Hinduism by H L Richard
The followers of the Hindu religion are proud to point out that there is no single human founder and no known date of origin for Hinduism. It is an evolved ensemble of faiths and practices, and visitors to the Hindu’s world seldom probe its complex system of diverse beliefs and practices.
If you want to better understand the 900 million Hindus of the world, you must read H L Richard’s brief but insightful booklet. He addresses both esoteric and practical issues through numerous selections from the Hindu scriptures and an overview of their basic philosophies.
The booklet has five main sections:
1 Salvation and the gods of Hinduism
2 The historical development of Hinduism and the Hindu scriptures.
3 Hindu philosophy
4 Aspects of individual and social life in Hinduism
5 Biblical witness to Hindus
There is also some recommended reading and a glossary of Hindu terms.
It is through HL Richard more than any other single person that I have come to realise how little I actually know about the Hindu people I have claimed to love, and among whom I have lived most of my life. In the fifteen years that I have been his friend, he has gently revealed to me the complexities of Hindu civilisation, and caused me to love and respect Hindus with a greater humility. Through his influence I have been freed to live among them with an honesty and openness I had not known before, and this has brought me closer to them, and closer to my Lord and Sadguru, Jesus Christ.
Chris Hale, sitarist and singer of the Yeshu bhakti devotional music group, Aradhna