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Download ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Kshiti Mohan Sen Free read Hinduism · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Kshiti Mohan Sen ¿ 0 Free read A guide to the nature and function of Hinduism Hinduism is uniue among the great religions in that it had no founder but grew gradually over a period of 5000 years absorbing and assimilating all the. This book was employed in Harold Kasimow s Major Eastern Religions course at Grinnell College Not knowing much about the traditions of the Asian subcontinent I found it very enlightening

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Download ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Kshiti Mohan Sen Free read Hinduism · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Kshiti Mohan Sen ¿ 0 Free read Bhagavad Gita are authoritative but none is exclusively so As in Christianity there are several Hindu schools of thought and Hinduism clearly outlines their common beliefs and particular differences. Very concise and interesting Also uite unbiased imho

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Download ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Kshiti Mohan Sen Free read Hinduism · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Kshiti Mohan Sen ¿ 0 Free read Religions and cultural movements in India Conseuently it has no Bible Koran or Dhammapadam to which controversies can be referred for resolution Many works such as the Vedas the Upanishads and the. With a foreword by his better known grandson Amartya Sen this Penguincaption idattachment998 alignalignright width195 Detail of mother and child from 5th century AD now at the LA County Museum of Artcaptionpaperback 2002 reprint of Kshiti Mohan Sen s 1961 book With only 138 pages for a very grand title Hinduism the book seems overambitious from its cover itself Yet I found it to be a fairly comprehensive account of the history and then in the 60s present of this religion with which many people in the subcontinent identify themselves with As Sen clarifies in his forewordI was not surprised that Khiti Mohan s conception of the book was driven by his interest in writing something that could be read as he put it in the preface by those with much else to do and by his determination not to add to the number of fat tomes on Hinduism The book is possibly better suited to a busy outsider giving a no nonsense and much less romanticised account of the various influences on Hinduism than many others that I have read At the same time it tends not to under play or be cynical about the rich history and traditions in terms of music and culture that have shaped the religion as we see it today His focus on many influences that are not spoken about such as the Sufi influences many folk traditions with little written histories exemplified by the Bauls a tradition of Bengali mystics an extremely short section on non Vedic influences help improve our understanding of the diverse inputs into the potpourri that has been ossified as a single religion much like the large monotheisms The mutual sharing of cultures traditions music and ideas between Islam and Hinduism particularly engage the elder Sen while the younger one in his foreword contrasts this with the rather standard generalisations made not only by combative exponents of religious politics but also by serious experts on cultural history who have been inclined to neglect these constructive interrelations He is talking of Nirad C Chaudhuri s works on the history of HinduismThere is a lot too on the influence of early Buddhism and Jainism with the upper caste Hindu pre occupation with vegetarianism being traced to these periods In fact A Sen points out that KM Sen possibly saw Buddhism and Jainism at least to some extent as intellectual continuations of heterodoxies within Hinduism itself Gautama Buddha s agnostic philosophy may have had origins in several then prevalent agnostic and atheistic streams of thought in the then Hindu society see for example the Lokayata movement which drew upon various forms of materialism religious indifference and philosophical skepticism From here he traces back Hindu heterodoxy further back to the Vedas itself uoting the Nasadiya hymn of the Rg Veda as a case in pointWho really knowsWho will here proclaim itWhence was it produced Whence is this creationThe gods came afterwards with the creation of this universeWho then knows whence it has arisen129th hymn of the 10th mandala of the Rg Veda One major departure for me is the somewhat apologetic stance on the caste practices where he points out the scarce scriptural backing in addition to open criticism of the idea in some instances This is of course pointed out by the then younger Sen in his foreword p xvAll in all it is a nice and concise and critical introduction to many of the associations of modern day Hinduism without too much romance nor cynicism Much recommended as an introduction to students of religious studies but certainly not for people with an already deeper engagement That said if you are looking for critical an eye at the religion than has been provided by Hindu missionary accounts then this is a go to book in my opinion Sen draws from wider sources than the classical texts that are uoted ad nauseum Links Kshiti Mohan Sen s Medieval mysticism of India with a foreword by Rabindranath Tagore is available as PDF here A rather short account of Kshiti Mohan Sen by Amartya Sen at his 130th birth anniversary is in this rather poorly written article in the Telegraph A short UNESCO introduction to the Bauls is here

  • Paperback
  • 160
  • Hinduism
  • Kshiti Mohan Sen
  • English
  • 13 September 2018
  • 9780140205152