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Hinduism for dummies

Hinduism for dummies

Srinivasan, Amrutur V

Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions. The dominant religion of India, 'Hinduism' simply derives from the word 'India' and refers to a wide variety of religious traditions and philosophies that have developed over thousands of years

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2011
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Distributor: Chichester: John Wiley [distributor], 2011
ISBN: 0470878584, 9780470878583
Physical Description: 384 p.
Subject: Hinduism.; Religion.


  1. Introduction.
  2. Part I: Introducing Hinduism.
  3. A Quick Overview of Hinduism.
  4. From Past to Present: A Condensed History of Hinduism.
  5. Hinduism’s Core Beliefs and Values.
  6. Major Hindu Denominations.
  7. The Structure of Hindu Society.
  8. Part II: The Hindu Pantheon and Its Religious Leaders.
  9. Pantheism to Polytheism: From the One to the Very Many.
  10. Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
  11. The Avatars of Vishnu: The Divine Descent.
  12. Revering the Role of Religious Leadership.
  13. Part III: The Sacred Texts.
  14. The Vedas: Centuries of Accumulated Treasures.
  15. Gaining Higher Knowledge with the Upanishads.
  16. Living with the Epics and Puranas.
  17. The Song of the Lord: The Bhagavad Gita.
  18. Part IV: Hinduism in Practice.
  19. Worshipping at Home.
  20. Worshipping at Temples.
  21. Holydays and Festivals.
  22. Cradle to Cremation: The Life-Cycle Rites.
  23. Taking a Pilgrimage.
  24. Part V: Delving Deeper into the Hindu Concept of Reality.
  25. The Six Schools of Thought: The Darshanas.
  26. Vedanta: The End of Knowledge.
  27. The Yogic Path to Salvation.
  28. Part VI: The Part of Tens.
  29. Ten Common Questions About Hindus.
  30. Ten Common Prayers.
  31. Ten (Plus) Traditional Mandates.
  32. Index.

Author note

Dr. Amrutur V. Srinivasan, born in India, is primary founder and first president of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society. He has functioned as a Hindu priest performing a wide variety of pujas (worships), weddings, and other ceremonies since 1971.

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Explore the profound history and modern practice of Hinduism

Want to know what Hinduism is all about? This friendly guidegives you the lowdown on the core beliefs and values shared by Hindus and the diverse deities and practices that represent them. From ancient rituals prescribed by sacred texts to modern worship, Hinduism For Dummies leads you on a fascinating journey toward comprehending the vast diversity that exists within the world's oldest religion.

Dharma, karma, and moksha — grasp the importance of moral order, action, and the quest for liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth

Gods, goddesses, and avatars — get acquainted with the Hindu Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva), their companions, and the forms they have taken when descending to earth

Om sweet om — delve into six philosophies that have guided Hindus in their search for Truth and Reality

The power of ten — get answers to ten common questions about Hindus, learn ten common prayers, and get ten traditional pieces of advice

Open the book and find:

How the search for Truth defines the Hindu worldview

Explanations of dharma and karma

The scriptural basis for the caste system

What polytheism is

Major sects and subsects and the gods and goddesses they worship

An introduction to the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads

Key teachings of Hinduism's spiritual leaders

An overview of major Hindu festivals and pilgrimage sites

Learn to:

Appreciate the Hindu belief that everything is sacred

Grasp the diversity of practices that fall under the umbrella of Hinduism

Recognize the major gods and goddesses worshipped by Hindus