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Handbook of Hindu Religion & Ethics: Basic Ideas, General Customs & Rites and Ethical Teachings

Ganga Ram Garg (Author)
Synopsis The word religion may not be considered particularly apposite in a study of Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. It is a term with Western and especially Christian connotations. The term most frequently used, dharma in this book, means conduct, virtue, custom, social responsibility and can also be applied to specifically religious practices. The laws of Manu is the principle manual of dharma, lying down the behaviour appropriate to each social group. It was compiled some three centuries ago before the common Era and is believed to have been given by the Gods to men for their well-being. Hindu religion is the oldest of living religions, and no other religion has produced so many great man great teachers, great writers, great sages, great saints, great writers, great kings, great warriors, great statesmen, great benefactors and great patriots. The responsibilities of Hindu are defined in three areas, each having four divisions. Life has four aims. The first three are the fulfillment of dharma, the acquiring of material wealth and the enjoyment of pleasure. The final aim is that of the spiritual goal of moksha. Life has also four stages, the first is that of student of Vedic knowledge, when a young man should go to a Brahmin Guru for instructions in the Vedas and the dharma appropriate to his caste. The second is that of a married family man. The third is preparation for the spiritual life od detachment by gradual withdrawal from family and worldly responsibilities. Finally, a man becomes a sannyasi by renouncing old domestic and occupational attachments in order to devote himself to the search for spiritual self-realisation, moksha. The present book is an elemenmtary text-book of Hindu religion and ethics. Late Prof. Ganga Ram Garg former Vice-Chancellor of Gurukula Kangari Vishwavidyalaya, Hardwar has provided new introduction to the present edition.
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About the author

Ganga Ram Garg

Dr. Ganga Ram Garg, the Editor of the present Series: International Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature has several works to his credit, including the Concise Oxford Companion to Hindi Literature (1963), encyclopaedia of Indian Literature (Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit & Apabhramsa; 1982), World Perspectives on Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1984), and Encyclopaedia of World Hindi Literature (1986). Encouraged by the late Professor Suniti Kumar Chatterji, Dr. Garg’s interest in Indian Literature, Indian Mythology and related areas has spanned over a period of 30 years. With the active assistance of eminent Indian Scholars, he has been preparing International Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature in several volumes to cover all major Indian Languages, the work is being published by Mittal Publications. He is also currently working on a gigantic project of Hindu Encyclopaedia. Holding a doctorate in English Literature from Panjab University. Dr. Garg has been associated with Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Hardwar for some 35 years, where he worked as Senior Lecturer, Registrar and Vice-Chancellor; he is at present a Senator. For his work on Dayananda, he was honoured by the Maharshi Dayananda Nirvana Centenary Celebrations committee, Ajmer.

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Bibliographic information

Title Handbook of Hindu Religion & Ethics: Basic Ideas, General Customs & Rites and Ethical Teachings
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xx+308p., Index; 22cm.