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Best Hinduism Books You Should Read

Our list of some of the best Hinduism books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World’s Oldest Religion (2002)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThis book gives clearly written explanations of the basic ideas and practices of Hinduism and its culture. It answers so many questions—Do the Hindus worship many gods? Are the Hindus idol worshippers? What is the purpose of life? What are Hinduism’s spiritual practices?—and so on, covering the most mundane to the most profound ideas and questions of Hinduism….
Author(s): Swami Bhaskarananda

2. The Bhagavad Gita, 2nd Edition (2007)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadEaswaran’s best-selling translation of the Bhagavad Gita is reliable, readable, and profound. His 55-page introduction places the Gita in its historical context, presents key concepts, and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. This edition includes chapter introductions, notes and a Sanskrit glossary. Easwaran grew up in the Hindu tradition in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. He is a gifted teacher and an authority on the Indian classics and world mysticism.  The Gita opens, dramatically, on a…
Author(s): Eknath Easwaran

3. Hinduism For Dummies (2011)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThe dominant religion of India, “Hinduism” refers to a wide variety of religious traditions and philosophies that have developed over thousands of years. Today, the United States is home to approximately one million Hindus. If you’ve heard of this ancient religion and are looking for a reference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices, and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism For Dummies is for you! Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world’s religions engaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies is your hands-on, friendly guide to this…
Author(s): Amrutur V. Srinivasan

4. Hinduism: What You Need to Know about the Hindu Religion, Gods, Goddesses, Beliefs, History, and Rituals (2019)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThis book will discuss the history and founding of Hinduism, the basics of the four main beliefs of Hinduism, the gods and goddesses which are associated with these beliefs, and how to practice the beliefs of Hinduism in everyday life. Hinduism: What You Need to Know about the Hindu Religion, Gods, Goddesses, Beliefs, History, and Rituals will also bring up some philosophical questions based on the core beliefs of Hinduism that will help to guide decisions on life’s actions.Here’s just a tiny fraction of what you’ll discover:…
Author(s): Crystal Moon

5. Be Here Now (1971)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadIn March 1961, Professor Richard Alpert – later renamed Ram Dass – held appointments in four departments at Harvard University. He published books, drove a Mercedes and regularly vacationed in the Caribbean. By most societal standards, he had achieved great success… And yet he couldn’t escape the feeling that something was missing.    Psilocybin and LSD changed that. During a period of experimentation, Alpert peeled away each layer of his identity, disassociating from himself as a professor, a social cosmopolite, and lastly, as a physical being. Fear turned into exaltation upon the realization…
Author(s): Ram Dass

6. An Introduction to Hinduism 1ed (Introduction to Religion) (1996)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThis book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Dr. Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from ancient origins and the major deities to the modern world. Hinduism as both a global religion and a form of nationalism are discussed. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, more fundamental than belief or doctrine; and to Dravidian influences. It introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship….
Author(s): Gavin D Flood

7. Everyday Hinduism (Lived Religions) (2015)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThis innovative introductory textbook explores the central practices and beliefs of Hinduism through contemporary, everyday practice….
Author(s): Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

8. HINDUISM: Hinduism for Beginners: Guide to Understanding Hinduism and the Hindu Religion, Beliefs, Customs, Rituals, Gods, Mantras and Converting to Hinduism (2016)

Best Hinduism Books You Should Read If you are considering reading up on Hinduism or even planning on converting to Hinduism then this book is for you. This book has everything you want to learn about the Hindu religion! Hinduism is a fascinating religion to learn about. Even if you are not Hindu and have no interest in being a Hindu, you can still take it upon yourself to learn about the faith and understand why it is important to so many people around the world. Perhaps you will find that you share many of the beliefs that come out of the religion, or perhaps you won't. But…
Author(s): Shalu Sharma

9. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism, 2nd Edition: A New Look at the World s Oldest Religion (Complete Idiot’s Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) (2009)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThe Complete Idiot’s Guide(r) to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the sociological aspects of the religion including ethics, sacraments, dietary habits, the caste system, and much more. • Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide • Updated information on the state of Hinduism today • An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and…
Author(s): Linda Johnsen

10. Hinduism: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hindu Religion, Hindu Gods, Hindu Beliefs, Hindu Rituals and Hinduism History (2017)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThis book has eye-opening information about Hinduism that will help you to understand the religion, the Gods, beliefs, rituals and how it has evolved over time. Does Hinduism really have many Gods? Why do Hindus worship the cow? How about the dot… why do they wear it near the middle of their forehead? Why are they forbidden to eat meat…? These are just a few of the countless questions many people ask or wonder about Hinduism, and, whether you are a Hindu or not, there must be questions you may be desiring to get answers to as regards to the Hindu…
Author(s): Cassie Coleman

11. Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2016)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadHinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India’s population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-first century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of Brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the cultural and moral importance of epics such as the Ramayana. In this second edition Knott considers the impact of changes in…
Author(s): Kim Knott

12. Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism: Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers (2013)

Best Hinduism Books You Should Read“Religion is the opium of the people,” said Karl Marx many centuries ago. For more than a billion people living in India and abroad, Hinduism is the religion and a way of life. In this book Swami Achuthananda cracks open the opium poppy pods, analyzes the causes for euphoria, and comes away with a deeper understanding of the people and their religion.This is a comprehensive book on Hinduism. It tells you why Hindus do the things they do – and don’t. Written in a casual style, the book guides you through the fundamentals of the religion. It then goes further and debunks a number of long-standing…
Author(s): Swami Achuthananda

13. The Upanishads, 2nd Edition (2007)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadIn the ancient wisdom texts called the Upanishads, illumined sages share flashes of insight, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself. In extraordinary visions, they have direct experience of a transcendent Reality which is the essence, or Self, of each created being. They teach that each of us, each Self, is eternal, deathless, one with the power that created the universe. Easwaran’s best-selling translation is reliable and readable. It includes an overview of the cultural and historical setting, with chapter introductions, notes, and a Sanskrit glossary. But it is Easwaran’s understanding of…
Author(s): Eknath Easwaran

14. The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism (1991)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThe late A.L. Basham was one of the world’s foremost authorities on ancient Indian culture and religion. Modeled on his monumental work The Wonder That Was India, this account of the origins and development of classical Hinduism represents a lifetime of reflection on the subject, and offers an intriguing introduction to one of the richest of all Asian traditions.Synthesizing Basham’s great knowledge of the art, architecture, literature, and religion of South Asia, this concise history traces the spiritual life of India from the time of the Indus Culture (around 2700 B.C.E) through the crystallization of…
Author(s): A.L. Basham, Kenneth G. Zysk

15. A Survey of Hinduism: Third Edition (2007)

Best Hinduism Books You Should ReadThe third edition of this well-regarded introduction to Hinduism adds new material on the religion’s origins, on its relations with rival traditions, and on Hindu science.This third edition of the classic text updates the information contained in the earlier editions, and includes new chapters on the origins of Hinduism; its history of relations with Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam; Hindu science; and Hindu measures of time. The chronology and the bibliography have been updated as well.A comprehensive survey of the Hindu tradition, the book deals with the history of Hinduism, the sacred writings of the Hindus, the…
Author(s): Klaus K. Klostermaier

If you’re seeking to explore Hinduism more deeply, you’ve come to the right place. This week, our ReligionReads series features essential books on Hindu spirituality that both practitioners and religious seekers can use to learn more about this ancient way of life. The Puranas do not enjoy the authority of a scripture in Hinduism, but are considered a Smriti. These Hindu texts have been influential in the Hindu culture, inspiring major national and regional annual festivals of Hinduism. The Bhagavata Purana has been among the most celebrated and popular text in the Puranic genre. Hinduism includes a diversity of ideas on spirituality and traditions, but has no ecclesiastical order, no unquestionable religious authorities, no governing body, no prophet(s) nor any binding holy book; Hindus can choose to be polytheistic, pantheistic, panentheistic, pandeistic, henotheistic, monotheistic, monistic, agnostic, atheistic or While I am not really a religious person myself, I enjoy learning about other religions. I have read several of this author’s other books recently, so when I saw that he had a book on Hinduism, and the fact that I know next to nothing about Hinduism, I decided to check it out. Of all the basic books on Hinduism, this rather thin volume of 160 pages is the most balanced introduction to the religion. It is perhaps the best book for someone who has no prior knowledge of the religion, a stable stepping stone for the student of religious studies, and an eye-opener for the practicing Hindu.

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IN FACE OF ASSAULTS ON HINDUISM

Author(s): BRAHMA DUTTA SHARMA
Publisher: Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2380500

A Dictionary of Hinduism: Its Mythology, Folklore and Development, 1500 B.C.–A.D. 1500

Author(s): Margaret Stutley, James Stutley
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2392088

The Emergence of Modern Hinduism: Religion on the Margins of Colonialism

Author(s): Richard S. Weiss
Publisher: University of California Press, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2395659

The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmasastra

Author(s): Patrick Olivelle, Donald R. Davis
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2174888

Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker

Author(s): Varma, Pavan K
Publisher: Westland Publ., Year: 2018, Size: 875 Kb, Download: azw3
ID: 2240147

Modern Hinduism in Text and Context

Author(s): Lavanya Vemsani
Publisher: Continuum, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2285749

What is Hinduism?: A Guide for the Global Mind

Author(s): David Frawley
Publisher: Bloomsbury India, Year: 2018, Size: 403 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2286348

An Introduction to Hinduism

Author(s): Gavin D. Flood
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2289376

Spiritual despots: Modern Hinduism and the genealogies of self-rule

Author(s): Scott, J. Barton
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press, Year: 2017, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2096553

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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