Brahman, A Book

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Book Details

ISBN/SKU: 193576005X
ISBN Complete: 978-1935760054
Book Type: B&W 6 x 9 x 0.4 in
Page Count: 182
Edition: First
Yr. of Pub.: 2010
Spine Width: 0.4188000000
Printed in: USA
Max Retail Price: $25.00
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This book deals with Brahman, the highest and supreme God of Hinduism. The book contains 25 informative and well documented articles on Brahman, meaning and significance of the world, His various aspects, His importance in the development of Vedic thought and the philosophy of the Upanishads, the nature of Self, the nature of creation and the relationship between Brahman, the universal Self and Atman, the individual Self. There is also a glossary of Brahman and related words and bibliography.

Brahman is the highest God of Hinduism who is worshipped in various forms but not directly. He is the God of gods, the Supreme Self, Creator, preserver and Destroyer. Brahma Vishnu Siva are His names only. Many Hindus even the most serious practitioners of Hinduism do not know about Brahman. For the first time in the history of Hinduism there is a book exclusively devoted to Brahman. This book is the result of an extensive research on the subject of Brahman. This book is unique. You will not find another with this much information on Brahman.

After reading this book, you will be surprised to know how much you do not know about your own religion. You will be surprised to know that there is so much mystery and history is associated with this highest Deity of Sanatana Dharma. If you are Hindu and do not know about your God it is time you begin to know Him for none ever achieves salvation without knowing Brahman./p>

Why you should read this book

Upon reading this book you will know 1. Why Brahman is equated with the Vedas. 2. Why sacrifices are important in Hinduism. 3. Why sounds carry such importance in the Vedas and why Brahman is equated with sounds. 4. Brahman in relation to other gods of Hinduism. 5. Why food is offered in the Vedic sacrifices. 6. The real and hidden meaning of Brahman. 7. The ritual Brahman we do not know. 8. Why it is not possible to know Barman intellectually. 9. Why Brahman is not worshipped in the temples directly. 10. The various Brahma Vidyas and their significance. 11. The positive and negative aspects and descriptions of Brahman. 12. The various ways in which seers worshipped Brahman in the ancient times. 13. Brahmopasana, how you may worship Brahman as a personal God. 14. Distinction between Brahman and Brahma Prajapati. 15. Why the worship of Brahma in temples declined. 16. class warfare between priests and warrior class and its historic significance. 17. The secrets of Nidhidhyasana, the contemplation of Brahman. 18. The significance and symbolism of Brahman priest in Vedic sacrifices. 19. Aspects of Brahman. 20. How the concept of God and elements of monotheism found their way into Hinduism. And much more!

Author's Note (An Excerpt)

If the Vedas are the heart of Hinduism, Brahman is the heart and soul of the Vedas. This book is a theistic representation of the highest God of Hinduism, Brahman, based on my study and understanding of the Samhitas, the Upanishads and various schools of Hindu philosophy. Brahman is not God in the traditional sense. To describe Him as God from the narrow and simplistic perspective of a religious dogma is to diminish His immensity and unconditional universality. Nor is He a mere Creator in the traditional sense of a magician or a miracle worker. He does not entirely fit into the traditional dualistic views of God with which we are familiar. He reveals Himself to the extent you unwind yourself. He manifests when you disappear into yourself. He is the ultimate and absolute principle, who is the source of all sources. He is the God of gods and creator of the creator gods. He is the mysterious force that moves everything, yet remains incognito. Our words are inadequate to describe Him and our intellect is insufficient to understand Him. Although He is the highest God of Hinduism, He is relatively unknown and rarely spoken about except in spiritual circles as the inmost Self or the universal Self. The Vedas are all about Brahman. The knowledge of the Vedas is traditionally deemed the knowledge of Brahman. Its secrets are hidden in the subtle nuances of sounds coming from the heavens rather than the intellect of the human minds. Hidden within the Vedas are the mystic sounds filled with the power and presence of Brahman. However, few people know that the Vedas are not about gods but about Brahman. They do not know that the structure of the Vedas is consistent with the Vedic worldview, which revolves around Brahman and in which there is an equal emphasis on balance, order and the need to pursue both material and spiritual goals. I hope from this work the readers will get a glimpse of the supreme Brahman and His importance in the continuity of the eternal tradition we know as Hinduism. From Brahman, by Jayaram /p>

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Book Contents

Contents - Author’s Note - Brahman, in the Vedic Tradition - Brahman as Power and Potency - The Symbolism of Food - The Ritual Brahman We Have Forgotten - I Know Him and I Know Him Not - Thou Art That - The Creator and the Created - Brahman as the Sacred Sound - Brahman in Temple Worship - Brahmavidays – Ways to Realize Brahman - The Creator God of the Upanishads - The Attributes of Brahman - Brahmopasana – The Paths To Liberation - Brahman as Isvara, the Personal God - Brahman and Brahma Prajapati - Nidhidhyasana – The Contemplation of Brahman - Brahman and the Brahman Priest - Difficulties in Knowing Brahman - Aspects of Brahman - Hinduism and the Belief in one God - Elements of Monotheism in Early Vedic Tradition - The Paradox of Knowing Brahman - Brahman and Atman, the Individual Self - Bhagavan – The Glorious God - Brahman in Advaita and Dvaita Schools - The Glossary of Brahma (n) and Related Words - Bibliography.

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