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  • Series: The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (August 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415051827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415051828
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,436,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Julius Lipner's book is scholarly but at the same time very readable guide to Hinduism - a religion which is all to often misunderstood and mispresented." -- Mark Tully, former BBC Dehli Correspondent

"This book is quite simply the best book I have read on Hinduism in a long time." -- Girish Karnad, Indian playwright

About the Author

Julius J. Lipner is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. His is the author of The Face of the Truth (1986) and co-author of Hindu Ethics (1989).

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Giridhar on August 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a Hindu, but know very little of Vedas, Upanishads, the rituals, the festivals, and all the other things that I see being done everyday. This book links all these up telling us how they came to be and how they are related and make sense. This is a serious book. Every chapter took a double read to absorb well.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil on September 9, 2008
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Lipner will absolutely stand out as the ONE book to get for a thorough, if for some too dense or "academic" in style, investigation of what it has meant and now means "to be a Hindu." If you read your T.S. Eliot when you were younger and still kick yourself that you don't know what the Upanishads really are, and you know Oppenheimer repeated "I am the destroyer of worlds" that time but just haven't gotten around the finding the locus classicus: You are obviously very interested in Hinduism, but haven't had the time to bone up on it. Read this book while you are re-reading the Bhagavad Gita (not an Upanishad and careful that you don't just call it an "epic.". The depth of Lipner's knowledge of his massive subject is plain to the careful reader on every page.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.Vishwananda on December 16, 2012
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As a practicing Hindu for 40 years, I was somewhat taken aback by the book when I started reading it. I then realized that the author, Julius Lipner, belongs to the same late 20th century academic school of thought as Wendy Doniger. If you're a fan of Wendy Doniger's interpretations (or misinterpretations) of Hinduism then you'll love this book. If you're a Hindu, stay away. It's a good book for Christians and Christians missionaries to misunderstand completely but sound intelligent on what Hinduism is. His English translations of many Sanskrit terms are other than what are the generally acceptable translations by numerous Indian Sanskrit scholars. Rishis - "poets". He makes the ancient Rishis sound like traveling minstrels. Oftentimes the translation is done in a manner to denigrate the word being translated. The book denigrates Hinduism and its practices and attempts to make it appear as a backward religion to Christianity. Lipner pushes forward through the book that Hinduism is "polycentric monotheism". Unfortunately you cannot assume a priori that Hinduism is monotheistic. Lipner's "polycentric monotheism" (which I think is an oxymoron) is another attempt to try and fit Hindu theology into a western theological context. I could write a dissertation on the fallacies, misinterpretations, and bending of words in the book.
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By Bruno Jones on July 20, 2014
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