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A much-needed, comprehensive and up-to-date thematic and historical survey of Hinduism.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Gavin D. Flood
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 1996-07-13
File: 341 Pages
ISBN-13: 0521438780

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Release: 2018
File: 305 Pages
ISBN-13: LCCN:2019346686

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"Introduction to Hindu Dharma consists of selections from the more than 4,000 discourses of Kanchi Sankaracharya (1894-1994). It covers the topics of prayer and virtue, metaphysical truth, and the conflict between traditional Hindu dharma and modernity. A sage in the Sankara tradition, the Jagadguru was one of the most beloved and honored spiritual figures of the twentieth century in India and much of Asia and Europe. This book has the distinction of introducing both the sage and his spiritual legacy to the Western world in the form of an irreplaceable introduction to Hinduism."--BOOK JACKET.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Michael Oren Fitzgerald
Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc
Release: 2008
File: 145 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781933316482

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Covering the earliest Sanskrit rulebooks through to the codification of 'Hindu law' in modern times, this interdisciplinary volume examines the interactions between Hinduism and the law. The authors present the major transformations to India's legal system in both the colonial and post colonial periods and their relation to recent changes in Hinduism. Thematic studies show how law and Hinduism relate and interact in areas such as ritual, logic, politics, and literature, offering a broad coverage of South Asia's contributions to religion and law at the intersection of society, politics and culture. In doing so, the authors build on previous treatments of Hindu law as a purely text-based tradition, and in the process, provide a fascinating account of an often neglected social and political history.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Timothy Lubin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2010-10-21
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781139493581

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Hinduism is the oldest living religion of the world and the most complex in terms of its philosophy and practices. This volume looks at the antiquity, definition, and significance of Hinduism, providing a thorough and scholarly understanding of the basic and essential aspects of the eternal tradition useful to both lay practitioners and students.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jayaram V
Publisher: Pure Life Vision
Release: 2012-07-01
File: 332 Pages
ISBN-13: 1935760114

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How should Hinduism be introduced appropriately, to a modern global audience? Driven by this question, this book presents Sanatana Dharma at an introductory level for a broad contemporary audience, in over 280 pages and 300 references. The chosen framework is based on the Vedic concept of Upanishad, going from an easily accessible introduction to exploring the classics and the research. Each chapter concludes with a summary explanation modeled after 'VedAnta'. The core values are explained, seeking to be inclusive while avoiding pitfalls. The evolution and organization of the literature base are considered, with a simple, rational flow from the deepest Vedic concepts to visible, vibrant modern practice. The logical progression to Bhakti shows how the scriptures led to the glorious contributions in technology, architecture, literature and fine arts. The diverse schools of thought, their Acharyas, and the different lines of worship are explained. This leads to the movements for reunification and revival. Difficult issues are considered from a modern commonsense perspective, showing the concurrence of Vedic scripture and modern Constitutional law. Comparisons with other religions are avoided. A discussion on science and human advancement shows how Sanatana Dharma is strengthened in relevance as technology and knowledge advance. The final two chapters present the authors' opinions on some contemporary issues, concluding with several examples of prayers taught to children.

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Author: Narayanan Komerath
Publisher: Scv Incorporated
Release: 2015-05-01
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0996228306

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Your essential guide to the Vedas When were the Vedas written, and why? Who were the people who composed them? Where did they come from, how did they live? Questions, conjectures and debates go hand in hand with the Vedas, the sacred keystone texts of Hinduism. Now, noted historian Roshen Dalal sifts through centuries of information and research to present, in a straightforward and succinct manner, an account of the Vedas that is authoritative yet accessible, thus appealing to both scholars and lay readers. In this book, key insights into the Vedas are complemented by a celebration of the poetry that lies within the texts. Using socio-economic data and archaeological and linguistic research, the author introduces us to the Vedic era, enabling us to understand the culture and philosophy that produced these ancient and sublime texts. • Based on original research and numerous authoritative sources, including auxiliary texts and early commentaries • Appendices featuring selected hymns from all four Vedas, and listing all the hymns that make up the Rig Veda • Conveniently cross-referenced with a wealth of information

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Genre: Reference
Author: Roshen Dalal
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release: 2014-04-15
File: 424 Pages
ISBN-13: 9788184757637

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What is Indian Philosophy? Why has India been excluded from the history of philosophy? Richard King provides an introduction to the main schools of Hindu and Buddhist thought, emphasising the living history of interaction and debate between the various traditions. The book outlines the broad spectrum of Indian philosophical schools and questions prevailing assumptions about the 'mythical' ahistorical and 'theological' nature of Indian thought. Central philosophical questions are addressed: what really exists? How do we know what we know? Can we trust our perceptions of reality? What are we and where do we come from? Early chapters discuss the nature of philosophy in general, examning the shifting usage of the term throughout history. The author argues that a single definition or characterisation of the subject matter is impossible and that histories of philosophy remain tied to an ethnocentric and colonial perspective so long as they ignore the possibility of philosophical thought 'East of the Suez'. This highlights the need for a post-colonial and global approach to philosophy.Key features* Thematic approach rather than separate chapters on various schools* Emphasis on history of interaction/debate between the various trends* Introductory and concluding chapters on exclusion of 'India' from history of philosophy

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Genre: Buddhism
Author: Richard King
Publisher: Capstone
Release: 1999
File: 263 Pages
ISBN-13: 0748609547

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Examines the rituals, ceremonies, and doctrines of the Hindu religion, and explains the historical and religious influences which shaped its development.

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Genre: Hinduism
Author: Herbert Hewitt Stroup
Publisher: New York, Harper & Row [1972]
Release: 1972
File: 200 Pages
ISBN-13: UVA:X000124958

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Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India's population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-first century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of Brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the cultural and moral importance of epics such as the Ramayana. In this second edition Knott considers the impact of changes in technology and the flourishing of social media on Hinduism, and looks at the presence of Hinduism in popular culture, considering pieces such as Sita Sings the Blues. She also analyses recent developments in India, and the impact issues such as Hindu nationalism and the politicization of Hinduism have on Hindus worldwide. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author: Kim Knott
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2016-02
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780198745549

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