About the Book :
This book is an easy to understand definition of Hinduism written for the beginner. A section of this book is on this web site. Besides the basics of Hinduism, there are also sections on Vedic astrology, gemology and Vastu Sastra. Many of the important Hindu gods are described and there are some beautiful line drawings of many of the gods. Such important questions are answered such as: What is the meaning of OM and who are Krishna, Vishnu, Hanuman and Brahma? Some subjects described are yoga, temple worship, Indian festivals, karma, temple design, Buddhism, important temples, Vedic marriages, Siva-lingas, cows, important holy places, and how to act properly in a temple. At the end of the book is a glossary where many of the words used in Hinduism are defined. The astrological and gemology section are written in an easy to understand way, so it will be very useful to the beginner. In many cases when one goes to an astrologer various terms are often used and often a beginner may have no idea what the astrologer is talking about. Therefore many of the terms are described in easy to understand English. In the gemological section there are descriptions of the astrological uses of the gems, how they benefit a person, who should wear each particular gem, and what is a good or bad gem. There are also some useful terms described in reference to gemology. Vastu Sastra is the Vedic or Indian science of building. By building a house under the rules of Vastu Sastra it can influence the fortunes of the residents. This book gives some ideas how one should build a house in a way that will have a positive influence on the people living in it. It also describes how the things should be placed in the inside of the house. There is also a description of what decisions should be made before a house should be purchased.