[Advaita-l] thesis on shaivism

Ravishankar Venkatraman sunlike at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 26 14:43:43 CDT 2004

Please visit http://www.himalayanacademy.com and click on publications to 
find some books on this.  This is one of the Saiva monastries founded in 
Hawaii by a western Swami, who took to renunciation in Jaffna from a 
well-known yogi.

Though this has been written by a westerner, I believe that it is rooted in 
traditional Saivism as practised in the Tamil land.

I hope this helps.


>From: ismath ramzy <shazi2000srpk at yahoo.com>
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>Subject: [Advaita-l] thesis on shaivism
>Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 23:40:54 -0700 (PDT)
>Dear Sir
>I am a Sri Lankan student of the department of Comparative Religions,
>in the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. I have
>completed the required course work of the Masters' programme in the above
>mentioned department and currently am writing a thesis on "Shaivism:
>History, dogmas, norms, conducts and sects: A historical and
>   comparative study."
>I am interested in writing on Shaivism for the following reason:
>Shaivism is an unknown entity in the Arab world. The little that is
>known to Arabs is from translation of general books on Hinduism most of
>which are written from the westernn perspective of religion. I felt
>that I should introduce Shaivism in a clear and lucid manner for the
>Arabic readership.
>Unfortunately I found very few books and documents on Shaivism
>written by Shaivists in our library. But I am quite keen to introduce
>Shaivism as Shaivist originally perceive it and believe in it rather than
>reproducing the western view of things or even   heir methodology. My
>supervisor and the faculty have advised me to visit Shaivist sights and
>libraries in India and to spend some time with Tapas and learn from their
>Having visited your site, I was wondering if it would be possible for
>you to furnish me with some sources on Shaivism or guide me to a person
>or institute which could guide me further. I also wanted to enquire
>whether there is any provision in your university to accommodate
>researchers if so how could we go about doing it.
>I would greatly appreciate a considerate response from your side.
>Thank you,
>Ismath Ramzy
>Department of Comparative Religions
>International Islamic University
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