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If you would like to know more about Hinduism, there are many books and websites with more information about it.

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HINDUISM: Hinduism for Beginners: Guide to Understanding Hinduism and the Hindu Religion, Beliefs, Customs, Rituals, Gods, Mantras and Converting to Hinduism
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Do you want to learn about Hinduism without getting confused? If you are considering reading up on Hinduism or even planning on converting to Hinduism then this book is for you. This book has everything you want to learn about the Hindu religion! 

Hinduism is a fascinating religion to learn about. Even if you are not Hindu and have no interest in being a Hindu, you can still take it upon yourself to learn about the faith and understand why it is important to so many people around the world. Perhaps you will find that you share many of the beliefs that come out of the religion, or perhaps you won't. But at least you will have a new outlook on Hinduism by advancing your knowledge in its teachings and the way it guides so many people's lives in this world. To have that kind of knowledge can be a very powerful thing. This book will help you gain that knowledge by exploring the most important aspects of Hinduism and the main goals Hindus have in their lives. You will find out much more when you read this fact filled book about the Hindu religion. After you are done reading, you will walk away with a better understanding about a religion that most of the Western hemisphere knows little about.  

What you will learn from this book:

  • Introduction to Hinduism 
  • Important Beliefs in Hinduism 
  • Important Hindu Customs and Rituals 
  • Introduction to Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism 
  • Bhagavad Gita 
  • Hindu Festivals 
  • Hinduism and Buddhism - Differences and Similarities 
  • Conversion to Hinduism 
  • What to do in a Hindu Temple 
  • Pilgrimage to Varanasi 
  • Hindu Mantras
Hinduism For Dummies
By Amrutur V. Srinivasan

For Dummies
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Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions

The dominant religion of India, "Hinduism" refers to a wide variety of religious traditions and philosophies that have developed over thousands of years. Today, the United States is home to approximately one million Hindus.

If you've heard of this ancient religion and are looking for a reference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices, and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism For Dummies is for you!

  • Provides a thorough introduction to this earliest and popular world belief system
  • Information on the rites, rituals, deities, and teachings associated with the practice of Hinduism
  • Explores the history and teachings of the Vedas, Brahmans, and Upanishads
  • Offers insight into the modern daily practice of Hinduism around the world

Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religions engaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies is your hands-on, friendly guide to this fascinating religion.

The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion
By Swami Bhaskarananda

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Released: 2002-01-15
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This book gives clearly written explanations of the basic ideas and practices of Hinduism and its culture. It answers so many questions—Do the Hindus worship many gods? Are the Hindus idol worshippers? What is the purpose of life? What are Hinduism's spiritual practices?—and so on, covering the most mundane to the most profound ideas and questions of Hinduism.
Hinduism: Adopting Hinduism as a Way of Life + The Ultimate Guide to Hindu Gods, Hindu Beliefs, Hindu Rituals and Hindu Religion
By Cassie Coleman

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2 Hinduism books in 1:

  • Hinduism: Adopting Hinduism as a Way of Life
  • Hinduism: Hinduism for Beginners - The Ultimate Guide to Hindu Gods, Hindu Beliefs, Hindu Rituals and Hindu Religion
Book 1: Learn How To Adopt Hinduism as a Way of Life

Hinduism is the oldest and the third largest religion by population. There are more than a billion Hindus in India, Nepal, Indonesia (Bali), Mauritius, Canada, New Zealand, Kenya, and elsewhere in the world who practice the faith. However, many scholars and practitioners believe that Hinduism is not a religion at all – it is a way of life, as Hinduism explains the purpose of human life, what you should and shouldn’t do, how you should behave with others, and how you should carry out your duties and responsibilities.

There are many aspects of Hinduism that makes it distinct from any other religion. For instance, there is no founder. Hinduism developed from the faiths and traditions of the earliest people who practiced it, and it is still evolving. Hinduism believes that God is within us, and everywhere in the universe.

This book contains detailed information on the Hindu way of life. You will learn about Dharma and how to lead the life in a dharmic way so that you can achieve self-awareness, realize the true potential of your atman or soul, find God, and become free from the cycle of life and death. I will introduce you to the concepts of atman, moksha, sanatan dharma, the Hindu theories of evolution, and the duties and responsibilities of all Hindus. I will show you how faith, devotion, dharma and artistic expression are a way of life. You will learn about the teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad-Gita. Finally, I will explain the meaning of life, and show you how to find God within you and in the outside universe.

Within this book, you'll find the answers to these questions and more. Just some of the questions and topics covered include

  • Understanding Hinduism
  • Atman or the Eternal Soul
  • Theories of Evolution in Hinduism
  • Hinduism is Not a Religion
  • Hinduism as a Way of Life
  • Top Reasons That Makes Hinduism a Way of Life
  • Living According to Dharma for Self Realization
  • The Hindu Way of Life – Ten Duties
  • Distinguishing Features of Hinduism
  • And more!
The Ultimate Guide to Hindu Gods, Hindu Beliefs, Hindu Rituals and Hindu Religion

In this book, we will explore numerous beliefs held by this diverse group of people. We will look at some of the legends of the divine “angels” which serve Brahman. Also, we will delve into some of the rituals which are common within Hinduism.

In addition, we will do some comparative religion, looking at some of the similarities and differences between Hinduism and some other philosophies. This will allow us not only to gain greater insight into Hinduism but see the common threads of philosophy found in many of the great religions of the world.

Within this book, you'll find the answers to these questions and more. Just some of the questions and topics covered include

  • The Meaning of Hinduism
  • Brahman and Atman
  • Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva
  • Indra and other Key Gods and Godesses
  • Durga, Kali and Mariamman
  • Karma
  • Reincarnation
  • Hindu Rituals
  • Hinduism versus Other Belief Systems
  • Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva
  • Tales of the Brahmin
  • And more!
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Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism: Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers
By Swami Achuthananda

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Religion is the opium of the people, said Karl Marx many centuries ago. For more than a billion people living in India and abroad, Hinduism is the religion and a way of life. In this multi-award winning book, Swami Achuthananda cracks open the opium poppy pods, analyzes the causes for euphoria, and comes away with a deeper understanding of the people and their religion.

*** Winner 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Religious Non-fiction) ***

This is a comprehensive book on Hinduism. It tells you why Hindus do the things they do - and don't. Written in a casual style, the book guides you through the fundamentals of the religion. It then goes further and debunks a number of long-standing myths, some of them coming from the academia (of all places). While most books shy away from contentious issues, this book plunges headlong by taking on controversies, like the Aryan Invasion Theory, idol worship, RISA scholarship and many more. In fact one-third of the book is just on controversies that you rarely find in any other literature.
Other Awards:
*** Finalist - 2014 Pacific Book Awards (Religion) ***
*** Bronze - 2014 IPPY Award - (Religion) ***
Hinduism: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hindu Religion, Hindu Gods, Hindu Beliefs, Hindu Rituals and Hinduism History
By Cassie Coleman

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This book has eye-opening information about Hinduism that will help you to understand the religion, the Gods, beliefs, rituals and how it has evolved over time. Hindus, and Hinduism: What comes to mind at the thought of these two terms? Breathtaking temples, Indians, worship of a cow, the red dot or burning incense and other rituals? With over a billion adherents, the religion is perhaps one of the least understood religions, especially among the major religions of the world (it is the third most populous religion, yet the least understood). Think about it; a religion with no specific founder, one where there is no one specific ‘holy’ book like in Christianity and Islam, and one with no agreed set of teachings is definitely likely to be very confusing for the average person. I know you might be wondering: Does Hinduism really have many Gods? Why do Hindus worship the cow? How about the dot… why do they wear it near the middle of their forehead? Why are they forbidden to eat meat…? These are just a few of the countless questions many people ask or wonder about Hinduism, and, whether you are a Hindu or not, there must be questions you may be desiring to get answers to as regards to the Hindu culture/practices, religion or even their history. Hinduism is special and has a lot of material, perhaps because it is the oldest known religion in the world. It therefore provides a lot to learn, and you do not want to miss out on ANYTHING in our journey through Hinduism as we explore the main aspects of Hinduism including the Gods, culture, the structure of their society, beliefs and so on. Did you know that the supreme spirit in Hinduism is believed to be both male and female? Well, you will discover more than you ever imagined exists in Hinduism and by the end of this book, you’ll be well versed with a religion that has over one billion followers worldwide. Let’s begin.
The Bhagavad Gita, 2nd Edition
By Eknath Easwaran

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Easwaran’s best-selling translation of the Bhagavad Gita is reliable, readable, and profound. His 55-page introduction places the Gita in its historical context, presents key concepts, and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. This edition includes chapter introductions, notes and a Sanskrit glossary.

Easwaran grew up in the Hindu tradition in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. He is a gifted teacher and an authority on the Indian classics and world mysticism. 

The Gita opens, dramatically, on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. Yet the Gita is not what it seems – it’s not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. “The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious.”

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism, 2nd Edition
By Linda Johnsen

Johnsen, Linda
Released: 2009-05-05
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A new look at an ancient religion.

The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the sociological aspects of the religion including ethics, sacraments, dietary habits, the caste system, and much more.

• Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide
• Updated information on the state of Hinduism today
• An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga
• Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation
Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices
By Shalu Sharma

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Why don't Hindus eat beef? Why do Hindu women wear a dot on their forehead? Who is the Monkey God? Who's that God with the elephant head? Children can ask the weirdest of questions and sometimes it's difficult to tell them the answers to these questions. The reality is that even the adults don't know the answers to many of these questions. The fact is, Hinduism is a complex religion even to those who are born Hindus. This book covers a complex religion in simple questions and answers.

'Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices'
is designed mainly for children of all ages of reading abilities for all nationalities and religious beliefs. The book can be used by non-Hindu parents who want to teach their children about Hinduism, its beliefs, practices and rituals. It will also be useful to children and adults alike who are considering taking a course on Hinduism or simply those who want to learn about Hinduism. Those thinking of visiting India especially those in pursuit of spirituality will find some of the answers in this book. Finally, parents of Hindu children who want to teach their children about their ancestral religion will also find the book useful.

Here are the topics covered in 'Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices

What is Hinduism?
Who are the Hindus?
Where do Hindus live?
Where do Hindus worship?
When was Hinduism discovered?
What are the Hindu holy books?
What are the Vedas?
What is a bhajan?
What is Aum?
What is the swastika?
What is Ishvara?
Who is a sadhu?
Meaning of aarti in Hinduism?
What is ahimsa?
Do Hindus eat meat?
Why don't Hindus eat beef?
Do Hindus eat pork?
Why is the River Ganges holy?
What is the importance of the lotus in Hinduism?
Why do Hindu women put a dot on their head?
Why do Hindus put a dot on their forehead?
Who is Lord Ganesha?
How did Ganesha get the elephant head?
Who is Lord Rama?
Who is Lord Shiva?
Who is Lord Krishna?
Who is Lord Vishnu?
Who is Goddess Durga?
Who is Goddess Lakshmi?
Who is the Monkey God?
What is Holi?
What is Diwali?
What is Raksha Bandhan?
What is the caste system?
What is reincarnation?
What is moksha?
What is yoga?
What is the Bhagavad Gita?
What is the Ramayana?
What is the Mahabharata?
What is aatma?
What is maya?
What is the Gayatri Mantra?
What is the Saraswati Mantra?
What are the other Hindu Festivals?
What is Namaste?
Where do Hindus go for pilgrimage?
Why are cows sacred in Hinduism?
Is Buddhism the same as Hinduism?
Who are the Jains?
Who are the Sikhs?
Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
By Kim Knott

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Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India's population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-first century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of Brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the cultural and moral importance of epics such as the Ramayana.

In this second edition Knott considers the impact of changes in technology and the flourishing of social media on Hinduism, and looks at the presence of Hinduism in popular culture, considering pieces such as Sita Sings the Blues. She also analyses recent developments in India, and the impact issues such as Hindu nationalism and the politicization of Hinduism have on Hindus worldwide.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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