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ALL ABOUT HINDUISM

By

SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA

 

A DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY PUBLICATION

 
First Edition: 1947

Second Edition: 1961
Third Edition: 1977
Fourth Edition: 1988
Fifth Edition: 1993
Sixth Edition: 1997

(Copies 5,000)

World Wide Web (WWW) Edition : 1999
WWW site: http://www.dlshq.org/
 
This WWW reprint is for free distribution
 
© The Divine Life Trust Society
 
ISBN 81-7052-047-9
 
Published By
THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
P.O. Shivanandanagar—249 192
Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh,

Himalayas, India.

DEDICATED TO
ALL THOSE
WHO LOVE HINDUISM
AND ITS SUBLIME PHILOSOPHY
AND PRACTISE ITS TEACHINGS

CONTENTS

  • PUBLISHERS’ NOTE
  • THE UNIVERSAL PRAYERS
  • HINDU RELIGION
    • Purpose Of Religion
    • Distinguishing Features Of Hinduism
    • The Glory Of Vedanta And Yoga
    • Emphasis On Practice
    • Who Is A Hindu
    • Origin And Significance Of The Term
    • The Spiritual Soil Of India
    • The Facts Of History
    • Reasons For Survival Of The Hindu Religion
    • Its Future
  • HINDU SCRIPTURES
    • Sanskrit Literature
    • The Scriptures
    • The Secular Writings
    • Conclusion
  • HINDU DHARMA
    • Definition Of Dharma
    • The Sole Authority Of The Vedas
    • The Changing Dharma
    • Dharma In Other Religions
    • Benefits Of The Practice Of Dharma
    • Kinds Of Dharma
    • Sanatana Dharma
    • Samanya Dharma
    • Varnasrama Dharma
    • Yuga Dharma
    • Conclusion
  • HINDU ETHICS
    • Conduct And Character
    • Ethics Or The Science Of Conduct
    • Ethics, Spirituality And Religion
    • Benefits Of The Practice Of Ethics
    • Ethical Codes In Hinduism
    • The Foundational Principles Of Hindu Ethics
    • Service As Worship
    • Ethical Culture Or The Process Of Purification
    • Philosophy Of Right And Wrong
    • Yogic Gardening
    • Conclusion
  • HINDU TENETS
  • HINDU RITUALS
    • Sandhyopasana
    • The Ten Scriptural Samskaras
    • The Pancha Mahayajnas
    • Sraaddha And Tarpana
    • Pitripaksha And Mahalaya Amavasya
    • Navaratri Or The Nine-Day Worship Of Devi
  • HINDU WORSHIP
    • Worship Or Upasana
    • Benefits Of Worship
    • Saguna-Upasana And Nirguna-Upasana
    • The Bhavas In Bhakti Yoga
    • Puja And Ishta-Devata
    • The Philosophy And Significance Of Idol-Worship
    • From Ritualistic Bhakti To Para-Bhakti
    • The Glory Of Hindu Philosophy And Hindu Mode Of Worship
    • Conclusion
  • HINDU YOGA
    • The Four Paths
    • Karma Yoga
    • Bhakti Yoga
    • Raja Yoga
    • Jnana Yoga
    • The Yoga Of Synthesis
  • HINDU THEOLOGY
    • Theological Classifications
    • The Vaishnavas
    • The Saivas
    • The Saktas
    • Miscellaneous
    • The Arya Samajists And The Brahma Samajists
    • Sadhus And Sannyasins
  • HINDU MYTHOLOGY AND SYMBOLS
    • Hindu Mythology
    • Hindu Symbols
    • Conclusion
  • HINDU PHILOSOPHY—I
    • Philosophy—Its Origin And Its Limitations
    • The Orthodox And The Heterodox Systems Of Indian Philosophy
    • The Shad-Darsanas Or The Six Orthodox Schools
    • The Nyaya
    • The Vaiseshika
    • The Sankhya
    • The Yoga
    • The Purva Mimamsa
    • The Vedanta Philosophy
  • HINDU PHILOSOPHY—II
    • Introduction
    • The Advaita Philosophy Of Sri Sankara
    • The Visishtadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Ramanuja
    • The Dvaita Philosophy Of Sri Madhvacharya
    • The Dvaitadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Nimbarka
    • The Suddhadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Vallabha
    • The Achintya Bhedabheda Philosophy Of Sri Chaitanya
  • HINDU PHILOSOPHY—III
    • The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy
    • The Sakti Yoga Philosophy
  • EPILOGUE
    • Unity—The Need Of The Hour
    • Who Is Qualified To Serve Religion Efficiently
    • Education And Nation-Building
    • Call For Consolidation Of The Nation
  • APPENDIX
    • I. The Siva-Linga
    • II. Indian Culture Based On The Bhagavad-Gita




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