The Spiritual Heritage of India: A Clear Summary of Indian Philosophy and Religion

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A clear summary of Indian philosophy and religion. This selection gives excerpts from the scriptures that best explain the philosophy. Included are discussions on The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God, How To Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali, The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal. There are also chapters on the Vedas, Tantras, and other scriptures and famous teachers of India.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Vedanta Press & Bookshop; 2nd edition (June 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874810353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874810356
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

it’s a good antidote for contemporary atheistic western Buddhists

 on August 18, 2017
By Don Tait
A very readable and scholarly overview of Indian philosophy and spirituality. Being written some time ago, it is perhaps includes more references to Christianity than I would need. However, it’s a good antidote for contemporary atheistic western Buddhists, many of who would dismiss the relevance of the rich context that Buddhism sprang from.

Spiritual Treasure

One person found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2013
By Casan
Written by a swami of the Ramakrishna Order, it has the ring of truth. It begins with the Vedas, and covers much of India’s religions. I bought a used copy for $1, and wore it out. I recently bought a new copy from Amazon.

One of the best Vedanta books available

One person found this helpful.
 on January 19, 2015
By OneMansOpinion
Easily one of the best yoga philosophy books written in English. Very clear and articulate description of complex Vedanta ideas.

""Really a book to have"

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 20, 2012
By Murlidhar Mundhe
One of the greatest book on Indian Heritage. After reading this book one can come to understand why in the field of spiritual matters, Indian conribution is of fundamental importance.By writing this book , the service rendered by swami Prabhavanand will never be forgotten by all seekers of spirit .

arrived quickly clean and brand new not even a scratch …

One person found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2015
By DameWeirdo
arrived quickly

A Wonderful Introduction to Indian Scriptures and Thought

9 people found this helpful.
 on February 2, 2010
By tepi
The Spiritual Heritage of India. By Swami Prabhavananda with foreword by Huston Smith. Hollywood, Calif.: Vedanta Press, 1979 (1963). Paperback, 374 pages. ISBN 0874810353

Best book on Hindu Philosophy I’ve read

One person found this helpful.
 on September 30, 2014
By Mauricio C. Tavares
This is simply the best book on Hindu Philosophy I’ve read. Swami Prabhavananda writes in a clear easy to read, yet profound manner, and gives the overall view of all the strains of Hinduism. I’m an avid Eastern philosophy reader, and I have not found any book as complete as this. I have been reading some of it’s chapters again and again over the years.

A wonderful summary of Indian religious philosophy and its sages

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 8, 2012
By Zinnia
Wonderful book!! Swami Prabhavananda brings a concise account of the entire Spiritual Heritage of India in one excellently written book. Starts with Vedas and Upanishads and takes you through Epics, Bhagavad Gita, Puranas, tantras, Jainism, Buddhism, the six Systems of thought, and the great Sages of India. For anyone wanting to learn more about Hinduism and not knowing where to start, this is a great guide.

Excellent for beginners

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2013
By Abi Gezint
I have had a copy of this book for a great many years, among my many other books on Hinduism. I studied Hinduism for a good 25 years or more, and “The Spiritual Heritage of India” is the book I always recommend as the best “one-book library” on general Hinduism available in English. Whenever someone curious about Hinduism questions me about a good starting point, I always direct them to this book.

The Hindu darshanas explained

21 people found this helpful.
 on April 18, 2001
By Amazon Customer
The six Hindu darshanas are presented here. This is a topic of many books and they vary by there emphasis on either of the systems or by their location on the spectrum between spirituality and science. Here we have an advaita emphasis and a very spiritual approach. Prabhavananda, as a leading Swami of the Ramakrishna order, which he used to be, stands on the side of practical vedanta. Therefore those darshanas (=systems) are dealt with extensively and well. But Nyaya-Vaisheshika falls short. The book is easy to read and does provide valuable information about Hinduism. Other authors who dealt with the indian systems are, e.g: Hiriyanna, Glasenapp, Heinrich Zimmer, Dasgupta, Mahadevan, and so forth.

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