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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 author provides an essential outline of Hindu culture and religious practice. The explanation of karma, reincarnation and other esoteric aspects of the East are well developed and presented. A very enlightening read.
I had little to no knowledge about the religion of Hinduism prior to reading this book. Now I think I have a good grasp on the subject. The books lives up to the praise that the blurbs on the back of book . I suspect Hinduism has many more dimensions , more depth than I had originally expected for it. I know this sounds like crass chauvinism but I often wondered how a country so old as India had so much suffering and poverty . But I have began to realize that the history of India has it's roots in a deep spiritual tradition that is amazing in it's ability to see things in totally different fashion from we in the West see things. Now I don't plan on converting anytime soon, trust me, but I see Hinduism with much less of a cynical eye now. Good book to begin with , but I suspect that the religion of Hinduism has more lessons, more layers than meets our jaded Western eyes . If you want to be able to organize some good ways of framing an inquiry into this religion I would say this book is the best place to start.