Hinduism is an ancient religion, philosophy and way of life. Unlike other great religions that are based on a small set of books, there are hundreds of texts in Hinduism, most of which are very voluminous. They span not merely centuries, but millennia. And most importantly, these ancient scriptures are all in Sanskrit which many do not know. Therefore for a beginner with an interest in Hinduism it is a daunting task as you don't know where to start such a study. In The Essentials of Hinduism, Trilochan Sastry unpacks all the ancient texts from the Vedas to the epics covering the entire range of scriptures and everything you need to know about them in an easy-to-read and accessible way making it of special interest to those from other religions and nations, and even those who are agnostic or atheistic.
Trilochan Sastry is Professor at IIM Bangalore and a former Dean. He did his B Tech from IIT Delhi, MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and Ph D from MIT. He is the founder of ADR, an NGO that works on Electoral and Political reforms and also of CCD that works with tens of thousands of small farmers. He has received various Awards for his academic work and for his work in society. He has been interested in Hinduism since early adolescence and has lived in monasteries, studied the sacred texts, attended classes from various teachers and visited various pilgrimage sites.
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