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The Religion Of The Hindus

The Religion Of The Hindus
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Item Code: NAB402
Author: Ed. By. Kenneth W. Morgan
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1996
ISBN: 8120813839
Pages: 447
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.8" X 6.0"
From the Jacket:

This book on Hinduism written by devout Hindus sets forth the beliefs and practices of the Hindus and is designed especially for the Western reader who seeks a sympathetic understanding of Hinduism, though it is at the same time useful for all people interested in a better understanding between East and West.

Recognition of the need fro this book grew out of conversations among Fellows of the National Council of USA on Religion in Higher Education, who agreed that a study of the religion of the Hindus was necessary if one was to understand the people and culture of India and that such a study should be based on materials written by Hindus themselves. It was realized that many of the misunderstanding which arise between East and West come from the inevitable tendency on the part of the Westerners to describe and judge the people of India by their own standards.

The seven eminent men who have contributed to this book come from different sections of India and are known for their competence as scholars and their devotion to Hinduism. Each of these writers has been compelled to limit himself to a few pages when a volume would not suffice for a full treatment of his subject. The complexity of Hinduism makes it especially difficult to write a concise account without erroneous generalizations, or distortions through what is included or omitted.

About the Author:

Kenneth W. Morgan was born in Montana in 1908, educated at Ohio, Wesleyan and Harvard, lived in Ramakrishna Mission Ashrams in India 1935-36. He was University Chaplain at Colgate University for more than a quarter of a century, then Professor of Religion and served as Director of Chapel House and of the Fund fro the Study of World Religions. During those years he was an active participant in efforts in America, Europe, and Asia, to encourage the study of Asian religions through college courses and research projects, conferences, fellowship for travel, and providing materials for teaching about Asian religious ways. He also edited Islam the Straight Path, The Path of the Buddha, and Zen Comments on the Mumonkan. He became Professor of Religion, Emeritus, at Colgate University in 1974.

CONTENTS

Prefacev
Guide to Pronunciation

xiv
PART I
Beliefs and Practices
Chapter 1The Nature and History of Hinduism
D.S. Sarma, M.A., Principal Emeritus of Vivekananda College, Madras

3
Chapter 2The Hindu Concept of God
Jitendra Nath Banerjea, M.A., Ph.D., F.A.S, Carmichael Professor and Head of the department of Ancient Indian History and Culture, The University of Calcutta

48
Chapter 3The Hindu Concept of the Natural World
Radhagovinda Basak, M.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit and Head of the Department of Sanskrit and Sanskritic Languages, Presidency College, Calcutta

83
Chapter 4The Role of Man in Hinduism
R.N. Dandekar, M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Sanskrit and Head of the Department of Sanskrit and Prakrit Languages, University of Poona

117
Chapter 5Religious Practices of the Hindus
Sivaprasad Bhattacharyya, Sahityasashtri, Karyatirtha, M.A., B.T., Emeritus Senior Professor of Sanskrit, Presidency College, Calcutta

154
Chapter 6Hindu Religious Thought
Satis Chandra Chatterjee, M.A., Ph.D., Premchand Roychand Scholar (Cal.), Lecturer in Philosophy, The University of Calcutta

206
PART II
Selections from Hindu Sacred Writings
Chapter 7Introduction to the Hindu Scriptures
V. Raghavan, M.A., Ph.D., Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Madras University
265
VEDAS-SAMHITAS277
    Rigveda277
    Krishna Yajurveda284
    Sukla Yajurveda286
    Atharvaveda287
VEDAS-BRAHMANAS AND ARANYAKAS289
VEDAS-SUPPLEMENTARY MANTRAS295
VEDAS-UPANISHADS298
    Isa298
    Katha298
    Mundaka300
    Mandukya302
    Taittiriya303
    Chandogya307
    Brihadaranyaka318
DHARMA SASTRAS324
    Apastamba Dharma Sutra324
    Gautama Dharma Sutra325
    Supplement to Gautama Dharma Sutra-Kriyapada326
    The Laws of Manu328
    Yajnavalkya Smriti332
YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI333
THE RAMAYANA337
THE MAHABHARATA353
THE BHAGAVATA363
THE BHAGAVAD GITA374
PRAYERS

395
APPENDIX
BIBLIOGRAPHY401
GLOSSARY405
INDEX419

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