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The Samnyasa Upanisads : Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and Renunciation

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The first readable and accurate translation of twenty of the most authoritative Hindu documents pertaining to ascetic ideals and the ascetic way of life, this text opens to students a major source for the study of the Hindu ascetical institutions and of the historical changes they underwent during a period of a thousand years or more. Beginning with an analysis of the historical context that gave rise to Indian ascetical institutions and ideologies, Patrick Olivelle moves on to elucidate the meaning of renunciation-the central institution of holiness in most Hindu traditions-and the function and significance of the various elements that constitute the rite of renunciation. The Samnyasa Upanisads will be an unparalleled source of information and insight for students of Hinduism and Indian asceticism, mysticism, and holiness.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134.6 x 210.8 x 25.4mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195070453
  • 9780195070453
  • 1,113,509

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The first readable and accurate translation of twenty of the most authoritative Hindu documents pertaining to ascetic ideals and the ascetic way of life, this text opens to students a major source for the study of the Hindu ascetical institution and of the historical changes they underwent during a period of a thousand years or more.show more

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His analysis is stimulating as the translations are reliable. Combined, they comprise and essential textual contribution to our understanding of the meaning of religious renunciation in india. * Gail Hinich Sutherland, Louisiana State University * A welcome new translation. The texts contain much interesting material on the theme of renunciation, especially as it relates to ritual practices, and Olivelle is a recognized authority in these matters. The translation is first-rate * accurate and readable throughout. There is no question about the contribution it represents in the larger context of Indology or South Asian studies. * The definitive translation of texts seminal to understanding the Hindu tradition and particularly asceticism. * Douglas R. Brooks , University of Rochester * This thematic lense for introduction both to the vast Upanisadic literature and the asceitic life will be useful for introducing students to the 'Hindu' tradition. * A.H. Mathias Zahniser, Asbury Theological Seminary * Much needed study of renunciation and an admirable collection to texts. Important work. * Donald P. St. John, Moravian College * Outstanding book on a vitally important dimension of Hinduism....Clearly translated, and the introduction is very helpful for students. * Bruce M. Sullivan, Northern Arizona University * A fine successor to Hume's translations. * John Holt, Bowdoin College * I am delighted to have a fresh translation of the Upanisads. * Gurinder S. Mann, Columbia University * Excellent preface and background material. * Britt Towery, Baylor University * Ever since Baptist missionary William Carey produced the first translation of Upanisads texts, and the first grammar and dictionary of Sanskrit, Christians have recognized the value of this literature in understanding the pervasice world view of the Indian sub-continent. * Robert I. Garrett, JR., Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary * Finally! The translation we have been waiting for * a clean, modern, authentic, honorable, and readable rendering of the principal Upanisads. Olivelle's text is a great boon to students and teachers of Hinduism. * Easy to follow and well-explained. * L. G. Tewari, Sonoma State University *show more

Table of contents

Note on the Translation ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. The Samnyasa Upanisads ; 2. Renunciation and Society: The Inner Conflict of Tradition ; 3. The Nature and Purpose of Renunciation ; 4. The Rite of Renunciation ; 5. The Classifications of Renouncers ; 6. The Behavior and Customs of Renouncers ; TRANSLATIONS ; 1. Aruni Upanisad ; 2-3 Laghu-Samnyasa Upanisad and Kundika Upanisad ; 4. Kathasruti Upanisad ; 5. Paramahamsa Upanisad ; 6. Jabala Upanisad ; 7. Brahma Upanisad ; 8. Asrama Upanisad ; 9. Maitreya Upanisad ; 10. Naradaparivrajaka Upanisad ; 11. Nirvana Upanisad ; 12. Bhiksuka Upanisad ; 13. Turiyatitavadhuta Upanisad ; 14. Brhat-Samnyasa Upanisad ; 15. Paramahamsaparivrajaka Upanisad ; 16. Parabrahma Upanisad ; 17. Brhad-Avadhuta Upanisad ; 18. Yajnavalkya Upanisad ; 19. Satyayaniya Upanisad ; 20. Laghu-Avadhuta Upanisad ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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