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Hinduism For All (An Introduction to the World's Oldest Way of Life)

Hinduism For All (An Introduction to the World's Oldest Way of Life)
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Item Code: NAF960
Author: Dr. P. Ramachandrasekhar and T.S. Srinivasan
Publisher: GIRI TRADING AGENCY PVT LTD,CHENNAI
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9788179503201
Pages: 160 (Throughout Colour Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5 inch X 6.5 inch
weight of the book: 310 gms
About The Book

“Hindusim for All” has been the book of research for simple answers to complicated and curious questions. This book gives basic insight to the “Sanaatana Dharma” – which literally means ‘Eternal universal Truth’ and it is our endeavour to arouse further curiosity amongst our readers to delve into each subject separately and understand the principles of Hinduism for the betterment of existence of Life in this universe.

 

Publisher,s Note

“Hinduim” is not a Religion, ‘It is a Way of Life,’ is a time tested statement by Philosophers, Spiritual Gurus and Leaders in all walks of Life.

Scores of books and literature have been written by many well read authors with in depth knowledge in The Vedas, Upanishads, Puraanas and Epics.

However, the need for a beginner’s text book has been felt time and again. As parents when we are not able to answer the curious questions of our little child, we look for a simple guide and find enormous information but not a specific answer.

“Hinduism for All” has been the product of research for simple answers to complicated and curious questions. This book gives basic insight to the “Sanaatana Dharma” –which literally means ‘Eternal Universal Truth’ and it is our endeavour to arouse further curiosity amongst our readers to delve into each subject separately and understand the principles of Hinduism for the betterment of existence of life in this Universe

Our sincere thanks to Sri. T.S. Srinivasan who conceptualized this book and who has travelled widely all over the world and did a lot of research based on questions and queries from people of all quarters who wanted to know the symbolic representations in Hinduism.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Ramachandrasekhar who contributed in scripting the subject so beautifully, the Production staff of GIRI without whose dedicated work this could not have been completed to such a satisfying level and our gratitude to one and all who have played their part in successfully launching this Unique Book on Hinduism.

 

Foreword

Efforts have been made to bring out this concise book on Hinduism (the Eternal Religion-Sanaatana Dharma) in a very simple language and in an easy way to understand the subject, in a short span of time.

The arrangements are excellent and the reader can understand what is ‘HINDUISM’. The book deals with the important branches of Hinduism, especially the Vedas, Upanishads. Commentaries on Upanishads, Astrology, Astronomy, Yoga and so on.

The Author has taken pains in illustrating the Hindu Dharma Shaastras, Samskaaras etc besides the basic and main beliefs of the majority of Bhaarata Desha, based on the Great Epics Raamaayana, Mahaabhaarata, Sreemad Bhaagavata and other puraanas.

The book deals with the duties of every individual as a Hindu, the immense role of the Almighty, His different forms and their significance. The book also deals with the sanctity of Gaayatri Mantra, various texts for daily recitation and Paaraayana, Pitru Pooja, Temple Architecture, Duties of individuals in their different roles in life, Guru Bakthi etc.

It contains the codes of conduct that are laid down for every human being in an excellent form. It is worth to possess this Book as a treasure, read and understand the basic and important preaching that are available in our great HINDUISM. Every parent should teach the budding generation about the greatness of our Religion and also inculcate in their minds the noble thoughts and ideas available in plenty in Hinduism for a better living, duly rendering our duties towards the nation, elders, parents, friends, wife and children, in general towards the human kind, animals and even towards non living things.

The efforts of the Author in bringing out this book so successful is highly appreciable and the whole community shall be thankfull to the Author and the Publishers.

 

Introduction

Whenever a person in distress or in ecstasy looks up, almost involuntarily, he is reacting to the instinctive belief in a Supreme Being. The question of Supreme Being as the Guardian, Originator, Destroyer of the created universe is debated from the time man learned to be argumentative. Many who felt that they were created for a purpose and have a role to play in the scheme of worldly things, were in the quest of That which put them in this scheme. The birth of organized religion lies in this quest.

Throughout the world there are many religions founded upon certain universal principles and traits, by certain great thinkers or messiahs of God. The existence of these religions is grounded upon the historicity of the founders. But Hinduism as it known today, has no such Messiah or a founder. It is based on some Universal Truths passed on to the mankind through Vedas.

Though many skeptics argue that man created God to overcome his fear of the unknown, but to toe such a line of argument is cynical, for the fear from unknown is common for both the theist as it is for an atheist. The theist looks up for the support and thus gets a psychological comfort and guidance to take on his problem, the atheist is left to the mercy of the worldly education to come to his support.

Organized religions across the world have many things in common such as -

• Belief in a creator, sustainer, God.
• Belief in His supreme knowledge.
• Belief in certain disciplines which would ultimately take man closer to his Creator.
• Belief that world is full of misery and the ultimate escape from it comes only from the creator.

Though on such broad outlines, everyone agrees, it is in Who? What? How? That the religions differ diversely.

The Word Hindu :

Hinduism, as the word goes by now, was not the name ascribed by its followers to it. It was referred to only as the ‘Sanaatana Dharam’ the eternal way of life.

The term ‘Hindu’ is a corrupt form of the word ‘Sindhu’ –the Indus River. The Persians, who came to India referred to the people across the Indus River by the term ‘Hindava’, due to the phonetic shift of ‘S’ to ‘H’. Thus the people of India came to be addressed by the others as ‘Hindava’, or the now anglisized form ‘Hindu’.

 

Contents

 

1 Introduction 8
2 The Word Hindu 9
3 The Vedas 10
4 Upanishads 14
5 Brahma Sootras 18
6 Shad Darshans 19
7 Vedaanga 21
8 Astrology and Astronomy 23
9 Yoga System 24
10 Dharmashaastras (in Social, Professional and Religious life) 26
11 The Shodasha Samskaaras 28
12 Importance of Agni and Surya 35
13 Maxims of Hindu Beliefs (Epics, Puraanas and Bhagavad Geeta) 36
14 Epics 37
15 Other holy texts of Hinduism 48
16 Aagamas 48
17 Tantra 49
18 Duties of a Hindu (Kaamya, Naimittika and Nitya) 50
19 Devataaraadhana 53
20 God 54
21 Worship 55
22 Upachaaraas 56
23 Importance vessels and articles used for worship 57
24 The forms of the Lord 61
25 Importance of Panchaayatana Worship 62
26 Poorna Kalasha 66
27 Forms and Significance 67
  (Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Durgaa, Shiva, Vishnu, Hanuman, Navagraha,  
  Dvaarapaalakas, Ashta Dikpaalakas, Kula Devata And Graama Devata, Kamadhenu)  
28 Aayudhas 79
29 Post-Worship rites 81
30 Japa 81
31 Rudraaksha 82
32 Deva Tarpana 85
33 Gaayatri Mantra and Meditation on OM 86
34 Texts for Daily Recital (Paaraayana) 88
35 Homa and their Various benefits 91
36 Vratas of Hindus 96
37 Festivals 100
38 Pitru Pooja/Pitru Tarpana 107
39 Temple Architecture 108
40 Teertha Yaatra 109
41 Pilgrim Spots (Kshetra) 110
  Dvaadasha Jyotirlinga Kshetras, Pancha Bhoota Lingas, Sapta Moksha Puri,  
  The Four Dhaams (Char Dhaam), Ashta Svayam Vyakta Kshetras,  
  Shakti Peethas, Aarupadai Veedu, Chaturaamnaaya Peetha,  
  Amarnaath, Kailaasa-Maansarovar, Vaishno Devi, Shabari Giri  
42 Rules to be followed in Kshetras and Teerthas 124
43 Rivers 126
44 Sage -Philosopher -Saints 128
45 Bhakti, Music and Dance 137
46 Guru Tattva 142
47 Hindu Symbolism 148
48 Regulations to be observed 153
49 Codes of Conduct (The Ten Vedic Restraints and Practices) 157
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