The Essentials of Hinduism Book
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The Essentials of Hinduism


  • Author : Bhaskarananda
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: Hinduism
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105029606154

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Swami Bhaskarananda, a Ramakrishna monk, explains the essentials of Hinduism in a straightforward style aimed at Westerners.

The Essentials of Hinduism Book
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The Essentials of Hinduism


  • Author : Swami Bhaskarananda
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2005-10-01
  • Genre: Hinduism
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 1884852084

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The Essentials of Hinduism Excerpt :

This book gives clearly written explanations of the basic ideas and practices of Hinduism and its culture. It answers so many questionsDo the Hindus worship many gods? Are the Hindus idol worshippers? What is the purpose of life? What are Hinduism's spiritual practices?and so on, covering the most mundane to the most profound ideas and questions of Hinduism. A comprehensive, clearly written book on Hinduism that removes most of the misconceptions about Hinduism. It explains Hinduism starting with its history, then covers the following topics: God-RealizationGoal of HinduismHoly Books, Indo-Aryans, HinduismA Way of Life, Hindu Society Today, Role of FoodGodDoctrine of Karma, Doctrine of Predestination, Doctrine of Reincarnation, Hindu Ethics, Guru and Disciple Relationship, Different Spiritual Paths, Four Yogas, Worship of God, Mantras and Sacred Symbols, Temples, Three Gunas, Creation, Moksha or Liberation

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism Book

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism


  • Author : Swami Achuthananda
  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2013-07-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9781481825528

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Religion is the opium of the people, said Karl Marx many centuries ago. For more than a billion people living in India and abroad, Hinduism is the religion and a way of life. In this multi-award winning book, Swami Achuthananda cracks open the opium poppy pods, analyzes the causes for euphoria, and comes away with a deeper understanding of the people and their religion. *** Winner 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Religious Non-fiction) *** This is a comprehensive book on Hinduism. It tells you why Hindus do the things they do - and don't. Written in a casual style, the book guides you through the fundamentals of the religion. It then goes further and debunks a number of long-standing myths, some of them coming from the academia (of all places). While most books shy away from contentious issues, this book plunges headlong by taking on controversies, like the Aryan Invasion Theory, idol worship, RISA scholarship and many more. In fact one-third of the book is just on controversies that you rarely find in any other literature. Other Awards: *** Finalist - 2014 Pacific Book Awards (Religion) *** *** Bronze - 2014 IPPY Award - (Religion) ***

A History of Hinduism Book

A History of Hinduism


  • Author : R. Ramachandran (retd)
  • Publisher : SAGE Publishing India
  • Release Date : 2018-03-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9789352807000

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IS THE HISTORY OF HINDUISM, THE HISTORY OF BRAHMANAS FROM RIGVEDIC TIMES TO THE PRESENT? Or, does the story of Hinduism begin with the descriptions of the ancient roots as revealed by archaeological findings and the evidence from present day tribal, village and regional cultures? This book looks at both. The history of Brahmanas, tracing their lineage to the fifty-odd Rigvedic poets, is dealt with through the chronological ordering of the Sanskrit texts which were first handed down to us as oral narratives from Gurus to shishyas. The circumstances and purposes for which these texts were written is examined, along with events of a true historical nature. This is followed by a sequential treatment of Hinduism as a ‘Rigvedic religion’, the two Mimamsas, Buddhism, Jainism, Dharmasastras, the Epics and the Puranas. The growth of Hindu temples, the role of Adi Sankaracharya and the Bhakti movement is delved into, and the influences of Muslim and British rule of the subcontinent on Hinduism is analysed. The author explores one major reason for the survival of Hinduism—the support of prehistoric tribal and village cultures which were not modified or destroyed by the later-day Brahmanas. Much of tribal and village deities and practices were co-opted into concurrent Hinduism, so-much-so that today these cannot be separated from mainstream Hindu practices and traditions. They exist in all their colourful glory to this date and make Hinduism vibrant. It is these ancient folk religions that provide a stable foundation for the survival of Hinduism, argues author R Ramachandran, presenting in this book an all-encompassing landscape view of Hinduism as it has been for the last five thousand years. Finally, the present status of Hinduism is discussed along with its survival in the future.

The Essentials of Hinduism Book
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The Essentials of Hinduism


  • Author : Swami Bhaskarananda
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Hinduism
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:969103554

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Essentials of Hinduism Book

Essentials of Hinduism


  • Author : Swami Vivekananda
  • Publisher : Advaita Ashrama (A publication branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math)
  • Release Date : 1937
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 10 : 9788175058392

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Essentials of Hinduism Excerpt :

Many want to know what Hinduism is. Many are astonished to hear that Hinduism has no particular creed. Indeed, Hinduism is hard to define. Hinduism is a system which comprises within its fold an infinite variety of thoughts. In this book published by Advaita Ashrama, a Publication centre of Ramakrishna Math, an attempt has been made to give a bird's-eye view of Hinduism with extracts from the speeches and writings of Swami Vivekananda who may be said to be the best exponent of Hinduism in modern India. The excerpts have been culled from the author's Complete Works.

What Is Hinduism  Book
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What Is Hinduism


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Himalayan Academy Publications
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Hinduism
  • Pages : 393
  • ISBN 10 : 9781934145272

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The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hinduism  2nd Edition Book
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The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hinduism 2nd Edition


  • Author : Linda Johnsen
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009-05-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101052570

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The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hinduism 2nd Edition Excerpt :

A new look at an ancient religion. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the sociological aspects of the religion including ethics, sacraments, dietary habits, the caste system, and much more. ? Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide ? Updated information on the state of Hinduism today ? An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga ? Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation

Hinduism For Dummies Book

Hinduism For Dummies


  • Author : Amrutur V. Srinivasan
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2011-06-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118110775

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Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions The dominant religion of India, "Hinduism" refers to a widevariety of religious traditions and philosophies that havedeveloped over thousands of years. Today, the United States is hometo approximately one million Hindus. If you've heard of this ancient religion and are looking for areference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices,and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism ForDummies is for you! Provides a thorough introduction to this earliest and popularworld belief system Information on the rites, rituals, deities, and teachingsassociated with the practice of Hinduism Explores the history and teachings of the Vedas, Brahmans, andUpanishads Offers insight into the modern daily practice of Hinduismaround the world Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religionsengaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies isyour hands-on, friendly guide to this fascinating religion.

World Religions Book
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World Religions


  • Author : Thomas A. Robinson
  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Release Date : 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441219725

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This masterful survey of world religions presents a clear and concise portrait of the history, beliefs, and practices of Eastern and Western religions. The new edition contains added material and has been revised throughout. The authors, both respected scholars of world religions, have over fifty years of combined teaching experience. Their book is accessibly written for introductory classes, can be easily adapted for one- or two-semester courses, and presents a neutral approach for broad classroom use. Pedagogical aids include further reading suggestions, photographs, sidebars, and pronunciation guides. An 800-question bank of multiple-choice test questions is available to professors through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

Essence of Hinduism Book

Essence of Hinduism


  • Author : Swami Mukundananda
  • Publisher : Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog
  • Release Date : 2013-03-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780983396734

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The Vedic scriptures are a vast treasure-house of the most resplendent divine knowledge, which contains the key for bringing about a divine transformation in our lives. Intuitively, seekers worldwide perceive that the heritage of India, the land of spirituality, holds in its bosom the rarest of rare secrets that they all yearn to know. That is why an inherent curiosity exists for understanding the concepts of Hinduism, reading its scriptures, and visiting the country that is the spiritual leader of the world. However, without proper guidance, such endeavors to fathom the secrets of Hinduism, even with the best of intentions, do not meet with success. People get stumped with how to access the knowledge, comprehend its wide-spectrum of concepts, and utilize them meaningfully in their lives. That is why Hinduism is an enigma for most Westerners.

Hinduism   Ritual  Reason and Beyond Book

Hinduism Ritual Reason and Beyond


  • Author : Ashok Mishra
  • Publisher : StoryMirror Infotech Pvt Ltd
  • Release Date : 2019-08-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 540
  • ISBN 10 : 9789388698139

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The book is journey through 5000 years of evolution of Hinduism, and is outcome of seven years of study to understand the roots of Hinduism. Tracing the genesis of Hinduism to pre-Indus Valley period, the book explains Hindu, Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma, before it takes one through Hinduism’s oldest scriptures - the four Vedas, the four components of each Veda, and what they contain. How all original translations of Vedic texts were done by Western Sanskrit scholars, and why their works have left scope for doubt about the fidelity of translations. The yajnas (yagya) like Ashvamedha, Rajsooya, Vajpeya, etc., about which we only hear on TV serials and talk shows, have been demystified. The reader will be taken aback reading the sheer size and scale of Soma yajna, described step by step, in great detail. Hinduism’s journey to the Age of Reason, the Upanishads, its encounter with Buddhism, and its transformation into idol worshipping society with many gods and a multitude of stories about its millions of gods is lucidly explained. Puranas, what they contain and what was the reason they were created, has been described and explained next. Hinduism's journey to its modern form - idol worship, the modern puja, detailed description of puja and Sanskaras like Vivaha, their detailed description, the meaning of each action and how they are conducted, the gift to the priest, types of idols, their consecration, all are explained to help a reader understand the why and the how of what we do as a Hindu. The book concludes with a discussion of - Do mantras have power? & Do rituals have meaning?

Essential Hinduism Book

Essential Hinduism


  • Author : Steven Rosen
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2008-05-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN 10 : 0742562379

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A review of Hindu teachings, beliefs, practices, and history. This volume focuses on Vaishnavism, the most common form of Hinduism.

The A to Z of Hinduism Book

The A to Z of Hinduism


  • Author : Bruce M. Sullivan
  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Release Date : 2001-07-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781461671893

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The A to Z of Hinduism Excerpt :

With a history of over three and a half millennia, and over 800 million adherents, Hinduism is one of the world's largest and most diverse religious traditions. This book presents the Hindu religious tradition's major events, individuals, texts, sects, and concepts in the context of its historical development through various periods. In addition, sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, the rituals performed as religious practices, the manifestations of Hindu religious sensibilities in biography, art, the caste system of social organization, mythology, and the theories of salvation developed through the history of Hinduism are also presented. A pronunciation guide to Sanskrit and Tamil, and a chronology of the history of Hinduism are included.