The present work is reissue of English translation of Rene Guenon's work, Introduction Generals and I'Etude des Doctrines Hindoues.
This work instead of treating the Hindu doctrines as a "special field of research" with a view to derive results that could be of least importance to ordinary men takes an entirely different approach. The author starts out with quite other ends in view requiring an entirely different method for their realization, as well as an entirely different angle of approach.
As a result this book just as well serves as a key to the understanding of any of the traditional doctrines, or of them all. As for the Hindu doctrines which cover only one part of the work have simply been selected to exemplify the principles and workings of traditional civilization.