This is a book on Hinduism designed to explain many South Asian practices,
some not confined to Hindus only, that have very often been misunderstood in
North America. The book contains essential information on standard Hindu
sacraments and rituals, on dress codes, customs and festivals, on worship
practices and sacred images. It provides a sampler of prayers, points for
reflection and liturgical formulae. It notes peculiarities of emigre Hindu
experience in the United States and Canada and incorporates insights from the
author's experience as a Hindu chaplain.
The book has been written in response to requests for information from
hospitals, ethnic squads in police forces, schools and boards of education, chaplains, social workers, and Hindus themselves. It will be helpful to students as well.
About the Author:
Sitansu S. Chakravarti taught Indian philosophy and
religion for a number of years at the advanced undergraduate level in Calcutta.
Subsequently, he was Associate Professor, and later Visiting Professor of
Philosophy at Rajasthan University, India. Being well versed in both Western and
Eastern traditions, he has combined them in contributions to professional
journals and an encyclopaedia of world spirituality. He has also represented
Hinduism in Canada at national and international forums.