Author: Kenneth MorganPublisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 1996Language: EnglishPages: 434ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120803876
This book on Hinduism written by devout Hindus sets forth the beliefs and practices of the Hindus and is designed especially for the Western reader who seeks a sympathetic understanding of Hinduism, though it is at the same time useful for all people interested in a better understanding between East and West.Recognition of the need for this book grew out of conversations among Fellows of the National Council of USA on religion in Higher education, who agreed that a study of the religion of the Hindus was necessary if one was to understand the people and culture of India and that such a study should be based on materials written by Hindus themselves. It was realized that many of the misunderstandings which arise between East and West come from the inevitable tendency on the part of the Westerners to describe and judge the people of India by their own standards.The seven eminent men who have contributed to this book come from different sections of India and are known for their competence as scholars and their devotion to Hinduism. Each of these writers has been compelled to limit himself to a few pages when a volume would not suffice for a full treatment of his subject. The complexity of Hinduism makes it especially difficult to write a concise account without erroneous generalizations, or distortions through what is included or omitted.
PrefaceGuide to PronunciationPART IBELIEFS AND PRACTICESCHAPTER1.The Nature and History of Hinduism2.The Hindu Concept of God3.The Hindu Concept of the Natural World4.The Role of Man in Hinduism5.Religious practices of the Hindus6.Hindu Religious ThoughtPART IISELECTIONS FROM HINDU SACRED WRITINGSCHAPTER7.Introduction to the Hindu ScripturesVEDAS- SamhitasVEDAS - Brahmanas and aranyakasVEDAS- Supplementary MantrasVEDAS- UpanishadsDharma SastrasYoga sutras of PatanjaliThe RamayanaThe MahabharataThe BhagavataThe Bhagavad GitaPrayersAPPENDIXBibliographyGlossaryIndex