The Bhagavad Gita: As It Is

Bhaktivedanta, A. C. Bhagavad Gita: As It Is. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 2014.

Please read my previous post on the Bhagavad Gita to learn more about it.

You can buy a copy from many sources on the internet and in person.

Thanks for reading,

Audrey Cole

 

A short analytical text on Hinduism

Vasudha Narayanan. Hinduism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places. New York: Oxford, 2004. Print.

I couldn’t resist this analytical text on Hinduism. This book is short and sweet, filled with connections and information I wouldn’t have found otherwise. In 105 pages, it obviously couldn’t go into depth on any subject, but it did give attention to a wide array of information. I recommend it for someone who wants to gain a basic grasp of what Hinduism is in as little time as possible.

The Ramayana

Menon, Ramesh. The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic. New York: North Point, 2001. Print.

This book is NOT a direct translation of the Ramayana. This makes it less accurate  (which irks me a bit), but it also makes it a lot easier for the layman to understand and enjoy. It’s gorgeous and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories about long, epic quests.

Buitenen, J. A. B. Van. The Mahabharata. Vol. 1. Chicago: U of Chicago, 1983. Print.

Dear readers of World Religion Weekly,

I read this translation of the Mahabharata. I can best describe this work as a multi-generational epic which interwove many stories to create a history of a royal family of an ancient Indian kingdom while reinforcing Hindu values.  It involved the doings of many gods and mystical beings in addition to this royal family. It was a vibrant tapestry of ancient Indian culture.

Thank you for reading,

Audrey Cole