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Hinduism on its Own Terms

by: Arvind Sharma

This book defines and surveys Hinduism, and elaborates its keywords. It consists of two parts. The first part is a general survey of Hinduism. Many terms which appear in the first part are elaborated in the second part. This volume enables readers to grasp the fundamentals of Hinduism.

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ISBN: 9788124608395
Year Of Publication: 2016
Edition: 1st edition
Pages : xx, 280
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 550

Overview

Hinduism, due to its proteanness, is more a way of life rather than a creed. The Hindu tradition recognizes the Vedas as its foundational scripture, Hinduism itself being indigenously known as Vaidika Dharma. Shruti and Smriti are the primary sources of Hinduism, where the former connotes the Vedas that stand for the revealed wisdom and the latter stands for tradition. Smriti texts include law books like the Manusmriti, epics (Itihasa) like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, Puranas, Agamas, Darshana literature (philosophical systems), sometimes Buddhist and Jaina works, other than the numerous religious works in regional languages.
Hinduism was challenged by the rise of heterodox movements in the sixth century bce, especially Jainism and Buddhism. Their prolonged encounter and interaction led to the development of the philosophical schools of Hinduism. The advent of Islam and Christianity, and the origin of Sikhism, led to further developments in the Hindu thought system.
This book defines and surveys Hinduism, and elaborates its keywords. It consists of two parts. The first part is a general survey of Hinduism. It describes its primary sources of information and the historical trends within its study; the Great Tradition with its basic teaching and practices; the Little Tradition; and modern developments. Many terms which appear in the first part are elaborated in the second part, along with some additional terms.
This volume enables readers to grasp the fundamentals of Hinduism.

Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
I. General Introduction to Hinudism
1. Definition : Primary Sources: History : Trends in Scholarly Study
2. Hinduism, The Great Tradition : Basic Teachings
3. Hinduism, The Great Tradition : Characteristic Practices
4. Hinduism, The Little Tradition
5. Modern Developments
II. Alphabetical Entries
1. Abhaya-Mudra
2. Abhava
3. Abhicara
4. Abhimanyu
5. Abhinavagupta
6. Abhisheka
7. Acharya
8. Acintya-Bhedabheda
9. Adhvaryu
10. Aditi
11. Aditya
12. Adivasis
13. Adrishta
14. Advaita Vedanta
15. Agamas
16. Agastya
17. Agni
18. Ahalya
19. Ahimsa
20. Aihole
21. Airavata
22. Akshaya-Tritiya
23. Akshaya Vata
24. Al-Biruni
25. Alvars
26. Amara-Citra-Katha
27. Amarakosha
28. Ambedkar, Bhimrao
29. Amrita
30. Ananda
31. Ananda Marg
32. Anandamayi Ma
33. Angkor Wat
34. Antyeshti
35. Anugita
36. Anumana
37. Anupurvi
38. Apaurusheya
39. Apurva
40. Ari
41. Aryan Culture
42. Aryan–Dravidian Hypothesis
43. Asceticism
44. Asko Parpola
45. Astika
46. Astrology
47. Atomic Theory
48. Basavanna
49. Bhagavad-Gita
50. Bhakta
51. Bhakti
52. Bhakti Movement
53. Bhamati School of Advaita Vedanta
54. Bhedabheda
55. Bhimbetka
56. Bhrama
57. Birthdays
58. Body–Mind Relationship
59. Brahma Kumaris
60. Brahmabandhav Upadhyay
61. Brahman: Nirguna and Saguna
62. Brahmanas
63. Brindaban Holi
64. Caitanya
65. Caste
66. Cat Logic and Monkey Logic
67. Classical Hinduism
68. Dakshina
69. Darshana
70. Darshana Literature
71. Darshanas: The Schools of Indian Philosophy
72. Dasa
73. Dayananda Sarasvati
74. Devadasi
75. Devas
76. Dharma
77. Dharma and Moksha
78. Dharmabhuta-Jnana
79. Dharmashastra
80. Diwali
81. Doordarshan
82. Drishti: Paramarthika and Vyavaharika
83. Durga
84. Durga Puja
85. Dvaita Vedanta
86. Dvaitadvaita Vedanta
87. Dvandva
88. Dvija
89. Esotericism
90. Ezour Vedam
91. Festivals
92. Gai Jatra
93. Ganesha
94. Ganesha’s Milk Miracle
95. Ganga
96. Gangajala
97. Ganges, Pollution of
98. Gaudapada
99. Gender Studies
100. Ghat
101. Gopis
102. Great and Little Traditions
103. Grihastha and Samnyasa
104. Guru Nanak
105. Guru-Purnima
106. Heresy
107. Himalayas
108. Hindu
109. Hindu Calendar
110. Hindu Ethics
111. Hindu Polytheism
112. Hindu Rashtra
113. Hindu Ritual
114. Hindu Studies, Bias in
115. Hindu Terrorism
116. Hinduism
117. Hinduism, an Eight-Point Definition
118. Hinduism and Science
119. Hinduism and Social Reform
120. Hinduism as a Global Phenomenon
121. Hinduism as a Religion
122. Hinduism, Chronology
123. Hinduism, Dogmatism in
124. Hinduism, General Features
125. Hindutva
126. Hospitality in Hinduism
127. Icon
128. Identity
129. Indra
130. Indus Valley Civilization
131. Ishta-Devata
132. Ishvara (Advaita)
133. Japa
134. Jati
135. Jatra
136. Jnana-Yoga
137. Kabir
138. Kali
139. Kalpasutras
140. Karava-cautha
141. Karma
142. Karmabhumi
143. Kashi
144. Khyativada (Doctrines of Error)
145. Krishna
146. Kumbha Mela
147. Kundalini
148. Madhva
149. Mahabharata
150. Mahadevi
151. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
152. Mahatma Gandhi
153. Mahavakyas
154. Mandir
155. Mariyamman
156. Matha (Monastery)
157. Maya
158. Mehrgarh
159. Mimamsa Darshana
160. Mimamsa, God in
161. Mirabai
162. Mrityu
163. Mukhya and Gauni Vritti
164. Murti
165. Mutiny
166. Muvalakulicamundi
167. Nagapanchami
168. Namakarana
169. Namaskara
170. Nasadiya-Sukta
171. Navya-Nyaya
172. Neti-Neti
173. Nilakantha
174. Nirguna and Saguna Bhakti
175. Nirguna-Brahman
176. Nitya, Vedas as
177. Nityata
178. Nyaya
179. Nyaya: Pratyaksha
180. Nyaya: Shabda
181. Nyaya-Sutra
182. Nyaya-Vaisheshika
183. Om
184. Orientalism
185. Pannchikarana
186. Para and Apara Vidya
187. Pathas of Vedas
188. Pinda
189. Pitrloka
190. Postmodernism
191. Pradakshina
192. Pramanashastra
193. Pranama
194. Prapatti
195. Prasada
196. Prasthana-Traya
197. Pratishakhya
198. Preta
199. Printing
200. Proofs of the Existence of God
201. Puja
202. Puja: Murti-Puja
203. Puja: Pannchayatana
204. Puja: Vaishvadeva
205. Puranas
206. Purohita
207. Purusha and Prakriti
208. Purushartha
209. Purusha-Sukta
210. Radha Soami Satsang
211. Raja Rammohun Roy
212. Ramakrishna Mission
213. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
214. Ramananda
215. Rama-Rajya
216. Ramayana
217. Ravidas
218. Rebirth
219. Revelation
220. Ritual: Historical Background
221. Ritual Symbolism
222. Roop Kanwar
223. Rishis
224. Rita
225. Sacred Cow
226. Sacred Sound
227. Sadhana/Sadhana
228. Sadhana-catushtaya
229. Saguna-Brahman
230. Shaiva Siddhanta
231. shaiva-Siddhanta: Texts
232. shaivism
233. Shakha
234. Sakshi
235. Samadhi
236. Samkhya
237. Samsara
238. Shankara
239. Shankara: Post-Shankara Advaita
240. Shankaracharya
241. Sanskritization
242. Sant
243. Sarva-Darshana-Sa?graha
244. Shastra
245. Sathya Sai Baba
246. Satsanga
247. Satyanarayna-Puja
248. Secular State, India as a
249. Siddha
250. Sikh Separatism
251. Sikhism
252. Shiva
253. Shiva as Nataraja
254. Shivaratri
255. Smriti
256. Shri-Yantra
257. Subaltern Studies
258. Shuddhadvaita Vedanta
259. Surdas
260. Sutaka
261. Suttee (Sati)
262. Swadhyay Movement
263. Tantra
264. Tantra: Left-Handed
265. Tattva-Traya
266. Teej (Tija)
267. Teyyam
268. Theory of Causation
269. Tilaka
270. Tirthayatra
271. Tradition and Modernity
272. Tulsidas
273. Ubhaya-Vedanta
274. Untouchability
275. Upamana
276. Upanishad
277. Utsava
278. Vaikuntha
279. Vaikuntha Ekadashi
280. Vaisheshika School of Philosophy
281. Vaishnavism
282. Varna
283. Vasanta-Panchami
284. Veda
285. Veda: The “Fifth” Veda
286. Veda: The “Lost” Veda
287. Vedanga
288. Vedanta
289. Vedanta-Sutra
290. Vedic Religion
291. Vedic Ritual
292. Virashaivism
293. Vishishtadvaita Vedanta
294. Vishishtadvaita Vedanta: Moksha
295. Vishnu
296. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)
297. Vivaha
298. Vivarana School of Advaita Vedanta
299. Vivekananda
300. Vrata
301. Vyasa
302. Western Tradition of Vedic Study
303. Women’s Rituals
304. Yoga
305. Yuga Scheme
Index

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Arvind Sharma, formerly of the I.A.S., is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.
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