Hinduism and Its Sources
Hinduism and Its Sources
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Vedic Literature-Tradition and Mythology, Social and Religious Laws: Texts, Translations and Studies

Philosophy
Philosophy
Indian and Modern

The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita

Unravel the philosophy of life and the spiritual essence of the Bhagavad Gita in the most practical and systematic way.

Yoga
Yoga
The science of yoga

Texts, Translations, Studies, Modern Works on Practical Yoga, Meditation and Mysticism

Tantra
Tantra
Indian Tantric Literature

Significant part of Shaiva Philosophy. Tantra, which signifies expansion, is shāstra that helps the expansion of knowledge.

Buddhism
Buddhism
Philosophy And Religion Of All Schools

Text, Translations & Studies of the teachings of the Buddha

Jainism
Jainism
All Sects

A path to spiritual purity and enlightenment through disciplined nonviolence to all living creatures.

Religion and Ethics
Religion and Ethics
Lives and Teachings of Saints

The doctrine of karma, according to which the consequences of actions have an evaluative valence.

Art, Architecture and Antiquities
Art, Architecture and Antiquities

Each era is unique in its distinctive culture. In the same way Indian art forms have continuously evolved over thousands of years.

Epigraphy, Palaeography, Numismatics
Epigraphy, Palaeography, Numismatics
An Integrated Approach to the Study of History

Study of development of inscriptions, scripts and coins - Epigraphy, Palaeography and Numismatics

History and Culture
History and Culture

India's history and culture is dynamic, spanning back to the beginning of human civilization. It begins with a mysterious culture along the Indus River and in farming communities in the southern lands of India.

Polity, Economics and Sociology
Polity, Economics and Sociology

Analyse the dynamics of social structure and relations of power, their legitimation in different social/ institutional contexts and the contestations.

Language and Linguistics
Language and Linguistics

Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, and other Indian Languages: Grammar, Philology, Phonetics, Semantics, Philosophy of Grammar

Reference Works
Reference Works

Dictionaries, Concordance, Encyclopaedia, Indexes

Literature
Literature

Sanskrit, Prakrit and other Literatures: Creative Writings, Treatises on Poetics, Prosody and Dramaturgy, Texts, Translations and Studies

History of Literature and Criticism
History of Literature and Criticism

Critical enquiry and practice in India has a long and hoary tradition.

Music and Dance
Music and Dance
Indian Dance and Music Arts

Song and Dance in India is varied and diverse due to the many independent regional cultural traditions that make up the country.

Psychology
Psychology
Indian Psychology

Ideas and practices developed over thousands of years in the Indian sub-continent.

Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medical Therapies of India

Ayurveda, Homoeopathy & Other Healing Sciences

Sanskrit and Hindi Titles
Sanskrit and Hindi Titles
All Sects

Sanskrit and Hindi Titles

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The Life of Sakyamuni Buddha
The Life of Sakyamuni Buddha

Sato Ryojun

The Advaita Vedanta of Siva Samhita
The Advaita Vedanta of Siva Samhita
Commentary on the First Chapter of the Siva Samhita

K. Kathirasan

The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen
The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen
Finding Harmony Through Food

Talya Lutzker

Doorways to Awakening
Doorways to Awakening
A Guide to Self-Realization

Edward Tarabilda & Orion Hawthorne

Essence of Spiritual Wisdom
Essence of Spiritual Wisdom
Inspirational Thoughts of Western Masters

Neha Khandelwal

Forthcoming Releases
Adhyasa
An Analytical Exegesis on Sankara

Usha Devi

Contribution to Jaina Studies (2 Vols.)

Peter Flugel

Draupadi
A Novel Model of Polyandry

Sumitra Agrawal

Encyclopedia of Psychic Motifs in Indian Literature

Klaus Karttunen

Epistemology and Linguistics

Prabha Shankar Dwivedi.

Essays on the Yogasutra
Engaging the World in Freedom

Ian Whicher

The Hindu Rite of Entry into Heaven

David M. Knipe

Krsna-Jagannatha in the Western Mind

Jose Carlos Gomes da Silva

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