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Summary Hinduism

A guide to the nature and function of Hinduism Hinduism is uniue among the great religions in that it had no founder but grew gradually over a period of 5000 years absorbing and assimilating all the. This is an incredible book by an erudite yet not at all elitist scholar that gives an intimate and insightful glimpse into probably the most complicated and syncretic system of religious and social philosophy in the world Kshiti Mohan Sen s introduction spans a satisfying breadth in focus from the history and historiography of South Asia to philosophical discourse on Vedanta metaphysics to a sociological study of the intersection of class and religion and to a lesser extent gender in India It answers basic uestions about the constituent entities of Hinduism places them in its proper context You will learn for example what the Vedas are and how relevant they are in theory less in praxis except for scholars and the elites and where they came from Aryans Dravidians Both You will learn that the word Brahman is one of the most overloaded words referring separately to the castevarna the Vedanta ideal of the all pervading abstract Supreme Being as well as one of the three parts of the Vedas together with the Upanishads as well as the four Samhitas Rik Sam Atharva and YajurYou will get a crash course not only on various heterodoxies within Hinduism including atheistic and agnostic sects but also on the complicated position of women the irrelevance of the caste system no foundation in scripture but historically prevalent and the sociological impact of the Bhakti movement in bringing religion to the masses rather than restricting it to dogma and elite priestly classes a lovely chapter on the Bauls of Bengal stands out in particularYou will learn that most modern gods and goddesses are conglomerations of distinct deities from different sects the sect of Pashupati the lord of animals and the Aryan lord of storms Rudra together with phalliclingam worshipping tribessects led to Shiva who is for the most part non Vedicnon Aryan in origin Similarly Krishna and Vishnu were worshipped as separate entities and only later identified as one and the sameYou will get a crash course on metaphysical ideas like Brahman Atman Purusha Prakriti Maya and so onYou will learn interesting facts like how the first anthropomorphic religious images that were created within Hinduism were actually the Gandharva staues of Buddha by Greek sculptors who were patronised by the Buddhists in Afghanistan Temples and human like idols of Hindu gods came much laterEven if you are not interested in religion this book is a great read if nothing else it s a way to get a glimpse into how religion works the foundational philosophical ideas and the way it adapts and changes over time to fit sociological needs And for Hinduism the most syncretic religion in the world it s a particularly fascinating story

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Hinduism

Religions and cultural movements in India Conseuently it has no Bible Koran or Dhammapadam to which controversies can be referred for resolution Many works such as the Vedas the Upanishads and the. Incredibly concise and amazingly informative Best crash course on the fundamentals of Hindu roots

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Bhagavad Gita are authoritative but none is exclusively so As in Christianity there are several Hindu schools of thought and Hinduism clearly outlines their common beliefs and particular differences. A concise overview of Hinduism for the general reader


10 thoughts on “Hinduism

  1. says:

    This book was employed in Harold Kasimow's Major Eastern Religions course at Grinnell College Not knowing much about the traditions of the Asian

  2. says:

    A pithy humane and intelligent account of an extremly complicated subject with a myriad of historical and regional variations Highly recommended introduction to the subject

  3. says:

    This is an incredible book by an erudite yet not at all elitist scholar that gives an intimate and insightful glimpse into probably the most complicated and syncretic system of religious and social philosophy in the world Kshiti Moh

  4. says:

    Delightfully accessible introduction to the subject Not perfect but recommended for those interested

  5. says:

    Incredibly concise and amazingly informative Best crash course on the fundamentals of Hindu roots

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    With a foreword by his better known grandson Amartya Sen this Penguincaption idattachment998 alignalignright width195 Detail of mother and c

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  8. says:

    Very concise and interesting Also uite unbiased imho

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    A concise overview of Hinduism for the general reader

  10. says:

    The kindness and humility of the writer gets through to the reader It is difficult to describe one's own religion impartially but Kshiti Mohan Sen has been remarkable in maintaining objectivity