- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: World Wisdom Books; Ill edition (2 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933316489
- ISBN-13: 978-1933316482
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 25.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Introduction to Hindu Dharma Paperback – 2 Apr 2008
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This book [the unedited discourses] is a universal scripture. It contains eternal truths which apply to all countries, in all climes and to all people irrespective of differences in race, religions, language, customs, and traditions. It enunciates the fundamental unity of life and the principles that should inform human behavior. -- R. Venkataraman, former President of India
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A sage in the Shankara tradition, Kanchi Sankaracharya was one of the most beloved and honored spiritual figures of the twentieth century in India and much of Asia and Europe. But, despite high praise from the likes of H.R.H. Constantine, King of Greece and Indira Gandhi, former prime minister of India, he is not as well known in the West.See all Product description
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(The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan publication "Hindu Dharma" is also an excellent english adaptation of Deivathin Kural)
Given the fact this particular book is a well compiled/edited with very nice pictures of Sri Kanchi Mahaswami (affectionately called in Tamizh as "Sri Mahaperiyavaa")
also such english books are rare on Sri Kanchi Mahaswami.....
==> I strongly recommend going through this book and also retaining it as a reference for spiritual guidance - from both Dharma and Jnana standpoints
This book is an invaluable contribution to the treasury of traditional wisdom that has paradoxically become more accessible in the present era via the breakdown of the numerous traditional civilizations. It will be of considerable significance for the varied seekers of truth as the Jagadguru speaks as a pontiff par excellence acknowledging in divinis both the need for the participation in an authentic spiritual tradition and at the same time emphasizing its transcendent function that is universal and unanimous--the sanâtana dharma. It is from such a work that modern seekers can better understand the pre-modern and traditional world in order to recognize and comprehend the inherent biases that are already ingrained and conditioned into the modernist outlook. We will conclude this review with the discerning and humbling words of the 68th Jagadguru of Kanchi, "Setting an example through one's life is the best way of making others do their duty or practice their dharma." (p. 77)
-Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2009
worked, people had a happy, peaceful, and contented life" (22); "Greed and covetousness were unknown during the centuries when varna dharma
flourished" (ibid); " In the old days this arrangement ensured peace in the land
with everyone living a contented life. There was neither envy nor hatred and everyone readily accepted his lot.(23)"; " so long as we practiced varna dharma (caste system), which is unique to our country, our civilization stood
like a rock arousing the admiration of all the world. But after this dharma began to decline we have been on the descent day by day(27)."
Ahhh, the good old days when servants and women accepted their lot.