Studies on the Tantra, published by Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata is a compilation of various articles on Tantra by manyStudies on the Tantra, published by Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata is a compilation of various articles on Tantra by many recognized scholars. There is a general misconception among Indians that Tantra is all about black-magic, obscenities and gory practices and that it has little to do with Hinduism. This book will remove such misconceptions by suitably demonstrating that: a. black-magic and obscenities are a very small part of the Tantric literature, and b. that Tantra which is an "useful science of religion" is an essential part of Hinduism c. and that Tantra's are built upon a very sophisticated philosophy
The topics dealt with in this book are: a. The Tantrika Mode of Worship b. Evolution of the Tantras c. Philosophy of the Tantras d. The spiritual heritage of India : The Tantras e. The Spirit and Culture of Tantras f. Tantras as a Way of Realization g. Tantrika Culture among the Buddhists h. The Cult of Buddhist Siddhacharyas i. Shakti Cult in South India j. Creation as Explained in the Tantras
The articles have been authored by eminent scholars and Tantra stalwarts like P.C. Bagchi, Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroofe), Swami Madhavananda and others.
This is an excellent book, in being not only a great introductory book to Tantra, but also serving as an overview on all major aspects of the Tantric literature as well as providing insights into Tantric mysticism which is a very sophisticated and esoteric mystical framework. There is a definite pattern in the arrangement of articles in the book - while the initial few articles deal with the applicability of Tantra to daily Hinduism, the next set of articles discuss the inherent spirituality on Tantra and the final few talk about the all-pervading influence of Tantras.
This book is highly recommend for scholars as well as sadhaks....more
Vedanta in Bengal by R.K. Dasgupta is a one of a kind book dealing with the historical evolution of "vernacular" Vedantic thought in Bengal. In 12 chaVedanta in Bengal by R.K. Dasgupta is a one of a kind book dealing with the historical evolution of "vernacular" Vedantic thought in Bengal. In 12 chapters it traces the development of Vedantic ideas in Bengal from the Pala-Sena period in 700 C.E. through the pre-Chaitanya period, Chaitanya period upto the 20th century.
Ideas of notable Vedantins like Rammohum Roy, Devendranath, Keshab Chandra, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore and Sri Aurobindo are discussed lucidly.
As an overview on the subject of Vedanta in Bengal, this book is an excellent and enlightening guide, for both specialists as well as non-specialists. Moreover the fact that it has been published by Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture is an automatic certificate of excellence....more
This book by Shri Sris Chandra Vasu discusses the Nitya Karma Paddhati or Daily practices of Hindus especially from the point of view of Bengal. WrittThis book by Shri Sris Chandra Vasu discusses the Nitya Karma Paddhati or Daily practices of Hindus especially from the point of view of Bengal. Written in around 1880s, this book is perhaps the only book of its kind in English, geared towards the Eastern India Hindu practices (Sama Vedic with a significant Shakta influence along with Shukla Yajur Vedic of Madhyandina Shakha).
Having said that, it must also be noted that he discusses the practises of all the other prominent north Indian Vedic schools - The Rig Vedic as well as the Shukla Yajur Vedic (Madhyandina Shakha). Topics discussed are: a. Nitya Karmas especially morning duties like Achamana, Snana b. Vedic Gayatri of 3 schools - Sama Kauthuma, Shukla Yjur Veda and Rig Veda c. Tantrik Gayatri d. Nitya Puja esp Pancha Devata Puja as practiced in Bengal (Ganesh, Surya, Durga, Shiva, Narayana) e. Fire worship rules f. Food habits etc
This book should be made a mandatory reading for all Hindus and especially for Bengalis who because of the negative influence of communism/ socialism in the last 40 years have forgotten and categorically ignore all things Hindu. ...more
In this book written more than 100 years ago, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, discusses the antiquity of the Rk Vedas, of the Aryans and of the possibleIn this book written more than 100 years ago, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, discusses the antiquity of the Rk Vedas, of the Aryans and of the possible original home of the Aryans as being somewhere near the Arctic (North Pole) region. By Aryans are meant those people who inhabited India since ancient times and also authored the ancient Vedic texts like the Rk Vedas.
He has used two texts to support his thesis: a. The Vedas contain many obscure passages whose meaning become clear when seen from the point of view of an ancient Arctic home b. The Avesta talks about the "happy land of Airyana Vaêjo" which was "located in a region where the sun shone but once a year, and that it was destroyed by the invasion of snow and ice" which necessitated the southward migration of the Aryans from the Arctic region.
As a read, this book is very engrossing. It is an interesting, well-researched, rational and scientific re-look and re-interpretation of the Vedic and Avestic passages which seem to convincingly demonstrate both direct and indirect memories of an ancient Arctic homeland going back 10,000 years or more.
Overall, a brilliant book and a must read for people looking for a different take on Vedic Aryans in India....more