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1 Frits Staal
Agni: The Vedic Ritual of the Fire Altar, 2 Vols.
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8120816609 / 9788120816602; Reprint; Hardcover with Slipcase; New; New; 
Set of 2 vols. 030299

Price: 119.95 USD
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2 Frits Staal
Discovering the Vedas: Origins, Mantras, Rituals, Insights
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0143099868 / 9780143099864; First Indian Edition; Paperback; New; 
"This is a remarkable book. It untangles the many complexities of the Vedas and combines Staal’s scholarly respect for the texts, with explanations that are lucid and occasionally witty. His insights are thoughtful and perceptive. —Romila Thapar In this unprecedented guide to the Vedas, Frits Staal, the celebrated author of Agni: The Vedic Ritual of the Fire Altar and Universals: Studies in Indian Logic and Linguistics examines almost every aspect of these ancient sources of Indic civilisation. Staal extracts concrete information from the Oral Tradition and Archaeology about Vedic people and their language, what they thought and did, and where they went and when. He provides essential information about the Vedas and includes selections and translations. Staal sheds light on mantras and rituals, that contributed to what came to be known as Hinduism. Significant is a modern analysis of what we can learn from the Vedas today: the original forms of the Vedic sciences, as well as the perceptive wisdom of the composers of the Vedas. The author puts Vedic civilisation in a global perspective through a wide-ranging comparison with other Indic philosophies and religions, primarily Buddhism For Staal, originally a logician, the voyage of discovering the Vedas is like unpeeling an onion but without the certainty of reaching an end. Even so, his book shows that the Vedas have a logic all their own. Accessible, finely-argued, and with a wealth of information and insight, Discovering the Vedas is for both the scholar and the interested lay reader. Printed Pages: 456 with 16 b/w photos. 033832

Price: 10.25 USD
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3 Frits Staal
Exploring Mysticism: A Methodological Essay
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8120835565 / 9788120835566; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
As the title indicates, this essay deals primarily with the exploration of mysticism, not with mysticism itself. It reviews the methods by which mysticism is generally studied and explores those by which it can be studied more fruitfully. In doing so, it is also concerned with mysticism itself. The author has attempted to be more systematic and comprehensive, so that future explorations may have a firmer foundation. In the study of mysticism, a common drawback is lack of experience. However, prejudices prove to be the most persistent obstacles, especially to professional students of religion, but also to those who approach it from other angles. The author has tried to present a case for a rational point of departure, and has indicated in which directions one might go from there. This has taken him into mystic domains which are widely regarded as beyond the pale of critical investigation.Printed Pages: 255. 102314

Price: 11.25 USD
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4 Frits Staal
Ritual and Mantras: Rules Without Meaning
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1996; 8120814118 / 9788120814110; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; Very Good; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 509. 039726

Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Jayant Burde; Foreword By Frits Staal
Rituals, Mantras and Science: An Integral Perspective
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8120820533 / 9788120820531; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
In this book the author discusses the place of science in rituals and mantras. Using structual analysis he shows that rituals in general, whether religious, political, social or otherwise have common structural patterns. These patterns are shared by poetry, music, dance and gymnastics, but not by language. Consideration of animal rituals and pathological (compulsive) rituals leads him to propose a general theory which unifies all ritual-like activities. He also introduces the concept of ritual instinct which can make the theory simpler and more elegant. He shows how knowledge can be divided into science, non-science and pseudo-science to understand the true status of such strange phenomena as miracles, supernatural powers, siddhis, samadhi, rebirth and ESP. Printed Pages: 283. 010598

Price: 35.00 USD
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