by Harvey P. Alper
ISBN(Hardbound): 8120807464, 9788120807464
ISBN (Paperback): 9788120818965
Price(Hardbound): 695.00 INR
Price (Paperback): 495.00 INR
Pages: vi + 540
Year of Pub.: 2012
About Understanding Mantras:
understanding Mantras explores the origin, nature, function,
and significance of mantras within the bounds of the hindu tradition.
It analyses the use of mantras in the Vedic age in the great theistic
movements of Saivism and Vaisnavism, and in Tantra. A brief introduction
by Alper outlines the major controversies in Western scholarship
concerning the nature of mantras and gives an insightful and suggestive
paradigm for resolving the issues. The essays provide enlightenment into
the Indian mantric tradition, and into Western attempts to understand
that tradition. They also discuss the issues surrounding the debate over
whether mantras should count as instances of language.
Of immeasurable worth is the comprehensive bibliographical and
methodological essay and list contributed by Professor Alper. This essay
covers more than 1600 items and situates mantra contextually in Indian
history, society, and culture. It approaches a bibliography on all of
Hinduism and will serve as an invaluable tool for future research.