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The Eternal Religion: Glimpses Of Hinduism

Release date: 14 December 2023
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One of the oldest living religions of the world, Hinduism is also widely regarded as, arguably, the most accommodative—inclusive in its essence, despite the distortions that creep into any faith over time. In this rich and illuminating collection, Karan Singh, one of the most admired and sensitive scholars of Hinduism in our time, draws upon seventy years of his writing on aspects of Hinduism, to show why he believes that ‘the spiritual equality that [Hinduism] teaches is more egalitarian than perhaps any other concept known to man’, and why it ‘still has the power to provide inspiration and illumination to many millions throughout the world, whether or not they formally belong to the Hindu faith’.

The collection opens with a long essay, an overview, which is among the most concise yet comprehensive introductions to Hinduism available for the general reader. This is followed by essays on some defining ideas, texts and exponents of Hindu philosophy: Vedanta, the Upanishads, yoga, vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the world as family), Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo. There are also essays on how secularism and diversity are fundamental to Indian democracy. The concluding sections of the book comprise fascinating recollections of travels to some sites of Hindu pilgrimage—including a visit to Bali in Indonesia—and a personal selection from sacred and secular texts of Hinduism.

This absorbing, thoroughly accessible collection, which cuts through noise, narrow-minded or pedantic punditry and obfuscation, belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in one the world’s great faiths.


Product Details

Title: The Eternal Religion: Glimpses Of Hinduism
Author: Karan Singh
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
SKU: BK0484104
EAN: 9789354476655
Number Of Pages: 266
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 14 December 2023

About Author

Karan Singh, born in 1931 to Maharaja Hari Singh and Maharani Tara Devi, was Head of State of Jammu and Kashmir for eighteen years. He received his PhD from the University of Delhi on the political thought of Sri Aurobindo and joined the Union Cabinet of Indira Gandhi in 1967 at the age of 36, thereby becoming India’s youngest cabinet minister. Singh was appointed Ambassador to the United States in 1989, in addition to being India’s Member on the UNESCO Governing Board. He also chaired the Auroville Foundation for twenty years and was a four-time Member of the Rajya Sabha. He is recognized as an outstanding thinker in India and abroad and has written twenty books on a range of subjects.

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