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Religions of India in Practice

Donald S Lopez (Ed)

Religions of India in Practice

Donald S Lopez (Ed)

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Princeton Readings in Religions Note on Transliteration Contents by Traditions Contributors Introduction 3 1 Bengali Songs to Kali 55 2 Kabir 77 3 Poems of Tukaram 92 4 The Litany of Names of Manjusri 104 5 Sikh Hymns to the Divine Name 126 6 Devotional Hymns from the Sanskrit 133 7 Tamil Game Songs to Siva 145 8 In Praise of Muhammad: Sindhi and Urdu Poems 159 9 Baul Songs 187 10 Tamil Songs to God as Child 209 11 The Power of Mantra: A Story of the Five Protectors 227 12 Royal Temple Dedications 235 13 How to Partake in the Love of Krsna 244 14 Women's Songs for Auspicious Occasions 269 15 The Ocean of Mercury: An Eleventh-Century Alchemical Text 281 16 Predicting the Future with Dogs 288 17 How To Worship at Siva's Temple 304 18 The Order for Khalsa Initiation 321 19 The Rite of Veneration of Jina Images 326 20 The Vaisnava Sahajiya Traditions of Medieval Bengal 333 21 The Goddess Sasthi Protects Children 352 22 Women's Celebration of Muhammad's Birth 367 23 The Rescue of Two Drunkards 375 24 Encountering the Smallpox Goddess: The Auspicious Song of Sitala 389 25 The Wonders of Sri Mastnath 399 26 Jain Stories Inspiring Renunciation 412 27 A Holy Woman of Calcutta 418 28 Jain Stories of Miraculous Power 426 29 Mother Ten's Stories 434 30 The Life of Guru Nanak 449 31 The Autobiography of a Female Renouncer 462 32 The Prince with Six Fingers 473 33 How a Girl Became a Sacred Plant 487 34 Lives of Sufi Saints 495 35 Conversations of Sufi Saints 513 36 Teachings of Two Punjabi Sufi Poets 518 37 Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagement 533 38 The Bodhisattva Vajrapani's Subjugation of Siva 547 39 India as a Sacred Islamic Land 556 40 The Exemplary Devotion of the "Servant of Hari" 564 41 Satya Pir: Muslim Holy Man and Hindu God 578 42 Jain Questions and Answers: Who Is God and How Is He Worshiped? 598 43 Esoteric Knowledge and the Tradition of the Preceptors 609 44 The Rebuilding of a Hindu Temple 627 45 The Origin of Linga Worship 637 Index 649

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The inaugural volume of Princeton Readings in Religions brings together the work of thirty scholars of the religions of India in a new anthology designed to reshape the ways in which the religious traditions of India are understood. The book contains translations of forty-five works, most of which have never before been available in a Western language. Many of these highlight types of discourse (especially ritual manuals, folktales, and oral narratives) and voices (vernacular, esoteric, domestic, and female) that have not been sufficiently represented in previous anthologies and standard accounts of Indian religions.

The selections are drawn from ancient texts, medieval manuscripts, modern pamphlets, and contemporary fieldwork in rural and urban India. They represent every region in South Asia and include Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, and Muslim materials. Some are written texts reflecting elite concerns, while others are transcriptions of oral narratives told by nonliterate peasants. Some texts are addressed to a public and pan-Indian audience, others to a limited coterie of initiates in an esoteric sect, and still others are intended for a few women gathered in the courtyard for a household ceremony. The editor has reinforced this diversity by arranging the selections within several overarching themes and categories of discourse (hymns, rituals, narratives, and religious interactions), and encourages us to make our own connections.



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Princeton Readings in Religions Note on Transliteration Contents by Traditions Contributors Introduction 3 1 Bengali Songs to Kali 55 2 Kabir 77 3 Poems of Tukaram 92 4 The Litany of Names of Manjusri 104 5 Sikh Hymns to the Divine Name 126 6 Devotional Hymns from the Sanskrit 133 7 Tamil Game Songs to Siva 145 8 In Praise of Muhammad: Sindhi and Urdu Poems 159 9 Baul Songs 187 10 Tamil Songs to God as Child 209 11 The Power of Mantra: A Story of the Five Protectors 227 12 Royal Temple Dedications 235 13 How to Partake in the Love of Krsna 244 14 Women's Songs for Auspicious Occasions 269 15 The Ocean of Mercury: An Eleventh-Century Alchemical Text 281 16 Predicting the Future with Dogs 288 17 How To Worship at Siva's Temple 304 18 The Order for Khalsa Initiation 321 19 The Rite of Veneration of Jina Images 326 20 The Vaisnava Sahajiya Traditions of Medieval Bengal 333 21 The Goddess Sasthi Protects Children 352 22 Women's Celebration of Muhammad's Birth 367 23 The Rescue of Two Drunkards 375 24 Encountering the Smallpox Goddess: The Auspicious Song of Sitala 389 25 The Wonders of Sri Mastnath 399 26 Jain Stories Inspiring Renunciation 412 27 A Holy Woman of Calcutta 418 28 Jain Stories of Miraculous Power 426 29 Mother Ten's Stories 434 30 The Life of Guru Nanak 449 31 The Autobiography of a Female Renouncer 462 32 The Prince with Six Fingers 473 33 How a Girl Became a Sacred Plant 487 34 Lives of Sufi Saints 495 35 Conversations of Sufi Saints 513 36 Teachings of Two Punjabi Sufi Poets 518 37 Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagement 533 38 The Bodhisattva Vajrapani's Subjugation of Siva 547 39 India as a Sacred Islamic Land 556 40 The Exemplary Devotion of the "Servant of Hari" 564 41 Satya Pir: Muslim Holy Man and Hindu God 578 42 Jain Questions and Answers: Who Is God and How Is He Worshiped? 598 43 Esoteric Knowledge and the Tradition of the Preceptors 609 44 The Rebuilding of a Hindu Temple 627 45 The Origin of Linga Worship 637 Index 649
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The inaugural volume of Princeton Readings in Religions brings together the work of thirty scholars of the religions of India in a new anthology designed to reshape the ways in which the religious traditions of India are understood. The book contains translations of forty-five works, most of which have never before been available in a Western language. Many of these highlight types of discourse (especially ritual manuals, folktales, and oral narratives) and voices (vernacular, esoteric, domestic, and female) that have not been sufficiently represented in previous anthologies and standard accounts of Indian religions.

The selections are drawn from ancient texts, medieval manuscripts, modern pamphlets, and contemporary fieldwork in rural and urban India. They represent every region in South Asia and include Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, and Muslim materials. Some are written texts reflecting elite concerns, while others are transcriptions of oral narratives told by nonliterate peasants. Some texts are addressed to a public and pan-Indian audience, others to a limited coterie of initiates in an esoteric sect, and still others are intended for a few women gathered in the courtyard for a household ceremony. The editor has reinforced this diversity by arranging the selections within several overarching themes and categories of discourse (hymns, rituals, narratives, and religious interactions), and encourages us to make our own connections.


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