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,
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.
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.
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,