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Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Swami Harshananda (Author)
Synopsis There is a remarkable passage in the Bhadaranyaka Upanishad: 'The gods are fond of the cryptic, as it were, and dislike the evident' (Paroksapriya iva hi devah pratyaksadvisah). Many a scholar has overlooked this esoteric sentence. The meaning is, we are not to take every sentence in an etymological sense. The names of the gods, their raiment, their instruments have got symbolic and psychological significance. For instance, the ornaments and weapons which adorn the body of the Divine figure, symbolically represent the principles of the universe. A study of the Hindu gods is as fascinating as it is difficult. It is fascinating because of its exciting variety. It is difficult since is symbolic.  Swami Harshananda has handled this subject with a fair degree of care and skill. His work is a valuable addition to the literature on the Gods of Hinduism.
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Swami Harshananda

Swami Harshananda is a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order.  Initiated into spiritual life by Swami Virajananda, the sixth president of the Ramakrishna Order, he joined the Bangalore branch of the Ramakrishna Math in early 1954.  He was administered the monastic vows by Swami Vishuddhananda, the eighth president, in 1962.  The Swami has worked in the various centers of the Order such as Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Belur Math (the Headquarters of the Order) and Allahabad.  He has been the president of the Ramakrishna Math of Bangalore since 1989.  He has several books to his credit in English, Kannada and Sanskrit.  Some of his books have been translated into foreign languages like French, Korean and Indonesian.  He is a good speaker in English and Kannada (his mother-tongue).  The Swami can also sing devotional songs well.  His cassette tapes and CD's of discourses and Bhajans are quite popular.

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Bibliographic information

Title Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Format Softcover
Date published: 09.06.1987
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Ramakrishna Math
Language: English
isbn 8171201105
length 177p.