Hindu View Of Life, originally published in 1926, introduces readers to the ways of Hindu life, rituals, beliefs, and customs.
India is a very diverse country filled with a wide range of religions. Hinduism may seem one of the most confusing because of the thousands of gods and goddesses that are worshipped in their various forms. It also has myths and superstitions attached to it. The author takes readers into the depth of Hinduism, and showcases the unifying beliefs that exist amongst all ordinary men and women.
Hindu View Of Life is divided into four lessons. The first is titled Religious Expressions: Its Nature And Content. It says that the word Hindu came into existence as the founders lived on the banks of River Indus, and invaders from other countries started calling them Hindus. The author also says that Hindus should not confine themselves into building temples and performing rites. Instead, all of Hinduism should strive to reach higher spiritual plane. Lecture two is Conflict Of Religions: The Hindu Attitude, and it says that Hinduism is a religion that has accepted all kinds of gods. It doesn’t believe in converting individuals, and lays emphasis on the fact that conduct is more important that belief. The next two lectures are Hindu Dharma I and II.
Hindu View Of Life uncovers the complexities of this religion. It shows that there is so much more to Hinduism that what is expressed by Indians on a daily basis. Infact, Radhakrishnan says that Hindu families irrespective of their differences in rituals, customs, and rites, are all guided by certain common beliefs. This book is very informative, and takes readers into the deepest aspects of one of the oldest religions of the world.