The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism, 2nd Edition [NOOK Book]


A new look at an ancient religion.

The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the ...

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A new look at an ancient religion.

The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on 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, the caste system, and much more.

? Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide

? Updated information on the state of Hinduism today

? An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga

? Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101052570
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 299,142
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Eternal Religion 1
1 Time for God 3
2 Hindus in History 17
3 The World Discovers Hinduism 31
4 Matrix of the Hindu Tradition 45
5 The People's Religion 59
Part 2 What Hindus Believe 71
6 One God with Many Names 73
7 Born Again! 87
8 Turning On Your Inner Light 101
9 Truth Is a Multi-Layer Cake 115
10 The Sacred Sciences 129
Part 3 Who Hindus Worship 143
11 "Can You Show Me God?" 145
12 Meet the Hindu Gods 159
13 Meet the Hindu Goddesses 171
14 Avatars: Gods in Human Form 183
15 The Main Denominations 195
Part 4 How Hindus Live 207
16 A Classy Religion 209
17 The Ten Commitments 221
18 Sacraments and Holy Days 233
19 Temples and Sacred Sites 245
Part 5 God's House Has Many Doors 257
20 The Path of Action 259
21 Straight from the Heart 271
22 The Razor in the Mind 283
23 The Royal Road 295
24 Tantra: Making Love to God 307
Part 6 A Timeless Tradition 319
25 Timeless Tales 321
26 Living the Light 333
27 Ancient Religion in Modern Times 345
28 Hinduism in the New Age 357
A Glossary 369
B Who's Who in Hinduism 381
C More to Read 387
D Hindu Resource List 393
Index 397
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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    If you want to buy a book that tells you about Hinduism, this bo

    If you want to buy a book that tells you about Hinduism, this book is definitely not the book you want to buy. It is BAD!!! I have never read a book that is so poorly written that it is just miserable. One thing very obvious is that the author sorely lacks sincerity to the subject matter. Throughout the entire book, it is just plain to all that she just does not take this religion seriously, which I think it is an insult to all those Hindus out there and those who want to know about Hinduism. Why can't the publisher find someone who actually loves Hinduism to write the book?

    One thing is certain, the book leads you to nowhere. Suppose Hinduism is a cohesive whole. The author cuts it into thousand pieces and spreads it all out in no particular order and she tells a particular subject in fewer than 100 words and then you are on your own. And then you go to another unrelated subject which doesn't quite jive in (or at least to me) the previous sections and on and on.

    To tell the truth, I feel tremendously disappointed about this book. This is my first Hindu book and I thought this book was going to help me out a lot on the foundation of this faith. Not until did I read my other book on world religion (which has Hinduism, of course) did I completely realize that this "Idiot" book is a really lousy book and how it takes me loop after loop and I am going spinning here. Now I really treasure my world religion book even though it only has 16 pages on Hinduism. But let me tell you, this "idiot" book will not stop me from wanting to know more about Hinduism! I am going still to find more good books about this religion. The truth is out there somewhere.

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