The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

3.81 avg rating
( 227 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780028642277: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism
Review:

Hinduism is such a vast, complex, and exotic topic that to boil it down to a few hundred pages--and make it fun--must be the work of a true avatar, in this case Linda Johnsen. In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism, Johnsen covers the history, philosophy, devotions, gods, and traditions of this timeless religion. She takes pains to not only make the material easy to read and understand but to get inside the minds of Hindus, themselves, to make sense of what they believe and why. This sympathetic view is balanced by objective and concrete reporting. For example, she presents discussions of the Aryan Invasion theory, whether Jesus visited India, and a well-documented case of modern-day reincarnation. In addition to introducing each of the different strains of Hinduism and their beliefs, she also gives an overview of the classic Hindu myths. Exotic, yes, but Johnsen succeeds in bringing Hinduism closer to home. --Brian Bruya

About the Author:

Linda Johnsen holds a Master's degree in Eastern studies. She is author of Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India (winner of the Midwest Book Association Award for Best New Age Book of the Year), The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe, and Meditation Is Boring? Putting Life in Your Spiritual Practice. She has published nearly 100 articles in magazines such as Hinduism Today, Yoga Journal, and Yoga International, and has lectured throughout the United States on Hindu spirituality.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0028642279 . Bookseller Inventory # GHT5067MGKR070516H1086P

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 1.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BookZone Illinois
(Aurora, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha. Book Condition: New. Trade paperback. NEW. Stored in sealed plastic protection. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. No previous owner's markings. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 2001 Trade paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 388118

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.90
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha (2001)
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New Paperback First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0028642279

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Johnsen, Linda
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800286422771.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha (2001)
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0028642279

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0028642279 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0028642279

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha (2001)
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Booked Again
(Summit, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-001-97-3741003

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha (2001)
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110028642279

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Johnsen, Linda
Published by Alpha (2001)
ISBN 10: 0028642279 ISBN 13: 9780028642277
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Alpha, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. THE ETERNAL RELIGION. 1. Time for God. The Hindu Universe. Who's a Hindu? A Recyclable Universe. Inner Vision. 2. Hindus in History. The History That Vanished. Back to the Beginning. Our Hindu Connections. The Hindu Homeland. 3. The World Discovers Hinduism. Heading East. Conquering Alexander the Great. A Visit from Apollonius. A Hindu Goddess in Rome. Chinese Pilgrims Check It Out. Al Biruni Takes Notes. Transcendentalists Groove on the Gita. 4. Matrix of the Hindu Tradition. Veda: The Hindu Bible. Who Were the Vedic Sages? Who Are the Vedic Gods? Sampling the Veda. Upanishads: Liberating Literature. 5. The People's Religion. User-Friendly Scriptures. Epics: The Hindu Homer. Ramayana: The Great Rescue. Mahabharata: The Great War. Puranas: Encyclopedias of Spirit. II. WHAT HINDUS BELIEVE. 6. One God with Many Names. My God's Not Better Than Yours. The Tolerant Religion. The Vedic Vision. Ramakrishna Samples Religions. What Missionaries Are Missing. Did Jesus Visit India? 7. Born Again! Caught in the Spin Cycle. What's My Karma? Fate Is Free Will. Life Between Lives. 8. Turning On Your Inner Light. Secrets of the Subtle Body. Who Am I? Spiritual Mentoring. Getting On the Innernet. Getting Off the Wheel. 9. Truth Is a Multi-Layer Cake. Six Views of One Reality. Nyaya: The Logical Approach. Vaisheshika: The Atomic Theory. Mimamsa: The Way to Heaven. Sankhya: Spirit and Matter. Yoga: Techniques for Higher Awareness. Vedanta: It's All an Illusion! The Whole Elephant. 10. The Sacred Sciences. The Word Is God. Ritual: Spiritual Technology. Astrology: The Mirror in Heaven. Adjunct Sciences. III. WHO HINDUS WORSHIP. 11. Can You Show Me God? A Divine Challenge. Idol Worship: Worshipping an Ideal. The Spirit in the Tree. Show Me the Devil. God and the Guru. The Guru Within. 12. Meet the Hindu Gods. Brahma: The Neglected Creator. Vishnu: The Loving Protector. Shiva: Lord of the Yogis. Ganesha: The Elephant-Headed God. Hanuman: Monkeying Around. Murugan: The Spear of God. Surya: The Divine Sun. 13. Meet the Hindu Goddesses. Shakti: Feminine Power. Lakshmi: Showers of Gold. Parvati: Divine Wife and Mother. Durga: Take No Prisoners! Kali: The Really Scary One. Lalita: The Supreme Seductress. Bharat Mata: Mother India. 14. Avatars: Gods in Human Form. Hindu Saviors. Parashu Rama: An Axe to Grind. Rama: Avatar Unaware. Krishna: He's So Divine! Kalki: The Future Liberator. 15. The Main Denominations. Vaishnavas: Hare Krishna! Shaivites: Om Namah Shivaya! Shaktas: Jai Ma! Hindu Spin-Offs. IV. How Hindus Live. 16. A Classy Religion. What Turns You On? What's Life For? Metamorphoses. Women First. 17. The Ten Commitments. Five Things to Definitely Avoid. Five Things to Definitely Do. Antidotes to Bad Behavior. Holy Cow! What Hindus Do (and Do Not) Eat. Laying Down the Law. Changing Tides. The Hindu Heart. 18. Sacraments and Holy Days. Living Life Holy. Rite from the Start. A Wedding to Last Forever. Life After Death. Sacred Time. Celebrating Spirit. 19. Temples and Sacred Sites. Take Off Your Shoes! Altar in the Living Room. Hindu Hot Spots. The Goddess Drops In. V. GOD'S HOUSE HAS MANY DOORS. 20. The Path of Action. Getting Sacrificed. Highway to Heaven. Everyone's Mother. Get Up and Fight! 21. Straight from the Heart. The Heart and the Head. The Divine Relationship. The Saint Factory. What's in a Name? All Blissed Out. 22. The Razor in the Mind. Lead Me from the. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028642279

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds