The success of Western powers in the Modern era has enabled the Western civilizational perspective and its self-understanding to present itself to the rest of the world, not as one perspective among others, but as the universal and definitive human perspective and as the culmination of the world’s intellectual and spiritual development according to principles supposedly objective and self-evident. The hegemony of this civilizational perspective makes it imperative that the basic elements of the Western paradigm of thought referenced by Western geopolitical power as the source of its legitimacy be grasped and critiqued. This book, using as its basis a relatively standard sequence of works seen as comprising the ‘Western Canon’, seeks to provide the foundation for such awareness, both to appreciate the wisdom in this intensely contested tradition as well as recognizing its hazards.
Plato's Republic is one of the most widely read philosophical texts in the world today, and yet it is never read as it was in antiquity, but instead through the lens of modern concerns and preconceptions. This book seeks to recover the ancient wisdom of this text about justice in the soul and in the community. This comprehensive book-by-book companion to Plato's text, informed by the ancient Platonic commentary tradition, restores to the Republic its systematic context in the fabric of Platonic thought, its metaphysical significance, and most of all, its profound polytheist piety and mystical insight.
Forever There is a historical fantasy novel set in Varanasi. The protagonists belong to the family of ‘The weavers of the Gods’. The story revolves around their family, who find themselves embroiled in upheavals and wars amid an extremely tumultuous period in Kashi when skirmishes and destruction were the order of the day.
The protégés, mere children, join a band of Warrior Monks to help protect the culture of the land. We see history through the eyes of The Four as they transform into warriors – head of the Elite Forces of the Warrior Monks – battle-scarred, wielding weapons of destruction – feared by the enemy, loved and missed by their family.
Be transported to a period when every day brings new adventures to your doorstep.
The book looks at history anew, even as value systems change and cultural plates shift.
What values must one imbibe? Is diversity positive or negative? Should the world be in only one colour, or should it be in many hues and shades? Do acts of violence upon community and culture destroy the inherent essence of civilisation and culture?
Contemporary, poignant, and engaging, this unputdownable book will set your heart aflutter.
In an era even prior to sundials and mechanical clocks the ancients told time by recognizing the position of stars and planets in the night sky. In this treatise Prof. Krishnamurthy presents, and in this process preserves, a rare unknown set of time delineating Sanskrit formulae which would have been lost to posterity. Also discussed in this monograph is a corresponding Tamil Tradition for the same.
"The author’s conviction comes through every page of his writing. A good part of Vedanta is presented as a book of science. [He] does not hesitate to pick examples from the lives of actors, TV heroes, historical personalities, authors, expositors and stories..."
From the Foreword by Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, former Professor of Mathematics and Dy. Director, BITS, Pilani, India, President of The Indian Mathematical Society, and Asst. Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A collection of stories based on actual historical events as depicted in Padmasri Meenakshi Jain’s seminal book “Flight of Deities”. Inspired by the historical account, various authors have each focused on a unique historical event, clothed it in flesh and bones, and brought it to life through the magic of prose. From Aryavarta to Dakshinatwa, from the holy lands of Ayodha, Vrindavan and many more, the stories pace, digging into the harsh realities of foreign invasions while portraying vividly the efforts undergone by the devout to preserve their culture and faith. Tales of human grit and determination to preserve, prevail, persist in the face of brute force and annihilation – truly any book lover’s delight!
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamigal (born as Swaminatha Sharma 1894 – siddhi as Kanchi Paramacharya 1994) lectured on Soundaryalahari in the first quarter of the last century. Ra.Ganapathy, one of his ardent students, recorded and published them as a voluminous tome of 700 pages in the sixth volume of ‘Deivathin Kural’. These Tamil lectures have now been condensed, translated into English and published herein. The exposition style here is one where it resembles a direct English lecture by Paramacharya himself. The subject has been dealt in great depth by the Paramacharya and thus requires the reader to approach this translation as a study book rather than one for light reading.
This book offers 150 of the author’s favorite choices from the Ramayana epics of Valmiki, Kamban and Tulsi. Comparative analysis and informative interpretation of the exposition by the three poets make this narration valuable. Illustrations at appropriate points and appendices with ready applications to spiritual life add special value. The result is an enjoyable sojourn through the Ramayana along with a taste of the narrative styles of the three master poets.
She chose the life of a warrior, leading from the front, protecting her ancestral kingdom.
She waded through treacherous destiny. Her uncompromising love restored her husband back to glory.
She lived in a hermitage, chose a king as husband, and challenged his dharma in open sabha- a mother who shaped an emperor who reshaped the civilization.
She watched the play of beauty and destruction from afar. When she took centre stage, she nurtured the future to find its feet.
She was regal and virtuous. She embarked on a divine mission, and chose an incredible destiny and groom for herself.
She, a fisherwoman, rose to rule an empire, navigating challenges and making tough decisions with her steely resolve.
She led her life on her own terms, choosing to stay on the sidelines but shaping life at the centre.
She courageously pursued truth, unafraid to challenge the greatest scholars on metaphysics. An inspiration to seekers of all times.
She was the wind beneath her husband’s wings. When he pursued the ultimate truth, she too walked the unyielding path.
She sought an improbable marriage. Her penance and devotion won her heaven, and for her husband too.
She has many faces, different roles in different times, embodying the essence of a great tradition. She carved a niche, charted her own path but upheld Dharma at all times.
She is Aryaa - the glorious woman of Bharatavarsha - manifestation of the eternally present Shakti.
The Divine Garland is the quintessence of Shree Goda Devi’s (Andal’s) thirty Pasurams of Tiruppavai, with an underlying theme of sharanagati or complete surrender to the Lord as a last resort for salvation, as advocated in Geeta in the sloka, ‘sarvadharmaan parityajya…’.
Shree Kuntimaddi Seshasarma, a well-known scholar in Telugu and Sanskrit, authored Melinomu, an extensive commentary of Tiruppavai, in Telugu, published by TTD. Dr. K. Sadananda, his son, who also published extensively on Vedanta, now with the help of his siblings provided a free translation of this work here, under the title, ‘The Divine Garland’.
Nowhere else is humanity connected with its roots and finds expression in ways so diverse and visibly profound as in Bharat, that is India. The gentle, spiritual essence of common folk - defines a continent within a country. Here, the devoted yaatri can discover anew, as if the land and her folk are revealing splendors in a delightful Anveshana.
Anveshana is a coffee-table book that is an outcome of the Indica Culture Photography Grant 2021 and is focused on the Vanavasi, Sancharavasi and Gramavasi Communities of India. Indica Culture Photography Grant is an initiative of Indica Pictures, a platform under the Indica umbrella. Under the grant upcoming photographers are given a financial grant totaling INR 5,00,000. Published jointly with Chitraayana, another vertical of Indica, Anveshana contains portfolios by ICPG 2021 Grantees consisting of Manish Lakhani, Sankar Sridhar, Sudip Maiti, Abdul Munaff, Isaac Gergan, Himadri Sharma (Late), Devika Sukumaran and Pubarun Basu and prose written by Sumati Mehrishi and Jay Jina.
Going beyond the ordinary, Anveshana will prompt curiosity and fuel a quest for meaning. It will dare the reader to walk in the footsteps of ancestors and yet be made to feel at ease in their own journey of discovery that they are entwined as Yaatris by the history and the geography that are Theertha and Kshetra of Bharat.
In The Imperishable Seed, Bhaskar Kamble assembles compelling evidence to show how this knowledge was created and transmitted to the rest of the world. Students of mathematics learn of “Pascal’s Triangle”, “Fibonacci Sequence”, “Rolle’s Theorem” and “Taylor Series.” But they do not learn that these concepts were expounded much earlier than their supposed discoveries in Europe by Indian mathematicians such as Pingala, Hemachandra, Bhaskara and Madhava. Many of the fields of mathematics today— from the decimal representation of numbers and simple arithmetic to algebra, trigonometry, and even calculus—were developed by Hindu mathematicians or owe their origins to their works. In The Imperishable Seed, Bhaskar Kamble assembles compelling evidence to show how this knowledge was created and transmitted to the rest of the world. He discusses the contributions of ancient and medieval India not only to mathematics, but also to fields such as astronomy and linguistics and how these contributions continue to find applications even today in areas such as computer science. Finally, he traces why and how the tradition of Hindu mathematics in India came to an end and why most people today do not know about its history.
लहानपणी कुंकळ्ळीला अनवट वाटांवरून भटकताना मला सतत वाटायचं की, ह्या डोंगरांपलीकडे, ह्या गावापलीकडे, ह्या राज्यापलीकडे काय आहे ते जाऊन बघितलंच पाहिजे. सुदैवाने पुढे मला खूप ठिकाणी फिरायची संधी मिळाली आणि त्या संधीचं मी पुरेपूर चीजही केलं. अनेक देश फिरल्यानंतर जाणवलं ते एकच, माणसं वरून जितकी वेगळी वाटतात, तितकीच ती आतून एक सारखीच असतात. 'नित्य नूतन हिंडावे' या पुस्तकातून तुम्हाला कधी मला भेटलेली माणसं भेटतील, तर कधी आलेले आंबट- गोड अनुभव, क्वचित कधी जाणवलेला जीवनाचा एखादा कुरूप अंधारा कोपरा, तर कधी अनुभवलेला तन - मन उजळून टाकणारा एखादा सुंदर दीप्तीमान क्षण. चला तर मग माझ्याबरोबर भटकंतीला!
`चितरंगी ' किंवा `चित्रंगी' ही गोव्यात आणि कोकणात आढळणारी एक वेल. महराष्ट्रात त्या वेलीला `गणेश वेल' म्हणतात. मला ही वेल अतिशय आवडते कारण ती कुठेही रुजते. कशावरही वाढते. ह्या वेलीची हळदी - कुंकवाच्या ठीप्क्यांसारखी वाटणारी इवली फुलं येणाऱ्या - जाणाऱ्या वात्सारुंचे डोळे तृप्त करत जातात. लाल - पिवळा हे दोन्ही रंग भारताचे, इथल्या माणसांचे खास लाडके. म्हणूनच ह्या पुस्तकाचे नाव `चितरंगी रे' असं ठेवलंय. इतक्या वर्षांत जगभर फिरताना मला आवडलेले, लक्षात राहिलेले, काही काही वेळा खटकलेले माणसांचे, स्वभावांचे, जागांचे, देशांचे अनेक रंग ह्या पुस्तकातून तुमच्या भेटीला येत आहेत. माझ्या शब्दांच्या चितरंगीची फुलं तुमच्या मनाचा एखादा जरी कोपरा रंगांनी उजळून टाकू शकली तरी तेवढे मला खूप आहे!
Fifteen Brave Men and Women of Bharat who Never Succumbed to the Challenges of Invaders But were Lost and Forgotten in the Annals of History. These are the stories of those Bravehearts who Fought to Protect their Rights, Faith and Freedom.
History has always been the handmaiden of the victor. 'Until the lions have their own storytellers,' said Chinua Achebe, 'the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter!' Exploring the lives, times and works of the fifteen long-forgotten and mostly neglected unsung heroes and heroines of our past, this book brings to light the contribution of the warriors who not only donned armour and burst forth into the battlefield but also kept the flame of hope alive under adverse circumstances.
Narrating the tales of valour and success that India, as a nation and civilization, has borne witness to in its long and tumultuous past, the book opens a window to the stories of select men and women who valiantly fought against invaders for their rights, faith and freedom.
Rajarshi Bhagyachandra Jai Singh of Manipur, Lalitaditya Muktapida of Kashmir, Chand Bibi of Ahmednagar, Lachit Barphukan of Assam, Begum Hazrat Mahal of Awadh, Rani Abbakka Chowta of Ullal, Martanda Varma of Travancore, Rani Rudrama Devi of Warangal, Rani Naiki Devi of Gujarat and Banda Singh Bahadur are some of the 'bravehearts' who fought to uphold the tradition and culture of their land.
Pacy and unputdownable, Bravehearts of Bharat chronicles the stories of courage, determination and victory, which largely remained untold and therefore unknown for a long time.