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Awake: The Life of Yogananda
An enlightening documentary about Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda who brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920. Yogananda was the author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which became the go-to book for seekers and yoga enthusiasts…
Eastern Mystics
In this groundbreaking documentary, well-known mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita, and Taoist traditions discuss their own awakening experiences, the nature of mysticism, religious tolerance, love and compassion, spiritual practices, the many paths to truth, and world peace. Their comments…
4 videos
Breath Of The Gods - The Origins of Yoga
Modern yoga, that is, the form practiced daily by tens of millions of people around the world, goes back directly to the god Shiva according to Indian tradition. At the same time, however, modern yoga originated in the early 20th…
The Lover and The Beloved - A Journey into Tantra
A documentary feature film about one man's journey across northern India and his search for enlightenment. Rajive McMullen, a history teacher suffering from a debilitating illness, makes the painful journey into the heart of Tantra, searching for meaning in holy…
3 videos
Hinduism: 330 Million Gods
Part of the Series: The Long Search
Traces the Indian religious experience in two highly contrasting locations: the bustling city of Benares where millions come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, and the small village of Bhith Bhagwanpur, unvisited except by professional story tellers…
Loving Krishna
Loving Krishna is about the worship of Krishna and the meaning of devotion. It explores the rural and urban character of the town of Vishnapur in West Bengal by examining the royal past, everyday life, work in traditional arts and…
Death, Rebirth, and Liberation in Hinduism
Episode 12 of Death, Dying, and the Afterlife
In Hinduism, death is part of a grander cycle of rebirth and suffering--with the ultimate goal of liberation (moksha). Here, ponder the concept of the Atman (one's immutable soul); meet the Hindu gods who personify death and, relatedly, time; and…
Forest of Bliss
Forest of Bliss is an unsparing yet redemptive account of the inevitable griefs, religious passions and frequent happinesses that punctuate daily life in Benares, India's most holy city. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles…
Short Cut To Nirvana - On Pilgrimage to A Spiritual Festival in India
The Kumbh Mela is the biggest gathering of people in the history of humanity - although few in the West have ever heard of it. More than 70 million pilgrims attend this extraordinary spiritual festival, which has been held every…
Shaun Micallef’s Stairway To Heaven - Gods, Gurus and The Ganges
In his youth Shaun Micallef almost joined the priesthood. Now he wonders if he may have missed his one shot at the answers to life's big questions. Heading to India, a country where spirituality and the search for meaning is…
Sons of Shiva
Sons of Shiva is a sustained attempt to film a four-day ceremony concerned with the worship of Shiva. Devotees of the God Shiva are shown from the initial taking of the Sacred Thread through gradually intensifying action to a culmination…
Altar of Fire
This film records a 12 day ritual performed by Mambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, southwest India, in April 1975. This event was possibly the last performance of the Agnicayana, a Vedic ritual of sacrifice dating back 3,000 years and probably the…
What is Hinduism?
Part of the Series: Religions of the World - Oh My GOD Series
Host Tevya begins his spiritual quest by investigating Hinduism, a faith with some 900 million followers worldwide. He attends the Durga Puja festival, an annual celebration for the Hindu goddess Durga with his teen guide Kritika. Tevya explores Little India…
The Blazing Heart - Saint Amma Sri Karunamayi
The Blazing Heart is a portrait of a venerated Hindu saint, Amma Sri Karunamayi. Her name translates to Compassionate Mother. Along with her spiritual sanctity and love among thousands of followers, she has a global humanitarian mission to alleviate suffering,…
Life on the Ganges - Celebrating Dev Diwali on the Ganges River
Varanasi, India is one of the holiest cities, located in the northeastern part of the country. People from all over India, even the world, travel to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges River to wash away their sins and purify…
Hinduism and the Vedas
Episode 2 of Sacred Texts of the World
Grasp the nature and roles of sacred writings within Hinduism, as contrasted with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Learn about the structure of the Vedas, comprising collections of hymns and commentaries, and their meaning and function in Hindu ritual. Read compelling excerpts…
Laws of Manu and Bhagavad Gita
Episode 5 of Sacred Texts of the World
Learn about the huge canon of Hindu sutras, shastras, Puranas, and Tantra. Delve into two highly influential texts: the Laws of Manu, outlining rules, customs and guidelines for living for the four Indian castes; and the beloved Bhagavad Gita, which…
What Is Heard - Upanishads
Episode 3 of Sacred Texts of the World
The Upanishads constitute the philosophical or wisdom texts of the Hindu Vedas. Study the composition of the Brihadaranyaka and Chandogya Upanishads, containing spiritual arguments and dialogues revealing the underlying unity of brahman (ultimate reality) and atman (the self or soul).…
What Is Remembered - Epics
Episode 4 of Sacred Texts of the World
A second body of Hindu sacred writings encompasses literature, texts that explore the nature of dharma, the eternal laws and principles that give meaning and shape to life. Here, discover two great Indian epics: the Ramayana, a mythic narrative of…
Teyyam: The Annual Visit of the God Vishnumurti
In Northern Kerala, Hindus revere numerous Gods through Teyyam rituals. Each Teyyam is dedicated to a specific God. In Teyyam worship a ritual specialist, a teyyam performer, takes the shape of the God and becomes transformed. The rituals are performed…