Bringing together texts from a variety of sectarian traditions, this reader provides the broadest selection of primary source Hindu literature available to date.
The volume is divided into two major parts. The first section presents selections that explore major themes in classical Sanskrit traditions, including those in the Vedic, Upanisadic, and Dharma literatures, as well as the classical philosophical-religious schools. The second part includes selections that highlight the sectarian and devotional movements related to major deities such as Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Sant, Tantra, and the goddess figures.
In addition to a general introductory chapter on Indian literature, each major section is introduced by an essay that places the selections within the context of Hindu history. This comprehensive reader stands on its own as an indispensable anthology of original textual sources for courses in Hinduism, while also serving as a companion volume to the text The Many Colors of Hinduism: A Thematic-Historical Introduction.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Introduction to Indian Religious Literature 1
Classical Sanskrit Traditions 5
The Vedic Literature 7
Upanisadic Literature 28
Dharma Literature 49
Classical Philosophical-Religious Schools 73
Devotional and Sectarian Traditions 149
Vaisnava Tradition 151
Krishna Devotionalism 224
Rama Devotionalism and Sant Tradition 341
Saiva Devotionalism 407
Goddess Devotion and Tantra 503