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is the practical vehicle of Hinduism and certain forms of it, such
as Hatha Yoga, have become extremely popular all over the world.
This has prepared people to understand the deeper, more spiritual,
aspects of Yoga, which lead through Vedanta and the Vedas to
the whole Hindu tradition.
Hindu ideas were central to the development of
transcendentalism in America in the early decades of the 19th
century. That movement played a significant role in the
self-definition of America. Hindu ideas have also permeated to the
popular consciousness in the West albeit without an awareness of
the source through the works of leading writers and poets. In
many ways Americans and other Westerners are already much more Hindu
than they care to acknowledge.
Consider the modern fascination with spirituality,
self-knowledge, environment, multiculturalism; this ground was
prepared over the last two hundred years by Hindu ideas.
David Frawley is one of the most
prominent Hindus of our times. He has made fundamental contributions
to our understanding of the Vedas; he has also written on
Ayurveda and other Vedic sciences. Most importantly, he has urged a
return to the Vedas as a means to unlock the secrets of the
scriptures that followed.