|Guide Picks - Top 10 Books on Hinduism|
|Hinduism is a unique religion from almost all possible perspectives. It is characterized by a wide variety of ideas and diverse practices. This lack of uniformity makes Hinduism at once an attractive subject of study and quite difficult to understand. What are the fundamentals of this "universal" religion or "way of life"? All you need is a couple of good books to guide you through.|
|1) "Hinduism: Beliefs & Practices"|
By Jeaneane Fowler
Of all the basic books on Hinduism, this rather thin volume of 160 pages is the most balanced introduction to the religion. It is perhaps the best book for someone who has no prior knowledge of the religion, a stable stepping stone for the student of religious studies, and an eye-opener for the practicing Hindu. Fowler views Hinduism as it is - a way of life, an Indian phenomena - and covers all you need to know about Hinduism as concisely as possible.
|2) "Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism"|
By Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
| 3) "Am
I A Hindu? The Hinduism Primer"
By Ed Viswanathan
This is another book in the question-and-answer format between father and son. Its title - Am I A Hindu? - was the vital question its author was chasing before finally deciding to write this primer in 1988, and publish it with his own money. It is now a famous book on Hinduism basics that answers all your fundamental questions, including such questions as "Why do Hindu women wear a red dot on their forehead?" and so on...
| 4) "The
Complete Idiot's Guide® to Hinduism"
By Linda Johnsen, Jody P. Schaeffer (Illustrator), David Frawley
This Idiot's Guide is an ideal first book on Hinduism that offers an excellent introduction and overview of the religion. Aimed at bringing some kind of order into the entangled gossamer of this tradition, it clearly explains its various practices and beliefs. Also includes tales from history and literature. The author is a well-known columnist, author and lecturer on Hinduism.
| 5) "The
By Bansi Pandit
This wonderful handbook of Hindu history, beliefs, and practices has everything going for it but the title! What might appear from its title to be a guide to thought processes or psychology is actually a treasure trove of practical information.
| 6) "Hindu
By Thomas Hopkins
Part of the Religious Life of Man series, this book provides a comprehensive chronological survey of development of Hinduism from the Indus civilization to the present in seven chapters. Also includes an outline of the development of Vedic writings, and a schematic diagram of this religious tradition of India.
| 7) "An
Introduction to Hinduism"
By Gavin D. Flood
This book offers a good historical and thematic introduction to Hinduism, tracing its development from the ancient origin to its modern form. Laying special stress on rituals and southern influences, it is a good starting point and an ideal companion. The author is Director, Culture & Spiritual Studies, University of Wales.
| 8) "Hinduism:
A Very Short Introduction"
By Kim Knott
Part of the "Very Short Introductions" series from the Oxford University Press, this is an authoritative overview of the religion with analyses of the contemporary issues plaguing the Hindus, in nine chapters. Also includes illustrations, maps, timeline, glossary and bibliography.
| 9) "The
By Ainslie Thomas Embree, William Theodore de Bary
This book, subtitled "Readings in Oriental Thought" is a compilation of religious, literary and philosophical writings on the basics of Hinduism, which exploring the essential meaning of the Hindu way of life. The selections, preceded by summaries and commentaries, range in time from the Rig Veda (1000 B.C.) to the writings of Radhakrishnan.
| 10) "Meeting
God: Elements of Hindu Devotion"
By Stephen P. Huyler (Photographer), Thomas Moore
Reverence and rituals is an important cornerstone of the Hindu tradition. Huyler, an Art historian, captures the essence of this vital aspect of Hinduism in his candid camera shots. The book, which took 10 years in the making, is forewarded by Thomas Moore, and covers the various concepts of Hindu devotion, elements of worship, temples, shires, deities, and vows.
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