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    Examining vàstu÷àstra’s conceptual roots in øilpa÷àstra and its later evolution, the volume analyses technical aspects of vàstu÷àstra by concentrating on the essential elements (aïgas) of vàstu÷àstra which involve decision-making and actual construction methods, art of engineering and role and responsibilities of engineers, and aspects related to land materials and rituals associated with use of building after its construction

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    Vastusastra by: Rahul V. Altekar 400.00612.00

    Though there has been considerable interest in vastushastra in recent times and the orientational aspects of vastushastra have been often discussed, little is known of the essential elements that constitute This small book, written in a simple and lucid style, contains teachings of great men, gleanings from the scriptures, and examples from the epics and Puranas, and suggests easy solutions to the various problems faced by man in the present-day world of violence, wars, killings and disasters, and how to have a holistic approach to life vastushastra and its scientific application in the present day. Based on extensive research, the work, vastushastra attempts to address this aspect. Examining comprehensively the subject of vastushastra: its conceptual roots in Shilpashastra and its later evolution as dealt with in the Vedas, the Epic literature, Arthashastra, literature on ayurveda and Kamasutra literature, the volume analyses technical aspects of vastushastra by concentrating on the essential elements [angas] of vastushastra which involve decision-making and actual construction methods, art of engineering and role and responsibilities of engineers, and aspects related to land materials and rituals associated with use of building after its construction. It discusses the eco-friendly life style of the ancient Indians based on vastushastra principles. Giving minute attention to details, it focuses on the application of vastushastra in the present-day society — how the vastushastra principles can be scientifically applied and the potential of application of vastushastra keeping in view modern trends in architectural science and civil engineering.
    The book will be useful for students and scholars of architecture and engineering and those interested in vastushastra.

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    Vedic Prayers for Global Peace and Universal Well-being by: Shashi Prabha Kumar 625.00

    “The present book intends to highlight universal Vedic vision and provide an overview of ennobling ideas enshrined in the four Vedas. It contains select Vedic mantras in Sanskrit , with Hindi and English translation, which solicit peace and welfare for all beings in the world. Vedic prayers compiled in this book have been divided under following eight headings: One Earth-One Family, Peace, Well-being, Nature/Environment, Friendship/Amity, Education, Feminine Power and Culture. Besides, a basic introduction to Vedic literature is appended in the beginning so that the readers may grasp a glimpse of the vastness and variety of Vedic texts and also understand the enormous influence of Vedas on the subsequent development of Indian thought. It is hoped that the simple but significant message of Vedas like seeing inherent interconnectedness among all beings inhabiting the planet earth and seeking cosmic harmony can provide fresh insights for the future of humanity. “

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    The book gives account of the Vaishnavite temples of Kanci, providing numerous pictures with the structural, architectural and sculptural aspects of the temples. It also throws light on the historical, religious, social and cultural values of the temples.

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    Vishnu Temples of Kanchipuram by: R. Nagaswamy 4,320.00

    Kancipuram was the important capital of north Tamil Nadu for a long period — from the first-second century ce to the end of the seventeenth century. It was a beautiful city laid out in the form of a lotus, according to the poem Perumbanarrupadai. It was admired by the world as a place famous for its festivals and noted for its temples. Through the ages, it has been the abode of many religious leaders who devoted their lives to the religious uplift of the people.
    This well-illustrated work presents a history of the Vaishnavite temples of Kanci, focusing on the history of the ancient temples from the Sangam Age onwards, the many legends, myths and other accounts that refer to it, and its location and building. It provides a detailed account of some major temples of the city supported by numerous pictures of the temples that cover various aspects of each — the entrance and other parts of each temple structure, its architecture, and its artistic engravings particularly its sculptural beauty. It delves into the Vaishnava tradition for concepts and ideas underlying the construction of the sanctum and the sub-shrines, and portrayal of divine forms on the walls, pillars and other parts of the temple. There is a detailed study of the sculptures in the main walls of the temples and the main deities in the shrines. It also examines the many inscriptions found in the temples to offer insights into the historical, religious, social and cultural value of the temples.
    The volume is bound to interest a host of readers, particularly scholars and students of Indology involved in the study of the cultural traditions of south India and its religious art and architecture.

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    This volume examines how the perceptible form of Buddhist mandalas represents shunya (void), with special reference to the mandalas of Tabo and Alchi. On the basis of the concept of vak (subtle sound) in Trika Shaivism of Kashmir, it investigates where their aesthetic power derives from.

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    Voice of the Void by: Sung Min Kim 2,880.00

    The research undertaken here about Buddhist mandalas is basically designed under the philosophical question how the visible dimensions of forms are related to their invisible contents. The textual sources in reference to Buddhist mandalas teach that the essence of mandalas is shunya (void) and their forms are the reflective images (pratibimba) of shunya. This volume investigates how the colourful form of Buddhist mandalas represents the prime concept of shunya, and what makes these mandalas visually powerful, leaving the impression of ßspiritual enhancementû in the heart of people who do not even know about the Buddhist doctrines.
    The mandalas permanently represented in the monastic complexes of Tabo and Alchi in the Western Himalayas have been focused in order to examine a prominent role of visual dimensions of mandalas. In order to comprehend mandalas in the context of Buddhist philosophy, the texts of the Yoga-Tantra class have been looked up. Especially, the references to the tantric visualization-practice throw light on the internal experiences with mandalas.
    Considering the fact that the Buddhist mandalas have been developed as a method of Mantrayana, being always combined with mantras and mudras, this volume presents the concept of vak (word, subtle sound, voice) as a key to explain how the ultimate state of shunya and perceptible forms of mandalas are related to each other. The doctrine of vak developed in the tradition of Trika Shaivism in Kashmir provides us with a systematic way to explain the non-dualism between all phenomenal objects and the Supreme Divine. The doctrine of four levels of vak is examined in the book for the purpose of interpreting the aesthetic phenomena and structuring the different levels of meanings of mandalas from the aesthetic perspective. On the basis of the vak theory, the external forms of mandalas have been explored and their visual principles have been technically analysed, in attempt to answer the question: how do the colourful forms of Buddhist mandalas resemble the formless shunya?

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    Wheel of Desire by: M.L. Varadpande 1,530.00

    Lord Buddha, in his profound wisdom, said that for extinction of human suffering, complete annihilation of desire is the only way. This is the sacred truth of suffering.
    Acarya Carvaka, equally profound in his thinking, said that life is a continuous celebration of desire. Kama (desire) and artha (wealth) are the only true goals of life. Beg, steal or borrow, but live life like a king. Enjoy life full as long as one is alive.
    Who is correct? Lord Buddha or Acarya Carvaka? What is desire really meant to Indian society, religion and culture through ages?
    The book tries to address these and similar questions objectively and diligently.

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    The book, highlights the essential import of the innocuous-looking, yet enigmatic, diagrams called Yantras surfacing from the occult practices of the tantrics. It examines a range of tantric yantras, with their varieties, applications, modes of construction and above all their iconographic features.

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    Yantras of Deities and their Numerological Foundations by: Fredrick W. Bunce 1,800.00

    Hinduism is known for the bewildering profusion of its deities, who are represented not only in two or three dimensional anthropomorphic images, but also in abstract configurations, known as yantras. In yantras is, thus, seen almost a parallel with the surfeit of deities in Hindu tradition. Literally meaning an ‘instrument’, ‘apparatus’ or a ‘talisman’, yantra is a kind of mystical diagram used, in tantra, for both meditation and invoking a divinity, and is believed to possess/arouse occult powers. Drawn only by the adept: the ones schooled in this arcane, highly intricate process, and energized by siddh mantras, these seemingly innocuous geometrical figures are employed for any number of reasons or desires: whether to attain wealth, ward off disease, beget a son, vanquish enemies, or even to cause somebody’s death. This book, the latest from Professor Bunce, highlights the essential import of these innocuous-looking, yet enigmatic, diagrams surfacing from the occult Practices of the tantrics. The author, an internationally known scholar of Oriental Art, examines a range of tantric yantras, with their varieties, applications, modes of construction and, above all, their iconographic features. Also inter- woven in his text are lucid descriptions of all else associated with a yantra, notably, its deity, its specific purpose, its predominant and secondary numbers and its mantra. Carrying beautiful visual representations of over a hundred yantras, Professor Bunce’s study holds out enduring appeal to the readers concerned not only with the iconography of tantric yantras, but their mystifying under-pinnings as well.

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    Dr. T. N. Mishra explores the moral and philosophical meanings and significance of yoga and studies the philosophies and practices that bear reference to it. Abounding in illustration, notes and references to scholarly treatises, it explains yoga psychology, its classification, techniques and stages and practice and concentrating on Yoga-tantra and its impact on Indian art and architecture.

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    Yoga-Tantra and Sensuousness in Art by: T.N. Mishra 540.00

    The word yoga and the various concepts associated with it are being interpreted and understood with great interest the world over especially in recent years. This work by a noted research scholar, Dr. T. N. Mishra explores the meanings of the word yoga and its moral and philosophical annotations, and conducts an intensive study of the philosophies and practices that bear reference to it. A thorough research, Yoga-Tantra and Sensuousness in Art goes into the theoretical foundations of Yoga, tracing its roots to the sacred scriptures and explaining the goal of Yoga, the discipline it involves, Yoga psychology, its techniques and stages, and classification and practice of Yoga as Mantra-Yoga, Laya-Yoga, Hatha-Yoga and Raja-Yoga. It comprehensively examines the aim and philosophy of Yoga-Tantra and the way to awaken the kundalini through the cakras practising Yoga-Tantra. It makes a detailed analysis of the Yoga-sadhana of the Natha siddhas (the ulta-sadhana) and Yoga-sadhana as found in Vaisnava and Buddhist Sahajiya. Citing interesting examples, it importantly deals with Yoga and Tantra as reflected in Indian art: the impact of the philosophy of Yoga-Tantra with its subtle sensuality on Indian secular and religious architecture and sculpture. Abounding in illustrations and extensive in notes and references to ancient scholarly treatises and exponents of Yoga and to modern researches on the subject, the book will interest all scholars of Indian art, philosophy and spirituality and appeal to general readers on Yoga as well.

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    पं˚ मधुसूदन ओझा द्वारा प्रणीत सृष्टि प्रतिपादक अहोरावाद नामक ग्रन्थ का इस पुस्तक में विमर्श प्रस्तुत किया गया है। जिसमें अहोरावाद के विविध विषयों को आधार बनाकर आमिन् त विद्वानों द्वारा लिखे गये विमर्शात्मक शोधपत्रों का संकलन तथा अहोरात्रवाद ग्रन्थ की मूल प्रतिलिपि को समाहित किया गया है।

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    अहाेरात्रवादविमर्श by: Santosh Kumar Shukla, Lakshmi Kant Vimal, Mani Shankar Dwivedi, 990.00

    “अहोरात्र शब्द अहः एवं राि इन दो शब्दों से मिलकर बना है। ‘अहः च रािः च’ ऐसा विग्रह द्वारा द्वन्द्व समास होकर ‘अहोरा’ शब्द निष्पन्न होता है। सृष्टि की उत्पत्ति विषयक अनेक सिद्धान्त आचार्यों द्वारा दिये गये हैं। उन सिद्धान्तों में से सृष्टि सम्बन्धी अहोराविषयक सिद्धान्त अहोरावाद के नाम से जाना जाता है। ऋग्वेद के “नासदीय सूक्त” में सृष्टिविषयक अन्य सिद्धान्तों के साथ अहोरावाद का भी उल्लेख मिलता है। ऋग्वेद के अघमर्षण सूक्त (१०.१९०.३) में कहा गया है कि निमेष मा में ही जगत् को वश में करने वाले परमपिता ने दिन और रात का विधान किया। श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता (८.१७) के अनुसार ब्रह्मा का जो एक दिन है, उसको एक हजार चतुर्युग तक की अवधिवाला और राि को भी एक हजार चतुर्युग तक की अवधि के रूप में जो जानते हैं, वे योगीजन काल के तत्त्व को जानने वाले हैं। बृहदारण्यकोपनिषद् में भी सृष्टि प्रक्रिया के प्रसंग में अहोरा शब्द का अनेक प्रयोग मिलता है। इस उपनिषद् के प्रारम्भ में यज्ञसम्बन्धी अश्व को आधार बना कर उसके अवयव का वर्णन किया गया है। तदनुसार उस यज्ञीय अश्व के सामने महिमारूप से दिन प्रकट हुआ। राि इसके पीछे महिमा रूप से प्रकट हुई। विद्यावाचस्पति पं˚ मधुसूदन ओझा ने सृष्टिविषयक अहोरावाद मत के विषय में विविध वैदिक सन्दर्भों का आलोकन कर अहोरावाद नामक ग्रन्थ का प्रणयन किया है। यह ग्रन्थ कुल १२ अधिकाराें में विभक्त है। प्रतिज्ञा एवं उपसंहार को छोड़कर इस ग्रन्थ के १० अधिकाराें में ज्ञान-अज्ञान, शुक्ल-कृष्ण, प्रकाश-अन्धकार, भाव-अभाव, सृष्टि-प्रलय, द्यावा-पृथिवी, ऋत-सत्य, सप्ताह, यज्ञ और चातुर्हो ये दस विषय वर्णित हैं। अहोरावादविमर्श नामक इस ग्रन्थ में विद्यावाचस्पति पं˚ मधुसूदन ओझाजी के द्वारा प्रणीत सृष्टि प्रतिपादक अहोरावाद नामक ग्रन्थ का विमर्श प्रस्तुत किया गया है। जिसमें अहोरावाद के विविध विषयों को आधार बनाकर आमिन् त विद्वानों के द्वारा लिखे गये विमर्शात्मक शोधपत्रों का संकलन तथा अहोरात्रवाद ग्रन्थ की मूल प्रतिलिपि को कारिकानुक्रमणिका एवं शब्दानुक्रमणिका के साथ समाहित किया गया है।”

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    कुछ दिल ने कहा….. by: Yogendra Tiku 179.00

    प्रस्तुत पुस्तक मेरे जीवन के बीते हुए चंद अनुभवों, विचारों तथा भावों का, कविताओं, ग़ज़लों तथा अशआर के रूप में एक संकलन है। विभिन्न परिस्थतियों में जन्मे हृदयागार, विभिन्न रंगछटा लिए हुए एक गुल्दस्ते के रूप में आपके समक्ष प्रस्तुत है, इस आशा के साथ कि आप सभी इस पुस्तक को सहर्ष स्वीकार करेंगें।

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