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Hindu India

Devdutt Pattanaik (Author)
Synopsis Hinduism's faces are several: to some it is a philosophy of life; others associate it with the Vedas, sacrifices and worship of icons; yet others acknowledge Bhagawan as the supreme lord of all beings. In India itself over 700 million people are Hindus: orthodox, reformist, philosophically inclined or a combination of all. Hinduism, as a religion, has evolved continuously since 2500 BC. Hindu India unfolds the complexities of Hinduism with the starting point that everything in the universe is a manifestation of the Divine: even so-called evil forces emanate from and assimilate with the Divine, and only exist for a cosmic balance. The Divine is the omnipresent principle and bhakti, unconditional submission to the Divine, is often translated into traditions and ritualistic practices. Sometimes there is the danger of the latter overtaking the purity of actual worship. This is the raison d’etre of this book. It introduces the religion to the reader-its esoteric beliefs, practices, the Hindu concept of the cosmos, and the Hindu aim of life. And all this flows in a story-like narrative with simple explanations, answers to oft asked questions and nuggets of explanatory definitions. Visually compelling, this book offers a dynamic view of Hindu India to all.
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About the author

Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (b. 1970), MBBS, graduated in medicine from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, and went on to specialize in the field of medical writing and health communication. With a passion for mythology, he topped the Mumbai University course in comparative mythology (PGDCM) and has published three books as part of the introduction series : Shiva : An Introduction; Vishnu : An Introduction; and Devi : An Introduction. His articles have been published in Parabola, journal of myth, tradition and the search for meaning; the Times of India ‘Speaking Tree’; and in guest columns of the New Indian Express. His unorthodox approach has been widely appreciated. As part of Sabrang, a cultural organization that demystifies the arts, Dr. Pattanaik has lectured extensively on the relevance of mythology to modern man. Dr. Pattanaik lives in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Hindu India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.07.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Brijbasi Art Press
Language: English
isbn 8187902078
length 96p.