Collectors turning their eyes towards Hinduism books will find a broad array for their libraries. Hinduism is one of the oldest surviving belief systems in the world. While it is largely practiced in South Asia, particularly India, adherents to its beliefs can be found all over the world. Hinduism has shaped the worldview of over 900 million people, and its influence was first felt on Western cultures in the 1800s.
Hinduism is largely based on the Vedic texts, which have been dated to around 1400 to 1500 B.C.; the Vedas consist of four ancient religious texts written in Sanskrit. They are believed to be the revelations of wise men and include commentaries, explanations of sacrifices and ceremonies, and insights into the human condition. Other Hinduism books include the Upanishadas, Mahabharata, and Ramayana. The Hindu religion recognizes many different gods, but elevates one god, Brahma, above them. Hindus believe in reincarnation and karma, which relates to human behavior and the consequences that come from actions. Yoga has its roots in Hindu beliefs.
One of the fundamental texts of the belief system, and a classic vintage Hinduism book, is The Mahabharata (translated by Kamala Subramaniam), which contains rich, detailed stories that reveal deep insights. The Holy Geeta with commentary by Swami Chinmayananda examines the important 'Divine Song of the Lord', a key dialogue about the application of Hindu principles to life. Hinduism books about yoga that interest those who enjoy the activity include Jeane Vareen's Yoga and the Hindu Tradition. For those curious about the vivid reality of Hindu practices, Hinduism books like Steven Huyler's Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion will find plenty of photos and explanations of practitioners in India. A broad overview of the history and development of the religion can be found in An Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin D. Flood.
Those with an interest in world religions should buy Hinduism books to create a truly well-rounded collection. A fascinating new world awaits the curious in the pages of Hinduism books.