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Let's Know Hinduism: The Oldest religion of Infinite adaptability and diversity

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Let's Know Hinduism: The Oldest religion of Infinite adaptability and diversity
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Item Code: IDF052
Author: Ramesh Chander Dogra MBE & Urmila Dogra
Publisher: Star Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8176500569
Pages: 35 (Color Illus: 48, Figures: 8)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 11.25" X 8.75"
From the Jacket :

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 all faiths.

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.


Origin of Hinduism4
Growth of Hinduism5-6
Beliefs of Hinduism
      Om, Brahma, Incarnation (Ten Avtars),
      Reincarnation (Punarjanam) Moksha, Char Dham,
      Guru-Shishya Parampara, Dharma, Murti Puja,
      Satya (Truth), Ahimsa, Cow Protection, Doctrine of Karma
Four Stages of Life14
Four Yugas (Aeons of the World)15
Worship (Puja) in Hindu Religion16
Ganesha Worship17
Hindu Scriptures
      Vedas, Puranas, Dharma-shastra, Manu Smriti,
      Bhagvad Gita (Philosophy of Life),
      Ramayana (Adventures of Lord Rama),
      Mahabharata (The Great War)
Leading Hindu Gods and Goddesses23-25
Prominent Hindu Festivals and Fairs26-29
Eminent Hindu Saints30-32
Sri Swami Narayan33
Hinduism for the World33
Hindu population in the World34
Hindu philosophy in Sanskrit verses35

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