Author: Susunaga Weeraperuma
Publisher: Chetana Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
To understand the mysterious complexity that is India one must first of all study her religions.
Written in a clear and simple style, this challenging book abounds with original and penetrating insights into the theory and practice of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, the four major religions of India.
The work is of absorbing interest to all who are keen to contemplate life’s deepest questions. Has life a purpose? Does God exist? Is there an afterlife? Can sorrow be ended? What is Liberation?
The author maintains that it is far more important to understand the psychological reasons why people become attached to certain doctrines than merely to be conversant with the doctrines themselves. Religion should heighten the intelligence of man instead of reducing it to servility, where he is prepared to accept any dogma with an attitude of unquestioning acquiescence.
What is the use of religion if it does not elevate the mind, so that it become a fine instrument that is highly skeptical, alert and every-watchful? The illumined mind, constantly awake, naturally becomes a light to the world.