Table of Contents

by | Jun 28, 2018 |

Blessings and Opinions xi
Preface xvii
The Influence of Hindu Philosophy on Thinkers throughout the Ages xxi
1.   The Cosmic Calendar 1
2.   Evolution 3
3.   The Origin of Religion 5
Note on “Aryans” 8
4.   Roots of Hinduism in the Ancient Cultures of India 9
5.   Ancient Hindu Scriptures: An Ever-Flowing River of Knowledge 13
Some Important Glimpses into the Pre-historic 18
6.   Vedas: The Foundation of Hinduism 19
7.   The Spiritual Teachings of the Vedas 23
8.   Essence of the Vedic Philosophy 25
9.   Vedas through the Passage of Time 31
10. Upanishads: Culmination of the Vedas 35
11. Spirituality in Everyday Hindu Life 39
Vedic Knowledge for the Modern Youth 42
12. The Secret of the Hereafter 43
The Current Major Sources of Hindu Review 46
13. The Code of Conduct 47
Other important sources of research on ancient Hindu scriptures 50
14. Consciousness: Cosmic Intelligence of the Divine 51
15. Soul: The Seed of Divinity 53
The Muktabodha Indological Research Institute 56
16. The Divine Path of Virtue 57
17. The Hindu Trinity (Trimurti) 59
Kashmir Shaivism, also known as the Trika 62
18. Shiva: The Mystic Divine of Meditation 63
Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: I 66
19. Sri Rama: The Lord of Propriety 67
Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: II 70
20. Victory of Righteousness over Unrighteousness 71
21. Mahabharata: The War Within 73
22. Bhagavad Gita: The Song Celestial 77
Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: III 80
23 The Spiritual Teachings of Gita 81
24. Idol Worship: The Plethora of Gods 85
25. Goddesses in Hinduism: The Icons of Female Power 89
26. Jainism: Renunciation and Nonviolence 93
27. Spiritual Teachings of the Mahavira 97
Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: IV 100
28. Buddhism Emerges 101
29. The Spiritual Teachings of Buddha 105
30. Srimad Bhagavatam: A New Trend in Hinduism 107
Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: V 112
31. The Spiritual Teachings of the Srimad Bhagavatam 113
Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: VI 118
32. Hindu Renaissance: An Era of Sri Adi Shankar Acharya 119
Spiritual Gems from Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa 124
33. Era of Bhakti Yoga: The Golden Period of Devotional Faith 125
34. Sikhism: The Youngest Religion in India 131
35. Sikhism: The Spiritual Teachings 135
36. Hinduism in Modern Era: Spiritual Masters of the Recent Period 139
37. Hinduism in Modern Era: Spiritual Masters of the Recent Period      (Continued) 147
38. Hinduism and Science 155
Spiritual Gems from Swami Vivekananda 158
39. Meditation 159
Spiritual Gems from Mahavira 164
40. Yoga: Union with the Divine 165
Spiritual Gems from Buddha 168
41. Guru and the Holy Company (Satsanga) 169
42. Ayurveda: The Most ancient Medical science 173
Spiritual Gems from Paramahansa Yogananda 176
43. Vegetarianism: The Compassionate Way of Living 177
44. Hindu Society Today: The Dynamic Patterns in Motion 181
45. Hindu Wedding: Nuptials for Eternity 189
46. Hindu Mythology: The World of Sacred Fantasies 193
47. Symbols and Icons in Hinduism 195
Spiritual Gems from Dada J. P. Vaswani   198
48. Hindu Customs 199
The Legacy of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa 204
49. Hindu Festivals 205
Spiritual Gems from Vishnu Purana 210
50. Hinduism and Interfaith: The Future Trends in our World 211
51. Hinduism and Fine Arts 215
52. The Evolution of Hindu Temples 219
Common types of Meditation as practiced in the U.S. 224
53. The Abode of God is the Heart of Hinduism 225
Vegetarianism-Extra 228
54. A Pilgrimage through India 229
Legacy of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba 236
55. Hindu Temples in the United States and Canada 237
Paramahansa Yogananda’s Legacy to World Harmony and Unity 242
56. Hindu Temples in the Rest of the World 243
57. Hindu Prayers: The Trail of Divine Unfoldment 247
Spiritual Gems from Swami Chinmayananda 250
Conclusion: A Legacy for Hindu Youth Diaspora 251
Spiritual Gems from Sri Sarda Devi 256
Bibliography 257
Glossary 261
Endnotes 265