Survey of Hinduism, A

Second Edition

By Klaus K. Klostermaier

Hardcover : 9780791421093, 730 pages, September 1994
Paperback : 9780791421109, 730 pages, August 1994

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Table of contents

List of Figures

List of Photographs

Preface to Second Edition

Note on Pronunciation and Use of Sanskrit Words

Part I. Hinduism: Development and Essence

1. India and the West
2. The History and Development of Hinduism
3. Hindu Dharma: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Hinduism
4. Revelation and Scripture in Hinduism
5. Itihasa and Purana: The Heart of Hinduism
6. The Bhagavadgita
7. The World of the Hindu
8. The Many Gods and the One God of Hinduism

Part II. Trimarga: The Three Hindu Paths to Liberation

9. The Path of Works: Karmamarga
10. Purity and Merit: The Twin Concerns of Karmamarga
11. The Hindu Sacraments: The Samskaras
12. The Path of Knowledge: Jnanamarga
13. Atman and Brahman: Self and All
14. Karma, Vidya, Moksa: Liberation from Rebirth
15. The Path of Loving Devotion: Bhaktimarga
16. Lord Visnu and His Devotees
17. Siva: The Grace and the Terror of God
18. Devi: The Divine Mother
19. Mudalvan, Murugan, Mal: The Great Gods of the Tamils
Part III. The Structural Supports of Hinduism

20. The Divine Presence in Space and Time: Murti, Tirtha, Kala
21. The Hindu Social Order: Caturvarnasramadharma
22. The Professional Religious: Samnyasa
23. Stridharma: The Position of Women in Hinduism
24. Hindu Structures of Thought: The Saddarsanas
25. Hindu Logic and Physics: Nyaya-Vaisesika
26. Hindu Psychology and Metaphysics: Samkhya-Yoga
27. Hindu Theology, Old and new: Purva Mimamsa and Vedanta
Part IV. The Meeting of East and West in Modern India

28. Hindu Reforms and Reformers
29. Mahatma Gandhi: A Twentieth-Century Karmayogi
30. Hindu Nationalist Politics and Hinduism as A World Religion





Abbreviations Used




This revision reflects recent developments and events in India. In particular, a new Part has been added entitled "The Meeting of East and West in India" which contains a new chapter on Mahatma Gandhi. There is also a new chapter on the position of women in Hinduism. In addition to the added chapters, the entire book has been rewritten with many new illustrations and maps.

This book provides a comprehensive survey of the Hindu tradition, dealing with the history of Hinduism, the sacred writings of the Hindus, the Hindu worldview, and the specifics of the major branches of Hinduism—Vaisnavism, Saivism, and Saktism. It also focuses on the geographical ties of Hinduism with the land of India, the social order created by Hinduism, and the various systems of Hindu thought. Klostermaier describes the new development of Hinduism in the 19th and 20th centuries, including present-day political Hinduism and the efforts to turn Hinduism into a modern-world religion.

A unique feature of this book is its treatment of Hinduism in a topical fashion, rather than by chronological description of the development of Hinduism or by summary of the literature. The complexities of Hindu life and thought are thus made real to the reader. Hindus will recognize it as their own tradition.

Klaus K. Klostermaier is Professor of Religion at the University of Manitoba.