Understanding Hinduism

Understanding Hinduism

Understanding Hinduism

Understanding Hinduism

Synopsis

The Hindu tradition can claim to be the world's oldest religion. It has evolved in India over the past 3,000 years. It differs from monotheistic beliefs, such as Christianity, in that there is no identifiable founder, specific theological system, or single system of morality. In this book, author Frank Whaling provides an overview of the history and development of the Hindu tradition. He takes account of recent scholarship and regards Hinduism as a world-view, as well as a religious tradition. The book covers the core areas of Hindu religious organization, rituals, ethics, social involvement, and sacred texts, as well as key concepts, aesthetics, and spirituality. It illustrates these topics by personal example, as well as by informed analysis. While more stress is placed upon the modern situation, including the neo-Hindu and Hindutva movements, the Hindu past is not ignored. Village Hinduism and 'high' Hinduism are addressed, along with the Hindu presence in Britain and the wider world.

Excerpt

My thanks go out to a number of people who have been of help in the writing of this book. I am grateful to Hindu friends around the world, in India and elsewhere, for their wisdom and guidance over the years. To my Harvard Professors, Daniel Ingalls and John Carman, I am deeply indebted. My students at Edinburgh University and other places of learning, through their questions and discussions, have been of more help to me than they probably realise. Special thanks are due to my close family and friends, especially to my wife Margaret, who has sustained me through an extended period of illness during the genesis of this book.

We live in a global age with its promise and despair, its hope and fear, its capacity for renewal and destruction, its rapid change and ecological threat. How can we understand it better and live in it more fully? I hope that this book on Hinduism, and the other books in this series on Understanding Faith, will be of help in living creatively in this bewildering, challenging and yet beautiful world.

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