The Hindu Mind: Fundamentals of Hindu Religion and Philosophy for All Ages

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Hinduism is the oldest surviving religion in the world. The religious and philosophical literature of Hinduism is vast, diverse and covers thousands of years of accumulated spiritual experiences of Hindu Saints and Seers. This book presents the fundamentals of Hindu religious and philosophical thought in a logical and straightforward manner. The purpose being, to create a story book for further study of Hinduism.

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I wrote this books to help people, especially younger generation, to understand what it really means to be a Hindu.  Hinduism is not just another "ism."  Hindu religious tradition represents a profound philosophy of life that is based upon many noble ideals, such as total harmlessness to all creatures (ahimsa), universal brotherhood (Vasudhaiva kutumbakam), religious and cultural harmony, reverence for old age, and respect for one's parents, teachers, and elders.  Hinduism teaches that Truth is one, but paths are many.  Hindu scriptures declare that "cows are of different colors, but their milk is of the same color.  Beneath all different colors of the skins, lies the blood of the same color." Devoid of any dogma, blind faith or fanaticism, Hindus act out of love for God and not out of His fear. Hinduism is a God-loving religion and not a God-fearing one.
 
            In today's society where family values are deteriorating rapidly, elders are made to feel useless, unwanted, and burdensome, crime is on the rise and individual and social values are on the decline, it is our utmost responsibility to teach the lofty ideals of the ancient wisdom to our youth.  To help them live harmoniously with themselves and with rest of the creation, we must teach them what is good and noble in life, as taught by the sages and saints of India. 

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"...a remarkable and highly rewarding book. It is rational, objective, interesting, relevant and meaningful...."   -Dr. T.K. Venkateswaran, Emeritus Professor of Hinduism, University of Detroit.
 
"The Hindu Mind provides an excellent introduction to the historical, philosophical, ritualistic, social, and ethical dimensions of Hinduism. The major contribution of the book is that it shows the interconnections among these diverse dimensions."  - Dr. Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande, Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana
 
"It is well-written, informative and timely...there is no other book available at that level where Hindu Americans can get answers to different questions about their religion and heritage...."
Dr. Subhash Kak, Professor, Lousiana State University.

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