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Philosophy

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  • The Hindu Way

    The Hindu Way codifies the core beliefs and practices of the Hindu religion in a simple manner. It is a manual for people to follow the essential aspects of the religion in India and abroad. The book clearly delineates the past practices and how they have evolved in recent times. The author brings together his long years of experience as a monk, a writer and a teacher to advise people about the way to live by their religion.

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  • The Power of Buddhism

    ‘It is within our body itself … that we find the world and the origin of the world, and the end of the world, and, in a parallel fashion, the path that leads to nirvana’ – Sakyamuni
    Buddhism teaches us that no part of our everyday life can be seen in isolation. Politics, religion, environment or education – every aspect of our lives is interconnected through a web of interactions and connections stretching out to infinity. This is the uniqueness of the Buddhist attitude.
    In The Power of Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama discusses with writer Jean-Claude Carrière the great problems of our time. Through a dialogue that strives to remain constantly open and away from dogma, they cover topics such as democracy, fundamentalism, women’s and human rights, education, terrorism, violence and environment, among others. Despite the challenges of humanity, the Dalai Lama professes his faith in man, and his belief that the world is moving towards peace and unity.

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  • The Yoga of the Yogi

    This deeply personal biographical tribute by Krishnamacharya’s grandson includes photographs, archival materials, and family recollections that have never been published elsewhere, as well as unique insights into the “master of masters” by some of his most famous students–Indra Devi, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, and T.K.V. Desikachar. First published in 2005 by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, The Yoga of the Yogi is at last available in a portable paperback format.

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  • The Independent Mind

    Day in day out, everyone’s mind is full of thoughts. But where do they come from? Are they independent thoughts or are they concepts and doctrines borrowed from other people? Have
    they been assimilated from parents or teachers? From religious or political leaders?

    In this series of talks given at a meditation camp, Osho describes what ‘thinking’ really means: the
    freedom to live an independent life, consciously, and with trust in one’s own experience. ‘A person who accumulates thoughts will become a scholar. A person who gives birth to thinking – gives birth to the ability to think, asks questions and challenges his consciousness and then waits for the answer – in his life, knowing is born. It is not through thoughts that you attain knowing but
    through thinking. Not by collecting thoughts, but by giving birth to thinking’
    Osho

    ‘What I mean by the thinking state is that you should have eyes, what I mean is the ability to think on your own. But I don’t mean a crowd of thoughts. We all have a crowd of thoughts within us, but we don’t have thinking within us. So many thoughts go on moving within us, but the power of thinking has not been awakened’
    Osho

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  • Yogavataranam

    A new approach to learning Sanskrit that synthesizes Eastern traditional and Western academic methods
    Sanskrit has been taught in two ways: the age-old Indian technique involves learning language through the central, sacred texts; the formal Western methodology teaches the alphabet, declensions, grammar and vocabulary building. The burgeoning interest in Sanskrit among yoga practitioners and changes in the academic discipline indicate that a new approach is in order.
    Zoë Slatoff-Ponté’s Yogavataranam integrates traditional and academic methods of learning and allows students to read texts as soon as possible. The first section of the book teaches reading and basic grammar. The second covers more extensive grammar and by the third section the student begins to look at and understand more complex texts such as the Upanisads.
    Yogavataranam is appropriate to many levels of study, from those who are new to Sanskrit to students who already have some experience in reading Devanagari script, pronunciation, meaning and grammar.

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  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

    A landmark new translation and edition

    Written almost two millennia ago, Patañjali’s work focuses on how to attain the direct experience and realization of the purusa: the innermost individual self, or soul. As the classical treatise on the Hindu understanding of mind and consciousness and on the technique of meditation, it has exerted immense influence over the religious practices of Hinduism in India and, more recently, in the West.

    Edwin F. Bryant’s translation is clear, direct, and exact. Each sutra is presented as Sanskrit text, transliteration, and precise English translation, and is followed by Bryant’s authoritative commentary, which is grounded in the classical understanding of yoga and conveys the meaning and depth of the su-tras in a user-friendly manner for a Western readership without compromising scholarly rigor or traditional authenticity. In addition, Bryant presents insights drawn from the primary traditional commentaries on the sutras written over the last millennium and a half.

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    The first book by Pope Francis

    The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis’ exploration on the universal theme of mercy, is a spiritual inspiration to both followers of Christianity and non-Christians around the world.
    Drawing on his own experience as a priest and shepherd, Pope Francis discusses mercy, a subject of central importance in his religious teaching and testimony, and in addition sums up other ideas – reconciliation, the closeness of God – that comprise the heart of his papacy. Written in conversation with Vatican expert and La Stampa journalist Andrea Tornielli, The Name of God is Mercy is directed at everyone, inside or outside of the Catholic Church, seeking meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, or the healing of physical or spiritual wounds.

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    On the day her first book came out?a new translation of Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross?Mirabai Starr’s daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident. “My spiritual life began the day my daughter died,” writes Mirabai. Even with decades of spiritual practice and a deep immersion in the greatest mystical texts, she found herself utterly unprepared for “my most powerful catalyst for transformation, my fiercest and most compassionate teacher.”

    With Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai shares an irreverent, uplifting, and intimate memoir of her extraordinary life journey. Through the many twists and turns of her life?including a tangled relationship with a charlatan-guru, her unexpected connection with the great Christian mystics, and the loss of her daughter?Mirabai finds the courage to remain open and defenseless before the mystery of the divine. “Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience,” writes Mirabai Starr, “but they are opportunities. They are invitations to sit in the fire and allow it to transfigure us.”

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  • THE ART OF HAPPINESS AT WORK (REISSUE)

    Of the many Dalai Lama titles on sale, THE ART OF HAPPINESS – written with western psychiatrist Howard Cutler – is by far the biggest bestseller of them all. A huge international success, it has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, with nearly 300,000 of these in the UK alone. Now, this inspirational new book brings the successful East-meets-West pairing together again to provide a practical application of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual values to the world of work.

    In this wise and practical book, the Dalai Lama shows us how to place our working lives into the context of our lives as a whole. Rather than striving to find a role which suits us, we should allow our work to arise naturally from who we are – and what is most important to us. From here we reach a pathway that can lead us to true life fulfilment and purpose.

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    ‘Spiritual freedom is to be found in the world, not away from it…’
    Why do I need a guru? Why should I meditate? What is the use of mantras? Why does the breath matter in spiritual practice? What is the significance of sexuality on the spiritual path? What do I do with the restless mind?

    Such questions, vital to the understanding of the self and the world, are examined in Guru: Ten Doors to Ancient Wisdom.

    Using the metaphor of doors, the reader is invited to enter different ‘chambers’, each one presenting the opportunity to explore experience the spiritual truths contained therein. The reader also learns how these spiritual concepts are, finally, only tools to take the practitioner to the ultimate goal: union with the Divine.

    Whether you want to begin your spiritual practice or simply understand the core concepts of Indian spirituality, this illuminating work by renowned playwright and spiritual guide, H.S. Shivaprakash, is sure to light up your path.

     

     

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    In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with. Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic, that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on he demonstrates in each case what a woeful travesty of Marx’s own thought these assumptions are. In a world in which capitalism has been shaken to its roots by some major crises, why Marx was right is as urgent and timely as it is brave and candid Written with Eagleton’s familiar wit, humor, and clarity, it will attract an audience far beyond the confines of academia.

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  • Three Steps to Awakening

    Many people today are stressed and anxious, feeling unfulfilled by their work and relationships. In Three Steps to Awakening, Osho describes with immense clarity how to bring a transforming meaningfulness into day-to-day life. With three simple steps, he shows the way to awaken and expand consciousness to the full, and live a life of gratefulness and bliss.

    “There are only three steps: freedom of consciousness, simplicity of mind, and emptiness of mind. One who sharpens his freedom, simplicity, and emptiness, will attain enlightenment.”

    Osho

    “Drop all names and become aware of the nameless. Be aware of whatever has no name. Awaken to whatever has no form. Bring your awareness to whatever is not confined to any place, to any boundaries; to whatever is not limited, is not in any name, in any form. Only that is; whether you call it God, or the soul, or truth, does not really matter.”

    Osho

    Osho offers a revolutionary approach to the eternal quest that mankind carries within. As he says: “Life has intrinsic value, there is no goal outside it. Hence my whole effort is to change everything into playfulness. To me that is real spirituality.”

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  • Notre-Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals

    Notre Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals is Ken Follett’s tribute to the the Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world, which so tragically caught fire and was threatened with destruction but thankfully saved.

    ‘Two days after Notre Dame burned, I flew to Paris to appear on the TV programme La Grande Librairie for a discussion about cathedrals. The following morning I had breakfast at the Hotel Bristol with my French publisher and she asked me to write a short book about Notre Dame and what it means to all of us. She said she would donate the publisher’s profits to the rebuilding fund and, if I wished, I could do the same with my royalties. Yes, I said; of course, I’d love to.’
    Ken Follett

    In aid of the crucial restoration work to restore Paris’s great cathedral, Notre-Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals is a moving, short piece of non-fiction celebrating the stunning history of this beloved building, from Ken Follett, author of the multi-million copy selling Kingsbridge series.

    This edition contains an exclusive extract from The Evening and the Morning, a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, publishing Autumn 2020.

    A minimum of 50p per copy on each sale of this book will go to the charity La Fondation du Patrimoine.

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  • PHILOSOPHY HACKS

    Discover the simple way to understand and remember the most groundbreaking concepts in 3,000 years of philosophical thought.

    Each idea is broken down into three stages:

    1/ The helicopter view, which gives you an introduction to the idea, and some context around it.
    2/ The shortcut, which gives you the core elements of the theory, along with a range of examples that everyone can understand.
    3/ The hack, which is a one-liner designed to stick in your memory and give you an instant grasp of the concept.

    From Pascal’s Wager to Kant’s categorical imperative, and from Camus’s Existential Nihilism to Arendt’s Banality of Evil, there are 100 concepts explained.

    The perfect introduction to philosophy, this is a great new way to learn about the most important philosophical ideas and concepts in a way that makes them easy to recall even months after reading the book.

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  • On Tarrying (Seagull German Library)

    Western culture has been marked by deep divisions between action and contemplation, intervention and passivity, and decisiveness and withdrawal. Conceived as radical opposites, these terms structure the history of religion, philosophy, and political theory, and have left their imprint on the most intimate processes of individual decision-making and geo-political strategies. But, in On Tarrying, Joseph Vogl argues for a third way, a mode of thought that doesn’t insist on these divisive either/ors. Neither an active refusal to engage with the world nor a consistent strategy of resistance, tarrying, as defined by Vogl, defers, multiplies, and suspends the strictures of decision-making. In his far-ranging reflections Vogl shows that the traditional insistence on the exclusivity of these terms impoverishes and distorts the range of human responses to a world full of possibilities. His readings of texts by Freud, Sophocles, Friedrich Schiller, Robert Musil, and Franz Kafka provide rich examples of how to resist the binary of activity and passivity through tarrying. This important book offers the first-ever extended analysis of tarrying as a mode of subversion and presents provocative new readings and interpretations of significant works of German literature and thought.

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  • Pulcinella

    The list of subjects that Giorgio Agamben has tackled in his career is dizzying—from the dangers of our current political moment to the traces of the distant past that inflect the culture around us today. With Pulcinella, Agamben is back with yet another surprising—and surprisingly relevant—subject: the commedia dell’arte character. At the heart of Pulcinella is Agamben’s exploration of an album of 104 drawings, created by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804) near the end of his life, that cover the life, adventures, death, and resurrection of the title character. Who is Pulcinella under his black mask? Is he a man, a demon, or a god? Mixing stories of the enigmatic Pulcinella with his own character in a sort of imaginary philosophical biography, Agamben attempts to locate the line connection between philosophy and comedy. Perhaps, contrary to what we’ve been told, comedy is not only more ancient and profound than tragedy, but also closer to philosophy—close enough, in fact, that, as happens in this book, at times the line between the two can blur.

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    Jean-Paul Sartre, novelist, playwright, biographer, was undoubtedly one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century.  Above all, however, he was an embodiment of the engagé intellectual, active in a variety of political causes, as well as an individual who attempted to live his life in accordance with the philosophy he professed. These interviews take Sartre on a wide-ranging tour of his philosophy and politics. Here we have Simone de Beauvoir challenging Sartre on his own attitude towards machismo and feminism; and Sartre responding thoughtfully to questions which range from Freud, Marx, and the drama of Bertolt Brecht to the Cultural Revolution, Stalinism, the May ‘Events’ and of course, the US war on Vietnam. Their breadth remains a testimony to one man’s attempt to make philosophical sense of the tumultuous world around him.

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  • Panopticon

    Hans Magnus Enzensberger takes the title for this collection of daring short essays on topical themes—politics, economics, religion, society—not from Jeremy Bentham’s famous prison but from a mid-1930s Cabinet of Curiosities opened in Germany by Karl Valentin. “There,” writes Enzensberger, “viewers could admire, along with implements of torture, all manner of abnormalities and sensational inventions.” And that’s what he offers here: a wide-ranging, surprising look at all manner of strange aspects of our contemporary world. As masterly with the essay as he is with fiction and poetry, Enzensberger here presents complicated thoughts with a light touch, tying new iterations of old ideas to their antecedents, quoting liberally from his forebears, and presenting himself unapologetically as not an expert but a seeker. Enzensberger the essayist works in the mode of Montaigne, unafraid to take his reader in unexpected directions, knowing that the process of exploration is often in itself sufficient reward for following a line of thought.In an era that regularly laments the death of the public intellectual, Enzensberger is the real deal: a towering figure in German literature who refuses to let his mind or work be bound by the narrow world of the poetry or fiction section. Panopticon will thrill readers daring enough to accompany him.

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  • Krishnamurti Reader, The

    The perfect blend of entertainment and education . . . Commemorating sixty years of India’s independence and reflecting India’s many facets, this definitive volume packs in 3000 questions in sixty chapters, testing the answering skills of any quiz-lover. Each chapter contains fifty questions on a range of subjects from ancient, medieval and modern India to alternative medicine, and fairs and festivals, Indian cricket, Indian diaspora, Hindi and regional films to science, traditional sport and youth affairs, travel, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Put your knowledge of India to the ultimate test with this valuable volume for facts, figures, events, history, literature, politics, and much more.

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