Author: Kenneth Morgan
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/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.
Guide to Pronunciation
BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
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
SELECTIONS FROM HINDU SACRED WRITINGS
7.Introduction to the Hindu Scriptures
VEDAS - Brahmanas and aranyakas
VEDAS- Supplementary Mantras
Yoga sutras of Patanjali
The Bhagavad Gita