Hinduism: A Religion for the Modern Age

Anand M. Saxena

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Synopsis: Without belittling the monotheistic faiths, a clear exposition is given of the differences between the Hindu way of thinking in spiritual matters and that of the followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Attempts to modify the core of Hinduism to show that it is in essential agreement with the monotheistic faiths deprive it of its uniqueness and identity, and threatens its existence as a unique and vibrant tradition. Dharma and Karma form the determinants of action that guide Hindus in daily lives. The evolutionary nature of the decision-making process is based on dharma. Karma, contrary to the common usage of the term, if forward-looking because it requires an acceptance of the present situation and continuous work in the future. Just like the sacred stories, various HIndu practices of bhajans, vratas, offering food to the deity, pilgrimages of holy places, and religious festivals are often considered to be unimportant or even undesirable. However, taken together they constitute the Hindu tradition that is consistent with the Hindu concept of divinity, and HIndu way of looking at the universe. These features have enabled Hinduism to survive the last one thousand years against all odds. There are features of Hinduism that make it eminently suitable for the modern age when groups of different backgrounds and ideologies are forced to interact on a regular basis. The evolutionary nature of Hinduism allows it to adjust to the rapid pace of changes in the modern age; its eco-friendly attitude is a requirement in these days of environmental degradations that threaten the very existence of humans on this planet. Hinduism teaches a respect for all forms of life. The concept of humans as inhabitants of the earth along with all other creatures is in agreement with scientific findings. Hinduism is intrinsically pluralistic: giving serious consideration to different viewpoints, and allowing those who disagree to keep pursuing their own ideologies is an ancient traditon of the land.

Review: Coming as it does at a time when incessant criticism is being leveled against the followers of Hinduism by the so-called secularists, the book present a multi-perspective 21st century glimpse into the world's oldest living faith, and expounds on the foundation of Hinduism to decide which components are worth preserving and deserving, and which must be eliminated. Hinduism differs from Western religions in certain key respects: its origin cannot be traced to a single person who received the divine revelation and became the founder of the faith; it cannot be defined in terms of a dogma or a body of beliefs that distinguishes its followers from from the rest of humanity; and it does not have an established institution with the power to induct or expel people from the faith. Even though there is no central authority that enforces cohesion among its people and lays out plans for the future, its fundamental concepts and outlook have permeated all sections of the society, and have survived determined assaults from dominant powers of the South-Asian subcontinent over the last 1,000 years, says the author. The book talks of religious practices, the various legends in Hinduism, and the unity of Indic faiths like Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism which have undoubtedly developed glorious traditions that are the hallmarks of these groups. Without shying away from addressing controversial issues such as historical discrepancies, current events, societal conditions, mass media and terrorism, the author shows that Hinduism, with roots reaching into antiquity, is a viable modern tradition based on a 'progressive approach' that makes possible for it to adapt to changing conditions. This a book meant for the Hindu practitioners and also for those who want to knwo about Hinduism and the contemporaty evolution of the faith. Book reveiw by Manju Gupta, Organiser (India), February 11, 2007 --Book review by Manju Gupta, Organiser (India), February 11, 2007

Dr. Saxena's book attempts to provide the reader both with a grand tour of Hindu philosophy and traditions, and the dangers it faces in a world dominated by two aggressive, proselytizing religions. He does so with the precision and concern of a scientist, and the love and belief of a faithful. He does not mince words identifying threats to Hinduism both from within as well as the outside. As he notes, Hinduism is not only misunderstood and mischaracterized in the West and Islamic countries, but also faces challenges, ironically, in its Indian home. Unlike the jargon-laden narrowly focused treatises of the most Western students of Hinduism, Dr. Saxena's book is both a handy and straighforward compendium for the lay reader as well as the intelligent and inquisitive interlocuter. He identifies Hinduism's greatest strengths in the way it has evolved, just like science, through rational inquiry and experimentation. Succinctly explaining the concept of divinity in Hinduism, Dr. Saxena provides the reader with a clear understanding of the Hindu spiritual tradition that conceptualizes the Supreme, the Omniscient, the Transcendent, and the mundane. For those of us who have been asked to explain or describe Hinduism for students in World Religion class, or on a local television show, and have left our listeners and viewers confused or frustated, this book is a handy guide to carry with us and share with our students and listeners. Chapters on dangers facing Hinduism and the lives of Hindus living abroad provide both the fist-generation Hindu-American parent as well as the second-generation youngster a better handle on the challenges ahead for the community and opportunities within the community. Unlike the Indian left/secular/progressive intellectual who dabbles mostly in decrying the calcified practice of caste inequities, or who conflates modern Indian social conditions wtih the nature of Hindu thought and belief, Dr. Saxena unpacks for the lay reader the essence of Hinduism without shying away from identifying the weaknesses within Hindu Society and attacks of vested interests. Many of us have wrung our hands in frustation or replied angrily when attacked or caricatured by the detracters of Hinduism. it is to the credit of Dr. Saxena, a scientist of standing, to provide a fine description and detailed clarification of Hinduism. The second-generation Hindu American, especially, should be thankful for his efforts. Dr. Ramesh Rao, ReligionAndSpirituality.com, March 30, 2007. --Column by Dr. Ramesh Rao in United Press International

Hinduism: A Religion for the Modern Age, true to its title, situates Hidnuism as a living faith in the 21st century. A part of the Hindu_Indian diaspora in a globalizing owrld, the author Anand M. Saxena explains the inherently pluralistic basis of Hindu beliefs. Saxena also points out that Hinduism is often misunderstood. He is aware that Hindus living in India or the West are often defensive about their religion. He compares differences in approach between the monotheistic faiths and Hinduism, revealing in the process the inadequacy of the word 'religion' to define 'Dharma' of Indic faiths. Saxena explains Hinduism as a perpetually evolving dharma allowing for the growth and expression of ideas in a modern context. This book uses Indic religious texts and traditional Hindu literature to explain modern conundrums. Saxena does not shy away from addressing controversial issues such as historical discrepancies, current events, societal conditions, mass media, and terrorism. He shows that Hinduism, with roots reaching into antiquity, is a viable modern tradition based on a 'progressive approach' that makes it possible for it to adopt to changing conditions. Regardless of the reader's relationship to Hinduism, whether a Hindu practitioner eager to understand the contemporary evolution of the faith, a scholar of Hinduism interested in the modern view, or a non-Hindu living in a pluralistic world who wants to know more about his Hindu neighbor's ancient beliefs, Hinduism: A Religion for the Modern Age offers a multi-perspective 21st century glimpse into the world's oldest living faith, practiced in various manifestations by over a billion souls. Yvette Rosser, M.A. South Asian Studies, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Educational consultant and specialist on 'Teaching about India' --Printed on the back cover of the book by her permission

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Title: Hinduism: A Religion for the Modern Age
Publisher: Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Date: 2007
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