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Hindu View of Life

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A timeless treatise on what constitutes the Hindu way of life Religion in India can appear to be a confusing tangle of myths, with many different gods and goddesses worshipped in countless forms.This complexity stems from a love of story-telling, as much as anything else, but it is only the surface expression of Indian faith. Beneath can be found a system of unifying belie ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published September 28th 1998 by Indus (first published January 1926)
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Rakhi Dalal
May 08, 2014 Rakhi Dalal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is an account of series of four lectures delivered by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan at the Manchester College, Oxford in September, 1926. Broadly the topics covered here relate to a Hindu context on Religious Experience, Conflict in Religion and Dharma. Keeping in mind that he addressed the students of Manchester College in the year 1926 and that it was an introductory lecture towards understanding Hindu religion, one can for the time being gloss over the apparently known facts/ideas about Hindu ...more
Any religion has three aspects to it - philosophy, mythology and rituals. Rituals can get corrupt with time, mythology loses its essence by dilution; but only thing that has the potential to survive the test of time is - its philosophy. To understand any religion, I believe, you need to go deep into its philosophy. In my quest of truth, I decided to start with Hinduism and Buddhism - for the sole reason that these are the two religions that I have been most familiar with and won't start from scr ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Guttu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book which comments on the Hindu way of living. When a former President of India is an author of a book, You have to read it. S. Radhakrishnan was undoubtedly a highly intellectual person. He has very successfully described the transition of Hindu religion over the centuries. How Hinduism has succeeded in gathering thousands of tribes and communities as followers. How the religion has sustained so far and it doesn't look like it will perish in near future. What makes Hinduism th ...more
Unnikrishnan Rajan
One of the best books ever written about Hinduism. I had attempted to read "The Indian Philosophy" by Dr.S.R a few years ago, but had failed to complete it, even after multiple attempts. Later I discarded the attempt acknowledging the fact that it is a reference book.

However this one is of the best hand book of Hinduism. The core of the religion is obscured by numerous stories and metaphors which were invented to convey the exact core values. In the obvious turn of events through the flow of ti
Nov 27, 2013 Nick rated it liked it
This guy's take on Hinduism is pretty accessible. Its also very common, particularly amongst the older crowd, which might show that this book is a bit dated.

Its conception of Hinduism is highly comfortable with an Aryan Migration hypothesis, which was refreshing to read after so much virulent denial on that issue. (Protip: If your model of Hinduism rests on the Aryan Migration never happening, your model is quite a precarious model.) The book consists of 4 chapters, the first two an last two of
Manoj Saha
Jan 16, 2016 Manoj Saha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good to get started reading books written by the great philosopher.
Aravind Sesagiri Raamkumar
Sep 05, 2015 Aravind Sesagiri Raamkumar rated it really liked it
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This is my first Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan book. Right from the first page, you observe that he was a man of tremendous knowledge and wisdom. No wonder, today(Sep 5th) his birthday is celebrated as Teacher's day in India. Even though, this book is a transcript of few lectures he gave, it certainly has thick description of many complex concepts. It is a book that not only makes you proud of being a Hindu but also questions the unwanted inequality and the spiritual stagnation that the religion h ...more
Austin Ben
Jan 24, 2014 Austin Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Radhakrishnan explores the mysticism of all the religions and gives a beautiful work about the philosophy of Hinduism. A must read book for people of all sects. If you want to understand religion then this is the text for you! :-)
Ajay Bansal
May 24, 2013 Ajay Bansal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ancient hindu philosophy explained by one of its foremost modern scholar , Dr. S.Radhakrishanan. Although the simple minded like myself might not get all of it in first time, but still reading this is an enlightening experience.
Jun 13, 2011 Gayathri rated it really liked it
This book is deep. It talks about some of the principles of hindu religion, more on the philosophical terms. It is a good read
Anupma Raj
Jan 08, 2016 Anupma Raj rated it really liked it
Need to re-read. Too much information to process in just one reading.
Saibal Barman
Sep 24, 2012 Saibal Barman rated it really liked it
one of the finest explanations of intricate Indian philosophy....
Jun 06, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful explanation of ethical Hinduism.
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Bharat Ratna Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman. He was the first Vice-President of India (1952–1962) and subsequently the second President of India (1962–1967).

One of India's most influential scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, Radhakrishnan is thought of as having built a bridge between the East and the West by showing that the philosophical systems of
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