After looking at the basis of the Hindu understanding of the world, this introductory account describes the world of the Hindu gods; the Hindu scriptures; the castes, death, and rebirth; monks, saints, and ascetics; and Hindu temples and worship. Herbert Ellinger is the director of a pharmaceutical company. He has spent many years in the far East and has a deep interest in religion and philosophy.
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1 The World of the Sanatana Dharma
2 The Wheel of Rebirth The Basis of Hindu SelfUnderstanding
3 The World of the Hindu Gods
4 The Hindu Scriptures
5 The Castes
6 Death and Rebirth
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