Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
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Indian culture is very diverse and encompasses innumerable customs and traditions. The significance of these customs has been lost in translation over the years, and all that seems to remain is a seemingly superstitious bunch of doings. However, this is far from true. The beliefs of the Indian culture essentially have very logical, scientific and spiritual roots, and this book discusses and explains the same.
Adhering to the rituals of the Indian culture, people often visit temples and perform certain activities of religious and spiritual significance, but the believers often do this mechanically or misunderstand their importance. Blowing the conch, touching the feet of one's elders, offering prasad to the almighty, making sure one's feet don't touch books or anything that has educational significance, folding hands and saying namaste, and ringing the bell in a temple are some of these activities.
This brief, yet enriching guide book talks about and offers an explanation to twenty such commonly performed customs. The contents of the book are in the form of questions, for instance, Why do we fast?, Why do we worship tulasi?, Why do we have a prayer room?, and Why do we apply the holy ash?, and an entire chapter is devoted every question.
The authors have quoted verses from the Gita in their explanations. Along with the thought-provoking text, the book is replete with beautiful images. Owing to the wonderful insight it provides regarding the survival of the Indian culture, this book is a must read for the believers and the non-believers alike.
About The Authors
Swamini Vimalananda works with the Chinmaya Mission and is presently in charge of the Coimbatore branch. After receiving her graduate degree, she enrolled for the brahmachari training course.
She is a renowned speaker and has addressed large audiences, in places far and wide, about understanding emotions, mastering the mind, vedantic literature and dharma. She has conducted camps for people of all ages and coming from all walks of life.
Apart from her most famous work Why Do We, her writings have been included in numerous publications, such as Sadacarah of Adi Shankaracarya, Tat Twam Asi, and Dharma. Her latest work is titled Not Too Loose, Not Too Tight, Just Right.
Apart from this book, Radhika Krishnakumar has also authored Himalyan Hermit: The Lofty Life of Sri Swami Tapovanam, and Ageless Guru: The Inspirational Life of Swami Chinmayananda.