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Vedanta A Simple Introduction

Vedanta: A Simple Introduction

by Pravrajika Vrajaprana

A concise, and delightful introduction to Vedanta, the philosophical backbone of Hinduism.

Written with verve and charm by a Western nun for a Western audience, this brief book gives a comprehensive overview of Vedanta philosophy while emphasizing its practical Western application.
Table of Contents:  
1. Vedanta: An Overview
2. Why Are We Unaware of our Divinity?
     The Concept of Maya
3. The Problem of Suffering:
     Karma and Reincarnation
4 Spiritual Practice: The Yogas
5 Spiritual Basics: Ethical and Moral Virtues
6. The Harmony of Religions: "Truth is One;
    Sages Call It by Various Names"
7. The Oneness of Existence: Unity in Diversity
8. God in Human Form: The Avatar
9. Revitalization of an Ancient Philosophy:
   Ramakrishna, the Ramakrishna Order,
   and the Vedanta Societies
10. Suggestions for Further Reading



90 pages US paperback    $6.95
0-87481-373-5

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Jeffery D. Long Elizabethtown PA US Jan 29, 2010
  As a scholar and practitioner of Vedanta, I can say with confidence that this is the best introductory text on Vedanta available in the English language. It manages to communicate this subtle and complex philosophy in terms that are clear and, as the title suggests, simple. But it does so without oversimplifying. I regularly assign this text to my students (college students taking introductory courses on Indic religions) and they have consistently praised it for the clear and engaging style in which it is written. One student reported to me that when she started reading it, she could not put it down until she had read it cover-to-cover. It really is that engaging. It is, of course, an introductory text. I recommend that readers interested in the various schools of Vedanta other than the modern Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-inspired interpretation of Advaita look to other works. But for novices, and especially for those interested in Vedanta as a spiritual practice rather than from a purely scholarly perspective, this book can't be beat.
Saradanami Trabuco Cyn CA US Aug 16, 2010
  I read this book 3 times just to be sure it's valuable information sunk into my heart. It's small enough to convince others to read at a glance (ie: my husband and sister). My husband, who is only mildly interested in such things, said "It sure makes sense". This book shows the practical side of Vedanta.
Thomas Burger Baltimore MD Oct 21, 2014
  I decided several years ago to study various religions. Unfortunately the text books that I referenced for Hinduism were too detailed and abstract to keep me interested. Vedanta: A Simple Introduction has reignited my interest and led me to read Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God.

Anonymous Dec 23, 2011
  Excellent introduction, have reread several times. Several family members have read as well with much enjoyment and desire to know more.
Anonymous Mar 3, 2010
  A very good introduction to Vedanta.

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