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Hinduism : a short introduction

Author: Klaus K Klostermaier
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, ©1998
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Klaus K Klostermaier
ISBN: 1851682201 9781851682201
OCLC Number: 43672359
Notes: Originally published: as A short introduction to Hinduism. 1998.
Description: xiii, 178 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Origins of Hinduism --
Sources of Hinduism --
India : the holy land of Hinduism --
Is there a religion called Hinduism - - 2. The scripture of Hinduism : the Veda --
Śruti : the Veda as revelation --
Smṛti : sacred tradition --
Other authoritative literature --
Pramāṇa : interpretation of sacred texts --
The power of the revealed word --
3. The Vedic ordering of life --
A day in the life of a Hindu --
The four stages of life --
The four varṇas : castes and sub-cates --
4. Vedic ritual --
The vedic sacrifice --
The Hindu sacraments --
The meaning of karma --
Revival of vedic ritual --
5. The heart of Hinduism --
The Purāṇas : the bibles of Hinduism --
The Mahābhārata : the great epic of India --
The Rāmāyaṇa : the Hindus' favorite book --
The Bhagavadgītā --
6. Lord Viṣṇu --
Viṣṇu avatāras --
Image worship and its rationale - Vaiṣṇava saṃpradāyas --
7. Śiva means grace --
The sources of later Śaivism --
Śaiva schools of thought --
Śaiva asceticism --
Śiva in art --
8. The goddess and her worshippers --
Goddess myths and celebrations --
Tantras and yantras --
The renewal of Goddess worship --
The making of new goddesses --
9. The wisdom of the Upaniṣads --
The four stages of knowledge --
The self and the all : ātman and brahman --
Liberation from rebirth : mokṣa --
The great sayings --
10. The philosophy of yoga --
The sāṁkhya system --
The yogasūtras of Patañjali --
The eightfold practice of yoga --
Reaching kaivalya --
11. Śaṅkara and his advaita vedānta --
The life and achievement of Śaṅkara --
Advaita vedānta as philosophy --
Advaita Vedānta as religion --
12. Vaiṣṇava theistic vedānta --
The Ācāryas of Śrīaṅgam --
Viśiṣṭādvaita : the teachings of Rāmānuja --
Anti-Advaita polemics --
Madhva's dvaita vedānta --
Vallabha's Puṣṭimārga --
A trend towards devotionalism --
13. Hinduism welcomes modern western ideas - The first stirrings of Hindu reform : Ram Mohan Roy (1772-1833) and the Brahmo Saāj --
An unwilling patron saint of a Hindu missionary movement : Ramakrishna (1834-1886) --
The first modern Hindu monk : Vivekananda (1863-1903) --
A Hindu political saint : Mahatma Gandhi --
14. Hinduism rejects the modern West --
Dayananda Saraswati's Ārya-Samāj --
The first Hindu political party --
Militant Hinduism : the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh --
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad --
15. New faces of Hinduism --
Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) --
Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950) --
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1977) --
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (1896-1977) --
Śrī Krishnaprem Vairāgi (1898-1965) --
Bābās and Mās --
Sāthya Sāī Bābā (1926- ) --
Ānandamayī Mā (1896-1983) --
Mā Jñānānanda (1931- ) --
16. Hinduism and the challenges of today.
Other Titles: Short introduction to hinduism
Responsibility: Klaus K. Klostermaier.

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