The Golden Books series of Indian religions is specially planned and designed for the general educated reader in India and abroad, who in the 21st century of the Third Millennium, wants to know about them to contribute his lot to the fast growing globalisation of world cultures. It includes Vedic, Upanishadic, Buddhistic and Jain religions, the mainstay of Indian culture, which have made their mark in various ways in Asia and the West Since olden times. In Asia and the West since Olden times. In terror-stricken modern times also, they are trying to pay their role in setting things rights and devising a new, eclectic way of life.
Indian religions have lots of philosophy and hundreds of scriptures with commentaries and commentaries on commentaries, which present a highly complicated picture especially in comparison to one-book religion cultures. The Golden Books select the most important and the best of them, translated into simple, easy and understandable English, by learned scholars and present them in capsule form for wider use and benefit.
Buddhism is a much-loved and respected religion in modern times, as also the image of the great Buddha, which emanates kindness, harmony and peace. Its role in the ancient world, limited to Asia at that time, has been unusually remarkable. It spread by its own intrinsic values, not by force of any kind, and holds its lamp even in the present terror-stricken times. Its scriptures are galore, translated into Chinese, Tibetan Thai, etc. This work presents the most significant of them selected from various sources, and provides a bird’s eye-view of the original Buddhistic, Hinayana and Mahayana traditions for the benefits of the intelligent, conscientions readers. The literary quality of these scriptures adds its special flavour, lacking in most similar writings.