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I've always been interested in Hinduism but was very intimidated by the sheer amount of information available to chose from. This book is exactly what I needed to understand Hinduism. It is clear, concise, and uses analogies to articulate finer points. It has made it easier for me to find aspects of Hinduism I'd like to investigate and learn about more as well as give a great overview of the other subjects so I have a clearer understanding of how Hinduism came to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about Hinduism.
This book is simple to read and rich in content. The author did a fantastic job at painting a worldview for me, a westerner, to understand the Hindu faith in a way that I would not have if I had simply picked up a copy of the Bhagavad Gita translated into English. He breaks down ideas that may seem strange to westerners with Judeo-Christian perspectives, like Brahman or inherent human divinity, and builds a worldview for people who are on the outside of Hindu culture. I admire his work and have read many different parts three or four times, because each time something else stands out to me in a different way. It has truly changed my life.
Definitly not kidding about being an essential guide. Definitly a must have for people getting into hinduism. Tells with an unbias knowledge of hinduism and walks you through explanations in easy to understand manor. This is not the scripture of hinduism. Just a beginners guide, spiritual guide, factual knowledge about the culture, practices, and explanations of gods and their stories
I wanted more insight into the different god manifestations, but it barely touched on it. Instead it was a concise yet thorough explanation of the history and beliefs behind the entire practice of Hinduism. Five stars for being clearly written and easy to follow.
This is a very good introduction to Hinduism written by a Hindu scholar and spiritual guide. It isn't too complicated for beginners but at the same time provides enough details for the intermediate reader.
This is the book that I bought when I began to be fascinated with Indian culture in general. This is also the first book I ever read on Hinduism, and to be perfectly honest, it's not very hard to understand. The information is precise, the narrative flow is never complex, and the visuals are lovely to look at. And although there are a few words here that need to be looked up in the dictionary, "The Essentials of Hinduism" is still a fantastic read. Highly recommended for those who are interested in the world's oldest religion, or in Indian culture in general.