Saturday, May 11, 2013

Book Review: Hinduism: From Maya to Moksha by Vijay Singal

On the jacket: 


This book is no ordinary work on Hinduism. It, in fact, is an academic study, done in a dispassionate and comprehensive manner, of an inclusive way of life, which has evolved along-with the evolution of mankind. It brings, to the doorstep of a common reader, the travails of the history, creative genius behind mythology, essence of philosophy, various means of spiritual attainment and utility or otherwise of practices of this most misunderstood and maligned religion. Both the strengths and weaknesses of this religion of eternity, Sanatan Dharma, have been flagged emphatically. Misplaced perception of multiplicity of gods has been demolished, with great conviction.

This book has highlighted the fact that Hinduism, though religion of antiquity, is not only equally relevant today, but is also fully equipped to face the challenges of future. Such a perspective can instil bonding, pride and confidence in adherents of this great stream of liberal thought. It can also help others in acquiring an appropriate understanding of this great tradition of universal brotherhood.

Review:

When I started reading this book, I was sceptical. To be frank, I am wary of preachings which say any one religion is the best. And I had a feeling this book  includes such preachings. I am glad to admit I was wrong and reading the book was a pleasant surprise for a practising Hindu who doesn't know a lot about the  religion. 

Hinduism: From Maya to Moksha talks about the religion, as is known from centuries, what it stands for and what it doesn't. We all know that every religion and it's norms have been twisted and modified by us, their followers, for our own requirements. In this, as the newer generations keep coming in, lesser do they know about what their religion stands for, do they believe in it or not.

This book talks about the roots of hinduism, it's deities, scriptures, vedantas, ethics, beliefs, festivals, it's renaissance, it's involvement with science and many other aspects, along with what concerns us more - dilemmas of a common Hindu. 

The book is not just a guidebook for someone who wants to know what Hinduism is, in fact it should be a compulsory read for all Hindus, to know what the religion actually is and to stop practices which the religion does not support or promote. All in all a knowledgeable book.

Rating: ****/5

[This review was done on author request, however the views and opinions mentioned above are my own.]

4 comments:

  1. Very Helpful. Will must read this book. Ravi Kumar Malhotra

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  2. Yes, I agree with the words that this book is not a guide on Hinduism but a academic study and presents the religion in a nutshell. I read this book. I found that this review is done in a very authentic manner. I also agree that no single book can present the religion as it is the most ancient religion and a way of life, but after reading this book my genuine doubts have removed. good work................

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  3. Yes, I agree with the words that this book is not a guide on Hinduism but a academic study and presents the religion in a nutshell. I read this book. I found that this review is done in a very authentic manner. I also agree that no single book can present the religion as it is the most ancient religion and a way of life, but after reading this book my genuine doubts have removed. good work................

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  4. This is a wonderful book on the religion which is called "A Way Of Life". I am surprised 'how the author compiled the facts of most ancient religion in very simple words. Oh..I had many doubts about the religion but now many of them have solved after reading this book.
    Good works and I recommend this book to all who have interest in Hinduism.

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