First Published in 1959, Hinduism written specifically for the modern readers describes and interprets one of the world’s chief religions. For thousands of years Indian sages have speculated on man, creation, and the universe. One result has been an astonishing amount of myth and ritual, of art, asceticism, and philosophy. Swami Nikhilananda provides a brief account of Hinduism in both its theoretical and its practical aspects. It is written mainly from the point of view of non-dualism which the author argues is the highest achievement of India’s mystical insights and philosophical speculation, and her real contribution to world culture. The volume deals with themes like Hindu Ethics; Karma-Yoga; Bhakti-Yoga; Jnana- Yoga; Raja-Yoga; and Tantra. This complete survey of Hindu beliefs and customs is indispensable for scholars and researchers of Hinduism, religion, Indian philosophy, Indian culture, and heritage.
Table of Contents
World Perspectives What This Series Means Acknowledgements Foreword 1. The Spirit of Hinduism 2. The Godhead and Creation 3. The Soul and Its Destiny 4. Hindu Ethics 5. Spiritual Disciplines I (Karma-Yoga) 6. Spiritual Disciplines II (Bhakti-Yoga) 7. Spiritual Disciplines III (Jnana- Yoga) 8. Spiritual Disciplines IV (Raja- Yoga) 9. Tantra: A Way of Realization 10. Hinduism in Practice 11. Interreligious Relations: A Hindu Attitude