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A concise, colorful overview of philosophy and culture of Vaishnavism, or bhakti-yoga—the hidden glory of India. Vaishnavism (worship of Vishnu, or Krishna), in contrast to popular notions of “Hinduism,” is not only monotheistic but highly personalistic in its view of God. Krishna has many expansions and avatars (incarnations), but He is seen as the one Supreme Lord, the Father of all that lives and the Creator of the cosmos.
Unlike many books that explore India or Eastern spirituality, this work focuses on how Vaishnavism is India’s richest and most significant religious tradition. Those familiar with Krishna, Shiva, Ganesha, and Brahma will find them here described in their full cultural and scriptural context. After thirty years of research, Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) reveals the full spectrum of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, from the basics of the spiritual path to advanced techniques for chanting the maha-mantra.
The Hidden Glory of India is the world’s first full-color overview of Krishna consciousness, with easy-to-read sections on such subjects as Krishna and His incarnations, Radha and the gopis, the significance of om, the meaning of mantras, the nature of the demigods, Krishna conscious perspectives on women, dance, music and art, and how all this relates to contemporary Hinduism. A perfect gift for family members and friends, The Hidden Glory of India is as beautiful to look at as it is rich in philosophy and wisdom.