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Hinduism : A Way Of Life And A Mode Of Thought
Author: Usha Choudhuri
ISBN: 9789381523476
Binding: Hard Cover
Publishing Year: 2012
Publisher: Niyogi Books Offset Pvt. Ltd.
Number of Pages: 280
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True Hinduism has a power and beauty that no one acquainted with it can regard with anything but the deepest respect. You have to approach it as you approach poetry, with a willing suspension of disbelief. Above all the peripheral myths, customs, beliefs and rites, rises the great edifice of Hindu philosophy, painting, architecture and poetry. This book is a search for true Hinduism which is beyond any kind of definition of religion. Here the secular and the sacred meet. Truth and untruth, spirituality and materialism, gods and demons, life here and life beyond are complementary to each other. Here one does not know when philosophy turns into devotion and devotion philosophy. This is the core ethos of Hinduism. There is a vast range of scriptures, a huge array of ritualistic procedures and traditions of brahminical orthodoxy, varied interpretations coupled with multiple views. There is a variety of theological explications, ultimately leading to the celebration of life while searching for the divine and realising the self.
About Author
Professor Usha Choudhuri (PhD Delhi University, M.A. Sanskrit, Delhi University, Veda Vachaspati, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar) is a distinguished scholar of Sanskrit, especially of the Vedas, religion, philosophy and Indian mythology. She has taught Sanskrit for 43 years in the universities of Delhi, Bucharest and Sofia. Her publications include Indra and Varuna in Indian Mythology; Vedic Mythopoeia: An Approach to Religion, Myth and Poetry and research papers published in different journals. Participated in national and international conferences in India and different parts of the world, the most recent being the Millennium Trust Conference in Kent, UK on ‘The Power of Metaphor’ in 2011. She was awarded the President’s Certificate of Honour for her valuable contribution to Sanskrit and honoured by the Delhi Sanskrit Academy and Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan. Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri has been in academics, administration and cultural diplomacy. He has taught in Delhi University, Uccha Siksha aur Sodh Sansthan, DBHP, Hyderabad and been a visiting professor in Hyderabad Central University; CIEFL, Hyderabad; Jadavpur University, Kolkata; JNU, Delhi and theUniversity of Bucharest. A distinguished cultural administrator of India, he was Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, and was associated with the Ministry of Culture, the Indian High Commission, London and The Nehru Centre, London. Was Member Secretary and Academic Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. A Fellow of Temenos Akademi, UK and Millennium Trust,Kent, UK, his publications include The Genesis of Imagination:Selected Essays on Literature; Theory,Religion and Culture and other books and research papers on literature, poetics, religion, aesthetics and translation studies. His awards include the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Ministry of HRD Ganga Sharan Singh Award from the President of India in 2007 and the Delhi Hindi Academy Award 2009.
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