Alain Daniélou


Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean.

Books By Alain Daniélou

  1. Music and the Power of Sound

    Music and the Power of Sound

    By Alain Daniélou

    $24.95
    Music has always been esteemed for its power to speak directly to our higher consciousness. Alain Danielou traces the development of musical scales and tuning from their origins in both China and India, through their merging in ancient Greece, and on to the development of the Western traditions of modal and polyphonic music.
  2. A Brief History of India

    A Brief History of India

    By Alain Daniélou

    $25.00
    Due to the continuity of its civilization and the diversity of its cultures, India is like a history museum. Daniélou's observations of India create a thoroughly engaging and readable journey through time, with a marvelous level of detail and comprehensiveness.
  3. Gods of Love and Ecstasy

    Gods of Love and Ecstasy

    By Alain Daniélou

    $16.95
    Daniélou examines the earliest traditions of the Hindu and Greek gods of magical power, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence.
  4. The Hindu Temple

    The Hindu Temple

    By Alain Daniélou

    $24.95
    Daniélou's masterpiece on the Hindu temple, now translated for the first time into English, provides a stunningly illustrated tour of the major temple complexes of India.
  5. India: A Civilization of Differences

    India: A Civilization of Differences

    By Alain Daniélou

    $14.95
    In India the caste system is a natural organizing principle wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. 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 This rare collection of the late author's writings contains previously unpublished articles and examines the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism.
  6. The Myths and Gods of India

    The Myths and Gods of India

    By Alain Daniélou

    $35.00
    This widely praised study of Hindu deities reveals the message of tolerance and adaptability at the heart of this ancient religion.
  7. Shiva and the Primordial Tradition

    Shiva and the Primordial Tradition

    By Alain Daniélou

    $14.95
    Exploring the relationship between Shaivism and the Western world, Alain Daniélou provides a convincing argument in favor of the polytheistic approach. He explains that monotheism is merely the deification of individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that by acknowledging the sacred in everything, we can recognize the imprint of the primordial tradition.
  8. Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation

    Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation

    By Alain Daniélou

    $14.95
    Exploring the fundamental concepts of the caste system, Alain Danielou addresses issues of race, individual rights, sexual mores, marital practices, and spiritual attainments. In this light, the author explains how Hindu society has served as a model for the realization of human potential, and exposes the inherent flaws and hypocrisies of our modern egalitarian governments.
  9. While the Gods Play

    While the Gods Play

    By Alain Daniélou

    $22.95
    Examines how visionaries of ancient Shaiva wisdom defined our role in creation, how we have abandoned this role, and action we can take to creatively influence our destiny. The author spent more than 20 years in India and was one of the most distinguished orientalists.
  10. Yoga

    Yoga

    By Alain Daniélou

    $16.95
    Based on original Sanskrit sources, this book gives an authentic account of the methods of yoga in its different forms, including the challenging "left-hand" paths, as well as practices best suited to Western students.
  11. The Complete Kama Sutra

    The Complete Kama Sutra

    Translated by Alain Daniélou

    $29.95
    The oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures of sexuality, the Kama Sutra deals with all aspects of sexual life and was compiled from texts dating to the fourth century B.C. In contrast to the only previously available version, Alain Danielou's new translation preserves the full explicitness of the original.
  12. The Complete Kama Sutra

    The Complete Kama Sutra

    Translated by Alain Daniélou

    $19.95
    The oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures of sexuality, the Kama Sutra deals with all aspects of sexual life, and was compiled from texts dating to the fourth century B.C. In contrast to the only previously available version, Alain Danielou's new translation preserves the full explicitness of the original.
  13. The Phallus

    The Phallus

    By Alain Daniélou

    $19.95
    Alain Daniélou here unveils the religious impulse underlying art that at first glance seems to have no purpose beyond the erotic. Illustrated throughout with photographs and line drawings of European and Indian art, The Phallus celebrates the expression of the masculine in the religious traditions of East and West.