Spirituality is often viewed as something mysterious and esoteric-and Hindu spirituality even more so. Equally, it is often confused with religion and religious practices. But the central claim of spirituality is really quite simple: that our normal life does not exhaust the experience of reality. The word spirituality is simply a signpost pointing to this unexplored region; unexplored yet experienced by each one of us.
A Guide to Hindu Spirituality serves as a guide to help us explore that unexplored dimension, spirituality. This is a concise and highly accessible initiation into the essence of Hindu spirituality by a renowned scholar of Hinduism. It offers both an outline of the major schools of Hinduism and their key philosophical and spiritual methods, focusing especially on Advaita, or non-dual, Vedanta.
About the Author:
Arvind Sharma was born in Varanasi, India. He earned a B.A. in History, Economics, and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958 and continued his interests in economics at Syracuse University, earning an M.A. in 1970. Pursuing a lifelong interest in comparative religion, Dr. Sharma gained an M.T.S. in 1974 and then a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University in 1978. He succeeded to the Birks Chair of Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting Professor of Indic Studies at Harvard University. He has published over fifty books and five hundred articles in the fields of comparative religion, Hinduism, Indian philosophy and ethics, and the role of women in religion. Arvind Sharma was the convener of the Global Congress on World's Religions held in Montreal in September 2006 and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.