Great World Religions: Hinduism : The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Mark W. Muesse
  • Series: The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In this 12-lecture series, you'll encounter a religion that is perhaps the most diverse of all; one that worships more gods and goddesses than any other, and one that rejects the notion that there is only one path to the divine. These lectures provide a window into the roots of, perhaps, all religions. You'll explore over the course of Hinduism's 5,000-year journey: the Indus Valley civilization; the sizable variety of Hindu gods and goddess; the sacred writings in the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads; Hindu ritual purity rites; the Aryan language of Sanskrit, whose roots can be seen in English words such as "divine," "video," and "ignite"; and much more.
The story of Hinduism, you'll come to see, is the story of very non-Western traditions (such as arranged marriages and the caste system) that have survived and thrived for thousands of years. It's also home to a wealth of gods, terms, and practices (such as karma, Krishna, yoga, and guru) that have found a home in Western lives and language. Along the way, Dr. Muesse discusses salient aspects of Hindu life and places them in historical and theological context. He also explains that Hinduism honors all seekers of truth, that it contains multiple paths to divine reality (the way of action, the way of wisdom, and the way of devotion), and that it can be both a monotheistic and a polytheistic faith.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A very basic introduction to Hinduism

Content and performance is delivered like a drawn out high school report, almost comical. read the Wiki pages instead.
Very disappointing
Read full review

- Wally Harrison

Excellent Introduction

Excellent introduction to a very difficult and complex subject. Highly recommended.
However I need to go back to the beginning and relisten probably twice more to really grasp this.
Read full review

- Norman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses