From Library Journal
Swami Bhaskarananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna order, here offers a brief catechism aimed at Westerners unacquainted with Hindu religious traditions. Perforce covering those traditions in broad terms without going into doctrinal complexities, his book has a straightforward style that should appeal to casual readers and students at a basic level but will not interest advanced students and scholars. Bhaskarananda, who has founded and led several Vedanta societies, has also been involved in interfaith relations. His tone is frequently apologetic, and he corrects American stereotypes about India and Hindus. In general, he points out, Hinduism emphasizes family and personal devotion over communal celebration and values variety in viewpoint and observance. While this book is not broad enough to be a reference work and is somewhat biased toward the Vedanta philosophical school of thought, it could fill a gap in collections on Hindu philosophy and practice, especially in those collections dominated by the works of individual gurus. Recommended for public libraries. James F. DeRoche, Alexandria,
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...fills a great need of Hinduism worldwide...perfect for Hindus who need to know more about their own religion -- Hinduism Today
...mine of interpretative material on the essentials of Hinduism presented in concise and ready form consonant with modern aptitudes. -- The Vedanta Kesari
...remarkable for its directness and lucidity, fresh and devoid of cliches to an extent that is truly rare nowadays. -- Walter H. Maurer, Ph.D.,Professor of Sanskrit, University of Hawai'i, at Manoa
...valuable...introduction into the richly diverse traditions of one of the world's oldest religions, and... a succinct reference tool. -- "India West"
..well-written... compact, yet covering every aspect of Hinduism....combining an easy style with deep philosophical insights -- "Vedanta"