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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1 Book Review: Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism: Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers by Swami Achuthananda

Title: Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism: Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers

Author: Swami Achuthananda

Genre: Hinduism

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Book Summary:
Religion is the opium of the people, said Karl Marx many centuries ago. For more than a billion people living in India and abroad, Hinduism is the religion and a way of life. In this book Swami Achuthananda cracks open the opium poppy pods, analyzes the causes for euphoria, and comes away with a deeper understanding of the people and their religion.

This is a comprehensive book on Hinduism. It tells you why Hindus do the things they do - and don't. Written in a casual style, the book guides you through the fundamentals of the religion. It then goes further and debunks a number of long-standing myths, some of them coming from the academia (of all places). While most books shy away from contentious issues, this book plunges headlong by taking on controversies, like the Aryan Invasion Theory, idol worship, RISA scholarship and many more. In fact one-third of the book is just on controversies that you rarely find in any other literature.


About Author:
 Having lived more than two decades in India, Swami Achuthananda lives and breathes the culture. He is an exponent of Indian Classical (Carnatic) music and a former student of Jesudas, India's award-winning playback singer. A born Hindu, Swami loves India passionately but lives outside of it, devours fries and burgers as much as curry and spices, and appreciates Indian classical music as well as western songs.

When Swami is not discussing Hinduism, he's seen talking about India's other greatest religion - cricket.



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Book Review:
This book will help the reader to gain a new understanding for Hinduism. This well written book goes into the history and religion in detail. The exploration of  some of the controversies surrounding Hinduism is also done in the book.I really enjoyed reading this book. I have taking a yoga class an my instructor has taught me about some of the many Gods that are present in the book; That was great to see again.The book is engaging and contains some stories along with the history. 

I recommend this book for anyone that is interested in learning about Hinduism.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Review By: Kechell Jackson | K is for Kechell
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1 comments:

  1. If you read this book, you will know how less Westerners, like Karl Marx himself, and influenced by his one sweeping statement, know of Hinduism. Then perhaps your introduction will not begin by a statement of Karl Marx but by a line in the Rig or the Gita.

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