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Hinduism, Tm, and Hare Krishna (Zondervan Guide To Cults & Religious Movements Series)

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HARE KRISHNA, TM AND OTHER HINDU-BASED MOVEMENTSJames Bjornstad Examines Hindu-based movements, including TranscendentalMeditation,DivineLightMission,thesaffron-robedKrishnasect,andothers.


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HARE KRISHNA, TM AND OTHER HINDU-BASED MOVEMENTSJames Bjornstad Examines Hindu-based movements, including TranscendentalMeditation,DivineLightMission,thesaffron-robedKrishnasect,andothers.

In the sixties, Transcendental Meditation, a Hindu-based movement, became fashionable as a way to therapy and psychological well-being -- especially after being endorsed by the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Its influence waned, ironically, after the courts decided that TM was a religion rather than a form of therapy, as TM had claimed. But its popularity helped open the doors to a wider acceptance of Eastern philosophy and religions in mainstream America. Another Americanized form of Hinduism is Hare Krishna. This volume and the volume on Buddhism in this series together present a comprehensive overview of Eastern religions, their views, and their impact on contemporary North America. Why this series? This is an age when countless groups and movements, old and new, mark the religious landscape in our culture, leaving many people confused or uncertain in their search for spiritual truth and meaning. Because few people have the time or opportunity to research these movements fully, these
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To my son, Jeffrey Hinduism, TM and Hare Krishna Copyright 1998 by J. Isamu Yamamoto Requests for information should be addressed to: ZondervanPublishingHouse Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Yamamoto, J. Isamu. Hinduism, TM and Hare Krishna / J. Isamu Yamamoto. p. cm. - (Zondervan guide to cults and religious movements) ISBN: 0-310-70391-3 (softcover) 1. Hinduism. 2. Transcendental Meditation. 3. International Association for Krishna Consciousness. 4. Hinduism-Relations-Christianity 5. Christianity and other religions-Hinduism. I. Title. II. Series. III. Series: Zondervan guide to cults & religious movements. BL1205.Y36 1998 261.2'45-dc21 97-50218 CIP All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Art Jacobs Printed in the United States of America 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 /. DP/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 How to Use This Book The Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements comprises fifteen volumes, treating many of the most important groups and belief systems confronting the Christian church today. This series distills the most important facts about each and presents a well-reasoned, cogent Christian response. The authors in this series are highly qualified, well-respected professional Christian apologists with considerable expertise on their topics. We have designed the structure and layout to help you find the information you need as quickly as possible. All the volumes are written in outline form, which allows us to pack substantial content into a short book. With some exceptions, each book contains, first, an introduction to the cult, movement, or belief system. The introduction gives a brief history of the group, its organizational structure, and vital statistics such as membership. Second, the theology section is arranged by doctrinal topic, such as God, Christ, sin, and salvation. The movement's position is set forth objectively, primarily from its own official writings. The group's teachings are then refuted point by point, followed by an affirmative presentation of what the Bible says about the doctrine. The third section is a discussion of witnessing tips. While each witnessing encounter must be handled individually and sensitively, this section provides some helpful general guidelines, including both dos and don'ts. The fourth section contains annotated bibliographies, listing works by the groups themselves and books written by Christians in response. Fifth, each book has a parallel comparison chart, with direct quotations from the group's literature in the left column and the biblical refutation on the right. Some of the books conclude with a glossary. One potential problem with a detailed outline is that it is easy to lose one's place in the overall structure. Therefore, we have provided graphical "signposts" at the top of the odd-numbered pages. Functioning like a "you are here" map in a shopping mall, these graphics show your place in the outline, including the sections that come before and after your current position. (Those familiar with modern computer software will note immediately the resemblance to a "drop-down" menu bar, where the second-level choices vary depending on the currently selected main menu item.) In the theology section we have also used "icons" in the margins to make clear at a glance whether the material is being presented from the group's viewpoint or the Christian viewpoint. For ex
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 70948
  • Product Code 0310703913
  • EAN 9780310703914
  • UPC 025986703912
  • Pages 90
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category Hinduism
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 1998
  • Sales Rank 36879
  • Dimensions 217 x 141 x 6mm
  • Weight 0.108kg

J Isamu Yamamoto

J. Isamu Yamamoto is the author of several books. He is currently the inspirational editor for Publications International, Ltd., and a consulting editor for Christian Research Journal.

How to Use This Book The Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements comprises fifteen volumes, treating many of the most important groups and belief systems confronting the Christian church today. This series distills the most important facts about each and presents a well-reasoned, cogent Christian response. The authors in this series are highly qualified, well-respected professional Christian apologists with considerable expertise on their topics. We have designed the structure and layout to help you find the information you need as quickly as possible. All the volumes are written in outline form, which allows us to pack substantial content into a short book. With some exceptions, each book contains, first, an introduction to the cult, movement, or belief system. The introduction gives a brief history of the group, its organizational structure, and vital statistics such as membership. Second, the theology section is arranged by doctrinal topic, such as God, Christ, sin, and salvation. The movement's position is set forth objectively, primarily from its own official writings. The group's teachings are then refuted point by point, followed by an affirmative presentation of what the Bible says about the doctrine. The third section is a discussion of witnessing tips. While each witnessing encounter must be handled individually and sensitively, this section provides some helpful general guidelines, including both dos and don'ts. The fourth section contains annotated bibliographies, listing works by the groups themselves and books written by Christians in response. Fifth, each book has a parallel comparison chart, with direct quotations from the group's literature in the left column and the biblical refutation on the right. Some of the books conclude with a glossary. One potential problem with a detailed outline is that it is easy to lose one's place in the overall structure. Therefore, we have provided graphical 'signposts' at the top of the odd-numbered pages. Functioning like a 'you are here' map in a shopping mall, these graphics show your place in the outline, including the sections that come before and after your current position. (Those familiar with modern computer software will note immediately the resemblance to a 'drop-down' menu bar, where the second-level choices vary depending on the currently selected main menu item.) In the theology section we have also used 'icons' in the margins to make clear at a glance whether the material is being presented from the group's viewpoint or the Christian viewpoint. For example, in the Mormonism volume the sections presenting the Mormon position are indicated with a picture resembling the angel Moroni in the margin; the biblical view is shown by a drawing of the Bible. We hope you will find these books useful as you seek 'to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have' (1 Peter 3:15). ---Alan W. Gomes, Ph.D. Series Editor Part I: Introduction I. Historical Background (Ancient)I. Historical Background (Ancient) A. Hinduism as It Relates to India 1. Hindu is a Persian term that means 'the people and culture of the Indus River region.' a. The Indus River runs from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan. b. The Indus River region includes Pakistan and western India. c. In time the term has come to commonly refer to the majority of the Indian population. 2. Hinduism is more than just a religious term to Indian Hindus. a. To them it is more a way of life than a set of beliefs. b. According to Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a former Indian president and one of the leading Indian philosophers, 'Hinduism is more a culture than a creed.'1 3. A knowledge of the cultural history of India is imperative in understanding Hinduism. a. Yet it also should be noted that Indian scholarship has not been concerned with chronology. b. Hence, the lack of reliable historical data handicaps an exact examination of the development of their religious philosophies. B. The Harappan Civilization 1. Archaeological artifacts indicate that the Harappan civilization, also known as the Indus Valley civilization, probably thrived from about 2700 to 1750 B.C. a. Contemporaneous with the ancient Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations, it was one of the most advanced civilizations of this time period. b. Its two major capitals were Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, which, like the other cities of the Indus civilization, featured a high citadel, lower domestic dwellings, an extensive sanitation system, and elaborate water baths.

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