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Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 28, 2004
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The fact is that the religion she writes about has far longer survived the likes of the Greeks, the Romans etc. who also had many religious and cosmolologial myths. Where are those civilizations now? Hinduism which has not only been around far longer and continues to influence people in positive ways, has its own vitality and needs no defense.
Perhaps it is because Hinduism teaches that all spiritual paths are equally valid. "One God, many paths".Ultimately everyone is pursuing happiness in their own way, however mistaken that path may seem to others. Hinduism is but one spark from the divine Mind. Only those people bother to find shortcomings with others' beliefs who sub-consciously doubt or fear their own, and want comfort and justification (validation) by influencing others to come over to their point of view.
Love to all.
If you're looking for a devotional aid, this isn't it; if you're looking for modern Hinduism, it's not that either. But if you're interested in what stands behind the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Rig Veda, this is a good place to start. There are copious references to Sanskrit sources and there is a good bibliography (though as the book is now 35 years old, the bibliography is getting a bit dated).
mythology and it's development. There are sections
for each major diety. Numerous notes and comparisons by the translator make it easy to compare aspects of different Hindu texts, highlighting political, philosophical, mythological, societal and ritualistic outlooks and changes in same as the Hindu religion developed from the Vedas of the ancient Aryans to modern Hinduism.
The prose translation captures the facts fairly accurately, though it does lack information on how these Myths manifest itself and how these myths came to be.
As the title suggests, it is really meant to be a source book for research and quick reference. Gods and demons are broken into sections, so if you need to find the samsa veda text regarding visnu, this book will make critical writing a joy and allow you to focus on the essay instead of searching the library for a short paragraph.
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What a way to sell a book! Without understanding Hindu culture and literature, without having been immersed in it the way a Hindu can only know, this woman gives a scurrilous and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ASH
A REALLY REALLY HORRID BOOK, FULL OF FALSITIES AND A PENCHANT FOR DENIGRATING THE HINDU CULTURE. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!Published on July 6, 2014 by Kinshumann
not to be rude but why don't we just leave the information to a actual hindu indian because this lady has no idea what she is talking about it sounds pretty Eurocentric to me.Published on April 4, 2014 by MedievaL
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