Yearning for Divinity: An Introduction to Hinduism
What is Hinduism? What does it mean to be Hindu? Few traditions seem as daunting upon first encounter. By some accounts, Hindus are said to believe in 330,000,000 gods. By others, Hindus posit just one infinite reality, called Brahman, which sustains and even is all things. Might both be true, and if so how? What might it mean to see and be seen by the Divine in the temple? In meeting Hindu traditions, we encounter over 4000 years of tradition, notions of karma and reincarnation, profound philosophical reflection, ornate icons of multi-armed divinities, and exuberant, poetic devotion for the Divine. This Master Class offers an introduction to Hindu practice and reflection with a special emphasis on the deep longing for divinity that lies at the heart of Hindu devotional life.
John J. Thatamanil is Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions at Union Theological Seminary where he teaches Comparative Theology, Theologies of religious Pluralism, Hindu-Christian Dialogue, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, the Theology of Paul Tillich, Process Theology, and Eastern Orthodox Theology and Spirituality. He is the author of The Immanent Divine: God, Creation, and the Human Predicament.