As a world religion, Hinduism remains one of the most elusive for many. Its teachings, beliefs, practices, and history are reviewed here by an expert hoping to introduce readers to the world of Hinduism. While there are many forms of Hinduism, and offshoots as well, the complex nature of this faith makes it elusive to many. This straightforward overview, focusing on Vaishnavism-the most common form of Hinduism--is ideal for those who wish to learn more about this ancient tradition..
Beginning with chapters about the foundations of Hinduism, Rosen clearly lays out what is otherwise a complicated history. Providing Hindu terms alongside English translations, he is able to bring the faith alive for readers unacquainted with its varieties and its tenets. Moving on to chapters about practices, including festivals, teachings, chanting, eating habits and more, Rosen brings Hinduism to life in vivid detail.
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What led me to this title was unadulterated curiosity and I must say that I am more than pleasantly surprised. The book is very well written and captures the essence of Hinduism very well. I actually ... Read full review
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Hinduism, the world's oldest "living" religion, is also the third-largest faith, boasting one billion adherents. Rosen (Introduction to the World's Major Religions ) is the ideal author to unravel the ... Read full review
Everything Comes from Something
The One and the Many
Chapter 3 Dharma and the Hindu Social System
Chapter 4 What Are the Vedas?
Chapter 5 Epic Hinduism
Chapter 6 The BhagavadGita and the Life of Lord Krishna
Chapter 7 The Puranas and the Bhagavata
Chapter 8 Vaishnavism and the Practice of Hinduism
Chapter 10 The Yoga of Eating
Chapter 11 Idols Deities Worship and Temples
Chapter 12 Festivals and Holidays
Chapter 13 Sonic Theology
Chapter 9 Underlying Metaphysics