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A Guide to Hindu Spirituality
Renowned scholar of Hinduism, Arvind Sharma, presents a concise and highly accessible introduction to Hindu spirituality, focusing especially on the views of the school of Advaita, or non-dual, Vedanta.
ebook, 136 pages
Published July 10th 2006 by World Wisdom Books
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Jun 26, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it · review of another edition
As has been pointed out, the title is misleading here. I'd suggest "A Guide to the Metaphysics of Advaita Vendanta." That said, this is a really nice book. It's short, but it took me awhile to read it. (Don't be concerned that my reading dates comprise about seven months. I had moved in that time and misplaced the book for several months.) It is well organized and progresses logically. As a book primarily philosophical, I did read it more slowly than other genres I enjoy. Each paragraph, and oft ...more
Deceptive title - it's really more an esoteric discourse on the underlying philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta school, and as such does not say anything about those more obvious elements of Hinduism which form the structure of devotional life for most adherents, and about which many outsiders (myself included) would like most to learn: the complex pantheon, the relations between the varying schools, religious history, key texts, temple rites and private devotion, etc. No, it's mostly just a very n ...more
I picked this up when it came in with a new books cart at my workplace library. Once in a while, I like picking up books that will teach me a bit about the religious beliefs of others. This one provides a basic overview and exposition of the spiritual elements in Hinduism. While not the most riveting book, it can be a good book for anyone interested in the topic.