A Survey of Hinduism: First Edition

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SUNY Press - Religion - 649 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive survey of the Hindu tradition, dealing with the history of Hindusim, the sacred writings of the Hindus, the Hindu worldview, and the specifics of the major branches of Hindusim—Vaisnavism, S aivism, and S aktism. It also focuses on the geographical ties of Hinduism with the land of India, the social order created by Hinduism, and the various systems of Hindu philosophio-theological thought. Klostermaier describes the new development of Hinduism in the 19th and 20th centuries, including present-day political Hinduism and the efforts to turn Hinduism into a modern-world religion.

A unique feature of this book is its treatment of Hinduism in a topical fashion, rather than by chronological description of the development of Hinduism or by summary of the literature. The complexities of Hindu life and thought are thus made real to the reader. Hindus will recognize it as their own tradition.

A glossary and a chronological table are useful additional features.
 

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This is an excellent book for someone who already knows a little about Hinduism and wants an in-depth view of the philosophies and social concepts of Hindus. However, if (like myself) you are not well ... Read full review

Contents

HINDUISM DEVELOPMENT AND ESSENCE
15
The History and Development of Hinduism
30
1 Prehistoric Rockpaintings
36
Orthodoxy and Heresy in Hinduism
46
Revelation and Scripture in Hinduism
61
1 Sage Vyasa Dictating the Mahfibhfirala to Ganesa
68
The Heart of Hinduism
108
1 Puranic World Model l 14
114
Kali
268
Durga
274
The Great Gods
277
Virabhadri
283
Sundara Mfirti
286
Mini Tzrlha Kaila
292
Bhairava Plaque
294
Siva Kanphata
297

The Many Gods and the One God of Hinduism
125
1 Some Hindu devas
134
TRIMARGA THE THREE HINDU PATHS
145
1 Vedic Firesacrifice
150
The Twin Concerns of Karmamfirga
162
1 Some sarrzskfiras
174
The Samskdras
175
Jfifinamfirga
184
Self and
195
Liberation from Rebirth
210
1 The Nine Degrees of Devotion bhakri
214
Lord Visnu and His Devotees
226
1 Rama and Krsna
229
The Grace and the Terror of
244
1 Daksinfimfirti
248
2l Siva Bhairava Mask
252
Siva Tandava
257
The Divine Mother
261
1 Devi Mahisfisuramfirdini
262
Laksmi
264
Bhairava Plaque
302
Radha Mohan Temple
303
The Yamuna at Mathura 3 l 0
310
A ghfi on the Yamuna in Mathura
315
Memorial for sari
318
Samnyfisa
328
The Saddarsanas
341
Sfimkhya Yoga
358
Hindu Reforms and Reformers
385
Ramana Maharsi
396
as World Religion
401
Chronology
415
94
493
Glossary
507
Abbreviations Used
539
108
559
125
567
Index
607
202
645
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Klaus K. Klostermaier is Professor and Head of the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba.

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