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  • Series: Quest Books
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Theosophical Pub House; Revised edition (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835605388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835605380
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,028,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Diana Urosevic on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I give my highest recommendation to this book. It was my first introduction to Vedic philosophy and I found it to be an excellent one. It explains the existence of the world and God in a way that accords with physics, string theory, and science despite the fact that this philosophy was developed 4,000 years ago or more. I was also fascinated to read about the connections with Buddhism and Christianity (in the footnotes).
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Hochwalt on January 13, 2008
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Very few persons have taken the time to read the entire collection of writings comprising Vedantic wisdom.
Some have read the Upanishads; many more the Bhagavad Gita. Very few have read these and the most ancient texts -- the four Vedas.

In this very short book, Chatterji, a respected Indian scholar presents the "gist" of Vedantic wisdom.

As the author says in his preface, his purpose was to present "...a concise and comprehensive statement as to how the Veda, the most ancient wisdom of India, regards life, its origin, purpose, and goal."

In my opinion, he has succeeded admirably.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus on March 16, 2005
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I've spent decades searching out truths about existence which made sense, gradually gravitating toward Hinduism. The ancient Vedas contained details about the physical nature of reality (corresponding to quarks and string theory etc) which only recently have started to be confirmed by modern science, due to the increasing power and sophistication of microscopes and telescopes. They were written thousands of years ago, allegedly revealed by "higher masters."

This incredibly informative and concise book explains the deepest, most profound beliefs in clear simple terms. Beautifully written, there is nothing excessive about the prose. Every page contains important information explaining everything you need to know about God and life and the nature of the universe.

Hinduism is the only major monotheistic religion on earth which acknowledges there is some truth in the others, and it is (to my mind) clearly the most objective and intelligent.

Forget all the "New Age" books and read this instead. It is the REAL DEAL.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tor S. Thidesen on August 16, 2012
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As I was gently entering the transcendent world of Hinduism and Advaita I purchased, borrowed and loaned all the books I could obtain on the subject, both in-depth and introductory publications.
The in-depths ones were, obviouslt, and at first, confusing and at times impenetrable. What I discovered was that Hinduism, unlike Christianity, is a very complicated and highly constructed religion. Really, 'religion' is not an adequate description, because like Existentialism or Determinism, "Hinduism" is an intricate philosophical with countless subcategories or fractions, either affirming and amplifying early statements or contradicting them.
It should be common knowledge that there really is no such thing as Hinduism. The word itself is a semantic ghost; Rather there are religious philosophies that share some key aspects but otherwise diverge into different epiphanies and revelations.

What I was amazed at when reading (or should I say studying) all the introductions I could obtain, including this one, was the diverging nature of them. How they all seemed to tell different stories and different dogmas. They speak of the same thing, and yet, it is as if they were speaking of something as diverse as apples and toilets. I exaggerate for comic effect, but you get my drift.
This book, taking its preliminary jumping-off point from the Holy Scriptures, the Vedas, manages to be both devotional and scholarly at once. This should come as no surprise if you are familiar with Theosophy or the Occult. Like Isreal Regardie, or even Crowley for that matter, this is spiritual journey into transcendental phenomena that is Hinduism, or more precisely the Vedas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fyrma on November 15, 2010
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It is a good book about Hinduism, Spiritual and Philosophy, and was well written. I enjoyed reading it, and I did learn a great deal.
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I've had this book for over 30 years, have read it many times, occasionally took time to study it in depth, and I have to say, it never ceases to provide inspiration. I never before thought of writing a review, but i see from the reviews here there is much misunderstanding. if I may suggest this, if you're not sure about buying it, look at the online google books version, search for "Frawley", then double click, and you can read his entire foreword. David Frawley writes beautifully about the extraordinary power of Chatterji's writing.

One reviewer suggested that he didn't understand the Indic tradition, and advised Easwaran instead. I'm sorry, I love Easwaran's work, but he wrote like the English professor he was. Chatterji was one of the great Sanskrit scholars of his generation, and in addition to being a scholar, he was obviously a deeply experienced practitioner.

As for the reviewer who preferred the supposedly more "experiential" books of Zen and others, I hope meditators are starting to understand that virtually all the contemplative traditions, the world over, have found that integrating careful, intellectual study with intuitive experience provides a much stronger basis for spiritual awakening and realization than purely experiential practice (an I should just add for good measure, service and devotion are an essential part of practice as well, as Chatterji clearly understands).

I believe some time in the next half century, scientists - finally having awakened from their fundamaterialist slumber - will begin to understand the immense wisdom contained in this book and ones like it, which will have the potential to radically transform what we think of as science, and turn it into the servant of sacred wisdom it was ultimately meant to be.
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