Hinduism For Dummies

Front Cover
John Wiley & Sons, Jun 15, 2011 - Religion - 384 pages
Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions

The dominant religion of India, "Hinduism" refers to a wide variety of religious traditions and philosophies that have developed over thousands of years. Today, the United States is home to approximately one million Hindus.

If you've heard of this ancient religion and are looking for a reference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices, and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism For Dummies is for you!

  • Provides a thorough introduction to this earliest and popular world belief system
  • Information on the rites, rituals, deities, and teachings associated with the practice of Hinduism
  • Explores the history and teachings of the Vedas, Brahmans, and Upanishads
  • Offers insight into the modern daily practice of Hinduism around the world

Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religions engaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies is your hands-on, friendly guide to this fascinating religion.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Table of Contents
Where to Go from Here
From Past to Present A Condensed History of Hinduism
Then came the Greeks bearing no gifts
Examining the New Hindu Wave
Hinduisms Core Beliefs and Values
Believing in the Existence of an Immortal Soul
Karma and Its Consequences
Attributes of Brahma
Shiva the Destroyer
The Feminine Divine
Agni and the Vedic gods of home
The Avatars of Vishnu The Divine Descent
Revering the Role of Religious Leadership
What It Takes to Become a Spiritual Leader
The death of the body but not the soul

Major Hindu Denominations
Vaishnava subsects
The Smartas
Defining the Main Castes and Subcastes
Alive and Well
The Hindu Pantheon and Its Religious Leaders
Polytheism in Practice
Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Touring Important Pilgrimage Sites
Delving Deeper into the Hindu Concept of Reality
Vedanta The End of Knowledge
We are servants of
Allowing for a personal loving
Yoga in the United States from 1893 to the Present

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Dr. Amrutur V. Srinivasan, born in India, is primary founder and first president of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society. He has functioned as a Hindu priest performing a wide variety of pujas (worships), weddings, and other ceremonies since 1971.

Bibliographic information