Understanding Hinduism is a creative attempt to connect scholarly research
with the daily life of Hindu devotees. It is a true introduction to the
complexity of Hindu phenomena, discussing the basic meaning of
"Hinduism" and surveying its origins, scriptures, rituals, doctrines
and modern trends.
Its author is deeply in touch with the issues and concerns of modern Hindus
and as a reformer seeks to bridge the chasm between objective scholarship and
Hindu practice. Though affirming diversity he is not afraid to censure or
commend, but does so in light of careful historical and sociological analysis.
His focus is always on the practical life of devotees.
The author hopes this book will impact India's modern generation, which is
adrift from its rich cultural heritage. Scholars will be alerted to practical
Hindu concerns. Scholarly perspectives will stimulate and help the devotee.
About the Author:
Dayanand Bharati's origins are in Tamil Nadu, where he still spends most of
his time. He is no armchair academic, rather a pilgrim and continues to travel
extensively around India, interacting with fellow-pilgrims of manifold
persuasions. He enjoys plats and gardening almost as much as books and reading.
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