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A Guide to Hindu Spirituality
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ISBN:  1-933316-17-9
Book Size:  6 × 9
# of Pages:  136
Language:  English



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There is more to life than our ordinary experience of it and A Guide to Hindu Spirituality is intended to serve as a guide to help us explore that missing dimension. Spirituality is often viewed as something mysterious and Hindu spirituality even more so. But its central claim is really quite simple: that our normal life does not exhaust the experience of reality. The word spirituality is simply a signpost pointing to this unexplored religion. The various religions of the world provide their own roadmaps for exploring this region. A Guide to Hindu Spirituality, by Arvind Sharma, shows presents one such roadmap based on a well-known philosophical system of the Hindu tradition.
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Detailed Description of A Guide to Hindu Spirituality

There is more to life than our ordinary experience of it and A Guide to Hindu Spirituality is intended to serve as a guide to help us explore that missing dimension. Spirituality is often viewed as something mysterious and Hindu spirituality even more so. But its central claim is really quite simple: that our normal life does not exhaust the experience of reality. The word spirituality is simply a signpost pointing to this unexplored religion. The various religions of the world provide their own roadmaps for exploring this region. A Guide to Hindu Spirituality, by Arvind Sharma, shows presents one such roadmap based on a well-known philosophical system of the Hindu tradition.

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Arvind Sharma

Arvind Sharma was born in Varanasi, India. He was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting Professor of Indic Studies at Harvard University and succeeded Wilfred Cantwell Smith to the Birks Chair of Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published over fifty books and five hundred articles in the fields of comparative religion, Hinduism, Indian philosophy and ethics, and the role of women in religion.

Arvind Sharma is the author of A Guide to Hindu Spirituality . He also wrote the foreword to the anthology The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy , edited by Rama P. Coomaraswamy .


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"Arvind Sharma's A Guide to Hindu Spirituality comes from a renowned scholar of Hinduism and provides a distillation of the essence and concepts of Hindu spirituality. From his outline of major schools of Hinduism to discussions and overviews of key philosophy and spiritual practice, this book builds a non-limiting framework for discussions."
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"Arvind Sharma has crafted a gentle, inviting introduction to the core concepts of Hindu spirituality. Those unfamiliar with this rich tradition will learn the multiple ways in which the thought and practice traditions of India have grappled with such universal questions as the nature of the soul and the purpose of the body. Readers who have studied Indian philosophy will revel in the elegance and clarity of Sharma's presentation. Additionally, the book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and reproductions of classic miniature paintings."
Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University



“In his Guide to Hindu Spirituality, Arvind Sharma sums up in easily accessible language the research and reflections of a lifetime: as a Hindu scholar committed to his cultural roots he presents in a few short chapters the true essentials of a multi-facetted tradition that has proven its practical life-value over thousands of years. It will be an excellent introduction for beginners and a stimulus for thought for all students of Hinduism who are seeking spirituality over and above historical scholarship.”

Klaus K. Klostermaier, author of A Survey of Hinduism, and Fellow Royal Society of Canada, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba



“Prof. Sharma has provided the modern reader with an important and engaging view of Hindu thought, which reflects its deeper Vedantic currents and its universal relevance. He explains Hindu dharma as a living, vibrant, spiritual tradition that can guide any sincere seeker along the path to the highest Self-realization.”

Dr. David Frawley, author of Yoga and the Sacred Fire, and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies



“…Sharma's focus is the spiritualism or idealism of the Advaita (nondual) Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy. Sharma asserts that the core of the spiritual pursuit is the experiential realization that the seeker is not apart from Brahman, which reveals itself through experiences. The experiencing subject is the center of Hindu spirituality, wherein one can become most intensely awake and merge with Brahman. The mantra om is said to be both the end and the means of spiritual practice, whose great challenge is to smash the projector called the mind. Sharma's style is a precise clarity manifested in his arguments and his multiple illuminating analogies.”
—from a review by D. A. Haney, Marywood University, in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries


Table of Contents for A Guide to Hindu Spirituality

Part I – Introducing Hindu Spirituality

Chapter I What Is Hindu Spirituality?
Chapter II An Introduction to Hindu Spirituality
Chapter III How Might I Benefit From Hindu Spirituality

Part II – Hindu Spirituality

Chapter I The Paradox of Body and Mind
Chapter II The Contents of the Universe
Chapter III The Structure of the Experience of the Universe
Chapter IV The Constituents of the Subject
Chapter V The Structure of the Subject’s Experience of the Universe
Chapter VI The Logic of the Spiritual Path
Chapter VII The Promise of the Spiritual Path
Chapter VIII The Aum Sound and the Logic of the Spiritual Path

Appendix What is Advaita Vedânta?


Excerpts from A Guide to Hindu Spirituality

“It should be made clear at the outset that one does not have to be a Hindu to avail oneself of Hindu spirituality. Perhaps it is worth pointing out here that Hinduism actually discourages conversion from one religion to another. It does so not because it has some special gifts it will not share with non-Hindus, but because for it every religion is an occasion for universal hope. So one answer to the question: Who is a Hindu? given within Hinduism is: A Hindu is like anyone else, only more so.

“Then, does one need a guru? This raises the question: who is a guru? We normally tend to associate a guru with a person. This is taking too narrow a view according to some. Anything which sets one off on the spiritual path could qualify as a guru: an event, a conversation, even a book.

“… So there are no preconditions for embarking on Hindu spirituality.”


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