinite diversity.

Dhananjaya, struck with amazement, his body hair bristling, bowed his head to the god and spoke with folded hands.

Arjuna said, 'I see all the gods in your body, Lord, with the different hosts of beings--the lord Brahma sitting on his lotus seat, all the sages, the divine serpents.

I see you with countless arms, bellies, faces, and eyes, your form stretching endlessly in all directions. I see no end, no middle, nor beginning of you, lord of the universe with universal form.

I see you with your crown, your mace, and your discus; a glowing mass shining in all directions with the splendor of blazing fire and the sun on all sides, difficult to behold, immeasurable.

You are the immutable, the supreme, that which should be known. You are the ultimate repository of this universe. You are the immortal guardian of the eternal law. I know you as the everlasting spirit.

Without a beginning, a middle, or an end, with endless power, countless arms, with the moon and the sun as your eyes, I see you with your mouth as a blazing fire, burning this universe with your fiery energy.

For this space between heaven and earth and all four directions is pervaded by you alone. Seeing this wondrous and terrifying form of yours, the three worlds tremble, great soul

The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 1472528352

The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art provides an extensive research resource to the burgeoning field of Asian aesthetics. Featuring leading international scholars and teachers whose work defines the field, this unique volume reflects the very best scholarship in creative, analytic, and comparative philosophy.

Beginning with a philosophical reconstruction of the classical rasa aesthetics, chapters range from the nature of art-emotions, tones of thinking, and aesthetic education to issues in film-theory and problems of the past versus present. As well as discussing indigenous versus foreign in aesthetic practices, this volume covers North and South Indian performance practices and theories, alongside recent and new themes including the Gandhian aesthetics of surrender and self-control and the aesthetics of touch in the light of the politics of untouchability.

With such unparalleled and authoritative coverage, The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art represents a dynamic map of comparative cross-cultural aesthetics. Bringing together original philosophical research from renowned thinkers, it makes a major contribution to both Eastern and Western contemporary aesthetics.
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics
Hardcover      ISBN: 1472587774

Featuring leading scholars from philosophy and religious studies, The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics dispels the myth that Indian thinkers and philosophers were uninterested in ethics.

This comprehensive research handbook traces Indian moral philosophy through classical, scholastic Indian philosophy, pan-Indian literature including the Epics, Ayurvedic medical ethics, as well as recent, traditionalist and Neo-Hindu contributions. Contrary to the usual myths about India (that Indians were too busy being religious to care about ethics), moral theory constitutes the paradigmatic differentia of formal Indian philosophy, and is reflected richly in popular literature. Many of the papers make this clear by an analytic explication that draws critical comparisons and contrasts between classical Indian moral philosophy and contemporary contributions to ethics.

By critically addressing ethics as a sub-discipline of philosophy and acknowledging the mistaken marginalization of Indian moral philosophy, this handbook reveals how Indian contributions can illuminate contemporary philosophical research on ethics.

Unlike previous approaches to Indian ethics, this volume is organized in accordance with major topics in moral philosophy. The volume contains an extended introduction, exploring topics in moral semantics, the philosophy of thought, (metaethical and normative) ethical theory, and the politics of scholarship, which serve to show how the diversity of Indian moral philosophy is a contribution to the discipline of ethics. With an overview of Indian moral theory, and a glossary, this is a valuable guide to understanding the past, present and future research directions of a central component of Indian philosophy.
Can Humanity Change?: J. Krishnamurti in Dialogue with Buddhists
Can Humanity Change?
J. Krishnamurti in Dialogue with Buddhists
Paperback      ISBN: 1590300726

Many have considered Buddhism to be the religion closest in spirit to J. Krishnamurti's spiritual teaching--even though the great teacher was famous for urging students to seek truth outside organized religion. This record of a historic encounter between Krishnamurti and a group of Buddhist scholars provides a unique opportunity to see what the great teacher had to say himself about Buddhist teachings. The conversations, which took place in London in the late 1970s, focused on human consciousness and its potential for transformation. Participants include Walpola Rahula, the renowned Sri Lankan Buddhist monk and scholar, author of the classic introductory text What the Buddha Taught.