I'm an ex-muslim who has been agnostic for about 10 years. I live in Indonesia (not in Bali though). I’ve read Bhagavad Gita (translated by Eknath Easwaran) and the Katha Upanishad (translated and explained by the same author). I love the philosophy in Hinduism. I started mantram meditation too.
I don’t believe in superstition, and I’ve always thought that devas and such are analogies and metaphors used by the sages(?) to get their message across to other people. And that’s one of the reason I love Hinduism, so many things are abstract. It doesn’t shove up “rigid” doctrines into you. Just wisdoms and philosophy to guide you to a better life (and death)
I’ve been a monist, I believe that everyone and everything comes from a single entity. But I can accept the duality in Hinduism too. So I welcomed the concept of Atman.
There are sooo many things I still understand about Hinduism though. Does anyone know any resource (preferably in English, or Indonesian) that I can read?
TL;DR: What are some resources (preferably in English or Indonesian) to learn about philosophy and practices of Hinduism for a beginner with a monist inclination. I can accept duality too.