Eternal Hinduismby: Baidyanath Saraswati
This work on the essentials of Hinduism focuses on the anthropocosmic nature of the religion the cosmic law of nature and culture on which it is founded. It balances social reality and scriptural description with a dynamic analysis of the interacting elements to remove many popular misconceptions about Hinduism.
Year Of Publication: 2004
Pages : viii, 192
Bibliographic Details : 5 Line-drawings; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
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.
1. The Cosmic Vision
2. The Primordial thought
3. The Sacred Performances
Mantra — Mudra — Dhvani — Vyavaharaka
Garbhadhana — Pursavana — Samantonnayanam — Jatakarman — Namakarana — Niukramana — Annapranana — Canakarana — Karnavedha — Vidyarambha — Upanayana — Vedarambha — Keranta — Samavartana — Vivaha — Antyeuni
4. The Founding Faith
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
Simple — Complex — Mixed — Geographical — Cosmological — Archetypal
5. The Numinous-Consciousness
Shaiva — Vaishnava — Others
6. The Contemporary Milieu
7. The Cosmic Play
Glossary of Conceptual Terms