Let's know Hinduism: Hinduism is the oldest
of living religions, yet as vigorous today as ever. In fact, it is more than a
religion. It is a way of life and the culture of the people of India as a whole.
Based on the teachings of ancient sages and scriptures like Vedas and
Upanishads, it is a set of beliefs and traditions which evolved in Indian
sub-continent over a period of more than 5000 years.
Hinduism focuses on the Creator and his creation, human beings and their
salvation. God, the creator is not only infinite but has infinite
manifestations. Hinduism expects every person to act according to his/her Dharma,
the path of spiritual discipline, and acquire purity of soul by leading
a righteous life. It believes that soul reincarnates until God Realization is
attained. Till then one goes through the cycle of death and re-births. The
quality of re-birth is determined by the law of Karma, the moral
conduct displayed in previous life. The ultimate goal of existence is to reach Moksha,
liberation from the cycle of re-birth and death.
"OM" is the most important symbol in Hindu religion. It signifies
God Almighty. It means "That which has no Beginning nor End". Hinduism
is all-embracing and liberal. It is religion of freedom. It advocates religious
tolerance and fellow-feeling towards followers of other religions. It respects
Let's know Hinduism deals with all all important aspects of Hinduism:
Ancient scriptures, the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh), basic doctrines,
beliefs and traditions, rituals and festivals. Colourful illustrations have made
the script lively and interesting.
It is a book that will be useful not only to Hindus but also to others who
may be interested in knowing the essence of Hinduism.
About the Author:
Ramesh C. Dogra received his M. Phil. at the University of London and
has written eleven books and twenty five articles on many South Asian topics,
particularly in the field of Indology, Sikhism and Bhutan. He retired as a
Librarian (South Asian Studies), at the School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London in September 2002. In January 2003, New Year's Honour List,
in the UK he was awarded MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his
contributions to South Asian Studies.
Mrs. Urmila Dogra, a retired Civil Servant in London, has been
associated with the research projects of Mr. Dogra since 1986. She is a
co-author of four books.
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