About the Book:
It is a truism that Hinduism is a 'way of life' rather than a religion; that it is free of dogma and infinitely accommodating. Biardeau brings to light the many constituents of this 'way of life', using evidence from archaeological monuments and literary texts. She presents the underlying unity beneath the bewildering diversity of this living tradition whose history can be traced back three millennia.
In this engaging account of a much-studied society and culture, Biardeau takes the reader through an interpretation of the epics, traditional customs and social norms. Guarding against ethnocentrism, her narrative digresses to point to parallels with the Western world.
This book will be of interest to those seeking an understanding of India's culture.
About the Author:
Madeleine Biardeau is Professor of Indian Religious at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des Sciences Religieuses, Paris.
CHAPTER 1: MAN AND THE ABSOLUTE
The Absolute and the Brahmans
Two Paths to salvation
The hermit Brahman
CHAPTER 2: THE FOUR GOALS OF MAN
The levels of
Love: women's duty
The craft of kingship
Portrait of the ideal Brahman
Two types of men
Renuciation and human love
CHAPTER 3: SALVATION THROUGH DEEDS: THE YOGIN WARRIOR
An Anthropology of desire
The eternity of speech and the power of vision
From renunciation to
The universe of bhakti
God as yogin and creator
The end of the world and individual salvation
CHAPTER 4: DIVINE LOVES
The divine game
Tantrism and bhakti
CHAPTER 5: HINDUISM AND THE FUTURE
Item Code: IDD644 Author: MANDELEINE BIARDEAU Cover: Paperback Edition: 2002 Publisher: Oxford India Paperbacks ISBN: 019563389X Language: English Size: 8.5" X 5.5" Pages: 195 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 200 gms