The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

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Penguin, 2009 - Religion - 404 pages
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Hinduism is the world's oldest religion. With over 765 million followers worldwide and 1.1 million found across the United States, Hinduism is also the world's third-largest religion, behind only Christianity and Islam in popularity. It is a unique religion in that it has no specific founder and no unified theological system. Hinduism is also one of the most tolerant and fascinating religions, with a fundamental belief in karma, reincarnation, absolute non-violence, vegetarianism, and multiple manifestations of God.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism, Second Editionprovides updated and expanded information on the long and interesting history of 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, and the caste system. Information on the Hindu paths to enlightenment (including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga) is also included.

This edition provides-

  • Updated information on the state of Hinduism today
  • A greater focus on the specifics of the Hindu Tantra
  • Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation
  • Additional information on what 'idol worship' really is in the Hindu tradition

Expert author Linda Johnsen leaves readers with improved understanding on where Hinduism stands today on the world stage, in relation to Islam, and in relation to its own complex, extraordinary history..

Linda Johnsenis author of Daughters of the Goddess- The Women Saints of India (winner of the 1995 Midwest Book Association award for 'Best New Age Book of the Year'), The Living Goddess- Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe(a book about the Hindu Goddess tradition, assigned reading in several college courses), and Meditation is Boring? Putting Life in Your Spiritual Practice.She has published over 150 articles on topics related to Hindu spirituality in magazines directed toward a general Western audience, such as Yoga Journal andYoga International, as well as in periodicals targeted at an Indian readership like Hinduism Today andIndia Currents.She has lectured throughout the United States on Hindu spirituality, and has been featured in numerous radio programs and on cable television. She holds a Master's degree in Eastern Studies. Her most recent research tour of India focused on the Maha Kumbha Mela, a Hindu festival in Allahabad, U.P., attended by 80 million pilgrims.


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User Review  - Anagarika - LibraryThing

For anyone interested in learning about Hinduism, this is the book for you. This was an excellent, easy read. I enjoy researching Hinduism, and this book was able to teach me a few new things. A great find. Read full review

dont expect westerners to even understand hinduism/buddhism

User Review  - biswatosh -

I didnot read this book and wont even attempt. I am a Hindu and from my experience, it is clear that the fundamentally colsed mind set of westerners and muslims, will never ever allow to understand ... Read full review


The Eternal
Hindus in History
The World Discovers Hinduism
Matrix of the Hindu Tradition
k Matrix of the Hindu Tradition
The Peoples Religion
A Continuing Tradition 13
What Hindus Believe
The Main Denominations
How Hindus Live
Living Right
Sacraments and Holy Days
Temples and Sacred Sites
Gods Mouse Mas Many Doors
Gods House Has Many Doors
The Rewarding Life

Born Again
Turning On Your Inner Light
Spiritual Mentoring
Blind Men Describe an Elephant
Who Hindus Worship
Meet the Hindu Gods
The ElephantHeaded God
Meet the Hindu Goddesses
Visits from God
An EverExpanding Heart
The Razors Edge
The Royal Road
A Timeless Tradition
Kundalini Rising
Spiritual Science
Researching the Impossible

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About the author (2009)

Linda Johnsen holds a Master's degree in Eastern studies. She is author of Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India (winner of the Midwest Book Association Award for Best New Age Book of the Year), The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe, and Meditation Is Boring? Putting Life in Your Spiritual Practice. She has published nearly 100 articles in magazines such as Hinduism Today, Yoga Journal, and Yoga International, and has lectured throughout the United States on Hindu spirituality.

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