In this book Vanamali Mata has tried to show that Hinduism is not a bundle of superstitions but that it is a science in itself. Deep scientific truths are embedded in even the most apparently absurd superstitions of Hinduism. That is why it has endured the erosion of relentless time and the continuous onslaught of other cultures.
List of Illustrations ix Essentials of Hinduism by Pujya Swami Bhoomananda xi Tirtha Maharaj Introduction xxv I. The Sanatana Dharma 1 II. The Rishis 19 III. The Vedas 36 IV. Brahman and Atman 61 V. The Upanishads 76 VI. The Puranas 104 VII. Bhakti 129 VIII. Karma 138 IX. Advaita Vedanta 148 X. The World of Maya 164 XI. Desha and Kaala (Space and Time) 181 XII. Vedic Astronomy and Astrology 194 XIII. Scientists of Hinduism 208 XIV. Astronomy and Mathematics 223 XV. Mantras and Yantras (Symbols) 237 XVI. Goals of Hinduism 255 XVII. Poems 261 List of Mantras 267 Glossary of Sanskrit Terms 269 Bibliography 281
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