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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
  • Real Questions about Hinduism by Hindu American Foundation. Available at: https://www.hinduamerican.org/hinduism-short-answers-real-questions
  • *What is Hinduism? by the editors of Hinduism Today. Himalayan Academy Publications 2007. Also available electronically at
  • https://www.himalayanacademy.com/view/what-is-hinduism

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