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Book on Hinduism for New Students

Students around the world are sometimes asked to prepare a paper on Hinduism. Non-Hindu students often find it difficult to understand Hinduism because of the diverse information available. A good book dealing with a comprehensive overview of Hinduism is still a rarity and the net result is that new students to Hinduism will be lost in the jungle of information discussing the various facets of Hinduism. Two ideal books for any student who would like to have an overview of Hinduism are:The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion by Swami Bhaskarananda.The concept of Hinduism by T.K. Mukundan.Both the books introduce the Hindu religion and its concepts in a lucid language, especially, keeping in mind the readers who are novices to Hinduism.The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion by Swami Bhaskarananda is available online for purchase on Amazon.The concept of Hinduism is published by Bharatiya Vid…

Hindu Spiritual Music from Deva Premal and Miten

Deva Premal and Miten have been mesmerizing the western world with Hindu spiritual music. Deva and Miten’s music is an expression of spiritual devotion, through song and chant. The couple have been living and playing together since 1991, releasing a string of acclaimed CDs along the way. Deva & Miten first met in India, at the ashram of the controversial mystic, Osho. Their music arose from their love of their Guru, and through their experience of meditation in the ashram. Encouraged by Miten, who was responsible for the evening meditation music, Deva began singing harmony with him. Later she found her true expression through the rediscovery of the mantras she'd chanted as a child with her father in Germany.To an Indian who is used to listening to the Indian classical musicians, Deva Premal chanting Hindu mantras with a western accent might sound strange. But she easily overcomes this with her true devotion and transports the listener naturally and effortlessly to the world of…

Atmananda Krishna Menon Quotes and Teachings

Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon (1883-1959) was a modern-day Advatin. Here are a collection of his quotes and teachings from various sources. The thoughts have been collected over a 10-year period.
To the individual soul (ego) everything is outside. To God, everything is inside. To the Sage there is neither inside nor outside. He is beyond both.
Human effort consists of creating bondage for oneself, clinging fast to it, and wanting to become free without giving up bondage itself.
Memory is a false witness, because it was not present at the time of the activity reported as being remembered.
The truth is now and here. So it is everywhere. If it is not first found now and here, it will be found nowhere else and at no other time.
Self-forgetfulness is the cause of the creation of the world, and self-remembrance or withdrawal to the Self is the destruction of the world.

One realizes neither as a direct result of renunciation, nor as a direct result of action; but only through the deepest convic…