Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion

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This beautiful book is the first to enable Western readers to witness devotional practices of the Hindu people. Hundreds of arresting photographs document the spirituality of common men and women in India, while definitions, descriptions, and captivating stories reveal the wide scope of their beliefs and practices.

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An anthropologist-turned-believer, Stephen Huyler has dared to cross the line of objectivity and produce an introduction to Hindu religion that combines first-person detail with reverential admiration. Ten years in the making, Meeting God is the culmination of Huyler's travels throughout the Indian subcontinent, documenting in vivid photographs the panoply of Hindu devotional practices. What distinguishes Meeting God is its intimacy--through his glossy color photos and vignettes of individual Hindus practicing their rituals, he takes the reader into a world that pulses with the power of faith. The crux of the book is puja, daily devotional practices that anchor Hindus in the divinity of the universe, whether that person is a farmer, carpenter, engineer, or housewife. The remarkable array of different puja don't seem to interfere with modern life in India, and, as Huyler insists, actually enhance it. Given the vacuity of meaning in our own modern world, each page of Meeting God is an inspiration to deepen life. --Brian Bruya

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"This is a book that simply glows with light and life. The Hindu world that Stephen Huyler shows is luminous, suffused with spirituality, and deeply inspiring."—Deepak Chopra "A full color tour of India through the eyes and lens of a noted historian-photographer."—Bill Broadway, Washington Post "An engaging story book, an exquisite photo journey into the heart of India and especially, a superb overview of the ways and whys of Hindu worship."—Hinduism Today

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