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The Eternal Hinduism

Many misconceptions circulate about Hinduism, mainly because scholars have relied exclusively on popular sources or political slogans of Hinduttva. The Eternal Hinduism, which is fundamentally a study of text and context, balances social reality and scriptural description with a dynamic analysis of the interacting elements. It cannot be understood on the basis of non-rational factor of one God, the Almighty. As an anthropocosmic religion, Hinduism has a great beauty. It can be understood by reading the cosmic law of nature and culture. This book sums up the essentials of Hinduism.

It will be useful to a range of readers -- scholars of Hindu religious thought and philosophy as well as general readers interested in understanding the essential Hindu religious thinking and belief.

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Many misconceptions circulate about Hinduism, mainly because scholars have relied exclusively on popular sources or political slogans of Hinduttva. The Eternal Hinduism, which is fundamentally a study of text and context, balances social reality and scriptural description with a dynamic analysis of the interacting elements. It cannot be understood on the basis of non-rational factor of one God, the Almighty. As an anthropocosmic religion, Hinduism has a great beauty. It can be understood by reading the cosmic law of nature and culture. This book sums up the essentials of Hinduism.

It will be useful to a range of readers -- scholars of Hindu religious thought and philosophy as well as general readers interested in understanding the essential Hindu religious thinking and belief.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602492
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602492
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2004
  • Pages : viii, 192 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 450
  • Bibliographic Details : 5 Line-drawings; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

Acknowledgements  
Introduction 

1. The Cosmic Vision  

Conscious     
Numinous    

2. The Primordial thought   

Four Castes    
Five Elements

3. The Sacred Performances  

Four Codes  

Mantra -- Mudra -- Dhvani -- Vyavaharaka    

Sixteen Sacraments   

Garbhadhana -- Pursavana -- Samantonnayanam -- Jatakarman -- Namakarana -- Niukramana -- Annapranana -- Canakarana -- Karnavedha -- Vidyarambha -- Upanayana --  Vedarambha -- Keranta -- Samavartana -- Vivaha -- Antyeuni   

4. The Founding Faith   

Organizing Principles  

Acting Faith -- Thinking Faith -- Loving Faith -- Natural Faith -- Nirbandha, without ties -- Nalakantha, blueneck -- Nityasuddha, all-time purity -- Nityamaigala, all time auspicious -- Nityananda, all time blissful  

Religious Expressions 

Simple -- Complex -- Mixed -- Geographical -- Cosmological -- Archetypal   

5. The Numinous-Consciousness 

Pilgrimage    
Renunciation   

Shaiva -- Vaishnava -- Others     

6. The Contemporary Milieu  

Secularism     
Nationalism    

7. The Cosmic Play    

Human Thought   
Culture Cycles  

Bibliography    
Glossary of Conceptual Terms  
Index
      

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