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About the Author Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malay...
About the Author

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a health and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify for ministering to this soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanadashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organised. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a ‘World Parliament of Religions’. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read Swamiji’s works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Maasamadhi.

Contents

Publishers' Note6
Universal Prayers7
1 Hindu Religion
Purpose of Religion17
Distinguishing Features of Hinduism17
The Glory of Vedanta and Yoga19
Emphasis on Practice20
Who is a Hindu?21
Origin and Significance of the Term22
The Spiritual Soil of India23
The Facts of History25
Reasons for Survival of the Hindu Religion26
Its Future26
2 Hindu Scriptures
Sanskrit Literature28
The Scriptures28
The Secular Writings51
Conclusion52
3 Hindu Dharma
Definition of Dharma54
The Sole Authority of the Vedas56
The Changing Dharma56
Dharma in Other Zreligions57
Benefits of the Practice Dharma57
kinds of Dharma58
Sanatana Dharma59
Samanya Dharma60
Varnasrama Dharma66
Yuga Dharma77
Conclusion78
4Hindu Ethics
Conduct and Character80
Ethics or the Science of Conduct80
Ethics, Spirituality and Religion81
Benefits of the Practice of Ethics81
Ethical Codes in Hinduism82
The Foundational Principles of Hindu Ethics83
Service As Worship84
Ethical Culture or the Process of Purification85
Philosophy of Right and Wrong86
Yogic Gardening90
Conclusion91
5Hindu Tenets
The Law of Karma92
The Doctrine of Reincarnation98
The Concept of nAvatara102
6Hindu Rituals
Sandhyopasana104
The Ten Scriptural Samskaras109
The Pancha Mahayajnas113
Sraaddha and Tarpana116
Pitripaksa and Mahalaya Amavasya118
Navaratri or the Nine-day Worship of Devi120
7Hindu Worship

Worship or Upasana125
Benefits of Worship125
Saguna-Upasana and Nirguna-Upasana127
The Bhavas in Bhakti Yoga128
The Philosophy and Significance of Idol-worship132
From Ritualistic Bhakti to Para-Bhakti141
The Glory Hindu Philosophy and Hindu Mode of Worship142
Conclusion144
8 Hindu Yoga
The Four paths146
Karma Yoga146
Bhakti Yoga148
Raja Yoga149
Jnana Yoga152
The Yoga of Synthesis154
9Hindu Theology
Theological Classifications157
The Vaishnavas158
The Saivas163
The Saktas164
Miscellaneous164
The Arya Samajists and the Brahma Samajists165
Sadhus and Sannyasins165
10Hindu Mythology and Symbols
Hindu Mythology171
Hindu Symbols173
Conclusion183
11 Hindu Philosophy-I (The Shad-Darsanas)
Philosophy-Its Origin and Its Limitations184
The Orthodox and the Heterodox Systems of Indian Philosophy186
The Shad-Darsanas or the Six Orthodox Schools186
The Nyaya190
The Vaiseshika196
The Sankhya217
The Yoga of Synthesis217
The Purva Mimamsa225
The Vedanta Philosophy230
12Hindu Philosophy-II (The Schools of Vedanta)
Introduction236
The Advaita Philosophy of Sri Sankara239
The Visishtadvaita Philosophy of Sri Ramanuja243
The Dvaita Philososphy of Sri Madhvacharya249
The Dvaitadvaita Philosophy of Sri Nimbarka255
The Suddhadvaita Philosophy of Sri Vallabha261
The Achintya Bhedabheda Philosophy of Sri Chaitanya269
13 Hindu Philosophy-III (Saiva Siddhanta and Saktaism
The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy275
The Sakti Yoga Philosophy279
14Epilogue
Unity-The Need of the Hour289
Who is Qualified to Religion Effciently290
Education and Nation-Building291
Call for Consolidation of the Nation295
Appendice
IThe Siva-Linga297
IIIndian Culture Based on the Bhagavad-Gita300

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Item Code: NAM179 Author: Swami Sivananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2016 Publisher: The Divine Life Society ISBN: 8170520479 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 311 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 350 gms
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