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Title: Great World Religions: Hinduism
Author: Mark W. Muesse
Publisher: Published January 1st 2003 by Teaching Company
ISBN: 9781565857896
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4.6 out of 5

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Course Lecture Titles Hinduism in the World and the World of Hinduism The Early Cultures of India The World of the Veda From the Vedic Tradition to Classical Hinduism Caste Men, Women, and the Stages of Life The Way of Action The Way of Wisdom Seeing God The Way of Devotion The Goddess and Her Devotees Hinduism in the Modern Period

30 review for Great World Religions: Hinduism

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    These Great Courses are great! If you're not hearing Tony the Tiger in that line, I don't even know how to talk to you. Seriously though, I'm really enjoying them. When I first discovered them I thought they were on par with those Learning Annex "courses", which do not have a good reputation. However, Great Courses puts together very solid lectures from highly qualified teachers. The dude who did this one, Mark W. Muesse is a Harvard-educated professor. This lecture is an overview of Hinduism, a These Great Courses are great! If you're not hearing Tony the Tiger in that line, I don't even know how to talk to you. Seriously though, I'm really enjoying them. When I first discovered them I thought they were on par with those Learning Annex "courses", which do not have a good reputation. However, Great Courses puts together very solid lectures from highly qualified teachers. The dude who did this one, Mark W. Muesse is a Harvard-educated professor. This lecture is an overview of Hinduism, and I mean overview literally. This is a quick, entry-level course that touches upon the basics: the important philosophies and beliefs, the major gods, etc. That's fine, because it's exactly what I was looking for. Since I'm a Hindu noob, anything deeper would've been right over my head. Muesse is a good speaker, who clearly conveys his thoughts. Even so, I still felt slightly confused by concepts like the Vata. This is where the value of an intro course like this ends. You get a mere taste of a belief system, not the intricacies. Also, the history and world impact of Hinduism was brief. Little more than Gandhi's movement was touched upon. Again, further research will be necessary, however, this is a solid first step introduction and I highly recommend it for the beginner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Audio download...12 lectures, 30 minutes each, plus an 84 page guidebook (kind of like Cliff Notes) This is a tough review...if you're thinking of a course that will give you a strong introduction to Hinduism, presented by a clear-speaking, well prepared lecturer...this is a good one and I recommend it. However, I was a bit disturbed by the course material...and, I guess, Hinduism in general. Perhaps I missed the advantages of a rigid caste system...maybe women should be subservient to men...mayb Audio download...12 lectures, 30 minutes each, plus an 84 page guidebook (kind of like Cliff Notes) This is a tough review...if you're thinking of a course that will give you a strong introduction to Hinduism, presented by a clear-speaking, well prepared lecturer...this is a good one and I recommend it. However, I was a bit disturbed by the course material...and, I guess, Hinduism in general. Perhaps I missed the advantages of a rigid caste system...maybe women should be subservient to men...maybe widows should throw themselves onto their husbands' funeral pyre, or simply shave their heads and accept their role as second-class people. Maybe human sacrifice is OK. Admittedly, this is my first foray into Hinduism, and I probably don't really understand the spiritual world of Trīmārga...I probably will try to listen to more of the lectures from Dr Muess ('Religions of the Axial Age' seems to be a good place to start) and try to wrap my mind around a religion that is the way of life for over a billion people. Improving my (good) karma may yet become my dharma. So I gave these lectures a 4...but think it should have been a 3. Wait for a sale and a coupon, and be patient...apparently you have as many lives as it takes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Nealen

    I have been through this course and the other Great World Religions courses before but I am reviewing each of them this year. A six hour course can only review a few basics about such an ancient, diverse and complex religion as Hinduism. It was helpful for me to learn that the polytheistic representations of divine beings and the unusual appearance of their icons was really just a way to express the many dimensions and characteristics of Truth and to pointedly differentiate it from humans and ot I have been through this course and the other Great World Religions courses before but I am reviewing each of them this year. A six hour course can only review a few basics about such an ancient, diverse and complex religion as Hinduism. It was helpful for me to learn that the polytheistic representations of divine beings and the unusual appearance of their icons was really just a way to express the many dimensions and characteristics of Truth and to pointedly differentiate it from humans and other earthly creatures.

  4. 4 out of 5

    sardit

    My only complaint is that it could be double its length and I still would want more. Very interesting, clearly I need to do some serious reading on Hinduism.

  5. 4 out of 5

    L

    Great intro course.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Anne

    This was my first foray into Hinduism, and... I'm really not sure. This could have been better, and a lot of that has to do with the author/narrator, because he was exceptionally monotone, not engaging, and boring. I guess I had a different set of expectations about Hinduism, probably because I've learned so much more about Western religions. I had expectations of talking about the different god and goddesses, but this lecture gave me the idea that lifestyle and spirituality are so intertwined fo This was my first foray into Hinduism, and... I'm really not sure. This could have been better, and a lot of that has to do with the author/narrator, because he was exceptionally monotone, not engaging, and boring. I guess I had a different set of expectations about Hinduism, probably because I've learned so much more about Western religions. I had expectations of talking about the different god and goddesses, but this lecture gave me the idea that lifestyle and spirituality are so intertwined for Hindus (who, at least in this reading, just consider themselves to be Indian). There's a lot of emphasis on Western culture labeling India and Hinduism (as though they are separate, and this isn't even counting British colonialism). I also like the emphasis on this major religion that is so attached to India as the holy homeland as well as a religion that's sort of polytheistic as well as monotheistic. That's fascinating to me. I suppose what I found so (unfairly)... normal was that Hindu culture is really about Indian culture and Indian history. I think it gives me a deeper appreciation for a religion and way of life that is so unlike my own and is so unlike Western religions.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This audio book Great Course is a brief introduction to Hinduism. It was 12 half hour lectures, (six hours). I first have to say, this seems short for a religion/culture as complex as Hinduism. I felt more like I was getting a brief overview. I had hoped to learn about all the Indian gods like Ganesh, Vishnu, Kali etc. but they are only briefly touched on. Some of the great works of Hinduism like the Rig Veda and the Bhagavad Gita are explored briefly but others like the Ramayana and Mahabharata This audio book Great Course is a brief introduction to Hinduism. It was 12 half hour lectures, (six hours). I first have to say, this seems short for a religion/culture as complex as Hinduism. I felt more like I was getting a brief overview. I had hoped to learn about all the Indian gods like Ganesh, Vishnu, Kali etc. but they are only briefly touched on. Some of the great works of Hinduism like the Rig Veda and the Bhagavad Gita are explored briefly but others like the Ramayana and Mahabharata are only mentioned. If I had known nothing of Indian culture or of the Hindu religion, this is a good introduction. Some brief mention is also given in the final lecture on some Indian gurus influences in the West, such as the Hari Krishnas, the Beatles foray into Indian mysticism, Ghandi, and Osho's following in Oregon. I did learn a lot of the origin of concepts I was familiar with in my studies of Buddhism, like Karma and meditation. The subjects of yoga and chakras are also explored briefly. My biggest peeve about this great course though is professor Mark Muesse. I found him to sound a lot like Al Gore. His intonation is dry and rather dull. He was very knowledgeable, and he gave a lot of information in the time given, but his voice almost put me to sleep.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    This is the fourth in my series of audio books on the five world religions. In twelve lectures Mark Muese highlights the central aspects of the world’s oldest religion, one that is inseparable from the Indian culture. He explains the changes that have evolved over the millennia with many branches and several religious texts – Hindus seem to follow their favourite. He looks at the concepts of karma, reincarnation, and the caste system which has made for a highly stable society for 2000 years, so This is the fourth in my series of audio books on the five world religions. In twelve lectures Mark Muese highlights the central aspects of the world’s oldest religion, one that is inseparable from the Indian culture. He explains the changes that have evolved over the millennia with many branches and several religious texts – Hindus seem to follow their favourite. He looks at the concepts of karma, reincarnation, and the caste system which has made for a highly stable society for 2000 years, so at odds with our Western concept of equality. I was interested to understand that the plethora of gods and goddesses, each worshipped for a specific quality, are also seen as the One expression of Brahman - God Force, and that Hindus do not deny the gods of their neighbours.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Quick overview of Hinduism. The 12 30-minute lecture format doesn't allow to go into a full introduction to Hinduism. Some foundational texts, like Rig Veda, Uppanishads and Mahabarata/Bhagavad Gita are covered well, but the Puranas and Ramayana are barely touched at all. Similarly with the gods, the treatment of Krishna/Vishnu, Shiva and Shakti were pretty good, but Rama, Ganesh, and many other fascinating characters were only mentioned in passing. There was not as much on the last ~1000 of Hind Quick overview of Hinduism. The 12 30-minute lecture format doesn't allow to go into a full introduction to Hinduism. Some foundational texts, like Rig Veda, Uppanishads and Mahabarata/Bhagavad Gita are covered well, but the Puranas and Ramayana are barely touched at all. Similarly with the gods, the treatment of Krishna/Vishnu, Shiva and Shakti were pretty good, but Rama, Ganesh, and many other fascinating characters were only mentioned in passing. There was not as much on the last ~1000 of Hinduism, and the interactions with Islam and the British and I'd hoped.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shana

    I found this course to be a great introduction to Hinduism that I was able to listen to at home and while driving. I do agree with other reviewers that the professor's speech is monotone; however, I still enjoyed hearing the information from an expert. The change I would suggest is within the last lecture as it felt scattered and flat. I do not feel that there was enough depth in the topics of that section and I don't feel that I left with the full understanding or retention of that information. I found this course to be a great introduction to Hinduism that I was able to listen to at home and while driving. I do agree with other reviewers that the professor's speech is monotone; however, I still enjoyed hearing the information from an expert. The change I would suggest is within the last lecture as it felt scattered and flat. I do not feel that there was enough depth in the topics of that section and I don't feel that I left with the full understanding or retention of that information. Thanks to Great Courses for providing this excellent material.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Drew Weatherton

    I went into this course not knowing much of anything about Hinduism and I came away with an appreciation for its variety and ties to Indian culture. To me, it was a great learning experience and just the kind of high level understanding I was looking for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dora Fig

    Muesse is a great lecturer, and clearly loves this topic. I learned a lot, though it was a very sweeping overview of this ancient religion and way of life. Great intro lecture to prepare you for further study, or just to make you more knowledgeable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abdulaziz Fagih

    The Course is Rich with Information but the presenter is annoying and boring. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 المحاضرات مليئة بالمعلومات ولكن المقدم مزعج وممل تقيم النهائي 2.5 من 5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brad Carle

    Needed more detail. Should have doubled the number of lectures. Nevertheless, good introduction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Memming

    I enjoyed listening to this at x1.25 speed. Well organized contents and very educational lectures. I read it before traveling to South Asia and it gave me a lot of insight.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Johnson

  18. 5 out of 5

    B Kevin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colby EF

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carl Prakaashana

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johannes Bertus

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tiffinie Adams

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Bertomeu

  27. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lotfi Alsouki

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Mannino

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