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CONTENTS:- Vol. 1: Hindu Art, Architecture and Culture: 1. The value of tradition in Indian art. 2. Architecture, sculpture and painting. 3. The classical age. 4. Indian sculpture and painting. 5. Music and dancing. 6. Tradition triumphant. 7. The Hindu conception of the mother-land. 8. Cultural contexts of the Srivaisnava temple. 9. Cultural change in primitive and higher stages. 10. Universe in Hindu thought. 11. The religio-philosophic culture of India. 12. Vedic culture. Vol. 2: Hindu Society: 1. Social life. 2. The Indian social organization : an anthropological study. 3. Some aspects of social life in ancient India. 4. Vedic society. 5. Social and economic conditions. 6. The institution of caste. 7. Vedic religion and Indian society. 8. The building of a house. 9. Customs, manners, costumes, popular superstitions, etc. 10. Ceremonies. 11. Domestic life. 12. The art and science of love. 13. Pilgrimage and fairs : their bearing on Indian life. 14. Festivals and sacred days. 15. Social conditions. Vol. 3: Hindu Philosophy: 1. Introduction. 2. Vedic philosophy. 3. Systems of philosophy in the Upanishads. 4. The philosophy of mysticism. 5. Mystical approach in the Upanishads. 6. Upanishadic meditation. 7. Nyaya-Vaisesika. 8. Philosophy of the Tantras. 9. God in Hindu thought. 10. Universe in Hindu thought. 11. The Tiru-K-Kural. 12. Ramanuja's contributions to Indian philosophy. 13. The Dawn of Indian philosophy. 14. The religio-philosophic culture of Indus. 15. The divine wisdom of India. 16. Ancient Indian philosophy. Vol. 4: Hindu Law: 1. The historical background and theoretic basis of Hindu law. 2. What is Hinduism? 3. Legal institutions. 4. The Hindu judicial system. 5. Dharma : the first end of man. 6. The Dharma of the Ksattriya. 7. Political and legal institutions. 8. Law and legal institutions. 9. The Dharma-Sutras and the Dharma-Sastras. 10. The Smrtis : their outlook and ideals. 11. The Manu Samhita. 12. The Nibandhas. 13. Man in Hindu thought. 14. God in Hindu thought. Vol. 5: Hindu Saints and Mysticism: 1. Introduction. 2. The Shaiva Saints of South India. 3. The Vaishnava Saint of Karnataka. 4. The Maharashtra Saints and their teachings. 5. The mystic experience. 6. Mythology of South India. 7. The mediaeval mystics of North India. 8. The Shakta Saints. 9. Religious experience--its nature and content. 10. Vedic rituals. 11. Ritual of worship. 12. The significance of the Vedic Rite Pumsavana. 13. Penances and Vows. 14. Hindu sacraments. 15. Religious beliefs of the Indian tribes. 16. A Glimpse into Hindu religious symbolism. 17. Hindu calendar and holidays. Vol. 6: Hinduism: Religion and Philosophy: 1. Introduction. 2. The cosmic order in the Vedic hymns. 3. Worship of the nature. 4. Hindu Dharma. 5. Development of Hinduism and the doctrine of triple manifestation. 6. Conflict of religions the Hindu attitude. 7. Religious experience its nature and content. 8. Religion and philosophy. 9. The Gods of Hindus. 10. The rise and spread of sectarian religions. 11. Religion : the pivot of Indian life. 12. The state in relation to religion in ancient India. Vol. 7: Hinduism: Education and Culture: 1. Education and culture. 2. Manu on problems of education-I. 3. Manu on problems of education-II. 4. Education in the classical age. Vol. 8: Hinduism: Literature and Language: 1. Introduction. 2. Language and early literature. 3. Language and literature : the Hindu period. 4. Early Tamil literature. 5. Early Tamil religious literature. 6. Vernacular literatures. 7. Linguistic introduction to Sanskrit. 8. Archetypes of the poetry of the path of knowledge in Hindi. 9. Modernization in Tamil. 10. Sanskrit works on the game of chess. 11. The Dravidian philologist. 12. The first European Sanskrit Scholar. 13. India in European literature and thought. 14. Modern Indian languages and Sanskrit. Vol. 9: Economic Ideas of the Hindus: 1. Economic ideas of the Hindus. 2. Socio-economic Conditions--I. 3. Socio-economic Conditions--II. 4. Socio-economic Conditions--III. 5. Literature as source of Hindu economic ideas. 6. Survey of the literature of Artha-Sastra and Niti-Sastra. 7. Ethics of Arthashastra. 8. Rationing in state departments. 9. The materialism of the Charvakas Lokayatikas. 10. Textile industry in India (300 B.C. -- 300 A.D.). 11. The textile and weaving technology in ancient India upto-1200 A.D. 12. Indian culture and the industrial age. 13. Intercourse with the outside world. Vol.10: Political Ideas of the Hindus: 1. Hindu political and administrative institutions. 2. Struggle for power and supremacy among the Vedic tribes. 3. The logic of Danda. 4. Manu on the state. 5. Relation between man and state. 6. Aims of punishment. 7. Principles of punishment. 8. The political organisation. 9. Policy and the diffusion of power. 10. Sovereignty, Vassals and Digvijaya. 11. Ministers, the Sacretariate and officials. 12. South India.
Hindu was a term used for the people who lived across Sindhu. Hence it indicated the way of life of the people and not any religion as such. However, Hindus acquired a composite culture after the advent of Islam in India. Therefore the subject examined here-in has nothing to do with the much malinged and politicised version of Hindutva or Hindu.
Aim of this encyclopaedia on Hinduism is to select best relevant and authentic, of course, interesting material on the various aspects of life of the people living east of Indus with tin present day India.
In preparing this work we are not making one more attempt at providing a conventional encyclopaedia of Hinduism. Effort is being made to select material and ideas which could help us in solving or understanding better, our contemporary political, social, economic, educational, religious, cultural and various other problems.
This would enable us to recreate vibrant, prosperous happy and healthy India of the new millennium and help in securing global peace and harmony.