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Download The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the by C. Strenger PDF

By C. Strenger

This ebook indicates how, after the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Gospel of the unfastened industry grew to become the single world-religion of common validity. the assumption that each one price should be quantifiable was once prolonged to humans, whose worth turned depending on their ranking at the a variety of ranking-scales within the worldwide infotainment system.

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Download Die Indoeuropäer: Herkunft, Sprachen, Kulturen by Harald Haarmann PDF

By Harald Haarmann


Europäische Sprachen weisen in Wortschatz und Grammatik erstaunliche Ähnlichkeiten mit östlichen Sprachen wie dem Persischen und dem Sanskrit auf. Wie kommt es zu dieser Verwandtschaft in einem so weiten Raum von Westeuropa bis Indien? Harald Haarmann beschreibt anschaulich, was once wir über die Ursprache der Indoeuropäer und ihre Urheimat in der südrussischen Steppe wissen, und erklärt, wie die berittenen Steppennomaden ab dem 4. Jahrtausend v. Chr. nach Westen und Osten gewandert sind, wo sie sich mit vorindoeuropäischen Kulturen vermischten und schließlich in Persien, Indien, Westeuropa und andernorts sesshaft wurden. Nicht nur die Sprachen der Indoeuropäer legen Zeugnis von dieser Entwicklung ab, sondern auch ihre Mythen sowie archäologische Funde.

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[Prof. Dr.] Harald Haarmann gehört zu den weltweit bekanntesten Sprachwissenschaftlern.

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Download The Politics of Religion in Indonesia: Syncretism, by Michel Picard, Rémy Madinier PDF

By Michel Picard, Rémy Madinier

Indonesia is a amazing case examine for spiritual politics. whereas no longer being a theocratic state, it isn't secular both, with the Indonesian nation formally defining what constitutes faith, and each citizen wanting to be affiliated to 1 of them. This e-book makes a speciality of Java and Bali, and the fascinating comparability of 2 neighbouring societies formed through varied religions - Islam and Hinduism. The publication examines the appropriation by way of the peoples of Java and Bali of the assumption of faith, via a dialogic strategy of indigenization of universalist religions and universalization of indigenous religions. It seems to be on the stress that exists among proponents of neighborhood world-views and indigenous trust platforms, and people who deny these neighborhood traditions as qualifying as a faith. This pressure performs a number one half within the development of an Indonesian non secular identification famous by means of the country. The book is of curiosity to scholars and students of Southeast Asia, non secular experiences and the anthropology and sociology of faith.

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Download The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and by Daniel Drezner PDF

By Daniel Drezner

The general public highbrow, as somebody and excellent, has an extended and storied historical past. Writing in venues just like the New Republic and remark, such intellectuals have been constantly anticipated to opine on a vast array of themes, from overseas coverage to literature to economics. but lately a brand new type of philosopher has supplanted that archetype: the idea chief. outfitted with one great notion, suggestion leaders concentration their energies on TED talks instead of intellectual periodicals.
How did this shift occur? In The rules Industry, Daniel W. Drezner issues to the jobs of political polarization, heightened inequality, and eroding belief in authority as ushering within the switch. unlike public intellectuals, idea leaders achieve popularity as single-idea retailers. Their principles are frequently laudable and hugely bold: finishing worldwide poverty through 2025, for instance. yet rather than a category composed of collage professors and freelance intellectuals debating in intellectual magazines, idea leaders usually paintings via associations which are closed to the general public. they're extra resistant to criticism--and during this century, the feedback of public intellectuals additionally counts for less.

Three both vital elements that experience reshaped the area of rules were waning belief in services, expanding political polarization and plutocracy. The erosion of belief has diminished the obstacles to access on the market of rules. idea leaders don't desire doctorates or fellowships to strengthen their arguments. Polarization is infrequently a brand new phenomenon on the earth of principles, yet unlike their predecessors, latest intellectuals usually tend to benefit from the help of ideologically pleasant deepest funders and be housed in ideologically-driven imagine tanks. expanding inequality as a key motive force of this shift: greater than ever earlier than, modern plutocrats fund intellectuals and inspiration factories that generate arguments that align with their very own. yet, whereas there are definitely a few downsides to the modern principles undefined, Drezner argues that it's very solid at broadcasting rules broadly and attaining huge audiences of individuals hungry for brand spanking new considering. either fair-minded and trenchant, The principles Industry will reshape our figuring out of latest public highbrow lifestyles in the USA and the West.

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Download The Secret Garland: Antal's Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli by Archana Venkatesan PDF

By Archana Venkatesan

This ebook deals new translations of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli, composed by way of the ninth-century Tamil mystic and poetess Kotai. of the main major compositions via a feminine mystic, the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli supply expression to her robust stories by utilizing a colourful and impressive sensuality, during which Visnu is her extraordinary, enthralling, and infrequently merciless lover. Kotai's poetry is characterised through a richness of language during which phrases are imbued with polyvalence or even the main mundane reviews are infused with the spirit of the divine. Her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli are garlands of phrases, redolent with meanings ready to be found. at the present time Kotai is respected as a goddess, and as a testomony to the long-lasting relevance of her poetry, her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli stay celebrated in South Indian ritual, track, dance, and the visible arts. This ebook goals to trap the lyricism, attractiveness, and tool of Kotai's unique works. moreover, specified notes in response to conventional commentaries, and discussions of the ritual and performative lives of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli spotlight the significance of this ninth-century poet and her poems over the last 1000 years.

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Download Miracle of Love: Stories about Neem Karoli Baba by Ram Dass PDF

By Ram Dass

"There should be no biography of him. proof are few, tales many. He turns out to were identified by way of assorted names in lots of components of India, showing and disappearing over the years. His western devotees of modern years knew him as 'Neem Karoli Baba,' yet in general as 'Maharajii'--a nickname so usual in India that you can actually usually pay attention a tea seller addressed hence. simply as he acknowledged, he was once 'Nobody.' He gave no discourses; the briefest, easiest tales have been his teachings. frequently he sat or lay on a wood bench wrapped in a plaid blanket whereas a couple of devotees sat round him. viewers got here and went; they got nutrients, a couple of phrases, a nod, a slap at the head or again, and so they have been despatched away. there has been gossip and laughter for he enjoyed to shaggy dog story. Orders for operating the ashram got, often in a piercing yell around the compound. occasionally he sat in silence, absorbed in one other global to which lets now not keep on with, yet bliss and peace poured down on us. Who he used to be was once not more than the adventure of him, the nectar of his presence, the totality of his absence--enveloping us now like his plaid blanket. --Anjani In 1967 I met Neem Karoli Baba, a gathering which replaced the process my existence. within the intensity of his compassion, knowledge, humor, strength and love i discovered human threat by no means ahead of outstanding integration of spirit and shape. i used to be with him in basic terms in brief for he left his physique in 1973, nonetheless he entered my center as dwelling fact, and his presence maintains to counterpoint and consultant my lifestyles. -- Ram Dass

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Download Globalizing Civic Engagement: Civil Society and by John D Clark PDF

By John D Clark

'Informative and useful.' improvement and alter till lately, such a lot civil society enterprises (CSOs) operated at nationwide or neighborhood degrees. even though, new international businesses and networks are more and more rising. This publication examines what CSOs can in attaining, and the limitations they face, after they holiday nationwide barriers and sectoral moulds and paintings with others in international networks. a chain of case reports of CSO projects display how transnational motion can yield outstanding leads to altering rules and public attitudes. the various diversity of CSOs studied contains client teams, alternate unions, the anti-globalization protest circulation, the area Social discussion board, Jubilee 2000 and others. All show a remarkably related array of functional demanding situations, from constitution and management concerns to governance dilemmas. The e-book deals useful advice to these engaged with CSOs and contributes to educational enquiry approximately civil society.

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Download Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz PDF

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

Publish 12 months note: First released January 1st 2002

When it was once first released, this nationwide bestseller fast turned a touchstone within the globalization debate. popular economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for many of the key financial occasions of the decade, together with stints as chairman of the Council of monetary Advisers and leader economist on the international financial institution. really eager about the plight of the constructing international locations, he grew to become more and more disappointed as he observed the foreign financial Fund and different significant associations placed the pursuits of Wall road and the monetary neighborhood prior to the poorer international locations.

Those trying to comprehend why globalization has engendered the hostility of protesters in Seattle and Genoa will locate the explanations the following.

While this ebook contains no easy formulation on tips on how to make globalization paintings, Stiglitz offers a reform time table that would impress debate for years yet to come. hardly ever can we get such an insider's research of the key associations of globalization as during this penetrating booklet. With a brand new foreword for this paperback variation.

Those looking to comprehend why globalization has engendered the hostility of protesters in Seattle and Genoa will locate the explanations right here. whereas this booklet comprises no basic formulation on how one can make globalization paintings, Stiglitz presents a reform time table that might impress debate for years yet to come. infrequently will we get such an insider's research of the main associations of globalization as during this penetrating booklet.

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Download Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra by Loriliai Biernacki PDF

By Loriliai Biernacki

Tantra is a family members of rituals modeled on these of the Vedas and their attendant texts and lineages. those rituals regularly contain the visualization of a deity, choices, and the chanting of his or her mantra. universal adaptations comprise visualizing the deity within the act of sexual union with a consort, visualizing oneself because the deity, and "transgressive" acts similar to token intake of meat or alcohol. so much notoriously, non-standard or ritualized intercourse is typically practiced. This money owed for Tantra's destructive recognition in a few quarters and its reception within the West basically as a set of sexual practices. even though a few this day extol Tantra's freeing features, the position of girls continues to be arguable. frequently there are perspectives of girls and Tantra. both the female is a metaphor and genuine girls are altogether absent, or Tantra includes the transgressive use of women's our bodies to serve male pursuits. Loriliai Biernacki offers an alternate view, during which ladies are respected, worshipped, and regarded necessary of religious attainment. Her fundamental assets are a suite of 8 particularly sleek Tantric texts written in Sanskrit from the fifteenth throughout the 18th century. Her research of those texts finds a view of girls that's more often than not optimistic and empowering. She makes a speciality of 4 subject matters: 1) the "Kali Practice," during which girls seem not just as items of reverence yet as practitioners and experts; 2) the Tantric intercourse ceremony, specially within the case that, opposite to different Tantric texts, the choice is for other halves as ritual consorts; three) female language and the gendered implications of mantra; and four) pictures of male violence in the direction of girls in tantric myths. Biernacki, by means of determining to examine 8 specific Sanskrit texts, argues that in the culture of Tantra there exists a illustration of girls during which the feminine is an authoritative, strong, equivalent player within the Tantric ritual perform.

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Download The Study And Practice Of Yoga/An Exposition of the Yoga by Swami Krishnananda PDF

By Swami Krishnananda

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are aphoristic prescriptions within the type of pithy one-liners for major the brain into deeper states of absorption within the nation of Samadhi,where the person merges with the Absolute.A tranquil brain is a pre-requisite for reaching the better states of know-how and the Yoga Sutras are a graduated guide for the success of this aim. The aphorisms of their unique shape can't be undestood easily.Swami Krishnananda's observation is simple to decipher and reader friendly,lucid variety probes into the aphorisms and lays ahead of seekers the method of realizing the brain and it s machinations,and how the hurdles that make meditation tough might be overcome.The rendition and magnificence during which this has been made attainable is a tribute to Swamiji s love for fact. This sequence of 2 volumes is an all encompassing spirtual guide.The teachings are revolutionary in content material and start the place so much seekers locate themselves while religious aspiration dawns and the necessity for greater knowing is felt.Ther reader is led progressively during the varied facets of perform and brain administration. quantity I,which covers the Samadhi Pada,the first of the 4 sections of the Yoga Sutras,and offers an outstanding advent and in-depth figuring out of the philosophy and perform of yoga together with the degrees of attention which are attained,has been published first. quantity II covers the Sadhana Pada and Kaivalya Pada which move into extra aspect in regards to the perform of yoga utilizing the aphoristic rungs of Patanjali Yoga sutras as a veritable stairway at the course of the ascent of the spirit.Nothing is left unsaid as Swamiji brings the lessons jointly in volumes as a whole treatise in this religious course.

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