Klaus Klostermaier

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Klaus Klostermaier (born 1933) is an Indologist and author.


  • To call the Veda 'scripture' is a concession to a Western understanding of religion. The Indian term is sruti, meaning 'that which has been perceived through hearing'. For thousands of years, perhaps, the Veda was only transmitted orally, and memorization was the only way to acquire its knowledge....
    • Hinduism: A Beginner's Guide
  • Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi all remained Hindus and tried to reform Hinduism from within. They appreciated some things which the West had done better than India and aimed to bring about a synthesis of Eastern and Western ideas.Their influence is still felt in India, although much criticism has been voiced against them as well.
    • Hinduism: A Beginner's Guide

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