Essential Hinduism

As a world religion, Hinduism remains one of the most elusive for many Its teachings, beliefs, practices, and history are reviewed here by an expert hoping to introduce readers to the world of Hinduism While there are many forms of Hinduism, and offshoots as well, the complex nature of this faith makes it elusive to many This straightforward overview, focusing on VaishnAs a world religion, Hinduism remains one of the most elusive for many Its teachings, beliefs, practices, and history are reviewed here by an expert hoping to introduce readers to the world of Hinduism While there are many forms of Hinduism, and offshoots as well, the complex nature of this faith makes it elusive to many This straightforward overview, focusing on Vaishnavism the most common form of Hinduism is ideal for those who wish to learn about this ancient traditionBeginning with chapters about the foundations of Hinduism, Rosen clearly lays out what is otherwise a complicated history Providing Hindu terms alongside English translations, he is able to bring the faith alive for readers unacquainted with its varieties and its tenets Moving on to chapters about practices, including festivals, teachings, chanting, eating habits and , Rosen brings Hinduism to life in vivid detail.
Essential Hinduism As a world religion Hinduism remains one of the most elusive for many Its teachings beliefs practices and history are reviewed here by an expert hoping to introduce readers to the world of Hinduis

  • Title: Essential Hinduism
  • Author: Steven J. Rosen Graham M. Schweig
  • ISBN: 9780275990060
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Essential Hinduism”

    1. I didn't read a bulk of this book, mainly because I was searching for topics I wasn't familiar with. However, this goes way more in depth than the introductory book I read on this, and it gave me quite a few titles of actual sacred texts that I can check out. The main thing is that I want to read this book when I own it, just so I can mark the hell out of it because there was just so much to take in. One of those where it might take me an hour to honestly read a chapter, rather than the skimming [...]

    2. This one was a tough read, like trying to read an actual textbook. I'm surprised that I could finish it.

    3. Felt like a good foundation for understanding Hinduism, however the author is a practicing member (a Hare Krishna). This is helpful I think in communicating the abstractions of belief and how they translate practically, but an apparent bias also comes through. For example, the author often opts to dismiss research about dates and historical context in favor of leaving the origins of Hinduism shrouded in the ancient and supernatural. Often times also felt like I was being evangelized more than ed [...]

    4. A very good introduction to one of the world's major religions. Rosen brings across his main point clearly - Hinduism, unlike Judeo-Christian religions, is more a collection of varying philosophies and not an "ism" (or even a religion) at all. As a result of this, Rosen has to take a specific perspective to illustrate his points, and he chooses that of Vaishnavism, one of the more conservative viewpoints. Nevertheless, he explains all the major ideas of Hindu philosophy very well. A great starti [...]

    5. Decent book summarizing different practices in the Hindu culture. Defines Hinduism as a family of religions.

    6. A very solid 3-star, Essential Hinduism suffers only from something that is probably unavoidable when you're a book on religion: it gets a little boring in places. If I had to cite one more gripe, it would be that Rosen, a Hindu himself, tries only weakly, and only in a handful of spots in the book, to come across as objective. Elsewhere, he really lays on effusive praise of all things Hindu -- and to be fair, there is a lot to praise. It's just that, as a non-Hindu reader seeking information an [...]

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