Hinduism, a Way of Life

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1991 - Religion - 104 pages
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This is a book on Hinduism designed to explain many South Asian practices, some not confined to Hindus only, that have very often been misunderstood in North America. The book contains essential information on standard Hindu sacraments and rituals, on dress codes, customs and festivals, on worship practices and sacred images. It provides a sampler of prayers, points for reflection and liturgical formulae. It notes peculiarities of emigre Hindu experience in the United States and Canada and incorporates insights from the author`s experience as a Hindu chaplain. The book has been written in response to requests for information from hospitals, ethnic squads in police forces, schools and boards of education, chaplains, social workers, and Hindus themselves. It will be helpful to students as well.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Joseph T OConnell
9
Introduction
15
THE HINDU WAY OF LIFE
21
Hindu Sacraments and Rituals
29
Festivals
36
Meaning of Icons
44
Mantras and Prayers for Various Occasions
55
HINDU SPIRITUALITY
61
Chaplaincy in the Hindu Tradition
67
HINDUS IN NORTH AMERICA
77
Notes
89
Bibliography
101
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