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 Om-Shanti: Studie en Academie Materiaal

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I Am (K)Not the Body

Pradeep Apte

I had a collection of handwritten notes that were prepared while going through two books, the ‘Guru Vachaka Kovai’ (the garland of Guru’s sayings) and ‘Padamalai’. These are teachings of Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi recorded in Tamil verse by his disciple Muruganar made generously available to the whole world in English by Mr. David Godman and his team. I had the feeling ‘I am not the body’ when I held these books in hand even before I had read them. Thus I started taking down notes with this idea in mind and this collection is the outcome of that effort. This soft copy was only recently prepared as I felt that many spiritual aspirants may find them useful as I did.
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Om-Shanti: Studie en Academie Materiaal
Boekbespreking Vedas


Embodying the Vedas

Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary
Maharashtra. De Gruyter 2017

Borayin Larios

This book probes the backbone of what makes Hinduism the world’s oldest living tradition: the unbroken chain of transmission of Vedic texts composed over 3,000 years ago, originating circa 1750-1200 BCE. What does the process of that transmission look like? What does it take to apprentice to learn the Vedic corpus? Why is there an emphasis on precise ritual enunciation of these utterances even above and beyond their semantic meaning? Join me as I talk with Dr. Borayin Larios, Assistant Professor at the Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (Vienna) about his work on the traditional “gurukula” education and training of Brahmins. Based on his study of 25 contemporary Vedic schools across the state of Maharashtra, we discover how contemporary Brahmin males learn with scrupulous care how to recite, memorize and ultimately embody the Vedas.

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Lover, Magician and Scion of the
Avatara, Oxford University Press 2019

Christopher Austin

This is the first sustained study of an important figure in Hindu narrative, one largely obscure to readers and scholars alike: Krsna's son Pradyumna. In this book Austin traces the evolution of Pradyumna's persona, placing it in historical context, across its iterations over time. He highlights the very gendered features of Pradyumna's Oedipal tale.

Raj Balkaran: Audio - Podcast 026:  klik hier


The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth

Power, Preservation and Mirrored Mahatmyas
in the Markandeya Purana, Routledge 2020

Raj Balkaran

Why are the myths of the Indian Great Goddess, Durgā, found in the Mārkandeya Purāna  framed by myths glorifying the Sun, Sūrya? And why do these glorifications mirror each other in both content and form? In exploring these questions, this book argues for an ideological ecosystem at work in the  Mārkandeya Purāna privileging worldly (pravrtti) values, of which Indian kings, the Goddess (Devī), the Sun (Sūrya) and sage Mārkandeya himself are paragons.

Raj Balkaran: Audio - Podcast 050:  klik hier


The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Vedanta

Bloomsbury Academic 2020

Ayon Maharaj

This book brings together a distinguished team of scholars from philosophy, theology, and religious studies to provide the first in-depth discussion of Vedanta and the many different systems of thought that make up this tradition of Indian philosophy. Emphasizing the historical development of Vedantic thought, it includes chapters on numerous classical Vedantic philosophies as well as the modern Vedantic views of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo, and Romain Rolland. The volume offers careful hermeneutic analyses of how Vedantic texts have been interpreted, and it addresses key issues and debates in Vedanta, including religious diversity, the nature of God, and the possibility of embodied liberation. Venturing into cross-philosophical and cross-cultural territory, it also brings Vedanta into dialogue with Saiva Nondualism as well as contemporary Western analytic philosophy. Highlighting current scholarly controversies and charting new paths of inquiry, this is an indispensable research guide for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of Vedanta and Indian philosophy.

Raj Balkaran: Audio - Podcast 082:  klik hier


Maya in the Bhagavata Purana

Human Suffering and Divine Play
Oxford University Press 2020

Gopal K. Gupta

The idea of Maya pervades Indian philosophy. It is enigmatic, multivalent, and foundational, with its oldest referents found in the Rig Veda. This book explores Maya's rich conceptual history, and then focuses on the highly developed theology of Maya found in the Sanskrit Bhagavata Purana, one of the most important Hindu sacred texts. Gupta examines Maya's role in the Bhagavata's narratives, paying special attention to its relationship with other key concepts in the text, such as human suffering (duhkha), devotion (bhakti), and divine play (lila). In the Bhagavata, Maya is often identified as the divine feminine, and has a far-reaching influence. For example, Maya is both the world and the means by which God creates the world, as well as the facilitator of God's play, paradoxically revealing him to his devotees by concealing his majesty. While Vedanta philosophy typically sees Maya as a negative force, the Bhagavata affirms that Maya also has a positive role, as Maya is ultimately meant to draw living beings toward Krishna and intensify their devotion to him.

Raj Balkaran: Audio - Podcast 085:  klik hier


The Skandapurana Project

The Varáha Cycle and the Andhaka Cycle Continued
Vol. V Adhyayas 96 - 112, Brill 2021

Peter Christiaan Bisschop and Yuko Yokochi

This interview features the authors and their work on the monumental Skandapurāna project. Started in the 1990's, the project is aimed at creating a critical edition of the Skandapurāna along with documenting its variations over time as well producing important studies of the text. Their latest installment of this project (Volume 5, featuring Chapters 92-112 of the Skandapurāna, with an introduction and annotated English synopsis) addresses the incorporation of Vaisnava mythology in the text.

Raj Balkaran: Audio - Podcast 126:  klik hier


The Visnu Purana

Ancient Annals of the God with Lotus Eyes
Australian National University 2021

McComas Taylor

Listen in as we speak with McComas Taylor (Associate Professor and Reader in Sanskrit, The Australian National University) about his brand-new translation of the Visnu Purāna. This is the second time the Visnu Purāna has been translated into English, the last time being nearly two centuries ago. Attentive to out the aesthetics of out-loud utterance, this beautiful translation is in blank-verse, faithful to the original Sanskrit, and available Open Access. We also speak about the World Sanskrit Conference, an upcoming Sanskrit Narrative volume, and studying Sanskrit online with McComas Taylor.

Raj Balkaran: Audio - Podcast 135:  klik hier


First Words, Last Words

New Theories for Reading Old Texts in Sixteenth
Century India, Oxford University Press, USA 2021

Yigal Bronner and Lawrence J. McCrea

This book charts an intense “pamphlet war” that took place in sixteenth-century South India. The authors explore this controversy as a case study in the dynamics of innovation in early modern India, a time of great intellectual innovation. This debate took place within the traditional discourses of Vedic Hermeneutics and its increasingly influential sibling discipline of Vedanta, and its proponents among the leading intellectuals and public figures of the period. This book traces both the issue of sequence and the question of innovation through an in-depth study of this debate and through a comparative survey of similar problems in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, revealing that the disputants in this controversy often pretended to uphold traditional views, when they were in fact radically innovative.

Raj Balkaran: Audio - Podcast 143:  klik hier

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