Briefly written, with lucidity, this book, in a single volume, summarises the development of Hindu philosophy and theology giving attention to the lives of great masters ,acharyas who founded different sects,the Bhakti devotion cult leaders with deep insight..a must-have book for all students of Hinduism,much deeper than many books of later authors.
The Spiritual Heritage of India. By Swami Prabhavananda with foreword by Huston Smith. Hollywood, Calif.: Vedanta Press, 1979 (1963). Paperback, 374 pages. ISBN 0874810353Swami Prabhavananda's book is a lucid, comprehensive, non-technical and extremely well-written survey of the scriptures, systems of thought, and main thinkers of the Indian tradition. Rich in quotations from the scriptures, it can be read with ease by anyone and will provide all the background one needs before pursuing topics of particular..
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 eas..