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The book The Hindu Mind written by Bansi Pandit reveals the essential features of the vast and varied Hindu Heritage. The style of the book is simple and easily understandable. The book is very interesting, useful and meaningful for all ages. In this book Bansi Pandit fully explores all the important aspects of Hindu Religion.
The book is divided into five parts respectively dealing with (1) Hindu Religion and Philosophy consisting of an account of Hindu religion, scriptures and different schools of Hindu philosophy, (2) Symbolism of Hindu deities, such bas Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi, Hindu Trinity and the importance of --†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¹--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…"Om--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢, (3) Hindu Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, (4) Other topics such as four goals --†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…" Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha, three debts - debt to God, debt to the sages and debt to one--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s own ancestors and four stages of life --†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…" Brahmacarya, Grahastha, Vanaprastha and Sannyasa, Samskaras from Garbhadhana to Antyesti and Hindu Religion --†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…" the religion of World Brotherhood, and (5) Table of references and their relevance to modern times such as History of Hinduism with dates, concept of God in Hinduism, and Christianity, comparative principles of Hinduism Christianity and Judaism etc. All the five parts are oriented with interesting and highly rational questions and the relevant answers. In addition to these, there are three appendices in the book consisting of the subjects --†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬--¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…" how to meditate, sacred pilgrimages (tirthas) and Arati (Om Jaya Jagadeesa Hare). At the end of the book there is a useful glossary connected with Hindu religion, culture and literature
On the whole the book The Hindu Mind relating to Hindu culture with simple language, modern writing and communication skills, clarity of thought for easy comprehension, is an asset for the readers of modern age.
(This book review was prepared and published by Dr. L. Suneetha Bai in the JOURNAL OF SUKRTINDRA ORIENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INDIA)
"...a remarkable and highly rewarding book. It is rational, objective, interesting, relevant, and meaningful...In his philosophical discussions, Mr. Pandit unravels the genius and vision of Hinduism, enhanced by a rational, scientific, and truly moral sensibility that is distinctly unique to Hinduism."
Emeritus Professor of Hinduism and Comparative Religion, University of Detroit; Former Research Scholar, Harvard Univ.
"It is well-written, informative, and timely, considering there is no other book available at that level where Hindu Americans can get answers to different questions about their religion and heritage."
Professor, Louisiana State University
"The Hindu Mind provides an excellent introduction to the historical, philosophical, ritualistic, social, and ethical dimensions of Hinduism. The major contribution of the book is that it shows the interconnections among these diverse dimensions.--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢'‚'‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬?
Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande
Associate Professor, Program for the Study of Religion and Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana
"...an interesting and useful book. I think everyone--Hindu and non-Hindu--can benefit by reading this well-written book. Though there are many other books on Hinduism, most of them are not very suitable for study by Hindu people living outside India and by non-Hindu readers interested in knowing the essential aspects of Hinduism. It is required reading for all Hindus of all ages."
Vivekananda Vedanta Society, Chicago
"...The Hindu Mind is unique in a number of ways. It is beautifully produced, its approach is direct, clear and cogent; tables and figures make it authentic and easy to understand. This is one of the best books that provides the present generation, especially the young and elite, with the genuine fundamental concepts of Hinduism."
C. L. Shastri
Former Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Religions,
University of Gujarat, India.
"Bansi Pandit provides a well-crafted and complete overview of the fundamental concepts of Hinduism. This work is an invaluable resource."
Hinduism Today, U.S.A.
"...lucidly explains Hinduism in a nutshell. The handy volume has answers to a number of questions on wide-ranging issues...Each chapter is complete in itself, including highly informative tables and figures and providing cross-references...."
News India, U.S.A.
"[The author] turns the incomprehensible labyrinth of metaphor and allegory in the Vedic tradition into simple language. Whether for the pleasure for learning or a better understanding of what it means to be a Hindu, this book is immense and equal. This book is an elixir, a cathartic, and an opiate simultaneously...."
Spotlight, News Journal, Illinois
"As a husband and father of two children, I have found The Hindu Mind to be an extraordinary book that my entire family can read, comprehend, and follow. This book has taught me how I can reset goals and priorities in order to attain harmony of the body, mind, and the spirit in performing my daily activities. At the same time, this book provides the children the fundamental knowledge of Hinduism that will help them to continue the Hindu way of life in the U.S.A."
Hari D. Sharma
President, Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago
Book Publisher: Dharma Pubns Inc
Paper Weight (lb): 1.3
Illustrations (B&W): 20
Coated Paper: Yes