Text study is an important component of spiritual inquiry. This list, which is by no means complete, was compiled in answer to the question of “What can I read to help me to understand Hinduism?” Starred books offer an introduction. Others delve into the philosophy on a deeper level either in theory or in practice.



A Hindu Primer: Yaksha Prashna by A. V. Srinivasan. Periplus Line LLC 1984
The Bhagavadgita by P. Lal. Orient Paperbacks 1983
The Bhagavad Gita by Juan Mascaro. Penguin Books 1962
The Bhagavadgita by S. Radhakrinshnan. HarperCollins India 2001
Eight Upanishads by Swami Gambhirandanda. Vedanta Press and Bookshop 1957
*Hinduism for Dummies by A. V. Srinivasan. Wiley Publications 2011
How to Conduct Puja series by A. V. Srinivasan. Periplus Line LLC 1999-2009
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik. Penguin UK 2010
The Mahabharata of Vyasa by P. Lal. Vikas 1980
The Philosophy of the Upaniṣads by S. Radhakrishnan with a foreword by Rabindranath Tagore and an introduction by Edmond Holmes.
The Principle Upanishads by S. Radhakrishnan. George Allen & Unwin Ltd 1953
The Ramayana of Valmiki by P. Lal. Vikas 1981
*Understanding Hinduism. The Basic Concepts Explained by D.C. Rao. Available at http://www.hafsite.org/sites/default/files/Understanding-Hinduism-DC-Rao.pdf

*Understanding Hinduism. The Basic Questions Answered by D.C. Rao. Available at: https://www.hafsite.org/sites/default/files/UnderstandingHinduismBasicQuestionsAnswered-DC-Rao.pdf

*What is Hinduism? by the editors of Hinduism Today. Himalayan Academy Publications 2007. Also available electronically at

Magazines and Websites

Hinduism Today – a magazine published by the Himalayan Academy. Available in print media and electronically, the magazine was designed to be “a global publication to advance the cause of Hindu Dharma.”
*Hinduism 101 by Hindu American Foundation. Available electronically at https://www.hafsite.org/resources/hinduism-101-2/Sequential-Curriculum