Hinduism: Path of the Ancient Wisdom

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iUniverse, Sep 1, 2008 - Religion - 404 pages
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Hinduism, the world's oldest living religion, embodies a wide spectrum of philosophies, beliefs, and customs. It has prompted thinkers from an array of cultures and ages-from Apollonius Tyaneus, a first century Greek thinker, to Voltaire, Mark Twain, and Albert Einstein-to extol its influence.Now, Dr. Hiro G. Badlani brings you Hinduism: Path of the Ancient Wisdom, an easy-to-understand guidebook that delves into Hinduism's spiritual and historical perspectives. For more than ten years, Dr. Badlani has passionately channeled his resources and inner reflections into learning about this ancient religion. His meticulous research, combined with guidance from spiritual masters, sages, and swamis has brought forth in this volume.This mini-encyclopedia covers all aspects of Hinduism in a series of small chapters. Spiritual teachings form the book's core, for without the spiritual teachings, what function can any religion play? Still, however, information is presented in a non-dogmatic manner, stressing the basic unity and homogeneity of all religions.With its powerful narrative and roots in spiritual storytelling, this book is perfect for anyone who desires authentic information on Hinduism. Engaging with this book will not only educate you, but imbue you with personal peace and happiness, becoming an experience both elegant and empowering.
  

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Contents

Why I Wrote This Book
1
The World of Cosmic Consciousness
3
Evolution
7
The Origin of Religion
11
Roots of Hinduism in the Ancient Cultures of India
15
Ancient Hindu ScripturesAn Ever Flowing River of Knowledge
21
VedasTh e Foundation of Hinduism
29
The Spiritual Teachings of the Vedas
35
Srimad BhagavatamContinued Spiritual Teachings
187
Srimad BhagavatamContinued Spiritual Teachings
191
Hindu RenaissanceAn Era of Sri Adi Shankar Acharya
195
The Era of Bhakti YogaTh e Golden Period of Devotional Faith
201
Sikhismthe Youngest Religion of the World
209
Sikhismthe Spiritual Teachings
213
Hinduism in Modern EraSpiritual Masters of the Recent Period
217
Hinduism in Modern EraSpiritual Masters of the Recent Period
225

Essence of the Vedic Philosophy
39
Vedas through the Passage of Time
45
UpanishadsCulmination of the Vedas
51
Spirituality in Everyday Hindu Life
57
The Secret of the Hereafter
61
The Code of Conduct
65
ConsciousnessCosmic Intelligence of the Divine
71
SoulTh e Seed of Divinity
77
The Divine Path of Virtue
81
The Hindu Trinity Trimurti
87
ShivaTh e Mystic Divine of Meditation
91
Sri RamaTh e Lord of Propriety
97
Victory of Righteousness over Unrighteousness
101
MahabharataTh e War Within
105
Bhagavad GitaTh e Song Celestial
109
The True Detachment Vairagya
113
The Yoga of Action Karma
119
Journey of the Spiritual Soul
125
Idol WorshipTh e Plethora of Gods
131
Goddesses in HinduismTh e Icons of Female Power
137
A Few More Spiritual Stars
143
JainismRenunciation and Nonviolence
151
Spiritual Teachings of the Mahavira
157
Buddhism Emerges
163
The Spiritual Teachings of Buddha
169
Srimad BhagavatamA New Trend in Hinduism
177
The Spiritual Teachings of the Srimad Bhagavatam
183
Hinduism and Science
233
MeditationTh e Spiritual Practice
237
YogaUnion with the Divine
245
Guru and the Holy Company Satsanga
249
AyurvedaTh e Most ancient Medical science
255
Vegetarianismthe Compassionate Way of Living
259
Hindu Society Todaythe Dynamic Patterns in Motion
265
Hindu WeddingNuptials for Eternity
271
Hindu MythologyTh e World of Sacred Fantasies
277
Symbols and Icons in Hinduism
281
Hindu Customs
285
Hindu Festivals
293
Hinduism and InterfaithTh e Future Trends in our World
299
Hinduism and Fine Arts
305
The Evolution of Hindu Temples
309
The Abode of God is the Heart of Hinduism
315
A Pilgrimage through India
319
Hindu Temples in the United States and Canada
329
Hindu Temples in the Rest of the World
337
Hindu PrayersTh e Trail of Divine Unfoldment
341
Hindu PrayersTh e Ocean of Spiritual Pearls
345
ConclusionA Legacy for Hindu Youth Diaspora
353
Bibliography
359
Glossary
365
Endnotes
371
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