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Hinduism A Beginner's Guide



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In this accessible introduction to Hinduism, Klaus K. Klostermaier explains the origins, beliefs, scriptures and philosophies of this ancient religion, and considers modern challenges the religion faces, such as the relationship between Hinduism and the West. Sweeping in scope, and highly readable, Hinduism: A Beginner's Guide offers a unique overview of a tradition that spans thousands of years and is essential reading for students, followers, and interested readers alike.

Author Biography

Klaus K. Klostermaier is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Note on pronunciation of Indian words and namesp. ix
Mapsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Vedictradition
Origins of Hinduismp. 9
The scripture of Hinduism: the Vedap. 18
The vedic ordering of lifep. 32
Vedic ritualp. 42
The Hindu Religions
The heart of Hinduismp. 55
Lord Visnu and his devoteesp. 67
Siva means gracep. 79
The Goddess and her worshippersp. 91
The Hindu Philosophical Quest
The wisdom of the Upanisadsp. 103
The philosophy of yogap. 114
Sankara and his Advaita Vedantap. 125
Vaisnava theistic Vedantap. 135
Hinduism Encounters Other Religions
Hinduism welcomes modern Western ideasp. 152
Hinduism rejects the modern Westp. 165
New faces of Hinduismp. 177
Hinduism and the challenges of todayp. 193
Indexp. 202
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