The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism (2nd Edition)
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A new look at an ancient religion.
The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the sociological aspects of the religion including ethics, sacraments, dietary habits, the caste system, and much more.
? Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide
? Updated information on the state of Hinduism today
? An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga
? Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation
even tell there’s no salt in the beans?” his wife taunted. Even Shankaracharya himself slipped up from time to time. In one very famous episode, he was about to enter a Shiva temple when he discovered a dead body on the steps. The dead man’s widow was wailing with grief. For Hindus, corpses are psychically polluting. Shankaracharya gruffly ordered the low-caste woman to get her husband out of the way so people could enter the temple without contaminating themselves. “Aren’t you the teacher who
turned out that although Rao’s friend had been knocked unconscious, once he came to, he was no worse for the wear. He had a hairline fracture to a leg bone but was otherwise okay! I guess most of us in the West would think this was just dumb luck. But Hindus take this kind of story as evidence for the protective power of mantras—and as proof that we can even change our destiny with a little boost from God’s grace. Tales from the Lab Christianity has always had an uneasy relationship with
with today. And let’s look at the extraordinary gifts “the Eternal Religion” offers our present-day world. From Bullock Cart to Computer The Western world made the transition into the modern era relatively gradually, taking about two centuries to shift from a predominantly rural culture into an urban civilization. The Industrial Revolution heaved the West into a new technological era that ultimately catapulted astronauts to the Moon and put radios, then televisions, then computers, then iPODs
second millennium, Mahmud of Ghazni virtually annihilated whole cities, as did the Emperor Aurangzeb, who ruled from 1658 to 1680. They demolished practically every major Hindu temple in North India. Tens of thousands of Hindus who refused to accept Islam were put to the sword. These activities did little to improve Hindu-Muslim relations. A Clash of Cultures Muslims say there is one God whose name is Allah and Mohammed is his final authenticated prophet. Hindus say there is one God whose name
its emancipation from Britain. For one third of that time, India had a woman prime minister. In the United States, at least up till the moment I’m writing, if Americans so much as had a strong first lady, half the country would become apoplectic! Perhaps the reason Hindus seem to feel more comfortable with a female commander-in-chief is because they’re constantly exposed to images of powerful goddesses. And the Hindu national epics are full of accounts of intelligent, politically influential