From Delight we came into existence.
In Delight we grow.
At the end of our journey’s close,
Into Delight we retire.
'Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists'
By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (Author), Sister Nivedita (Author)
Ananda Coomaraswamy's work brings together some of the most famous myths and legends from the major Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. The book includes stories from the major Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharta as well as stories from the Puranas and the Vedas whilst it charts the spiritual journey of the Buddha. Thus, we have Rama's heroic battle against the demon king Ravana, brave Hanuman's adventures into the hostile kingdom of Lanka, the descent of the River Ganges from heaven to earth, the birth of the goddess Lakshmi and the great battle of Kurukshetra between the Kauravas and the Pandavas. The stories, with their moral lessons, are told in a simple manner such that they will appeal to children whilst we can all learn something valuable from the allegorical wisdom that they offer. Coomaraswamy offers an explanatory introduction to each tale meaning that no previous knowledge is required in order to enjoy and benefit from this rich collection of stories.