‘Hinduism’ is a term often used to summarize the aspirations of the majority of the Indian people. But any simple definition of it is difficult, if not impossible. This is partly owing to the nuances of the Sanskrit language, in which many texts are written, and partly to the too literal interpretation of Hindu imagery and mythology that often veils its real significance. This book, first published in 1977, is an essential reference source that goes some way to clarifying the difficulties of understanding Hinduism.
Table of Contents
Preface. General Abbreviations and Symbols. Abbreviated Titles of Works Referred To. List of Romanized Sanskrit Characters in English Alphabetical Order. Introduction. Map of Ancient India. Dictionary. Bibliography. English Subjects and their Sanskrit Equivalents.