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Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write about Love, Courage, and Faith by Meeta Kaur
Chup: Breaking the Silence About India's Women
Deepa Narayan - 2018
In this rigorously researched book, based on 600 detailed interviews with women and some men across India's metros, social scientist Deepa Narayan identifies seven key habits that may dominate women's everyday lives, despite their education, success, financial status and family background. These behaviours may seem harmless, but each one has enormous impact, and it means only one thing - that Indian women are trained to habitually delete themselves. Shocking, troubling and revolutionary, Chup will hold a mirror to yourself - and you may not like what you see.
My India : The India Eternal
Swami Vivekananda - 1993
It seems incredible that so much could have been put into one small word of five letters. There was love, passion, pride, longing, adoration,tragedy,chivalry,heimweh, and again love. Whole volumes could not have produced such a feeling in others. It had the magic power of creating love in those who heard it. Even after, India became the land of heart's desire. Everything concerning her became if interest-- became living--her people, her history,architecture,her manners and customs,her rivers, mountains, plains, her culture, her great spiritual concepts, her scriptures. And so culture, her great spiritual concepts, her scriptures. And so began a new life, a life of study,of meditation. The centre of interest was shifted.'-- Sister Christine
Venganoor Balakrishnan - 2005
All the traditional lore of ancient India used to be kept inscribed on chemically processed palm leaves, handled with piety and devoid of impurities. Thus Olaichuvadi began to represent the lore of ancient India passed over from generation to generation, which included codes of ethics, instructions on the observances and practices and the tradition at large, to be followed.The title used for the book here, is quite relevant, for, it is nothing but an exploration on the worth and value of India's customs, practices and belief systems, which are seasoned by a highly ethical and philosophical approach.Every entry in this book is in its essence, the legacy of Indian cult presented in subtle, vet simple tongue. Dr. Venganoor Balakrishnan's Olaichuvadi that originally appeared in Malayalam soared high in its massive appeal in a short time. Its translations into other Indian languages also turned out to be best-sellers in no time. Hence we bring out the English version for the benefit of the whole world for the ardent readers as well as the seekers of India's soul in her rich and varied heritage, in the sagacious rishi-dominant past, and highly scientific, yet saintly-looking tradition.
Sant Dnyaneshwar Kulkarni
This commentary has been praised for its aesthetic as well as scholarly value. The original name of the work is Bhavarth Deepika, which can be roughly translated as "The light showing the internal meaning" (of the Bhagvad Geeta), but it is popularly called Dnyaneshwari after its creator. .
Priya Alika Elias - 2019
It dissects the many things that were never explained to us and the immense expectations placed on us. It breaks down the taboos around sex and love and dating in a world that's changing with extraordinary rapidity. It tackles everything, from identity questions like what should our culture mean to us? to who are we supposed to be on social media? Are we entitled to loiter in public spaces like men do? Why do we have so many euphemisms for menstruation? Like an encyclopedia, or a really good big sister, Besharam teaches young Indian women something that they almost never hear: it's okay to put ourselves first and not feel guilty for it.Part memoir, part manual, Besharam serves up ambitious feminism for the modern Indian woman.
Beyond Birth and Death
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda - 1972
An excerpt: "The simple process of chanting the names of Krsna will reveal what one is, what God is, what the material and spiritual universes are, why we are conditioned, how we can get out of that conditioning - and everything else, step by step."
The Liberating Truth: How the Gospel of Christ Empowers and Liberates Women
Danielle Strickland - 2011
Consequently many women fail to play a full part in the healing and restoration of society. The church should take the lead. In this prophetic book Danielle observes: "We should be the ones who model an alternative approach to leadership. We are the ones with the Bible and the witness of the Holy Spirit who through Scripture, reason, tradition and experience has shown, over and over again His heart for the release of women to exercise their gifts." The book covers: The current situation (exploitation or subjugation); the historical situation (feminism and the Christian tradition); key biblical material; justice (the feminization of poverty); what does the future offer, and what should the church do?"
Everything Starts from Prayer: Mother Teresa's Meditations on Spiritual Life for People of All Faiths
Mother Teresa - 1998
As she was ministering to one illness-ravaged man, a visitor overheard her whisper a few words to him. These few words embody some of Mother Teresa’s most wonderful wisdom. This is what she said: You say a prayer in your religion, and I will say a prayer as I know it. Together we will say this prayer and it will be something beautiful for God.
Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West
Michaela Haas - 2013
Meeting them in this book, readers will be inspired to let go of old fears, explore new paths, and lead the lives they envision.Featured here are:Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche (This Precious Life)Dagmola Sakya (Princess in the Land of Snows)Jetsun Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry) (Into the Heart of Life)Pema Chödrön (Deirdre Blomfield-Brown) (When Things Fall Apart; Start Where You Are)Khandro Tsering Chödron (most familiar to readers as the late aunt of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)Thubten Chodron (Cherry Greene) (Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind)Karma Lekshe Tsomo (Patricia Zenn) (Buddhism Through American Women’s Eyes)Chagdud Khadro (Jane Dedman) (P’howa Commentary; Life in Relation to Death)Sangye Khandro (Nanci Gay Gustafson) (Meditation, Transformation, and Dream Yoga)Roshi Joan Halifax (Being with Dying)Lama Tsultrim Allione (Joan Rousmanière Ewing) (Women of Wisdom; Feeding Your Demons)Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel (The Power of an Open Question)
Alternative Realities: Love in the Lives of Muslim Women
Nighat M. Gandhi - 2013
Each chapter presents personal stories of women living in cities, small towns and villages in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the three lands to which Nighat Gandhi belongs. In writing their stories, she attempts to break the silence enshrouding Muslim women's sexuality and the ways in which they negotiate the restrictions placed on their freedoms within the framework of their culture. Women like Ghazala, who prefers the life of a second wife, 'living like a married single woman', to being bound within the ties of a conventional marriage, Nusrat and QT who believe theirs is a normal marriage, except that they are both women. Nisho, who refuses to accept that her trans-sexuality should deny her the right to love and Firdaus, writer and feminist, who can walk out of a loveless marriage but not give up on love, with or without marriage. Nighat also explores her own story as a woman who dared to make choices that pitted her against her family and cultures. Alternative Realities is her jihad or struggle to deconstruct the demeaning stereotypes that prevail about all Muslim women. It is a reflection of the myriad ways in which, despite these misogynistic forces, they continue to weave webs of love and peace in their own lives and in the lives of those they live with.
Empire of the Sikhs: The Life and Times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Patwant Singh - 2008
He unified the warring chiefdoms of the Punjab into an extraordinary northern empire, built up a formidable army, kept the British in check to the south of his realm, and closed the Khyber Pass through which plunderers had poured into India for centuries. His consummate humanity was unique among empire-builders. He gave employment to defeated foes, honored faiths other than his own, and included Hindus and Muslims among his ministers. A colorful character, he was inspired by the principles of peaceful coexistence uniquely articulated by the Sikh Gurus, firm in upholding the rights of others, and unabashed in exercising his own. The authors of this first full-length biography in English make use of a variety of eyewitness accounts, from reports by Maratha spies at the Lahore Durbar to British parliamentary papers and travel accounts. The story ends with the controversial Anglo-Sikh Wars following Ranjit's death, which saw the fall of his empire in the hands of his successors whose internecine conflict was exploited by the British. Coinciding with the 300th anniversary of the consecration of the Sikh holy scriptures, this book honors a vital figure in Sikh history.