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1 Alain Danielou (trs.); Prepared with the Help of Kenneth Hurry
Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text By Vatsyayana Including the Jayamangala Commentary from the Sanskrit By Yashodhara and Extracts from the Hindi Commentary By Devadatta Shastra
Inner Traditions International; Mumbai, India; 1994; 0892816805 / 9780892816804; Paperback; New; 
This definitive volume is the first modern translation of Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra to include two essential commentaries: the Jayamangala of Yashodhara and the modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Alain Danilou spent four years comparing versions of the Kama Sutra in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, and English, drawing on his intimate experience of India, to preserve the full explicitness of the original. I wanted to demystify India, he writes, to show that a period of great civilization, of high culture, is forcibly a period of great liberty. Printed Pages: 573. 015087

Price: 10.95 USD
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2 Alain Danielou
India: A Civillization of Difference. The Ancient Tradition of Universal Tolerance
Inner Traditions; Rochester, USA; 2013; 1594770484 / 9781594770487; Paperback; New; 
A collection of Daniélou's writings that builds a bold and cogent defense of India's caste system • Looks at the Hindu caste system not as racist inequality but as a natural ordering of diversity • Reveals the stereotypes of Indian society invented to justify colonialism • Includes never-before-published articles by the internationally recognized Hindu scholar and translator of The Complete Kama Sutra (200,000 copies sold) In classical India social ethics are based on each individual's functional role in society. These ethics vary according to caste in order to maximize the individual's effectiveness in the social context. This is the definition of caste ethics. The Indian caste system is not a hierarchy with some who are privileged and others who are despised; it is a natural ordering, an organizing principle, of a society wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. In the caste system it is up to the individual to achieve perfection in the state to which he or she is born, since to a certain extent that state also forms part of a person's nature. All people must accomplish their individual spiritual destinies while, as members of a social group, ensuring the continuity of the group and collaborating in creating a favorable framework for all human life--thereby fulfilling the collective destiny of the group. The notion of transmigration provides an equalizing effect on this prescribed system in that today's prince may be reborn as a woodcutter and the Brahman as a shoemaker. In India: A Civilization of Differences, Daniélou explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate and argues effectively in its favor. This rare collection of the late author's writings contains several never-before-published articles and offers an in-depth look at the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism. Printed Pages: 160. 037650

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3 Alain Danielou (Shiva Sharan); Articles selected and Presented By Jean-Louis Gabin
Sacred Music: Its Origins, Powers, and Future: Traditional Music in Today's World
Indica Books; Varanasi, India; 2002; 8186569332 / 9788186569337; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 224. 023647

Price: 7.35 USD
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4 Alain Danielou
The Ragas of Northern Indian Music
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2014; 812150225X / 9788121502252; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
The first part of the book traces the history of Indian music and the continuity of its theory and practice for more than two thousand years. It is based on many years' research into the vast ancient Sanskrit literature of music. These valuable technical treatises, which lie in the form of scarcely catalogued manuscripts throughout the public and private libraries of India, had hitherto remained unemplored. Part Two transcribes and studies in detail 50 typical Raga-s. Each is preceded by a Sanskrit poem in translation which depicts the atmosphere; then follows an analysis of the scale, covering its intervals and expression, a study of the theme with its characteristic motives and finally a typical development. The present work is based on the author's two-volume Northern Indian Music published in London (but not America) some ten years ago, but long out of print and much sought after by students. It was described by Colin Mason in the Manchester Guardian as "of immense value to any practical musician" and "an invaluable addition to the very scanty literature of fascinating and neglected subject". This new version contains a number of additional Raga-s; the earlier text has been extensively revised and many music examples redrawn for greater clarity and accuracy. Some abridgement has taken place, but only of material which appeared originally for the benefit of Indian readers unfamiliar with Western staff notation, those able to read Sanskrit, and specialists in Sanskrit literature. The book provides modern composers outside India with a source of new inspiration and enables practising musicians to play and study some of the endlessly variegated modes for which Indian music is unique. Printed Pages: 416. 031304

Price: 21.95 USD
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