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The Religion of the Hindus
The Religion of the Hindus

The Religion of the Hindus

by Kenneth Morgan

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Language

English

Publisher

Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN

8120803876 - Year: 1996 - Pages: 434

Binding

Hardcover

Kenneth Morgan

Author: Kenneth Morgan
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 1996
Language: English
Pages: 434
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120803876

Description

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.

Contents

Preface

Guide to Pronunciation

PART I
BELIEFS AND PRACTICES

CHAPTER

1.The Nature and History of Hinduism
2.The Hindu Concept of God
3.The Hindu Concept of the Natural World
4.The Role of Man in Hinduism
5.Religious practices of the Hindus
6.Hindu Religious Thought

PART II

SELECTIONS FROM HINDU SACRED WRITINGS

CHAPTER

7.Introduction to the Hindu Scriptures

VEDAS- Samhitas

VEDAS - Brahmanas and aranyakas

VEDAS- Supplementary Mantras

VEDAS- Upanishads

Dharma Sastras

Yoga sutras of Patanjali

The Ramayana

The Mahabharata

The Bhagavata

The Bhagavad Gita

Prayers

APPENDIX

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

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