Essays on Hinduism (Third Edition)
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This volume discusses the basics of Hinduism. The essays herein outline the message of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanisads, arguing that Hinduism is not a cult, nor a bunch of dogmas, but a religion of the highest order that speaks of an immanent and transcendental god. It also offers a philosophy of life that cuts across ethnic and geographic barriers. The essentials of Hindu religio-philosophic teaching are pervaded by the ideal of universalism and love for humanity, and the book iterates the relevance of Hindu universalism to an age in which nations are armed for mutual annihilation. It maintains that successful application of the religio-philosophic teachings of Hindu seers will help humankind to overcome the worst crisis facing it in this nuclear age, and will lead to restructuring the world on the all-embracing principle of freedom and equity. The text is followed by a lucid translation and commentary on Mundaka Upanisad.