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Hinduism Further Reading


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

Here are some helpful websites about Hinduism: Here some books about Hinduism:

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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.”

Hinduism: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hindu Religion, Hindu Gods, Hindu Beliefs, Hindu Rituals and Hinduism History
By Cassie Coleman

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Explore the Hindu Religion with its fascinating Rituals and History

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.

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 know a lot about a religion that has over one billion followers worldwide.

This book will cover these topics and more:
  • A Comprehensive Background and the History of Hinduism
  • The Hindu Gods and Goddesses
  • The Lesser Divinities
  • The Main Tenets of Hinduism
  • The Hindu Rites of Passage
  • The Common Question Asked About Hinduism
  • A Comparison Between Buddhism and Hinduism
  • And more!
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The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion
By Swami Bhaskarananda

Brand: Viveka Press
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 For Dummies
By Amrutur V. Srinivasan

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Released: 2011-06-24
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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.

HINDUISM: Hinduism for Beginners: Guide to Understanding Hinduism and the Hindu Religion, Beliefs, Customs, Rituals, Gods, Mantras and Converting to Hinduism
By Shalu Sharma

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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
The Upanishads, 2nd Edition
By Eknath Easwaran

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In the ancient wisdom texts called the Upanishads, illumined sages share flashes of insight, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself. In extraordinary visions, they have direct experience of a transcendent Reality which is the essence, or Self, of each created being. They teach that each of us, each Self, is eternal, deathless, one with the power that created the universe.

Easwaran’s best-selling translation is reliable and readable. It includes an overview of the cultural and historical setting, with chapter introductions, notes, and a Sanskrit glossary. But it is Easwaran’s understanding of the wisdom of the Upanishads that makes this edition truly outstanding.

Each sage, each Upanishad, appeals in a different way to the reader’s head and heart. In the end, Easwaran writes, “The Upanishads are part of India’s precious legacy, not just to Hinduism but to humanity, and in that spirit they are offered here.”

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.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism
By Rasamandala Das

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Hinduism is perhaps the oldest major religion. The comprehensive book explores its rich historical and cultural development, from its Indian roots to its vibrant application in the present, global context. Over 470 illustrations, plus a useful introduction, a clear timeline and a full glossary of Indian terms. This accessible book provides the perfect reference for anyone wishing to explore the compelling faith and culture that is Hinduism.

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism: Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers
By Swami Achuthananda

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Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism: Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers
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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 casualstyle, the book guides you through the fundamentals of the religion. Itthen goes further and debunks a number of long-standing myths, some ofthem coming from the academia (of all places). While most books shy away from contentious issues, this book plunges headlong by taking oncontroversies, like the Aryan Invasion Theory, idol worship, RISAscholarship and many more. In fact one-third of the book is just oncontroversies that you rarely find in any other literature.
To learn about Hindu mythology, see the same author's multi-volume series, The Galaxy of Hindu Gods.
Other Awards:
*** Finalist - 2014 Pacific Book Awards (Religion) ***
*** Bronze - 2014 IPPY Award - (Religion) ***


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