Book Review – Hidden Hymns

By: Rasamandala Das.

“Hidden Hymns” should not remain hidden. The sheer breadth of information conveyed in this delightful and readable volume is staggering, and it can only lead to enlightenment. Indeed, though each “hand” has five separate fingers, they all find connection at the palm. Similarly, the five major world religions all converge in the Absolute Truth, a Truth ably conveyed in Räsamaëòala däsa’s accessible and thought-provoking treatise.

Steven J. Rosen (Satyaräja däsa)

Author of 31 books on Vaishnavism and related subjects; found- ing editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies; associate editor of Back to Godhead magazine
“A fascinating spiritual journey through four religious traditions.”

Professor Dan-Cohn Sherbok
Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok is a rabbi of Reform Judaism, a Jewish theologian and a prolific religious author who has writ- ten and edited over 80 books which have been translated into Russian, Greek, Bulgarian, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Swedish, Japanese, Turkish, Persian and German. He is Professor Emeritus of Judaism at the University of Wales, Hon- orary Professor at Aberystwyth University and a Research Fel- low at Heythrop College, University of London and the Centre of Religions for Peace and Reconciliation, University of Winchester.

In “Hidden Hymns” Räsamaëòala däsa provides plenty of cross referencing between Islamic, Jewish, and Vedic traditions to show that regardless of the background, they all share similar lines of investigation and tradition to help the follower arrive at a deeper understanding of the purpose of life, how we got here, how the universe developed, and the meaning of it all. This book certainly brings together various thoughts and lines of thinking, through the numerous quotes it uses, to show that we all share the same quest to perceive what is the truth, in particular the Absolute Truth.

Stephen Knapp (Çré Nandanandana Däsa)
Author of over 40 books on Vedic and Eastern spirituality and culture, 45 years practitioner of bhakti-yoga and Sanätana-dharma, teacher and lecturer, Co-chairman of the Vedic Friends Association, Chairman of the Detroit Iskcon Krishna temple, as well as photographer (with a collection of over 18,000 photos of India) and extensive traveler throughout India.

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