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The Hindu Universe
A popularly-pitched, busy site that includes news from India, shops, classifieds, calendars and more. You can learn a little about a lot here, and by following the links, go into more depth on selected topics. Overview sections provide a "Quick Intro" to Hindu dharma, as well as Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh dharma; a Hindu glossary; and Hindu FAQs; and thumbnail biographies of a number of Hindu leaders, poets, gods and goddesses, etc. The "Hindu Universe Resource Center" is the entry point to pages on a variety of topics including Gods, Sages, and Gurus; Scriptures; Interfaith Relations; History; Worship; Customs; and Social and Contemporary Issues.

Basic Hindu Concepts
A more orderly, if personal, presentation of just what the site's title promises in a rich context of historical perspective. The introductory outline, blue print on a black background, can be difficult to read; and you may prefer to scroll down to the text itself and browse the many topics discussed.

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, and almost certainly the oldest of the major religions. Major sections in this web site from Religious Tolerance are a general introduction to the religion, its history, sacred texts, beliefs, and practices; additional information on such topics as the caste system and divisions within Hinduism; and a section comparing the similarities in the lives of Jesus and Krishna. It's hard to find a better introduction.

Understanding Hinduism
A well-organized, in-depth treatment of Hindu philosophy and practices. It relies heavily on quotations from various scriptures or Hindu leaders. The topics discussed range widely from Cows are Sacred, Riddles, and Flowers-Incense-Lamps to the Nature of Reality, Reincarnation, and Hinduism and Quantum Physics.

The Sacred Texts of Hinduism
Among the oldest and most famous sacred texts in the world: the four Vedas, the Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabarata, and the Bhagavad-Gita (probably the most accessible to Westerners). Some of the translations are old, but in some cases more than one is offered.

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