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Reading Rajas and Tamas

A. Raghuramaraju

in Modernity in Indian Social Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198070122
eISBN:
9780199080014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070122.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter analyses how certain accepted readings and understandings of the writings of contemporary Indian thinkers, notably Mahatma Gandhi, on crucial issues like non-violence, restricted, even ... More


Brahman: Nirguṇa and Saguṇa

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195676389
eISBN:
9780199081974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

A strong force in modern Hinduism has been Advaita Vedānta, with about three-fourths of modern Hindu intellectuals believed to subscribe to it. Two Advaitins by conviction were Ramakrishna Paramhamsa ... More


Karma Yoga

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195676389
eISBN:
9780199081974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Karma yoga can be explained by referring to the Bhagavadgītā. To attain moksa, one should give up egocentric action, simply because egocentricism results in karma. However, this involves a paradox: ... More


R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Ranga Rao

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

This is a definitive study of the novelist R.K. Narayan and his art. Drawing upon his five decades of sustained interest and research on Narayan and his own experience as a novelist and short-story ... More


Samādhi in the Yoga Sūtras

Edwin F. Bryant

in Asian Traditions of Meditation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824855680
eISBN:
9780824873028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824855680.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

The Indic Traditions have a rich two and a half millennia long variegated history of meditational and contemplative practices. Patañjali’s systematization of these techniques, as expressed in the ... More


Encountering the Brahmin Double in Medieval India

Adheesh A. Sathaye

in Crossing the Lines of Caste: Visvamitra and the Construction of Brahmin Power in Hindu Mythology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199341108
eISBN:
9780190233556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341108.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter traces the development of a villainous side to Viśvāmitra’s persona within the Sanskrit and vernacular versions of the legend of Hariścandra, as a response to a growing critique of ... More


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