This is a practical introduction to the variety of religious traditions that come from the Indian sub-continent and which are known collectively as "Hinduism". The guide offers an account of the diversity and underlying unity of Hinduism and covers: Hindu mythology; temples and worship; Hindu worship in the home; family life and values; life-cycle rituals within the Hindu community; Hindu ethics; Hinduism in a world context and alongside other faiths. The book is designed for both the general reader and students of religious studies, and for anyone who may need to deal with people of the Hindu faith, both professionally and personally. It attempts to show the life of Hinduism and its different aspects, presenting a faith that allows for individual interpretation.
Table of Contents
Diversity and unity; the temple; murtis and mythology; gods and priests; the family; religion in the home; family rituals and ceremonies; scriptures; pilgrimage; liberation; enlightenment; the place of the guru; Hindu philosophy; the path of the loving devotion; the beginnings of Hinduism; ethics; Hinduism since 1757; Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi; some aspects of Hinduism today.
V. P. Hemant Kanitkar was born and schooled in India and came to Briatin in 1948. He obtained degrees, both in Sanskrit and History at London University. He taught in various secondary schools in the London area for 26 years. After retiring in 1984, he has written eleven books on Hinduism and India for British schools. The author also officiates as a priest for major Hindu rites of passage. Owen Cole has taught at every stage of education from junior schools to university. He is a vice president of the World Congress of Faiths, a member of the Other Faiths Commission of the Churches together in Britain and Ireland and a founder member of the Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education. He is visiting research fellow at University College, Chichester. He has written or contributed to some thirty five books. His principal interest is religious education in school, a recent contribution has been RE in the Primary Curriculum, Religous and Moral Education Press.