Hari Posted January 1, 2004 Report Share Posted January 1, 2004 If you are an open minded induvidual, then you will have the desire to know about other religious/spiritual traditions in India.These traditions are collectively refered to as "Hinduism".I am going to recommend to you dear reader some material I have read, mostly in English translations.Although I can read Devnagari script, I can't make head nor tail of most Sanskrit (unless there is comprehensive translation). Here's my highly recommended list: 1. Upanishads (Kath Upanishad, Chandogya Upanishad, Ishvar Upanishad/Ishopanishad etc.) 2. Sri Yoga Vasishta (a dialogue between Sri Ram Chandra and his Guru, Maharishi Vasisht in Ramayan epic) 3. Srimad Bhagvad Gita (a dialogue between Sri Krishan and Arjun in Mahabharat epic) 4. Yoga Sutra of Patanjali The following I have only read a little of: 1. Veda (Rig Ved, Saam Ved, Yajur Ved and Atharv Ved) You may at first not understand these scriptures, and even deride them.But with Buddhi comes understanding.Some you will not agree with, especially Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, as it is a very dualistic philosophy.But there are a lot of insights into the human psyche and meditative experiences. And you have to understand what Krishan, Arjun, the chariot, horses and field of battle represent before reading Bhagvad Gita.Otherwise you may end up deriding Krishan, who represents the Atman (Transcendental Self) or Buddhi/Mahat. Enjoy. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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