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Gandhi's Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount  

Jeremy Holtom

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most commented upon and interpreted biblical passages, yet in a real sense Gandhi's interpretation of it represents a unique and significant point in ... More

Hindu Communities Abroad  

Vasudha Narayanan

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Oct 2006
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Sep 2009
For more than 2,000 years, Hindu communities have flourished outside the subcontinent of India. Despite the prohibitions against traveling across the ocean found in many Hindu texts, ... More

Hindu Eschatology  

David M. Knipe

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
In a survey of the extensive, complex, and cumulative history of Hinduism, it might be opportune to divide personal and cosmic eschatologies. Similarly, it could be convenient to separate ... More

A Hindu Perspective  

Arvind Sharma

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Dec 2010
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Jan 2011
Religious diversity is a central issue in the study of religion. To begin with, there are the diverse religions that are conventionally listed minimally as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, ... More

Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being  

O. P. Dwivedi

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Nov 2006
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Sep 2009
A society's cultural and spiritual underpinnings of environmental stewardship can be a solid source of strength as well as a benefit to that society. One does not have to go too far to ... More

Hinduism  

June McDaniel

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Emotion is viewed in both positive and negative ways in the Hindu religious and philosophical traditions. In those traditions that are more ascetic and emphasize mental control, emotions ... More

Hinduism  

Jessica Frazier

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
Over the course of 3000 years, Hindu intellectual culture has not only embraced differing notions of the divine, but also a variety of different ‘atheisms’—the most famous of these being ... More

Hinduism and Conversion  

Arvind Sharma

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
The notion of conversion is closely associated with a particular notion of religion, namely, that the membership of a religion involves exclusive religious identity, as is typically the ... More

Hinduism and Music  

Guy L. Beck

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This chapter discusses the theoretical and practical dimensions of music in Hinduism, including the philosophy of sacred sound (Nāda-Brahman), the aesthetics of rasa (“taste”), the rise of ... More

Hinduism and Science  

Sangeetha Menon

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
Hinduism represents the religion and philosophy that originated in India. It is the religion of 16 per cent of the world's population, and India is home to more than 90 per cent of the ... More

Hinduism—Aesthetics, Drama, and Poetics  

Sunthar Visuvalingam

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Distinguishing between “religious” and “secular” in terms of activity (worship), setting (temple), content (deities), intent (edification) is problematic in Hinduism, whose aesthetics ... More

Hinduism—Visual Art and Architecture  

Jessica Frazier

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Hindu culture possesses unique ways of seeing and shaping religious art; this chapter explores the “keys” that are needed to interpret some of its characteristic art-forms. The visual ... More

Interrupting ‘Global-speak’: A Feminist Theological Response from Southern Africa to Globalization  

Denise M. Ackermann

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
This chapter addresses two main questions: First, what critical issues raised by globalization in southern Africa will define the spaces for feminist theologies over the next decades? ... More

Millenarian Elements in the Hindu Religious Traditions  

Hugh B. Urban

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article deals with the temporal framework of Hindu religion, which consists of four yugas—Satya, Treta, Dwapar, and Kali. All four combined create a “manvantara”, after a thousand of ... More

News Coverage and Popular Press Reports of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s  

Jane Naomi Iwamura

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Aug 2012
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Nov 2012
Mass media, especially the news industry, played a crucial role in the changing attitudes and consciousness of the 1960s. Surprisingly, the stories that stirred the most interest were not ... More

Popular Hindu Movements  

David N. Lorenzen

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Oct 2006
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Sep 2009
One way of thinking about Hindu religion and society is to distinguish between the traditional religious society led mostly by brahmans and the large number of popular movements that have ... More

Starvation and Self-Mutilation in Religious Traditions  

Liz Wilson

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates the place of destructive acts against oneself—such as starvation and self-mutilation—in the spectrum of violent actions performed in the name of religion. ... More

Thinking Globally about Hinduism  

T. N. Madan

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Oct 2006
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Sep 2009
Although Hinduism is associated with one region of the world—South Asia—it is a global religion in two senses of the term. It has provided a religious complement to the diaspora of Hindus ... More

Traditional Brahmanical Society  

Joseph W. Elder

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Oct 2006
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Sep 2009
When one uses the term “Hinduism” for the religious culture of India that has influenced much of Asia, one thinks of the brahmanical tradition. Europeans labeled as Hindus those people on ... More

Violence and Nonviolence at the Heart of Hindu Ethics  

Veena Das

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter explores how a certain anxiety around violence might be rendered as integral to the imagination of an ethical life in Hindu texts and practices. It also describes some ... More

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