Hinduism: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) by Klaus K. Klostermaier

By Klaus K. Klostermaier

During this obtainable creation to Hinduism, Klaus ok. Klostermaier explains the origins, ideals, scriptures and philosophies of this old faith, and considers glossy demanding situations the faith faces, similar to the connection among Hinduism and the West. Sweeping in scope, and hugely readable, Hinduism: A Beginner's advisor deals a distinct evaluation of a convention that spans millions of years and is key interpreting for college students, fans, and readers alike.

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A. The History and Culture of the Tamils. Firma K. L. Mukhopadhyay: Calcutta, 1964. Said, Edward. Orientalism. Pantheon: London, 1978. 2 The scripture of Hinduism: the Veda TheVeda is the single most important source of Hinduism – acceptance of the Veda as authoritative is the criterion for orthodoxy. e. accepting the Veda as authoritative) and are deemed orthodox. The Indian term is s´ruti, meaning ‘that which has been perceived through hearing’. For thousands of years, perhaps, the Veda was only transmitted orally, and memorization was the only way to acquire its knowledge.

Dhanur-veda taught the art of archery,while Stha¯patya-veda was the basis for architecture and sculpture. e. u, S´iva or Devı¯,provided the foundation for the doctrines and rituals of specific sects. There are literally hundreds of them,most of which have not even appeared in print, and even fewer of which are available in English. a – interpretation of sacred texts Besides revelation and tradition, Hindus have always used rational examination as means to arrive at religiously relevant truth. Logical examination was needed to clarify obscure passages in revelation, to harmonize contradictions in tradition and to extend the application The scripture of Hinduism: the Veda 27 HINDU SCRIPTURES: OTHER AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE A.

It marks the end of childhood and the introduction of the initiate into Hindu society. It seemed to have been given to both boys and girls in the earliest times and was then restricted to males only for many centuries. Lately some women activists have begun to give the janëu to young females too. Formally the newly initiated young Hindu would begin the first of the four stages of life, brahmacarya (studenthood),and stay with a teacher for twelve years. The ceremony itself is quite elaborate and retains many features of an ancient rite of passage that involved quite serious risks.

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