Indian Arts and Culture Hinduism JD Salinger & Hinduism The Religious Affiliation of the author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' Share Flipboard Email Print Salinger had deep respect for Hinduism. Shanna Baker/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images Hinduism Indian Arts and Culture India Past and Present Important Texts Temples and Organizations Hindu Gods Hindu Gurus and Saints By Subhamoy Das M.A., English Literature, University of North Bengal Subhamoy Das is the co-author of "Applied Hinduism: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World." He has written several books about Hinduism for children and young adults. our editorial process Subhamoy Das Updated March 17, 2017 Jerome David Salinger (1919-2010), American novelist and short story writer, best known as the author of The Catcher in the Rye was regarded by many as a Hindu. Although he was an experimenter in spirituality, he had deep respect for Hinduism and yoga, and also well versed in the Advaita Vedanta philosophy. Salinger's Affinity towards Eastern Religions Adherants.com Salinger & Ramakrishna Paramhamsa The Gospels of Sri Ramakrishna karma reincarnation Influence of Vedanta and Gita in Salinger's Works non-dualistic system Swami Vivekananda An Adventure in Vedanta: J.D. Salinger's the Glass Family Franny and Zooey The Bhagavad Gita Influence of Hindu Teachings in Salinger's Personal Life Dream Catcher Pranayama Ayurveda Salinger's Sense of Mortality Varanasi , rather than buried under a tombstone. He said, "Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody." Sadly, Salinger's epitaph won't have any mention of this wish!