Indian Religions: A Historical Reader of Spiritual Expression and Experience

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Peter Heehs
NYU Press, 2002 - Religion - 620 pages

Indian Religions is an expansive collection of the key written and oral texts by spiritual teachers from South Asia, covering 3,500 years and all the major traditions-Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and "new" Indian religions.

The volume provides clear translations of extracts from original documents and texts from most of the well-known and many of the lesser-known individuals and traditions. Overlapping parts and sections each comprise a historically and thematically defined stage of a tradition. The reader is thus able to follow the chronological development of the various traditions without isolating them from one another. Each section includes a context-setting introduction which provides historical, cultural, and textual background. A general introduction lays the foundations for the text's theoretical framework and approach.

Indian Religions is the most complete and best-organized anthology of Indian religious/spiritual texts published to date. It serves as an introduction to the history of religions in South Asia, and will appeal to readers interested in India and Eastern religions as well as students of religion and South Asian culture.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Veda
39
The Upanishads
57
Jainism
89
Theravada Buddhism
103
Samkhya and Yoga
131
The Bhagavad Gita
147
Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism
167
IndoPersian Sufism
253
Siddhas Yogis and Others
281
The Bhakti Movement
303
The Sams
357
The Sikh Gurus
375
Popular Sufism
395
Twelve Mystics of Modern India
413
Four Mystic Poets
581

TheTantras
193
The Puranas
209
Spiritual Philosophies
221

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About the author (2002)

Peter Heehs is director of historical research at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives, Pondicherry, India. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Nationalism, Terrorism, Communalism.

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