Best Indian Literary Criticism Books
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1. Buddhism: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing Buddhism to Become Stress and Anxiety Free (Buddhism, Mindfulness, Meditation, Buddhism For Beginners)
Author: by Michael Williams
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 4th edition (September 29, 2016)
4th Edition Now Available with New Beautiful Images and also as Audiobook! “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” – Buddha An ancient and deeply revered practice, Buddhism is even more popular now than it has been in decades.
The secret behind its steady rise is due in part to the plethora of benefits Buddhism reaps upon those who practice it and apply its teachings to their lives. Through mindfulness and meditation, Buddhism injects peace and clarity into the minds and lives of those who dedicate themselves to it.
Those wonderful benefits can be a part of your life as well through the careful study of its various tenets. In Buddhism, this thoughtful and carefully detailed guidebook acts as a beginner’s guide to those who may be interested in learning more about this ancient and wise practice.
Placing emphasis on meditation, yoga, and understanding the core concepts of Buddhism allows the reader to apply its teachings to make their lives fuller and healthier. If you are curious about Buddhism and want to find the answers you seek, then look no further than this qualitative guidebook.
2. Translating Buddhism from Tibetan: An Introduction to the Tibetan Literary Language and the Translation of Buddhist Texts from Tibetan
Author: by Joe B. Wilson
Published at: Snow Lion; 1st edition (January 1, 1992)
This complete textbook on classical Tibetan is suitable for beginning or intermediate students. It begins with rules for reading writing and pronouncing Tibetan, gradually carrying the reader through the patterns seen in the formation of words and into the repeating patterns of Tibetan phrases, clauses, and sentences.
Students with prior experience will find the seven appendiceswhich review the rules of pronunciation grammar and syntaxprovide an indispensable reference. It balances traditional Tibetan grammatical and syntactic analysis with a use of terminology that reflects English preconceptions about sentence structure.
Based on the system developed by Jeffrey Hopkins at the Unversity of Virginia, this book presents in lessons with drills and reading exercises a practical introduction to Tibetan grammar syntax and technical vocabulary used in Buddhist works on philosophy and meditation.
An extremely well designed learning system, it serves as an introduction to reading and translating and to Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Through easily memorizable paradigms the student comes to recognize and understand the recurrent patterns of the Tibetan language. Each chapter contains a vocabulary full of helpful Buddhist terms.
3. The Law Code of Manu (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: by Patrick Olivelle
Published at: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (August 3, 2009)
The Law Code of Manu is the most authoritative and the best-known legal text of ancient India. Famous for fifteen centuries it still generates controversy, with Manu’s verses being cited in support of the oppression of women and members of the lower castes.
A seminal Hindu text, the Law Code is important for its classic description of so many social institutions that have come to be identified with Indian society. It deals with the relationships between social and ethnic groups, between men and women, the organization of the state and the judicial system, reincarnation, the workings of karma, and all aspects of the law.
Patrick Olivelle’s lucid translation is the first to be based on his critically edited text, and it incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian history, law, society, and religion. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe.
Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
4. Tagore: Gitanjali or Song Offerings: Introduced by W. B. Yeats
Author: by Rabindranath Tagore
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Deluxe edition (December 5, 2015)
Written by the most famous Bengali poet, philosopher, social reformer, and dramatist who came into international prominence when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. For the Bengali public, Tagore has been, and remains, an altogether exceptional literary figure, towering over all others.
His poems, songs, novels, short stories, critical essays, and other writings have vastly enriched the cultural environment in which hundreds of millions of people live in the Bengali-speaking world, whether in Bangladesh or in India. Amartya Sen, Harvard University and Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 Formerly issued in a limited edition by the India Society in 1912.
This edition was first published by Macmillan & Co.In March 1913. This text was retrieved from the digitized version of Gitanjali available in the internet archive of the University of Toronto. The hard copy of this version was presented to the Library of the University of Toronto by Lord Falconer from the books of the late Sir Robert Falconer, President of the University of Toronto, 1907-1932.
5. How Our Skin Sparkles: A Growth Mindset Children's Book for Global Citizens About Acceptance (Empowerment)
Author: by Aditi Wardhan Singh
Published at: Raising World Children LLC (February 26, 2020)
Do you want your child to be confident in their skin? Read this story of Aarav who comes home one day wondering why he looks different. See how science, culture and concept enable this child being raised on the borders of multiple cultures to see himself and those around him in a new light.
Diversify your library with award-winning children’s book that talks about body positivity and inclusion. A great way to transition to early chapter books. This story takes a peak at Indian culture and talks about how one can truly see everyone as they are inside.
A must have for any child who wants to learn a little more about themselves, the world around them and how we truly sparkle! The Sparkling Series books for global kids is geared to empower kids aged 5-10. Perfect for boys, girls, early readers and elementary school students.
Excellent resource for counselors, parents, and teachers alike. Reading guide and lesson plan for this book available on RaisingWorldChildren.Com/learnmore . As a BONUS, get a free diversity and inclusion activity book on the site as well.
6. The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma
Author: by Gurcharan Das
Published at: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2010)
Why should we be good? How should we be good? And how might we more deeply understand the moral and ethical failings-splashed across today’s headlines-that have not only destroyed individual lives but caused widespread calamity as well, bringing communities, nations, and indeed the global economy to the brink of collapse?
In The Difficulty of Being Good, Gurcharan Das seeks answers to these questions in an unlikely source: the 2,000 year-old Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. A sprawling, witty, ironic, and delightful poem, the Mahabharata is obsessed with the elusive notion of dharma-in essence, doing the right thing.
When a hero does something wrong in a Greek epic, he wastes little time on self-reflection; when a hero falters in the Mahabharata, the action stops and everyone weighs in with a different and often contradictory take on dharma. Each major character in the epic embodies a significant moral failing or virtue, and their struggles mirror with uncanny precision our own familiar emotions of anxiety, courage, despair, remorse, envy, compassion, vengefulness, and duty.
7. Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love, and Wisdom
Author: by Krishna Dharma
Published at: Mandala Publishing (August 18, 2020)
Despite its popularity in Eastern cultures, and though Eastern and Western scholars alike recognize it as a literary masterpiece, the Ramayana is unknown to most in the West. This edition gives English-speaking readers the best opportunity yet to discover and enjoy this ancient classic.
The Ramayana, perhaps the world’s oldest literature, is both a spellbinding adventure and a work of profound philosophy, offering answers to life’s deepest questions. It tells of another time when gods and heroes walked among us, facing supernatural forces of evil and receiving guidance from powerful mystics and sages.
Revered throughout the ages for its moral and spiritual wisdom, the beautiful and uplifting tale of romance and high adventure recounts the odyssey of Rama, a great king of ancient India. Rama, along with his virtuous, courageous wife Sita and faithful brother Lakshmana, is exiled to the forest for fourteen years.
There, Sita is abducted by the powerful demon Ravana. With his brother and a fantastic army of supernatural creatures, Rama embarks on a perilous quest to find his beloved Sita.
8. Kamasutra (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: by Mallanaga Vatsyayana
Published at: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (May 15, 2009)
The Kamasutra is the oldest extant textbook of erotic love. But it is more than a book about sex. It is about the art of living-about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, committing adultery, living as or with a courtesan, using drugs-and also, of course, about the many and varied positions available to lovers in sexual intercourse and the pleasures to be derived from each.
The Kamasutra was composed in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, sometime in the third century, probably in North India. It combines an encyclopedic coverage of all imaginable aspects of sex with a closely observed sexual psychology and a dramatic, novelistic narrative of seduction, consummation, and disentanglement.
Best known in English through the highly mannered, padded, and inaccurate nineteenth-century translation by Sir Richard Burton, the text is newly translated here into clear, vivid, sexually frank English. This edition also includes a section of vivid Indian color illustrations along with three uniquely important commentaries: translated excerpts from the earliest and most famous Sanskrit commentary (thirteenth century) and from a twentieth-century Hindi commentary, and explanatory notes by the two translators.
9. Me and Rumi: The Autobiography of Shams-I Tabrizi
Author: by Shams-i Tabrizi
Published at: Fons Vitae; 53093rd edition (September 1, 2004)
The astounding autobiography of the man who transformed Rumi from a learned religious teacher into the world’s greatest poet of mystical love.
10. Sparkles of Joy: A Children's Book that Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion
Author: by Aditi Wardhan Singh
Published at: Raising World Children LLC (November 11, 2020)
Empathy comes from sharing our similarities and celebrating our differences. Caleb, a new neighbor joins a Diwali themed playdate. Will Riya and her friends be able to make Caleb feel comfortable? Enjoy this fun story as the kids realize how their cultures sparkle in different ways.
Multi-award winning author Aditi Wardahn Singh brings you a children’s book that talks about Diwali, Christmas and Hanukkah and how we can all sparkle through our culture. The Sparkling Me Series books are ideal for elementary aged kids. Conversation starters, Diya making activity and resouce guide included in the book.
Lesson plan and FREE PRINTABLES that can be used with this book available on RaisingWorldChildren.Com
11. Stray Birds
Author: by Rabindranath Tagore
Published at: A & D Books (April 9, 2009)
“Collected here are three hundred twenty short poems by Rabindranath Tagore. They were written in Bengali before being translated into English by Tagore. These poems are beautiful, thought provoking, and somewhat reminiscent of Haiku. Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away.
And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh.”
12. Croaking Frogs: A Guide to Sanskrit Metrics and Figures of Speech
Author: by Les Morgan
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Bilingual edition (December 20, 2011)
This guide to Sanskrit metrics and figures of speech can be used as a workbook for learning how to chant verses. It includes fully-worked examples of the most popular types of verse. The book has six sections: 1. “Poetic elements in Sanskrit literature” explains the extensive use of verse in Indian texts.2.
“Introduction to Metrics” gives a clear overview of Sanskrit prosody.3. “A Treasury of Common Meters” includes fully-worked examples of verses drawn from many sources.4. “Figures of Speech” explains similes, metaphors, and other poetic uses of language.5. “Figures of Sound” explains techniques that affect sound, such as rhyme and alliteration.6.
A metrical analysis of the Hathapradipika, the best-known work on Hatha Yoga, is included. An Introduction to the Hathapradipika by Anthony Biduck summarizes key spiritual and philosophical ideas of Hatha Yoga. Includes a Foreword by Consulting Editor Ram Karan Sharma, References, Bibliography, Glossary, Index, and Appendices.
13. The Epic of Gesar of Ling: Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King
Author: by Robin Kornman
Published at: Shambhala; First Edition (July 9, 2013)
The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights. For hundreds of years, versions of it have been known in oral and written form in Tibet, China, Central Asia, and across the eastern Silk Route. King Gesar, renowned throughout these areas, represents the ideal warrior.
As a leader with his people’s loyalty and trust, he conquers all their enemies and protects the peace. His life story, which is full of miracles and magic, is an inspiration and a spiritual example to the people of Tibet and Central Asia even today; Gesar’s warrior mask can be seen in the town square and on the door of homes in towns and villages throughout this area.
As a Buddhist teaching story, the example of King Gesar is also understood as a spiritual allegory. The “enemies” in the stories represent the emotional and psychological challenges that turn people’s minds toward greed, aggression, and envy, and away from the true teachings of Buddhism.
These enemies graphically represent the different manifestations of the untamed mind. The teaching is that genuine warriors are not aggressive, but that they subjugate negative emotions in order to put the concerns of others before their own. The ideal of warriorship that Gesar represents is that of a person who, by facing personal challenges with gentleness and intelligence, can attain spiritual realization.
14. The Bhagavad Gita (Norton Critical Editions)
Author: by Gavin Flood
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; First edition (October 31, 2014)
A true translation whose literary qualities make it stand out from the rest. Daniel Gold, Cornell University Here’s a chance to rediscover The Bhagavad Gita in a translation that blends true scholarship with artistry. Library JournalThe Bhagavad Gita, the Song of the Lord, is an ancient Hindu scripture about virtue presented as a dialogue between Krishna, an incarnation of God, and the warrior Arjuna on the eve of a great battle over succession to the throne.
This new verse translation of the classic Sanskrit text combines the skills of leading Hinduist Gavin Flood with the stylistic verve of award-winning poet and translator Charles Martin. The result is a living text that remains true to the extraordinarily influential original.
A devotional, literary, and philosophical work of unsurpassed beauty and relevance, The Bhagavad Gita has inspired, among others, Mahatma Gandhi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, T.S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, and Aldous Huxley. Its universal themeslife and death, war and peace, and sacrificeresonate in a West increasingly interested in Eastern religious experiences and the Hindu diaspora.
15. Wisdom as a Way of Life: Theravāda Buddhism Reimagined
Author: by Steven Collins
Published at: Columbia University Press (July 7, 2020)
This wide-ranging and powerful book argues that Theravda Buddhism provides ways of thinking about the self that can reinvigorate the humanities and offer broader insights into how to learn and how to act. Steven Collins argues that Buddhist philosophy should be approached in the spirit of its historical teachers and visionaries, who saw themselves not as preservers of an archaic body of rules but as part of a timeless effort to understand what it means to lead a worthy life.
He contends that Buddhism should be studied philosophically, literarily, and ethically using its own vocabulary and rhetorical tools. Approached in this manner, Buddhist notions of the self help us rethink contemporary ideas of self-care and the promotion of human flourishing.
Collins details the insights of Buddhist texts and practices that promote the ideal of active and engaged learning, offering an expansive and lyrical reflection on Theravda approaches to meditation, asceticism, and physical training. He explores views of monastic life and contemplative practices as complementing and reinforcing textual learning, and argues that the Buddhist tenet that the study of philosophy and ethics involves both rigorous reading and an ascetic lifestyle has striking resonance with modern and postmodern ideas.
16. Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vol. 3
Author: by Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Published at: Mage Publishers; Illustrated edition (December 1, 2003)
Among the masterpieces of world literature, perhaps the least familiar to English readers is the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh, in Persian). This prodigious national epic, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between 980 and 1010, tells the story of ancient Persia, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab-Islamic invasion.
With our third and final volume of stories from the Shahnameh we move from mythology and legend to romanticised history. Of Macedon’s conquest to the Arab invasion of the seventh century C.E. Are reflected in the stirring and poignant narratives of Ferdowsi, the master poet who took on himself the task of preserving his country’s great pre-Islamic heritage.
We see vast empires rise and fall, the rule of noble kings and cruel tyrants, the fortunes of a people buffeted by contending tides of history. Larger than life individuals are vividly depicted – the impulsive, pleasure-loving king Bahram Gur, the wise vizier Bozarjmehr, the brave rebel Bahram Chubineh, his loyal defiant sister Gordyeh, and many others – but we also see many vignettes of everyday life in the villages and towns of ancient Persia, and in this part of the Shahnameh Ferdowsi indulges his talent for sly humour much more than in the earlier tales.