The stereotype that Hinduism is less materialistically oriented than other religious traditions is clearly false. At the same time, to offer a definitive account of the connection between Hinduism and money would be deceitful and definitively incorrect.
Deepak Sarma is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University. After earning a BA in religion from Reed College, Sarma attended the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he received a PhD in the philosophy of religions. Sarma writes and researches about “Hinduism,” contemporary Hinduism, bioethics, Madhva Vedanta, cultural theory, post-colonial studies, and museology. He is the author of two monographs: An Introduction to Madhva Vedanta (Ashgate, 2003) and Epistemologies and the Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry: Doctrine in Madhva Vedanta (Routeledge, 2005), and is the author/editor of Classical Indian Philosophy: A Reader (Columbia, University Press, 2011) and Hinduism: A Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).