The Experience of Hinduism

This book presents multi-faceted images of religious experience in the Marathi-speaking region of India.

The Experience of Hinduism

Author: Maxine Berntsen

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887066627

Page: 387

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This book presents multi-faceted images of religious experience in the Marathi-speaking region of India. In addition to Irawati Karve's classic, "On the Road," about her pilgrimage to Pandharpur, there are three essays by Karve that appear in English for the first time. Here is possession by gods and ghosts, an actual sermon by an inspired saint in the traditional bhajan style, and an autobiographical account of the religious nationalism of the militant R.S.S. These are engaging, true-to-life accounts of the lives of individual Hindus. Essays and imaginative literature, a poem, and a short story interplay the ideas, concepts, personalities, practices, rituals, and deities of Hinduism in a surprisingly coherent manner.

On Sharing Religious Experience

CHAPTER 12 Sharing Religious Experience in Hindu - Christian Encounter
Michael von Brück Experience is participation in an event and as such is
culturally conditioned . In the process of maturing everybody encounters his / her
tradition ...

On Sharing Religious Experience

Author: Jerald D. Gort

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9780802805058

Page: 304

View: 760

Religious Experience in the Hindu Tradition

This Special Issue of Religions brings together a talented group of international scholars who have studied and written on the Hindu tradition.

Religious Experience in the Hindu Tradition

Author: June McDaniel


ISBN: 9783039210510


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This Special Issue of Religions brings together a talented group of international scholars who have studied and written on the Hindu tradition. The topic of religious experience is much debated in the field of Religious Studies, and here, we present studies of the Hindu religious experience explored from a variety of regions and perspectives. Our intention is to show that the religious experience has long been an important part of Hinduism, and should not be dismissed or considered as irrelevant. As a body of scholarship, these articles refine our understanding of the range and variety of religious experience in Hinduism. In addition to their substantive contributions, the authors also show important new directions in the study of the third-largest religion in the world, with over one billion followers.

The Eternal Food

This edited collection provides the latest in research and critical thinking on public health alternatives to conventional criminal approaches aimed at limiting the harms of both legal and illegal drugs for users and society.

The Eternal Food

Author: Ravindra S. Khare

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791410578

Page: 273

View: 956

This edited collection provides the latest in research and critical thinking on public health alternatives to conventional criminal approaches aimed at limiting the harms of both legal and illegal drugs for users and society.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hinduism 2nd Edition

experience of divine illumination on which Hinduism is based keeps reasserting
itself. At any moment, at any place, someone somewhere spontaneously
awakens. Hindus would call this the experience of bodhi or enlightened

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hinduism  2nd Edition

Author: Linda Johnsen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101052570

Page: 432

View: 121

A new look at an ancient religion. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the sociological aspects of the religion including ethics, sacraments, dietary habits, the caste system, and much more. ? Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide ? Updated information on the state of Hinduism today ? An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga ? Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation

Studying Hinduism in Practice

demerits are the distance it constructs between the specialist and the novice, and
the illusion it can perpetuate that the researcher possesses a mature
understanding in the midst of raw experience. It is more akin to a polished

Studying Hinduism in Practice

Author: Hillary P. Rodrigues

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136680969

Page: 194

View: 202

Drawing on personal experiences of Hinduism on the ground, this book provides a reflective context within which religious practices can be understood and appreciated. It conveys the rich realities of the Hindu tradition and the academic approaches through which they are studied. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including dance, music, performance, festival traditions, temples, myth, philosophy, women’s practices, and divine possession. The engaging narratives are accompanied by contextual discussions and advice on such topics as conducting fieldwork, colonialism, Hindu seasonal celebrations, understanding deities, and aesthetics in Hinduism. All the entries are accompanied by photographs and suggestions for further reading.

Classical Hinduism

31 In the final phase of yogic experience there is no actual mental state of any
kind, but pure vacuity. This is the goal of all disciplines, bodily and mental; at first
but fleeting experience of the self; then as Yoga is perfected, longer and longer ...

Classical Hinduism

Author: Mariasusai Dhavamony

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 9788876524820

Page: 525

View: 452

After a brief introduction on the idea of culture, enculturation and acculturation in social anthropology, a theology of culture, symbol and language is treated in order to lead to the central subject-matter of the Christian theology of inculturation, which is articulated in themes such as revelation and culture, redemptive incarnation as an exemplary model of inculturation, Lay people and inculturation, missionary spirituality and inculturation. The final chapters deal with inculturation in the Indian Church, the meeting of the Gospel with Asian religions, cultures and aspirations for full humanity, and Asian Christian theology.

Responses to 101 Questions on Hinduism

Is there a Hindu tradition of mysticism? Mysticism can mean so many different
things that it is important to begin with at least a general definition. By mysticism I
mean the experience, as reported by the subject of the experience, of a direct or ...

Responses to 101 Questions on Hinduism

Author: John Renard

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809138456

Page: 179

View: 364

A short, user-friendly introduction to major historical, cultural, spiritual and theological points of interest in the complex of faith traditions known collectively as Hinduism.

Hinduism Today

Hinduism. in. Diaspora. Hindus have now spread across the globe. While
statistics are notoriously unreliable, the ... In spatial terms, the experience of the
Hindu community will be different in, for example, Trinidad (see Vertovec, 2000
and ...

Hinduism Today

Author: Stephen Jacobs

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826430651

Page: 182

View: 661

Exploration of contemporary Hinduism, illustrated by case studies from the lived religion.

Debating Conversion in Hinduism and Christianity

Some experiences classified as religious have a subject/consciousness/object
structure, whereas others do not seem to be experiences of anything existing
independently of the experiencing subject, and all these experiences have their ...

Debating  Conversion  in Hinduism and Christianity

Author: Ankur Barua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317538595

Page: 218

View: 158

Hindu and Christian debates over the meanings, motivations, and modalities of ‘conversion’ provide the central connecting theme running through this book. It focuses on the reasons offered by both sides to defend or oppose the possibility of these cross-border movements, and shows how these reasons form part of a wider constellation of ideas, concepts, and practices of the Christian and the Hindu worlds. The book draws upon several historical case-studies of Christian missionaries and of Hindus who encountered these missionaries. By analysing some of the complex negotiations, intersections, and conflicts between Hindus and Christians over the question of ‘conversion’, it demonstrates that these encounters revolve around three main contested themes. Firstly, who can properly ‘speak for the convert’? Secondly, how is ‘tolerating’ the religious other connected to an appraisal of the other’s viewpoints which may be held to be incorrect, inadequate, or incomplete? Finally, what is, in fact, the ‘true Religion’? The book demonstrates that it is necessary to wrestle with these questions for an adequate understanding of the Hindu and Christian debates over ‘conversion.’ Questioning what ‘conversion’ precisely is, and why it has been such a volatile issue on India’s political-legal landscape, the book will be a useful contribution to studies of Hinduism, Christianity and Asian Religion and Philosophy.

Hinduism An Introduction

... and the experience of the thread ceremony gave me a new sense of belonging
.' After reading the experiences of a young British Hindu, you will have some
inkling of the diversity and unity of Hinduism.

Hinduism   An Introduction

Author: Owen Cole

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444131001

Page: 254

View: 814

Hinduism, with its rich variety of religious traditions, can often be hard to define. This book is an informative guide to those traditions, and their underlying unity. Covering all important aspects of Hinduism, from deities and temples to mythology and philosophy, and exploring what it means to lead a Hindu life, this book will let you discover this fascinating religion and understand its relevance today. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of psychology. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Hindu Christian Dialogue

Christian Approaches to Hinduism Points of Contact and Difficulties The Problem
Any Christian who is familiar with the facts ... religions takes place primarily in the
meeting of persons and this can be a profound and transforming experience .

Hindu Christian Dialogue

Author: Mariasusai Dhavamony

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042015104

Page: 220

View: 389

Dialogue is an integral part of the mission of the Christian church. The immensity of the ocean of Hindu doctrine and thought presents a significant obstacle to Christians who have been invited by the Roman Catholic Church to “scrutinize the divine Mystery” present in other religions. Many, fascinated by Hindu mysticism, confuse permanent Hindu beliefs with certain current Western religious movements. India's quest for the divine embodies multiple forms. Its millennia-old methods of meditation and varieties of asceticism often confuse those who are less inclined to experience of an inner spiritual nature. This book attempts to address some of these difficulties and questions. It is the author's belief that in the Hindu-Christian encounter the Christian believer will also rediscover the originality and newness of the Christian revelation, viz. the intervention of God in the history of salvation whereby God reveals his salvific love in Jesus Christ. Possessing expert knowledge of both Hinduism and Christianity, the author approaches the Hindu-Christian dialogue with sympathy and discernment.

Hinduism and the 1960s

Throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, Huxley had gradually become very
interested in mystical experiences in religion, and had meditated and studied
ways in which people tried to obtain enhanced spiritual experiences in different
religions ...

Hinduism and the 1960s

Author: Paul Oliver

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472530780

Page: 200

View: 621

The West has drawn upon Hinduism on a wide scale, from hatha yoga and meditation techniques, to popular culture in music and fashion, yet the contribution of Hinduism to the counter-culture of the 1960s has not been analysed in full. Hinduism and the 1960s looks at the youth culture of the 1960s and early 1970s, and the way in which it was influenced by Hinduism and Indian culture. It examines the origins of the 1960s counter-culture in the Beat movement of the 1950s, and their interest in Eastern religion, notably Zen. When the Beatles visited India to study transcendental meditation, there was a rapid expansion in interest in Hinduism. Young people were already heading east on the so-called 'Hippie Trail', looking for spiritual enlightenment and an escape from the material lifestyle of the West. Paul Oliver examines the lifestyle which they adopted, from living in ashrams to experimenting with drugs, sexual liberation, ayurvedic medicine and yoga. This engaging book analyses the interaction between Hinduism and the West, and the way in which each affected the other. It demonstrates the ways in which contemporary Western society has learned from the ancient religion of Hinduism, and incorporated such teachings as yoga, meditation and a natural holistic lifestyle, into daily life. Each chapter contains a summary and further reading guidance, and a glossary is included at the end of the book, making this ideal reading for courses on Hinduism, Indian religions, and religion and popular culture.

The Many Colors of Hinduism

Hinduism. Over. the course of history, many followers of different kinds of
Hinduism came to accept the basic proposition that spiritual experience is
indispensable for salvation. The precise nature of this experience is open to
interpretation, ...

The Many Colors of Hinduism

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813540682

Page: 395

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Conventional approaches to Hinduism typically stress its classical religious tradition with an emphasis on the Brahmin texts and practices. Frequently neglected are the practices of lower caste Indians, the role of women in the culture, the religious life of village folk, devotion to the deity Rama, and the Sant tradition of North India. The Many Colors of Hinduism is the first introductory text to provide a balanced view of this rich religious tradition, acknowledging the full range of its many competing and even contradictory aspects. Utilizing a thematic-historical approach, Carl Olson draws on a wide array of textual evidence, the fieldwork of anthropologists in close contact with insiders, and voices of thinkers ranging from Indologist Alf Hiltebeitel to Cambridge scholar Julius Lipner. The result is a narrative approach that offers a view of Hinduism that emulates the storytelling nature of the religion itself. Covering ancient times to the present and explaining important cultural metaphors, symbols, and narratives not generally found in other introductory textbooks, Olson offers students a new perspective of a religion that is more varied than most Westerners realize. The Many Colors of Hinduism will be essential reading for undergraduate courses in world or Asian religions.

A Critical Reading of the Development of Raimon Panikkar s Thought on the Trinity

He categorizes experience as the foundation of all that can be said about the
Blessed Trinity. Although for the earlier ... Panikkar's universal framework of
Trinity draws heavily on the experience of Hinduism and Buddhism. He sees his

A Critical Reading of the Development of Raimon Panikkar s Thought on the Trinity

Author: Camilia Gangasingh MacPherson

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761801849

Page: 158

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This book traces the Trinitarian thought of Raimon Panikkar in his attempt to bridge the gap between Christianity and the world religions. The viewpoints of the early and later Panikkar show continuity and shifts in his Trinitarian theology. The early Panikkar provides a Trinitarian theology and reaches the heart of the world religions, especially the Advaita Vedanta experience in Hinduism and the Nirvana experience of Buddhism. The later Panikkar, still using many of the probing concepts of his earlier thought, departs significantly from traditional Christian theology. His thoughts still continue the attempt at bridge-building between Christianity on the one hand and the world religions, and even the secular world, on the other. Although several dimensions of Panikkar's Trinitarian theology are open to severe criticism, nevertheless, it serves as an effective tool for furthering awareness of and dialogue between the world religions.

Dying Death and Bereavement in a British Hindu Community

Part III explores some of the social and psychological aspects of the Hindu
experience of death in Britain . Chapter 7 raises some general issues with
reference to the care of elderly , sick and dying Asians . Two Case studies will be
discussed ...

Dying  Death and Bereavement in a British Hindu Community

Author: Shirley Firth

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789068319767

Page: 240

View: 954

This study is an exploration of the religious beliefs, attitudes, traditions and rituals of a British hindu community, with respect to dying, death and bereavement. The observations of this community are compared with material obtained during three months of fieldwork in India and ethnographic sources. The primary focus of this study is on individual Hindus, seen in the context of their family and community: their beliefs, experiences and perceptions about death, and their reactions to the changes that take place. It also examines the process of adaptation and change in the death rituals and the role of the pandits in maintaining continuity. The first part of this study sets the context, introducing the issues confronting Hindus facing death and bereavement in Britain. It discusses theoretical issues in a multicultural study as well as beliefs about death and life after death. In the second part, Hindu ritual practices around death are explored, using a model of nine stages from preparation for death to the final post-mortem and annual ancestral rituals. The third part explores the social and psychological dimensions of death, grief and mourning, the implications of death in hospital and the professional and bureaucratic issues which affect Hindu deaths in Britain. The social aspects of mourning are discussed, with reference to pollution, the role of the family and community, young people and widows. Finally, the author examines the implications of social changes for British Hindus and for those who are involved with them in the caring professions.

Studying Hinduism

In Hindu tradition, the category of religious experience is difficult to specify,
mainly because there are several terms that refer to specific aspects. These are
ancient terms and not simply a result of colonial influences or Western invention.

Studying Hinduism

Author: Sushil Mittal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134418299

Page: 424

View: 975

This book is an indispensable resource for students and researchers wishing to develop a deeper understanding of one of the world's oldest and most multifaceted religious traditions. Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, leading scholars in the field, have brought together a rich variety of perspectives which reflect the current lively state of the field. Studying Hinduism is the result of cooperative work by accomplished specialists in several fields that include anthropology, art, comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. Through these complementary and exciting approaches, students will gain a greater understanding of India's culture and traditions, to which Hinduism is integral. The book uses key critical terms and topics as points of entry into the subject, revealing that although Hinduism can be interpreted in sharply contrasting ways and set in widely varying contexts, it is endlessly fascinating and intriguing.

Hindu Sa sk ras

It is the experience of those who have received the sacraments . To a Hindu the
Samskāras conveyed more than their constituents . They were “ an outward
visible sign of an inward spiritual grace . " He looked beyond the ceremonial ...

Hindu Sa   sk  ras

Author: Rajbali Pandey

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120803961

Page: 327

View: 348

The Hindu Samskaras give expression to aspirations and ideals of the Hindus. They aim at securing the welfare of the performer and developing his personality. They go back to a hoary antiquity. The Vedas, the Brahmanas, the Grhyasutras, the Dharmasutras, the Smrtis and other treatises describe the rites, ceremonies and customs here and there but they do not present them in their historical evolution. The present work is a systematic study of all the Samskaras enjoined to be performed at the various epochs in the life of an individual from conception to crematorium. The author has cited parallels in other religions to show that they are universal and have a recognised place in ancient cultures and are still represented within the limits of modern religion. He has also shown that the sacramental beliefs and practices, far from being an irrational priestcraft, are consistent and logical and have practical utility and intention. This work discusses the source, meaning, number, purpose and the constituents of Samskaras grouped under five heads: prenatal, natal, educational, nuptial and funeral. Besides being a landmark in Hindu culture, it presents patterns of life based on high ethical, spiritual and humanistic values.


As far as unemancipated souls are concerned, none of the Hindu sacred texts
discuss the details of what happens ... Some Hindus consider that a life lived in
praise of the divine is a joyful experience that is not merely an imitation of a state


Author: Vasudha Narayanan

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 1435856201

Page: 112

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Describes the origins, principal teachings, scriptures, important figures, historical events, and holidays of Hinduism.

One Lifetime Many Lives

The. Experience. of. Hindu. Hagiography. Sometime in the year 1901 , a young
Hindu man from Lahore named Tirath Ram [ Tirath Rām ] took vows of
renunciation , leaving behind his life as a mathematics professor , husband and
father .

One Lifetime  Many Lives

Author: Robin Rinehart

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780788505553

Page: 222

View: 126

Through an analysis of the rhetorical strategies of those who have written about his life (his hagiographers), the book argues that the reporting of the experience of being in Swami Rama Tirtha's presence is a central feature of these hagiographies. The nature of the experiences of close disciples of the Swami as opposed to those of followers of a later period helps account for the radical changes in the portrayal of the Swami in the hagiographical tradition.