Chinmaya Mission I pleased to release Hinduism: Frequently Asked Questions as a part of The Hindu Culture Series. This book is based on Chinmaya Mission's earlier publication, our Heritage by R. S. Nathan (Swami Nityananda).
To help young students of Indian culture gain a better understanding of the glory of Sanatana Dharma, more commonly referred to today as Hinduism, in July 1967, Chinmaya Mission published a tri-monthly series of book lets entitled Our Heritage. Eventually, select topics and ten booklets, with most of the questions and answers authored by R. S. Nathan and a few compiled from various sources, were published as one volume.
His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda, the founder and head of Chinmaya Mission, impressed with the acclaimed publication, sent out 500 copies to Mission workers, devotees, and patrons in India and abroad. Though the series was mainly intended for Chinmaya Bala Vihar and Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (Chinmaya Mission's children's and youth wings, respectively), adults also found the information useful.
The information in this new reference text is vast, but by no means comprehensive. Suggested reading for further study has been included in some instances. Complementary works from Chinmaya Publications include Hindu Culture: An Introduction, The Holy Geeta, Meditation & Life, Self-Unfoldment, Tattva Bodha and In Indian Culture Why Do We.
We thank Rupali Gupta, Rudite Emir, Swami Advayananda, and the Chinmaya International Foundation for their time and effort in bringing out this new publication.
Back of the Book
Hindu culture is founded upon the sacred scriptures of the Vedas, which are revered even today, for they contain revelations of eternal Truth and embody the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Hindu people. The Vedas are the legacy of the rishis, or subjective scientists, who touched a deep cord within, far beyond the physical, mental, and intellectual layers, which allowed them to see all life as interconnected. They saw the One manifested throughout the universe, making everything sacred to them. When life is honored and belief in holiness of all life is fostered, one cannot help but acquire a deep sense of reverence for life. Hindu culture evolved out of this vision.
This book provides concise and precise answers to basic questions about Hinduism, unfolding the foundation upon which Hindu culture rests.
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