Many misconceptions circulate about Hinduism, mainly because scholars have relied exclusively on popular sources or political slogans of Hinduttva. The Eternal Hinduism, which is fundamentally a study of text and context, balances social reality and scriptural description with a dynamic analysis of the interacting elements. It cannot be understood on the basis of non-rational factor of one God, the Almighty. As an anthropocosmic religion, Hinduism has a great beauty. It can be understood by reading the cosmic law of nature and culture. This book sums up the essentials of Hinduism. It will be useful to a range of readers - scholars of Hindu religious thought and philosophy as well as general readers interested in understanding the essential Hindu religious thinking and belief. Contents Introduction I : THE COSMIC VISION : 1. Conscious 2. Numinous II : THE PRIMORDIAL THOUGHT : 1. Four Castes 2. Five Elements III : THE SACRED PERFORMANCES : 1. Four Codes 2. Mantra 3. Mudra 4. Dhvani 5. Vyavahariki 6. Sixteen Sacraments 7. Garbhadhana 8. Pumsavana 9. Simantonnayanam 10. Jatakarman 11. Namkarana 12. Niskramana 13. Annaprasana 14. Cudakarana 15. Karnavedha 16. Vidyarambha 17. Upanayana 18. Kesanta 19. Samavartana 20. Vivaha IV : THE FOUNDING FAITH : 1. Organising Principles 2. Acting Faith 3. Thinking Faith 4. Loving Faith 5. Natural Faith 6. Nirbandha, without ties 7. Nilakantha, blueneck 8. Nityasuddha, all-time purity 9. Nityamangala, all time auspicious 10. Nityananda, all time blissful 11. Religious Expression 12. Simple 13. Complex 14. Mixed 15. Geographical 16. Cosmological 17. Archetypal V : THE NUMINOUS-CONCLUSCIOUSNESS : 1. Pilgrimage 2. Renunciation 3. Saiva 4. Vaisnava 5. Others VI : THE CONTEMPORARY MILIEU : 1. Secularism 2. Nationalism VII : THE COSMIC PLAY : 1. Human Thought 2. Culture Cycles
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