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Essential Hinduism

by Steven J. Rosen

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As a world religion, Hinduism remains one of the most elusive for many. Its teachings, beliefs, practices, and history are reviewed here by an expert hoping to introduce readers to the world of Hinduism. While there are many forms of Hinduism, and offshoots as well, the complex nature of this faith makes it elusive to many. This straightforward overview, focusing on Vaishnavism-the most common form of Hinduism--is ideal for those who wish to learn more about this ancient tradition..Beginning with chapters about the foundations of Hinduism, Rosen clearly lays out what is otherwise a complicated history. Providing Hindu terms alongside English translations, he is able to bring the faith alive for readers unacquainted with its varieties and its tenets. Moving on to chapters about practices, including festivals, teachings, chanting, eating habits and more, Rosen brings Hinduism to life in vivid detail.… (more)

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What led me to this title was unadulterated curiosity and I must say that I am more than pleasantly surprised. The book is very well written and captures the essence of Hinduism very well. I actually took a trip down nostalgia alley after reading through the Ramayana and Mahabharata sections. A very well done PriceWaterhouseCoopers like concise report on Hinduism.

Hinduism is a religion that one adheres to by practice. The Holy texts lay out all the ingredients for leading a happy and fruitful life and it is upto it's adherents to follow these well laid out rules and steps. Starting with four Vedas. The Vedas are very esoteric and abstract and were the exclusive preserve of the Sanskritized Brahmins and High Priests so Vyasa and Valmiki wrote the common man versions in penning the Mahabharata and Ramayana respectively.

The Bhagavad Gita is an extraction of the central essence of the Mahabharata and then you have the Upanishads which are really the text books used by the Gurus to impart Vedic Knowledge to their pupils. The Puranas are again tales and legends that extoll the virutes of the Vedas through stories. The Gita, Upanishads and Puranas are often referred to as the Fifth Veda.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
What led me to this title was unadulterated curiosity and I must say that I am more than pleasantly surprised. The book is very well written and captures the essence of Hinduism very well. I actually took a trip down nostalgia alley after reading through the Ramayana and Mahabharata sections. A very well done PriceWaterhouseCoopers like concise report on Hinduism.

Hinduism is a religion that one adheres to by practice. The Holy texts lay out all the ingredients for leading a happy and fruitful life and it is upto it's adherents to follow these well laid out rules and steps. Starting with four Vedas. The Vedas are very esoteric and abstract and were the exclusive preserve of the Sanskritized Brahmins and High Priests so Vyasa and Valmiki wrote the common man versions in penning the Mahabharata and Ramayana respectively.

The Bhagavad Gita is an extraction of the central essence of the Mahabharata and then you have the Upanishads which are really the text books used by the Gurus to impart Vedic Knowledge to their pupils. The Puranas are again tales and legends that extoll the virutes of the Vedas through stories. The Gita, Upanishads and Puranas are often referred to as the Fifth Veda.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
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As a world religion, Hinduism remains one of the most elusive for many. Its teachings, beliefs, practices, and history are reviewed here by an expert hoping to introduce readers to the world of Hinduism. While there are many forms of Hinduism, and offshoots as well, the complex nature of this faith makes it elusive to many. This straightforward overview, focusing on Vaishnavism-the most common form of Hinduism--is ideal for those who wish to learn more about this ancient tradition..Beginning with chapters about the foundations of Hinduism, Rosen clearly lays out what is otherwise a complicated history. Providing Hindu terms alongside English translations, he is able to bring the faith alive for readers unacquainted with its varieties and its tenets. Moving on to chapters about practices, including festivals, teachings, chanting, eating habits and more, Rosen brings Hinduism to life in vivid detail.

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