I thought that it would be far more interesting for other’s to know where and how I got my opinions on Hinduism.
Naturally, I received my understanding of Christianity and Judaism through my upbringing. My own family was Christian and we attended a Brethren Church. My Aunt, Uncle and two cousins were Orthodox Jews, so I learned from them the belief structure and traditions of Judaism.
However, I realized recently that many people feel I learned my understanding of Hinduism strictly from my husband Bear.
Nothing could be further from the truth. While I did learn much from him, it was only after I had already begun to study it myself.
I was first introduced to it when I was learning about Buddhism from a friend of mine. She had a friend who was Hindu. It was from this person that I got my first introduction to the belief structure of Hinduism and it was this same person who led me to read some of the online English versions of the Veda’s and the Bhagwat Geeta. That was ten years ago!
After meeting my husband, I decided to attend meetings and scripture study with the Arya Samaj in Southern California.
There I met the man whom I think of as my spiritual Guru. His name is Dr. Sudhir Anand and he had the most profound and fascinating viewpoints on Hinduism and the Abrahamic faiths that I had ever heard. The Arya Samaj in So Cal had many wise and spiritually profound leaders, but it was through Dr. Anand’s two books that I further fashioned my own beliefs and understanding.
So, I would like to share these two books with you in the hopes that they touch you as they have me.
The first is “Who Is GOD? Does God Have Shape or Form”. In this book Dr. Anand explains the intricacies of belief from the Veda’s and how it has evolved with Hinduism today. He explains what he feels it is that God is asking from us. He also explains the subtle influences of Hinduism on other beliefs as well as showing comparisons with the Abrahamic Religions.
In his second book “The Essence of the Hindu Religion: With an Introduction to the Vedas and Yoga” Dr. Anand goes into further and in-depth discussions on the Veda’s and how they can apply to today’s modern life.
I thoroughly enjoy both of his books; read them along my copies of the Holy Bible, the Bhagwat Geeta, the Idiots Guide to Hinduism and my condensed English version of the Torah. They are complimentary to each and every one of those books and I highly recommend them to you as well.
What books have inspired you or shaped your beliefs?