The Power of the Dharma (An Introduction to Hinduism and Vedic Culture)

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Introduction

This is especially written for those who want an easy reference and introduction to the Vedic Hindu philosophy and tradition. This provides a concise overview and quick guide of the major principles found within Vedic culture. It answers the most common questions people have about Vedic customs and its Dharmic teachings. It also offers a good grasp of the essential values and ideology of the Vedic path while keeping it simple to understand.

This book also serves as an introduction to deeper reading that a person may like to do in considering the more elaborate explanations of the Vedic/Hindu philosophy. And as an introduction or a companion to other books by Stephen Knapp, such as The Secret Teachings of the Vedas: The Eastern Answers to the Mysteries of Life, which is a good in-depth analysis and exposition of the Vedic spirituality and philosophy, and The Heart of Hinduism: The Eastern Path to Freedom, Empowerment and Illumination, which is a complete course in itself for learning exactly what Hinduism and Vedic culture teaches. Descriptions of these and other books are provided in the back of this volume. So if this book piques your interest and you are inquisitive to learn more about the deeper aspects of Vedic spirituality, those are the books that can take you much farther in this spiritual knowledge and awareness.

Back of the Book

The power of the Dharma: An introduction to the Hinduism and Vedic culture offers a concise and easy-to-understand overview of the essential principles and customs of the Hindu tradition. It also provides many insights into the depth and value of the timeless wisdom of Vedic spirituality and reveals why the dharmic path has survived for thousands of years.

Author Stephen Knapp reveals why the Dharma is presently enjoying a renaissance among an increasing number of people who want to explore its teachings and see what is many techniques of self discovery have to offer. In the Power of Dharma, you will find:

Quotes by notewhorty people on the unique qualities of Hinduism.
Essential principles of Vedic spiritual path.
Particular traits, customs and explanations of Hindu worship. Descriptions of main yoga systems.
Significance and legends of the colorful Hindu festivals.
Benefits of Aryudeva, Vastu Vedic astrology and gemology.
Important insights of Dharmic life and how to begin.

The Dharmic path can provide you the means for attaing your own spiritual realization and experiences. This is the power of Dharma's universal teachings will have somethings to offer everyone.

Contents

Introduction ix
CHAPTER I What Is Vedic Culture/Hinduism 1
CHAPTER 2 Quotes by Noteworthy People On the Glories of Vedic Culture 8
CHAPTER 3 The Essential Principles Of the Vedic Path 16
CHAPTER 4 Explanations of the Essential Vedic Principles 20
CHAPTER 5 Sanatana-Dharma: Its Real Meaning 53
CHAPTER 6 The Power of the Dharma 58
CHAPTER 7 The Vedic Spiritual Paths to Liberation 69
CHAPTER 8 Particular Traits Of Vedic/Hindu Worship 77
CHAPTER 9 The Dharmic Festivals 94
CHAPTER 10 Other Important Traits Of Vedic Dharma 106
CHAPTER 11 Who May Be a Hindu or Practice Sanatana-Dharma 121
Conclusion The Future 129
Glossary 131
Index 141
About Stephen Knapp 145