Updated: April 12, 2004
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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.
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
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
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