Understanding Hinduism: Basic Concepts Explained

by Dr. D.C. Rao

Hinduism elicits two opposing reactions. It is admired by many as an ancient philosophy with a soaring vision of cosmic unity and an unreserved respect for other religions. But others regard Hinduism as an ethnic religion that is complex, full of contradictions, and riven by superstition and caste divisions. Despite scores of introductory books on Hinduism and decades of closer contact with the West—as the number of Hindus in North America and Europe has grown to five million—a coherent understanding of Hinduism is yet to emerge. Promoting such an understanding is the aim of these brief essays.
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