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Swami Achuthananda is the author of Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism: Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers. “In India, the religion is the culture and the culture is the religion. You cannot learn one without understanding the other.” Many books have been written about Hinduism, however, there are still many misconceptions. “Hinduism is one of the oldest of the major religions. Hinduism is a collection of traditions, beliefs, and practices deeply rooted in the Indian subcontinent. The religion does not have a historical founder or an authoritative scripture.” Hinduism has a god for everything. The title of the first chapter and the theme of this book is easily condensed into the words, “What Goes Around Comes Around.”
Swami Achuthananda writes in a spontaneous yet informative manner. He provides illustrations and diagrams that help the reader to understand the religion of Many Many Gods. While Hinduism is a very complex religion, this text is written in such a manner as to make it easier to understand. Many of the deities are discussed. Having seen a Banyan tree many years ago, I was particularly fascinated with that part of the book. While the tree appears to be a forest, it is actually a single entity. The Banyan Tree is a sacred symbol and truly represents the Hindu religion. Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism compares Hinduism to several other religions. I highly recommend this book for anyone planning to visit India, interested in comparing religions, or with an interest in Hinduism itself.