The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion

The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion

by Bhaskarananda
     
 

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Swami Bhaskarananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna order, here offers a brief catechism aimed at Westerners unacquainted with Hindu religious traditions. Perforce covering those traditions in broad terms without going into doctrinal complexities, his book has a straightforward style that should appeal to casual readers and students at a basic level but will not interest advanced students and scholars. Bhaskarananda, who has founded and led several Vedanta societies, has also been involved in interfaith relations. His tone is frequently apologetic, and he corrects American stereotypes about India and Hindus. In general, he points out, Hinduism emphasizes family and personal devotion over communal celebration and values variety in viewpoint and observance. While this book is not broad enough to be a reference work and is somewhat biased toward the Vedanta philosophical school of thought, it could fill a gap in collections on Hindu philosophy and practice, especially in those collections dominated by the works of individual gurus. Recommended for public libraries. James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781884852022
Publisher:
Viveka Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Pages:
233

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