The Birth of the Khalsa: A Feminist Re-memory of Sikh by PH D Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

By PH D Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

Sikhs hint the genesis in their spiritual rites, prayers, costume codes, and names to Guru Gobind Singh's construction of the Khalsa in 1699. The beginning of the Khalsa is the 1st paintings to discover this pivotal occasion in Sikh historical past from a feminist standpoint, wondering the ways that Sikh stories have developed a hypermasculine Sikh identification. The publication argues that Sikh reminiscence must recognize the important woman measurement grounded within the common human and current on the delivery of the Khalsa.
Inspired via her personal father, the eminent Sikh pupil Harbans Singh, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh rediscovers the female part of the phrases and activities of the founders of Sikhism. She seems to be on the easy texts and tenets of Sikh faith and demonstrates the feminine element within the sacred textual content, day-by-day prayers, costume code, and rituals of the Sikhs. Singh reminds us that Guru Gobind Singh's unique imaginative and prescient was once an egalitarian one and urges present-day Sikhs to reside as much as the freeing implications set in movement whilst he gave start to the Khalsa.

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Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain by John Cort

By John Cort

John Cort explores the narratives in which the Jains have defined the presence of icons of Jinas (their enlightened and liberated academics) which are worshiped and honored within the millions of Jain temples all through India. each one of these narratives painting icons favorably, and so justify their life; yet there also are narratives originating between iconoclastic Jain groups that see the lifestyles of temple icons as an indication of deterioration and corruption. The veneration of Jina icons is likely one of the so much common of all Jain ritual practices. approximately each Jain neighborhood in India has a number of complex temples, and because the Jains turn into an international neighborhood there are actually dozens of temples in North the US, Europe, Africa, and East Asia. The cult of temples and icons is going again at the very least thousand years, and certainly the most important of the 4 major subdivisions of the Jains are referred to as Murtipujakas, or "Icon Worshipers." A cautious analyzing of narratives ranging over the last 15 centuries, says Cort, unearths a degree of tension and defensiveness pertaining to icons, even if overt feedback of the icons simply turned particular within the final 500 years. He offers distinct experiences of an important professional- and anti-icon narratives. a few are within the type of histories of the origins and unfold of icons. Others take the shape of cosmological descriptions, depicting an enormous universe full of everlasting Jain icons. eventually, Cort seems to be at extra mental reasons of the presence of icons, during which icons are defended as useful religious corollaries to the actual fact of human embodiedness.

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Collected Works 17 - Perennial Questions by J. Krishnamurti

By J. Krishnamurti

"What is critical is to ascertain unemotionally, no longer purely intellectually...the mind does not remedy any challenge; it could merely invent loads of rules, theories. Nor can emotion burn up the urgency of the issues that one has to stand and unravel. what's useful, it sort of feels to me, is a brain that's able to exam. to envision there has to be freedom from own perspectives, with a brain that's not guided by way of one's personal temperament, inclination, neither is forced by way of circumstances.....it turns out to me that one needs to examine them, now not as anyone, yet as a human being..the person supercedes the individual...human beings have an identical universal issue of sorrow, of pleasure, of unresolved miseries, despairs, the enormous loneliness of recent lifestyles, the utter meaninglessness of existence because it is lived now through the world;if lets contemplate those difficulties as human beings... then maybe we will be able to intelligently, with care, unravel our problems."

An broad compendium of Krishnamurti's talks and discussions within the united states, Europe, India, New Zealand, and South Africa from 1933 to 1967—the accumulated Works were conscientiously authenticated opposed to latest transcripts and tapes. each one quantity encompasses a frontispiece photo of Krishnamurti , with query and topic indexes on the end.

The content material of every quantity isn't really restricted to the topic of the identify, yet relatively bargains a special view of Krishnamurti's striking teachings in chosen years. The accumulated Works bargains the reader the chance to discover the early writings and dialogues of their such a lot entire and real shape.

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