Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > > > Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition (Sanatana Dharma)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition (Sanatana Dharma)
Pages from the book
Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition (Sanatana Dharma)
Look Inside the Book
Description
About the Book

Today there is a new worldwide seeking for a universal form of spirituality above and beyond the limitations of organized religion. To meet the challenge of the global culture dawning today we must create a universal spiritual tradition that can encompass all the diversity of human culture both religious and secular. Yet the idea of a universal tradition is not new. It is the very foundation of one of the world’s great religions, the most divers and oldest, the religion known as Hinduism, whose original name is Sanatana Dharma or “the eternal tradition of Truth”.

To renew such a universal tradition it is important that we look to its already existent formulations which, though distorted by time, still contain a solid foundation and enduring structure on which to build. It is not surprising therefore that the idea of the unity of all Truth has most been promoted in modern times primarily by Hindus like Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, and Gandhi, as this view is part of the Hindu heritage.

Having personally experienced the universal basis of Hinduism and having tried to present various facets of it in books on various aspects of Vedic knowledge, David Frawley felt it necessary to write a book expressing this discovery. His search for a universal and comprehensive spiritual science led him to various Hindu-based teachings, which culminated in an encounter with the universal view, Sanatana Dharma, behind these teachings. As few people today, including the great majority of Hindus, understand the background of this complex religion and culture, he has tried to present the universal view behind it, that other might share in his discovery.

He is writing about Hinduism as an individual born in the West who has not only immersed himself in the Hindu tradition, but has discovered that tradition within himself, not as novel identity but as part of a discovery of the true Self that transcends birth and death. He is not writing about Hinduism merely as a particular religion but about the universal culture behind it which is relevant to everyone. He is not writing about something that concerns only people of a specific faith only but about the spiritual issues we all must come to examine if we want to know the Truth.

Fortunately he has been able to visit with people in India from all backgrounds, including swamis, yogis, traditional Brahmin priests, Hindu social activists and political leaders, Ayurvedic doctors, Vedic astrologers, Hindu musicians and modern Westernized Hindus of all types, including writers and journalists. He has also made it a point to study the Hindu tradition from its Vedic and Puranic roots including Vedanta, Sankhya, Yoga, Buddhism, and Tantra, examining the original Sanskrit texts when he has been able. In this process he discovered that a tremendous gap exists between what the Hindu tradition is and how it is understood in the modern world. Hopefully the work done in explaining the tradition in a more appropriate light can be useful for other. He hopes that it will encourage similar studies.

The present volume is a series of reflections, as well as questions and answers, on Sanatana Dharma, the universal tradition behind Hinduism and the yogic spirituality that derives from it. It is not about Hinduism as a religious belief as opposed to others (which exists more in the minds of non-Hindus than in the minds of those we would consider themselves to be Hindus.) Yet it does recognize the value and importance of the Hindu tradition and its special corpus of knowledge. It is meant to present Hinduism in its true light, which is a spiritual art and science designed to connect us to our original nature as Pure Consciousness.

This universalism of Hinduism is not a universalism of merely accepting all things as they appear but one that has given the appropriate place for each aspect of life and every type of spiritual practice. In this regard he sees Hinduism as the religion of both the past and the future, as it shows the appropriate place for every spiritual practice within the greater science of self-realization. He also sees that the encounter of the West with Hinduism will eventually transform Western religious and spiritual systems into a form of Sanatana Dharma, or the universal view of Hinduism, that will become the world religion of the future, not by converting people but by incorporating all religions, arts and sciences into a higher view.

 

About the Author

Dr. David Frawley (pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is one of the few westerners recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient Vedic wisdom. His fields of study include Ayurvedic medicine, Vedic astrology, Yoga and Vedantic philosophy, His more specific work is with the Vedas themselves, including a re-examination of ancient history in light of new archeological finds in India and a more critical examination of Vedic texts. On this broad foundation, he has also addressed the issues facing Hinduism or Santana Dharma in the world today, which is the subject of the present volume.

Vamadeva has written nearly forty books and numerous articles over the last thirty years, which have been published in India, the United States and many other countries. In India his translations and interpretations of the Vedas have received acclaim from both spiritual and scholarly circles, Presently, he is director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.

Contents

  Note on New Edition xii
  Author's Preface xiv
  Important Facts about Hinduism xx
Part I The Universal Dharma  
1.1 The Search for a Universal and Eternal Tradition 3
1.2 Sanatana Dharma: Hinduism ina a Universal Light 9
1.3 Religion and Spirituality: the Search for Universality 21
1.4 Religion or Dharma: Belief or the Nature of Truth 33
1.5 The Great Tradition of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma 46
1.6 Sanatana Dharma: and the Religions of the World 66
Part II Questions and Answers  
2.1. Santana Dharma and the Spiritual Life A. Sanatana Dharma and Religion  
B Religious and Spiritual Practices  
2.2 Sanatana Dharma and the Modern World 143
A Religion, Spirituality and the Moder World  
B Civilization and Social Issues 161
2.3 Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma  
A What is Hinduism? 177
B Hinduism and Other Religions 198
2.4 Towards an Awakened Hinduism and Resurgent Sanatana Dharma 218
Part III Appendices  
3.1 The Great Refuge by Ram Swarup 239
3.2 The Code of Sanatana Dharma 241
3.3 Outline of Sanatana Dharma 247
3.4. Glossary of Terms 249
  Index  
     

 

Sample Pages
















Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition (Sanatana Dharma)

Item Code:
NAM191
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2015
ISBN:
9788185990835
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Pages:
272
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 160 gms
Price:
$25.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Notify me when this item is available
Notify me when this item is available
You will be notified when this item is available
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition (Sanatana Dharma)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 1593 times since 2nd Sep, 2016
About the Book

Today there is a new worldwide seeking for a universal form of spirituality above and beyond the limitations of organized religion. To meet the challenge of the global culture dawning today we must create a universal spiritual tradition that can encompass all the diversity of human culture both religious and secular. Yet the idea of a universal tradition is not new. It is the very foundation of one of the world’s great religions, the most divers and oldest, the religion known as Hinduism, whose original name is Sanatana Dharma or “the eternal tradition of Truth”.

To renew such a universal tradition it is important that we look to its already existent formulations which, though distorted by time, still contain a solid foundation and enduring structure on which to build. It is not surprising therefore that the idea of the unity of all Truth has most been promoted in modern times primarily by Hindus like Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, and Gandhi, as this view is part of the Hindu heritage.

Having personally experienced the universal basis of Hinduism and having tried to present various facets of it in books on various aspects of Vedic knowledge, David Frawley felt it necessary to write a book expressing this discovery. His search for a universal and comprehensive spiritual science led him to various Hindu-based teachings, which culminated in an encounter with the universal view, Sanatana Dharma, behind these teachings. As few people today, including the great majority of Hindus, understand the background of this complex religion and culture, he has tried to present the universal view behind it, that other might share in his discovery.

He is writing about Hinduism as an individual born in the West who has not only immersed himself in the Hindu tradition, but has discovered that tradition within himself, not as novel identity but as part of a discovery of the true Self that transcends birth and death. He is not writing about Hinduism merely as a particular religion but about the universal culture behind it which is relevant to everyone. He is not writing about something that concerns only people of a specific faith only but about the spiritual issues we all must come to examine if we want to know the Truth.

Fortunately he has been able to visit with people in India from all backgrounds, including swamis, yogis, traditional Brahmin priests, Hindu social activists and political leaders, Ayurvedic doctors, Vedic astrologers, Hindu musicians and modern Westernized Hindus of all types, including writers and journalists. He has also made it a point to study the Hindu tradition from its Vedic and Puranic roots including Vedanta, Sankhya, Yoga, Buddhism, and Tantra, examining the original Sanskrit texts when he has been able. In this process he discovered that a tremendous gap exists between what the Hindu tradition is and how it is understood in the modern world. Hopefully the work done in explaining the tradition in a more appropriate light can be useful for other. He hopes that it will encourage similar studies.

The present volume is a series of reflections, as well as questions and answers, on Sanatana Dharma, the universal tradition behind Hinduism and the yogic spirituality that derives from it. It is not about Hinduism as a religious belief as opposed to others (which exists more in the minds of non-Hindus than in the minds of those we would consider themselves to be Hindus.) Yet it does recognize the value and importance of the Hindu tradition and its special corpus of knowledge. It is meant to present Hinduism in its true light, which is a spiritual art and science designed to connect us to our original nature as Pure Consciousness.

This universalism of Hinduism is not a universalism of merely accepting all things as they appear but one that has given the appropriate place for each aspect of life and every type of spiritual practice. In this regard he sees Hinduism as the religion of both the past and the future, as it shows the appropriate place for every spiritual practice within the greater science of self-realization. He also sees that the encounter of the West with Hinduism will eventually transform Western religious and spiritual systems into a form of Sanatana Dharma, or the universal view of Hinduism, that will become the world religion of the future, not by converting people but by incorporating all religions, arts and sciences into a higher view.

 

About the Author

Dr. David Frawley (pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is one of the few westerners recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient Vedic wisdom. His fields of study include Ayurvedic medicine, Vedic astrology, Yoga and Vedantic philosophy, His more specific work is with the Vedas themselves, including a re-examination of ancient history in light of new archeological finds in India and a more critical examination of Vedic texts. On this broad foundation, he has also addressed the issues facing Hinduism or Santana Dharma in the world today, which is the subject of the present volume.

Vamadeva has written nearly forty books and numerous articles over the last thirty years, which have been published in India, the United States and many other countries. In India his translations and interpretations of the Vedas have received acclaim from both spiritual and scholarly circles, Presently, he is director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.

Contents

  Note on New Edition xii
  Author's Preface xiv
  Important Facts about Hinduism xx
Part I The Universal Dharma  
1.1 The Search for a Universal and Eternal Tradition 3
1.2 Sanatana Dharma: Hinduism ina a Universal Light 9
1.3 Religion and Spirituality: the Search for Universality 21
1.4 Religion or Dharma: Belief or the Nature of Truth 33
1.5 The Great Tradition of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma 46
1.6 Sanatana Dharma: and the Religions of the World 66
Part II Questions and Answers  
2.1. Santana Dharma and the Spiritual Life A. Sanatana Dharma and Religion  
B Religious and Spiritual Practices  
2.2 Sanatana Dharma and the Modern World 143
A Religion, Spirituality and the Moder World  
B Civilization and Social Issues 161
2.3 Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma  
A What is Hinduism? 177
B Hinduism and Other Religions 198
2.4 Towards an Awakened Hinduism and Resurgent Sanatana Dharma 218
Part III Appendices  
3.1 The Great Refuge by Ram Swarup 239
3.2 The Code of Sanatana Dharma 241
3.3 Outline of Sanatana Dharma 247
3.4. Glossary of Terms 249
  Index  
     

 

Sample Pages
















Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition (Sanatana Dharma) ( | Books)

Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior
by Joan Cummins
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd
Item Code: NAC130
$85.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Hinduism (Scriptures & Practices)
by Prabha Duneja
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
New Age Books
Item Code: NAG504
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Search in Secret (Sacred) Hinduism
Item Code: NAO157
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Influences of Ancient Hinduism on Early Christianity
Item Code: IHE057
$36.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Adi Shankaracharya (Hinduism's Greatest Thinker)
by Pavan K. Varma
Hardcover (Edition: 2018)
Tranquebar Press
Item Code: NAH836
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Hinduism and Nature
by Nanditha Krishna
Paperback (Edition: 2017)
Penguin Books
Item Code: NAH817
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Man as Microcosm in Tantric Hinduism (An Old Book)
Item Code: NAM994
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Paravartan (Back to Hinduism) Why and How
by Raj Eshwar
Paperback (Edition: 1999)
Suruchi Prakashan
Item Code: NAJ738
$10.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tara in Hinduism: Study with Textual and Iconographical Documentation
by Bikas Kumar Bhattacharya
Hardcover (Edition: 2003)
Eastern Book Linkers
Item Code: IDJ751
$60.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I received the Green Tara Thangka described below right on schedule. Thank you a million times for that. My teacher loved it and was extremely moved by it. Although I have seen a lot of Green Tara thangkas, and have looked at other Green Tara Thangkas you offer and found them all to be wonderful, the one I purchased is by far the most beautiful I have ever seen -- or at least it is the one that most speaks to me.
John, USA
Your website store is a really great place to find the most wonderful books and artifacts from beautiful India. I have been traveling to India over the last 4 years and spend 3 months there each time staying with two Bengali families that I have adopted and they have taken me in with love and generosity. I love India. Thanks for doing the business that you do. I am an artist and, well, I got through I think the first 6 pages of the book store on your site and ordered almost 500 dollars in books... I'm in trouble so I don't go there too often.. haha.. Hari Om and Hare Krishna and Jai.. Thanks a lot for doing what you do.. Great !
Steven, USA
Great Website! fast, easy and interesting!
Elaine, Australia
I have purchased from you before. Excellent service. Fast shipping. Great communication.
Pauline, Australia
Have greatly enjoyed the items on your site; very good selection! Thank you!
Kulwant, USA
I received my order yesterday. Thank you very much for the fast service and quality item. I’ll be ordering from you again very soon.
Brian, USA
ALMIGHTY GOD I BLESS EXOTIC INDIA AND ALL WHO WORK THERE!!!!!
Lord Grace, Switzerland
I have enjoyed the many sanskrit boks I purchased from you, especially the books by the honorable Prof. Pushpa Dixit.
K Sarma, USA
Namaste, You are doing a great service. Namah Shivay
Bikash, Denmark
The piece i ordered is beyond beautiful!!!!! I'm very well satisfied.
Richard, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India