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Understanding Hinduism – Hindu Religion Basics for Beginners

Many people find it difficult to understand Hinduism because of the numerous deities, scriptures and schools of thought. The difficulty is primarily due to the popular concept of God – that there is a God sitting somewhere up in the heavens and controlling the happenings on earth. In fact majority of Hindus too believe in a ‘God sitting above’ but the sole difference that a Hindu can choose a personal God or Gods from the numerous deities in the Hindu pantheon who are all the representative of the Supreme Being – Brahman.

Hinduism, the real name Sanatana Dharma, should be understood step by step. The confusion arises when people directly jumps into the various schools of thought and scriptures or by forming an opinion by standing in the outskirts.

  • There is only one Supreme Truth called by different names. It is present in all animate and inanimate. All birth and death are the result of this Supreme Truth. We are born into this state of Supreme Bliss.
  • But soon this Supreme Bliss is replaced by various schools of thoughts primarily due to society, family and education. Every Hindu begins by praying to a personal god or gods or goddess or goddesses. There is a goddess for learning, there is a god of wealth etc etc. Each individual’s personal god is a symbol of his/her highest ideals.


The whole confusion exists in this level. The numerous gods and goddesses exist in this step. The various schools of thoughts, numerous rituals, scriptures, the caste system, mythology, incarnations, festivals, prayers, debates, astrology, shlokas exist in this level. Most people in this level are fortune seekers – who want to lead a good life on the earth with the help of God. So they propitiate a personal god, they bribe the god and so on to see miracles happen in their life. The three important sects in Hindu religion – the Vaishnava (Vishnu), Shaivism (Shiva) and Shakti (Mother Goddess) is also found in this level.

Even majority of Hindus do not realize the concept of Brahman in this level. The personal god becomes the sole refuge for many. But the scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads constantly remind people to think beyond and to find answers to questions like Who am I? or Why do I suffer? Very few find time to find answers or even dare to enter the next domain.

  • The next level begins with contemplation. Some people reach at this level by questioning the very existence of God. Others by trying to find answers to questions like Who am I?

In this level the person realizes that I and God are one and therefore he studies more and more about Brahman. In this level he reads the scriptures, looks out for a Guru, and follows the teachings of ancient seers and modern day gurus. Most seekers in this level are students – they read and try to find answers.

A person in this level will frequently go back to the previous level. Because it is difficult to understand Brahman or that there is only one reality. Some cannot accept the fact that God is not going to help him in finding wealth and provide comforts or perform miracles.

  • There are few souls who will get into the next level. They realize that there is only Brahman – I and Body will drop.

They will become silent or sing praises of the numerous gods or concentrate on a single personal God. Reaching this level is very difficult. But very few return back from this level. They like solitude life or become wandering monks. They find the true meaning of ‘Thou Art That’ or everything is Brahman. There is no death or birth but mere transformation. But even in this level to a small degree the Brahman remains outside.

  • The next level is the return to the first level of Supreme Bliss.

Nothing to write, nothing to talk because there is no SECOND. No Birth. No Death.

Please note that graphs and thoughts are my personal opinion and a reflection of what I have learned so far. The graphs contains more information if you can contemplate.


Comments

  1. This is a helpful introduction and is even better with the new graphics, thank you.

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  2. This was indeed a good article..Can you kindly confirm the source ?

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  3. There is no source. This is what i have so far learned about Sanatana Dharma and trying to express it.

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  4. This is by far one of the most concise interpretation I have encountered and has helped me resolve some ambiguities that I have been struggling to interpret. It would be of great help if you can provide links to specific references, scriptures or interpretations that can promote further reasoning and illuminate these concepts to a greater depth.

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  5. There are no links or further scriptural interpretation that I can give. This is what I have come to learn. Stop searching outside. In fact stop searching and realize the Super Consciousness in you...see Supreme Being in you and all around you. Live in the present because that is what all is there.

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  6. Thank you. My Christian Sunday School class is studying Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism as compared to Christianity. Today we visited the local Hindu Temple and Cultural Center. Your blog combined with the explanation I got from a man at the Temple have clarified a lot. I enjoy learning how others view God and learn about God. Thank you!

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  7. What an eye opener!!! Thank you Abhilash!!
    shailaja

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  8. Hello Abhilash,
    Your information is helpful. But I have a number of doubts. Maybe you can help clarify them.
    1. So what does one do with all the festivals (Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Dusshera, ...) and also most of the pooja ghars have so many deities. Why isn't there just one deity?
    2. There are so many days dedicated to each deity. Even in the week every deity has a day.
    3. Does Hinduism say that a person should be a vegetarian and eating meat is commiting sin?
    4. Does one offend God by eating meat?
    5. Does one need to pray everyday? I mean if I am a decent person and do not hurt anyone, mind my own business and do some good like helping charitable organizations once in a while will God be not happy with me for not praying to God everyday?
    What does Sanatana Dharma say about all of this? I am just trying to get a better perspective here.
    Thank you.
    Aditya

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  9. Thanks Abhilash, ur article is really good, thanks again

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  10. Wonderful article. Just have faith in what Abhilash Said.

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  11. GREAT EXPLAINATION..CLEARLY ONE CAN UNDERSTAND THE NARRATION..

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  12. GREAT NARRATION..CLEARLY EXPLAINED BUT TELL ME ONETHING..HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN GOD IN OUR DAILY LIFE DOING OUR DAILY DUITIES AND STAYING WITH FAMILY..HOW TO SAY GOD THAT WE REMEMBER HIM DAILY EVERY HOUR AND SEC..

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  13. You don’t need to run away from family to realize god. That Supreme Being is in you whether you are in family or forest or anywhere. Do your duties. Develop independent thinking. Control ego and anger. Finally, the most important part is to realize that you are part of this Nature and not above it – Everything in this universe is nothing but Brahman – the Supreme being.

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  14. Wow !! The best concise explanation of the concept of Hinduism. You my friend has even surpassed a lot of holy man who can't clearly explain the concept Hinduism so simply and clearly.

    Great Interpretation!!!!

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  15. Nice one. We all try to bribe the god without doing God.

    SEKHAR

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  16. Good job man
    But Abhilash, you have not given reply to the questions, posted by Anonymus
    I have some more doubts, which I find difficult to remove
    1. What is the difference between Ishwar and Bhagwan?
    2. There are so many dieties, so who make the coordianation among them in the matter of conflict?
    3. Can God be so weak to be taken care of by others, like Shri Ram and Shri Krishna during thier childhood?
    Please remove the doubts, as some of my chritian friends embarrased me by this questions

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  17. Excellent understanding Abhilash. But tell me something, are you able to apply it in your daily life? I seem to be on the level 2, seeking, searching and not getting anywhere much. Who knows how many janams it will take to move on. On the intellectual level, I think anyone who reads a little on spirituality, accepts the SOHAM part. But yet the duality of it all exists and we are not able to get beyond it. At least I have not been able to.

    But thanks for your post. It is very interesting and far more simply put than numerous books that one could read.

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  18. Hello Abhilash

    Though the title of your subject is understanding Hinduism. Don't you think this applies to every faith. They might not have many Gods or Godesses but they still have a personal God.

    And the actual truth that by and large all religions teach is that only "God" exists.

    Bulleh Shah, a Sufi Saint, put it very beautifully. He said "tu hain main na hi sajna tu hain main na hi". In other words he realised that he did not exist. It was all an illusion.

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  19. May I take the liberty of trying to answer some questions that Aditya put forth?

    1. Firstly the numerous deities worshipped by Hindus have not been created by Hinduism per se. Hindusim is a philosophy, a way of life and not a religion. Religions are man made. And just like religions are man made, the deities have been given form and shape by man. There was a lovely comment in the Readers Digest once which said " God made man in his image. Man, being a gentleman, reciprocated.

    All the deities represent a facet of human beings or nature. Durga represents Shakti, Hanuman represents courage and bhakti, Ram represents the true manifestation of truth and principle etc. Man chose to give each aspect a shape in the form that pleased him/her. And then we started worshipping that form. We do not want to accept the fact that actually that shakti, courage, truthfulness all exist within us. And all that is Godly is God so God is within us. We find it easier to put the onus of all problems on someone else's shoulders. So we use God (whichever form suits us at that particular time). Instead of tapping those qualities within ourselves and trying to become pure and Godly, we start seeing ourselves as "this" and place God on a pedastal as "that". Therein the duality.As for celebrations, it gives us a cause to celebrate life. For example, Dussehra is celebrated because Ravan was destroyed. Ravan represents arrogance. Why don't we destroy the arrogance within us and then celebrate? And deities are just for the concentration of our eyes. Do we need a deity? If our aatma is the only thing that is eternal, is it different from the Param aatma? But the form (aakar) helps us to concentrate till we can understand the 'nirakar'.

    2. The days consigned to each deity are once again decided by someone at some time because it suited them. We don't eat non-veg on Tuesdays, but we don't stop to rationalise why. Why is one day different from another? There is no difference. It is all a mind set. However, if one can give up eating non-veg on some days at least, it is discipling.

    3. Every religion says that to kill is wrong. So either one accepts the fact that the being which you are eating has been killed and that is wrong, or you can justify yourselves by saying "but we did not kill". However, I think what we need to understand is that we kill for wrong reasons. For eg. when a lion kills it is to satisfy his hunger and not because he has a choice. A human being has been given a choice and yet he chooses to kill. So it is really a matter of personal understanding.

    By and large every religion says that killing is a sin. So when one eats by killing, it is up to us how we wish to understand that. I don't think there are any laid down rules about eating. All the rules are man made for one's own suitability.

    4. We are back to point one. Is there a separate God? If yes where is he? If no, then who are we offending? We are actually offending/pleasing our own sensibilities.

    5. Why pray everyday? When you are a decent person and don't hurt anyone and do good, isn't that enough, you asked. By and large that should be good. But is that enough to awaken the divinity inside you (which we choose to call GOD)? When we do good we feel mighty good ourselves and take pride in it. How to get rid of that ego, that pride? By prayer. Prayer is not something which can really be defined. It is actually an offering to the divinity within us to awaken and arise so that slowly we become one with the Param aatma. Even if our daily prayer consists of offering gratitude to anyone and everyone it will teach us to be grateful. Very few of us know how to be grateful, to appreciate the basic things in life. So prayer is very important. You feel you are a decent person. Have you ever tried to see how others view you? There might be something we need to change in ourselves to make us better everyday. For that we need to pray.

    I am sorry this post is so long. And it is really only my small understanding and is not meant to agree or disagree with anyone's way of thinking.

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  20. I appreciate your attempt at understanding Hinduism. But alas, I am afraid, you have missed the bus. Hinduism will stand the test of time b'cause it is based on an ancient science which is much much advanced than the present day science.To understand Hinduism and impart it to modern man our approach should be to understand Hindu concepts of 1.Time;2.Space;3.Creation;4.Purpose of creation;5.Purusharthas(four objectives);6.Social order (varnashrama dharma);7.Shruti & Smriti

    S L Kulkarni

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  21. This is a wonderfully simple and clear. Thank you very much for this blog and the other long comment which explains so many questions in every Hindu's mind.

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  22. I am very clear about the explanation till Step 3. But Step 4 leaves me puzzled. Are you saying there is no God and no I and just the universe? Or are you saying everything is just one. This obviously relates to Moksha. Can you please clarify.

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  23. I really don't know if I can explain, because I am not sure if I understand it myself, but I am going to give it a shot anyway.

    The Vedas say "first there was that"!. What is that? The way I see it, with my limited knowledge, is "that" is the energy which is the only thing that exists. It is that energy of which we are a part. This body, made up of five elements is actually nothing. The fact that we exist is our illusion. If we could recognise that fact, we would stop giving so much importance to "I", "me", "myself". But because that part of the energy is separated from the supreme energy and has taken shape as gross matter, it starts giving itself an identity.

    When the body dies, the five elements mix again with the element and the body ceases to exist. But does that mean that the energy which we call "Aatma" that is "that" is no more? No!! That energy is always there. When waves arise from the ocean and some water which comes up to the beach stays there, does that mean it stops to exist as the ocean? No it is still the ocean with the same potential. But if it considers itself a drop of water, then it remains a drop and dries up (vanishes nevertheless). But if the drop merges again with the ocean, it is the ocean. It is not a drop, it has no separate identity.

    Similarly we are the energy, the soul, the Aatma which is just segregated from the supreme energy. The energy is just waiting to merge with the supreme energy, the Param Aatma.

    The same energy has the power to give shape to everything, so to bring up all the energy together, takes shape sometimes as Avtaars. The same potential that exists in them exists in us. With the difference that they realise their potential and we don't.So when they take the gross body it is with the intent of collecting all the energy together and merging it into the supreme energy, namely GOD.

    But I don't think there is a man or woman shaped God sitting somewhere doling out justice. Because we are so limited in this gross matter body, that we cannot see ourselves as "that" so we feel "that" is powerful and we gave it a separate name, i.e. GOD. In other words GOD is actually "that" and we all are a part of "that". And I feel it is when we will start trying to accept this, then all the wrong doings would stop, because it is only a matter of accepting that there is no difference between you, me, him, her etc. The same energy exists everywhere.

    Maybe I don't make much sense but I sincerely hope that you can make something out of what has been written.

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  24. thanks for whtevr u wrote....i really accept it and its makin me soo much better...ppl may try not to accept much or gt confused about what u wrote because it a too difficult for a humna mind with strong beliefs to accpt such a fact..only a person wid an open mind can do so...thnx a lot...it was very well explained and written...i have made these points in book and will b sharin it wid others too..good stuff...

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  25. There is no such thing as HINDUISM. It is Sanatan Dharam

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  26. Hi this is good. a valuable addition in the ''who am I stage'' would be that of first realising at a mental level that ''I'' am only the ''breadth''. (when breadth leaves the body there is no you or yours). And breadth as equal to life energy that animates all things in nature. (Hence the importance of Yoga). From this starts the search to realise unity or oneness...ie: not just understanding it at a mental level, but pursuiing the truth through sadhana and realising it for yourself.

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  27. To anonymous:"First there was that". This "that" is not the energy. Actually "that"cannot be explained by words,only hints can be given to realize. What do you experience when you sleep and do not see any dream?Can you explain it?--A pure awareness remains!Sages use "that" word for "Awareness".Awareness(all knower,ever-bliss,ever-new)is self and in sanskirit self means Atman.Energy is vibration of this Awareness called karna body(chit) then comes mind(thoughts) and then physical body(matter). And in Truth:Whole world is projection of this "Awareness",in other words Atman or God himself manifestied as a world.There is neither five elements nor any body or shape but only Atman exists and we all are always ONE with this Truth."I Me Myself and thoughts of separation from the supreme is only illusion due to the duality.
    The numerous gods and goddesses represent respect for life because our sages have discovered the truth that there is no differnce between GOD and WORLD out there.

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  28. God is the name for the Supreme Energy that created the universe and laid down the rules of physics, mathematics and all sciences that we know. A Chinese girl once told me that according to her Science is God. U.S. follows humanism - a kind way of saying we are also Gods. Hinduism says the same thing, that each one of us is really part of the whole, a drop of the ocean, a ray of the brilliant light - into which we get to merge back when we leave this body. We are here each to fulfil some mission, some part in the supreme design and each one of us is really part of the big picture and fit in neatly into his plan, according to the roles he designs. He - the supreme God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient and omnivalent. He manifests himself in any shape, gender and form we divine him to be. Ancient sages and relatively modern masters too have seen the deities appear to them in the forms they were worshiped. We have historic evidence in Hindu texts of great sages, poets and musicians who have composed great works in response to divine appearance and encouragement. Hinduism believes that complete devotion and continuous thought of the divine regardless of one's status or hardships or pleasures in life, is the only path to God and salvation. Hinduism also believes that every chance of a human birth is only a way given to the soul to train itself to strive for and achieve that salvation. No other form of life has the resource, knowledge, ability and competence to know, understand and reach for God. Every civilization on the earth, regardless of its origin or place in time and geographical situation, has found its own unique form of wondering, questioning, reaching out and trying to understand this one supreme being. Based on their time in space, their climate, flora and fauna, they have developed ways and means to show their love, gratitude and appreciation to the supreme being and to pass on that understanding to their next generations. They have used their time, possessions, lives, talent and built great houses of worship in the best way they knew, always reaching upwards. That part is common among all religions - to reach out to the divine - to thank him for his wonderful creation.

    In Hinduism, this has been done with almost singular mindedness. Reaching out to the divine is the one and only main goal of a Hindu.Everything else is besides and for the purpose of reaching out to God and attaining salvation. God is seen as the only wise entity that is whole and the rest of us as ignorant and incomplete without him. Thus God becomes a necessary part of life and not a choice. Hindus believe that the closer they come to being detached of worldly pleasures and ties, the closer they are to God. Hindus are strongly advised to clasp on to the permanent and hold fast to spirituality rather than hanker after worldly things. Hindu Gods are believed to not be forgiving ones that will relent if we beg for mercy. Hindus believe that devotees are tested again and again to see if they will stay steadfast in their faith and principles and not sway from the right path and remain devoted and true to Sanathana Dharma. So Hindus normally believe in fatalism and karma and cause and effect and choose to lay all burdens on their favorite deity and move on with life, trying to stay in the favor of their chosen deity. Every Hindu knows that they are worshipping one form of the various interpretations of the same supreme being. Marriage between Gods, are all symbolic. Shiva and Shakthi represent Matter adn Energy in the Universe. Shiva is nothing without Shakthi - Husband is nothing without a consort or another interpretaion could be Matter by itself cannot achieve anything positive without Energy. Shakthi is accompanied by Wealth and Wisdom - Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Narayana or Vishnu is the protector and wise man and the consort of Wealth. Wisdom and wealth are both desired and needed for everyone to live happily. Shivam destroys ignorance and arrogance by his dance and makes room for new things in the universe. Woe to those who anger Shiva. Ramayana and Mahabharatha show every nuance of life and how it should be lived with exemplary characters depicting all kinds of human traits - evil and good. Repeating these stories to kids are like gospel and cultivate good nature and principles and warn them of what to avoid. Eating meat and so on depends on one's vacation and time in life. A hunter who offered meat daily to Lord Shiva out of love attained salvation according to PeriaPuranam - an epic describing the lives of Shiva devotees. Kshatriyas - Kings and warrior clans always ate meat, there is no taboo for them, because they needed it to sustain their occupation.
    Faith and complete devotion, faith removed of doubts, true self-less love for God under any circumstance - regardless of which form you choose to worship the Supreme Being by - that is what is asked of a human being, as a Hindu. Being tolerant to every other religion - because of the fact that we see each life on the earth as only a part of the whole supreme being is a must. Yes, we should not kill, but Hinduism also says that one may do so to protect oneself if we or our loved ones are in danger. All the avatars did go to war when they had t- even Rama and Krishna. It will be foolish not to protect oneself from enemies.

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  29. Hinduism incorporates the divine aspect into everything an individual does in life. God is always the priority and main factor that governs every conscious act in the life of a Hindu. Again the choice of deities and way of worship is flexible with not many hard and fast rules. From the minute the Hindu gets up from bed to the time he goes to sleep, God is entwined automatically into the daily routines of life. Nothing is done without remembering God, in one form and way or the other. For example, getting up and cleansing oneself first is a must - a ritual, tied to awareness of God. Facing the sun or a favorite deity, performing worship comes next - to thank the almighty, ask for his presence and guidance in everything that is done before the start of the day. Preparation of food is done with God in mind - so the ingredients are clean and fresh and the food prepared with the mind set that it is to be offered to the most precious entity of all - God first. So care goes into it and the food is eaten after being offered and graced by the Lord - whichever deity the individual prefers. Starting work and performing it is called karma yoga - again the typical Hindu is supposed to strive to do their very best because they are working for God - the bigger picture really - not just for the boss handing out wages. So the Hindu looks at his daily work as really a work he is doing as part of the big plan. This makes him stay honest and do his best. Charity and helping those in need is essential in Sanadhana Dharma. The word Dharma has no literal translation in other languages - because Dharma defines many aspects - love and devotion to the almighty, respect for parents, teachers and wise men and elders, compassion for those who do not have or are in pain and suffering, kindness and gratitude to all animals especially to those that help us survive and work for us - like the cow and the bullock, being dutiful in whatever role we are playing - children to their parents, students to their teachers, wife to husband, husband to wife, employee to employers, businessmen to customers, and so on.

    Even leisure, entertainment, culture and art, festivals, enjoyment - everything is tied to remembering God and his wonderful nature and creation. Every classical art form in Hinduism, literature, dance, music, drama, sculpture, architecture - overflows with only one theme - love for God, admiration for his beauty and aesthetic sense, supreme power and generosity - for he loved us all so much that he made such beautiful worlds and showered it with all its wonderful creatures and so many pleasures, that we can only wonder with awe.

    Even love and sex is tied to divinity and has rules that are rigid and entwined with God and his symbolism. Shiva as the supreme male form - Mahadeva and Shakthi as the supreme female form - the mother of everythin, both can be infinitely graceful and create wonders but also become filled with anger and destroy when they see arrogance and ignorance that causes harm to the populace.

    Thus the Hindu is constantly made conscious of God and his presence every minute of the day and is made to understand that everything they see is really Maya - an illusion and temporary with the permanent, real truth resting only with the Supreme Being - and one can find true happiness only when we reach that sublime form.

    Once this understanding becomes established, everything else falls into place. Troubles, and situations we feel are not good or make us feel unhappy, no longer appear great or take on significance. We are able to move on and get past difficulties, if our concentration is placed beyond these and is held fast by the supreme being. We rest our burdens and perform better. We aim for salvation and strive for that goal forgetting petty matters.

    Festivals are many and scattered all around the year, and incorporate social behavior, making of favorite foods, dressing in beautiful clothes and decking of homes and streets - while at the center of everything is the worship and praise of one of the numerous deities. Again, this is a a very effective way of keeping the God at the center of all celebrations and entertainment. It keeps religion from becoming a chore and boring, and serious. I believe as children, I got attracted into religious activities because of these festivals.
    The form of deities of worship is not as important as following the basic principles of Sanadhana Dharma in every thought, word and action.

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  30. Hinduism recognizes women as an essential piece of the whole.

    Arthanareeshwarar is a form of Shiva and Shakthi appearing as halves merged into one - showing that male and female have equal status. This is unique among all religions, a special and valuable factor that uplifts women in a male dominated world.

    Navrathri is a festival entirely dedicated to women and exists for women fellowship in society.
    Women decorate their homes, welcoming Shakthi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi into their homes - celebrating them for nine days. Every woman goes through three stages in life.
    First - Kanniga - a virgin endowed with all the qualities, playfulness, attractive form, quest for knowledge, courage and beauty combined - personified as Durga.

    When the girl grows up and marries she becomes the wealth and center of the household - the source of well being and satisfaction, maintaining the home and caring for all within it. Now she is Lakshmi for that home.

    When the woman ages and crosses middle age she becomes filled with wisdom and learning, fulfils the role of teaching the younger generation and guide them into being good Hindus. She is now adept and well versed in the Hindu texts and rules and is able to be an example and leader for the household. Now she is Saraswathi.

    So Navarathri celebrates the three forms of womanhood as Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi. Children participate in decorating the home, setting up idols and other statues depicting scenes and characters in the epics and vedas, incorporating local flora and fuana, decorations , vocational figures. Everyday women get dressed up in beautiful clothes, visit each other's homes, exchange gifts and delicacies, sing hymns and felicitate each other.

    On the ninth day, Durga, Lakshmit and Saraswathi are all worshipped together as one. Saraswathi puja, Durgashtami, Vijaya Dasami these are the days ending the festival - celebrating and thanking Saraswathi for education to win over ignorance, Durga for courage to defy arrogance, and Lakshmi for a prosperous year ahead.

    Hinduism also uplifts children - male and female - into a special place within the religion, again another unique feature among all others. Baby Krishna, Baby Murugan and Kanya Kumari are endowed with magical, mystical qualities and power and worshipped in endearing ways. There are numerous famous beautiful temples dedicated to these deities in the child form.

    Children get all excited and participate in fun filled festivals like Krishna Jayanthi, Karthikai, Durgashtami and Navrathri. Temples hold 10 to 14 day festivals where processions and rituals depict incidents from the Hindu texts. Children enjoy and have fun while learning that good vs evil is a battle and the Gods always fight and destroy bad entities. Soora Samharam festival is one such example of a fun activity that shows the young Murugan destroying the bad Sooran, children have great fun throwing paper arrows at the Sooran in this religious festival. Without knowing it, and in a fun filled way, the child learns its religion and its basic principles and gets drawn into it.

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  31. Hinduism also promotes awareness and respect for animals. Ganesh - the deity with the head of an elephant is revered first before other deities. This reinforces respect and love for animals. Most animals are revered in one form or the other. Animals are depicted as vahanas used by the deities - starting from the lower ones like the rat and snake to bigger animals like the ox, the cow, and the elephant. Garuda - the Kite/Eagle is vahana for Vishnu and is held sacred.

    Children are acclimatized to these beings and inherit respect and love for these animals which then grows into a general love for animals and all forms of life.

    Cleanliness and hygiene is incorporated into the religion - one has to worship their deities daily but has to be clean before they do so - so daily personal hygiene is no longer a choice for the individual.

    Local flora and fauna is appreciated and used in daily religious rituals as a must, so that plants and flowers, trees and herbs are nurtured and nourished without fail. Flowers, garlands, fragrance from roots, woods and resins, ornamental sheaths made of cocanut palm leaves, beads and nuts woven into rosaries and other form of local condiments are used to cleanse and decorate the deities. This ensures that religious practices pervades and improves horticulture, agriculture and other healthy occupations around the region.

    Various forms of physical activities described in Hindu texts are designed to improve the mind and body. Yoga and meditation with controlled breathing is well known and proven to improve general mental and physical health if practiced properly and regularly.

    Hinduism is not only a religion but is also mainly a culture that tries to improve the spiritual, mental and physical well being of humans in general. Hinduism also promotes peace in general.Buddhism and Jainism which were born from Hinduism as the root - promote and emphasize the message of peace and non-violence more than the parent religion.

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  32. Hindus are not known to be aggressive or oppressive in the past. Ancient Hindu kings from North India like Ashoka and from the South like Mahendra Pallava encouraged religious tolerance.

    It is best to remain true to the basic Hindu principles and remain tolerant and peace loving.
    But being a minority religion of ancient value and considering the nature of Hindus to avoid confrontation - Hinduism is in danger of extinction by other aggressive external forces.

    Since resorting to violence and aggression or using unfair means like money and power is against the gentle, just nature of the typical Hindu, legal steps should best be take to preserve Hinduism from being overridden by roughshod forces. Religious conversion and aggressive occupation by other sects should be controlled and prohibited. Giving a classical endangered status to Hindus and Hinduism in all parts of the world in all countries could be one way to preserve this ancient religion that has still stood the test of time. Governments should always be secular and freedom of religion is one of the most important rights of any peoples. Hence force and aggression or cheating to convert and push should be identified and prevented.

    At the same time divisions within the Hindu religion and competition for power within inside factions should be avoided, this is new and not advisable and tends to confuse the general populace.

    Typical Hindu families have no restriction in the choice of worship. Within the same family there will be devotees of Shiva, Vishnu, Devi and so on, as they feel. Many Hindus study in Christian and other institutions and have no ill feelings in visiting other places of worship - since the typical Hindu views every being as part of the whole Brahman - the Paramathma - the Supreme Being. But this nature could endanger Hinduism and its continuance. However, losing that trait of being tolerant and kind to all is the basic block upon which Hinduism is built so losing that trait would also remove one's status as a true Hindu.

    So it rests upon law and govt to protect the ancient religions like Hinduism from being wiped out by newer, more aggressive ones.

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  33. Religion should not get involved in politics. The result is dangerous to both and devastating to all as history tells. We have the wars in other parts of the globe - and more recent ones - all waged based on the religion - politics mix.

    Division within the religion and those divisions spilling onto the political scene and being taken up by various parties to be used as weapons or tools to throw against or gain support from or for anti-campaigning will bring disastrous results.

    The state of all govts is mostly secular now and if not should be secular for the simple reason that no country is now home to one set of religious people. There is always a majority but that majority too can no longer subsist alone within an island of themselves. The world has become a global village and transport and subsistence of peoples is no longer rigidly tied to a region or country or religion. So the govt functions, industry and business is now upheld typically by a mix of all kinds of people, regardless of the location of the entity.

    Politics, business, industry and govt should necessarily separate ways with religion at all times. Religion is a choice, secularism is not a choice but a must.

    I am a strong supporter of Hinduism and a born Hindu and will never give up my rights and choice to practice the Hindu religion with devout love and sincerty. But I would never allow my beloved religion to be used to gain support for political, financial or business purposes. That would disrespect the religion.

    I would also strongly oppose those who seek to use religion to promote separatism or radicalism and seek to push for disunion from the center govts, under any circumstance. Preserving the union is as important as preserving the Hindu religion in its entirety.

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  34. Nice interpretation. You seem to have understood the core of teachings of Hinduism. Please drop in to see my blog and give your kind feedback:

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    CVRajan

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  35. That is correct. After all there is only one god. That god is not a human, or any other sentient being including aliens or inanimate beings/objects. The god is not in any real form and only has certain qualities. The god is not linked to any prophet/sage/demi-god,demi-goddess. Such supernatural people can never understand god, can never have a relationship with god, can never reach god nor any part of their being touch god. They might have a had a little bit of privy to some mysteries or secrets like a fleeting glimpse but cannot ever claim to be with god or know the sole path to god. Different sages/prophets/demi-gods, demi-goddesses have elaborated on paths to the the so called elusive divine power based on their own experiences. There is bias as the culture, environment, circumstances all play a role in that being's spiritual experience. Also the being has had their own learning in legends, folklore, and the education afforded at that time and place(s) so when they speak their preaching then they have already learned to speak words and understand their meaning and it is not as spontaneous as it may seem. Other beings may not be acquainted with the preacher's knowledge and so think that it could be important and so start to follow due their own lack of knowledge and experience. These beings then aggrandise the preaching beyond what they are i.e. make a bandwagon and then jump onto it to carry the preacher and themselves through the multitudes causing near hysteria without the participants both on the bandwagon and in the multitude not having the inclination to examine the facts and think logically, i.e. going with the fashion/trend. This leads to confusion, mix ups, conflicting statements from the same preachers that are ignored in all the rush leading to the the folowers having a poor level of faith and the opening up of so many sects basing themselves/focusing themselves on certain preachings that differ from others. From these more learning is added and beings claim to have spiritual experiences from following certain of the preachings. whilst everyone is concentrating on these things the secular aspects of learning are neglected or upheld by a few. It is with these secular aspects that scoiety moves ahead and not with spiritual experience or some divine beings stepping in and doing all the work. Time spent on non-secular alternative pursuits should be held in balance with secular pursuits. All the modern education system the world over is secular with a little peppering of religious/spiritual fanfare.

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  36. When one has a fleeting glimpse then in their own understanding they feel with their limited knowlegde and experience that they have felt/experienced god or the something divine. It is said that all parts of creation and everything that we know belong in the end to a higher power but to that being that claims to have witnessed/felt something amazing and spiritual is not always clear. The being would have come from a strong atmosphere of spiritualism and religiosity that pushes the beings towards certain personalities or levels through devotion, mediatation and prayer. There may be an expectation that eventually something will be achieved and they may have emotions that cannot be put into words and so they assume it was a divine being or god that they felt and sensed. With all the background of that focus already there thay would naturally be a bias towards describing a phenomenon/phenomena as being that which was sought after. These expereinces are not always as they seem. The higher power conjures up phenomena to satisfy our cravings (otherwise our own mind is very capable of doing such inventions). Even when the being claims to have felt or experienced such events of a deity(s) or supernatural being(s) that they met manifesting itself, then they comsider this an achievement on their part i.e. the part of the devotee. In the process the supernatural unexplained being is said to communicate ideas. The prophet/sage/demigod, demigoddess then goes on to comunicate their experiences with others with the bias of what they think they have achieved by witnessing such an event using their own knowledge and understanding. This then propagates their ideas and so forth.

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  37. When the being starts to propagate ideas and experiences, other beings around begin to take heed. They understand each in their own way. They may only sense certain parts of the ideas communicated by the being that felt experiences maybe because they were only interested in particular parts of the discourses. They may only understand particular parts of the discourses because they are not well grounded in the other areas. The parts they grasp, they mull over and focus and themselves propagate these ideas with their own ideas and understanding making their own interpretations and coming to some conclusions on some issues. The beings that took heed at the start all had different interests and understanding on the ideas and discourses of the being that had felt experiences and so their own ideas would each be different from the ideas given out in the discourses by the being that felt experiences and their own experiences would also play a part in the dissemination of information where they too would relate their events in their lives to others. Others would be inspired by these events and would take heed of discourses of learning given by the different beings that had firstly taken heed of the being that felt experiences. They too would add learning and preaching and teaching. Other layers of knowledge would be added by successive teachers and preachers. The information available would be too much for most beings to fathom and only some being would have the experience and learning to understand all the disourses and events. These beings would bring together much information into a format that was better to understand again not necesarily taking everything into account and making the focus on most issues but not all. Seminaries would be set up giving the oppurtunity for individuals seeking to be taught the knowledge accumulated. This would be taught in interpretive fashon to give meaning to the somewhat unintelligible information. Along the way interpretations would dominate the study and many details would be left out as not convenient for the motivation of the patrons and scholars work. Eventually many sects arise that all seem to be teaching thorough material but are yet quite different from each other. The various ranks of clergy and devotee are content with the preaching as it suits them as individuals. The study and teaching is sometimes tailored to their needs. They now have many personalities that they respect in their own traditions each having made a contribution and rituals have increased the attempt at getting more meaning. Outside these traditions that have accrued over time there are other traditions that have been practiced among beings. These also contain within them much meaning and learning that also requires understanding with thought and depth. These traditions have a different style and feel to them and can lead the individual to a better sense of the world around but still keep the power of inquiry and awareness of the unknown continuous.

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  38. Part of the human experience is to be spiritual. From what is known beings that are animate do not seem to worship or meditate in their lives. In the sleeping hours it may be said that they do not dream or imagine of the so called higher lifestyle rather they gather and/or consolidate nutrients or only seem to think of their everyday lives in a fantasy manner and during waking hours strive and ponder on their survival (The vast majority of the living species know as humans that have ever lived and that will ever live are like this).It has been noted though that animals do have strong senses that are much superior to ourselves and have been celebrated and remembered in every culture with many stories giving them a human feel. Inanimate objects from our understanding do not exhibit any sort of spiritualism but may give off energy that can be thought of as spiritual power e.g crystals, totems, symbols, motto statements in solid of sound energy form etc. Planets may also possess such qualities as can comets and other heavenly bodies. Aliens are said to have elaborate systems of religion and are considered far more spiritually mature than the simple human.
    By being spiritual one may also hone on certain craft that sharpens the senses and lets the individual do things that defy known scientific laws and may also allow one to to be a bearer of energy that can have odd but postitive effects. Living without any sort of spiritual feeling or pursuit leaves one open to the rigours of daily life that can take over and hold one at its mercy but a spiritual being fullfills a natural part of itself that otherwise cannot be helped along by other means giving it more feeling and understanding of anything and everything.

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  39. Trees and plant life are scientifically classified as living beings. They are animate but grow or move very slowly. They seem like rocky outcrops when they are living, dying or dead. Tree spirits are supposed to exist giving them a mysterious feel; they could be classed as between animal and plant animate species and supposedly inanimate non living rocks and stone.

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  40. Of the many personalities that that have given knowledge to others and have caused a process of thought provoking, a few details are kept. The clothes, mannerisms, diet, ornaments, style, skills, life events and virtues are remembered. The followers of these great individuals seeking an other-worldly fellowship with them go to great lengths to imitate and emulate not only in the philosophy they imparted but also in more ordinary matters. They try to become that greatness that they hold so dear to themselves. Nearly all are like a tangent line that allegedly just touches the curve or shape that it is approaching but could also be said that it never really touches the target shape at all. The tangent line does not suddenly fall into place with the curve or shape it is aiming for and follow the pattern of the target shape but it just continues on its own path. Maybe later in its route it may become a curve or another shape making a pattern of its own to which other tangent lines are aiming to reach and have that touch which may never even occur.
    Many of the great sentient beings of human species or of a similar human like nature have made use of numbers to classify numbers of repetitions, rituals, followers, rewards, time other miscellaneous data and geometry that can be reflected in architecture but mathematics is not noticeably dealt with.

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  41. When one goes through the practice of meditation and prayer then one must be cautious. The feelings that one gets from such activites can grab the senses of some taking control of the innermost parts of the feeling system. This system then becomes accustomed to these sensations and other parts of the feeling system are neglected having been not stimulated. This takeover can render the being not to function at its desired ability making the being far off from its predetermined level of function, just continuing its existence ordinarily.

    Confucius (Kong Zi/ Kung fu-tzu) and many of the ilk knew how to control the takeover of the feeling system and maintain ability. If this did not happen then the humanity would have been a little more uncivilised and this planet would have stayed mundane and primitive like much of the rest of the planets and stars.

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  42. Dear Anonymous,
    Thank you for your explanation. I really appreciate it. Thank you for taking out time to answer my questions. Can you point me to any resources that I can read to gain a better understanding?
    Thank you again.
    Thank you.
    sincerely,
    Aditya

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  43. Excellent Abilash! Adding this to my fav list!

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  44. Religion carries with it culture, heritage and traditions. These are very often from the environment that they were brought up in. There is a rustic feel to religion as it takes one to a more natural way of living, preserving tradtional lifestyle. Some of the religion has a primitive meaning taking one to a time of human ancestry and the ideas and philosophy of those periods. A legacy of these times is the beautiful artwork, costume, poetry, and architecture that are attractions today.

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  45. That was a nice description of the Hindu outlook on God.Keep up the good work!

    I shall link you up in some of my Blogs.

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  46. The transformation of a mortal through the perceptions described above, can be appreciated, however, can be easily contested, since the association of a human being with an idol worship is channeled, via external inputs. What if, mortality had no inputs from external sources, then how soon before the wanderer realises, that there is nothing but him that exists. "SHUNYA" == GOD isnt it! It is the devation from the shunya that ceases the mortal from bring godly that no religion can explain in my opinion or beyond the scope of human(mortal) understanding.

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  47. You have told that the I and body drops that is the EGO is dropped but you only say taht this is written by ME ..ME ME and only ME ME is there .Hey i also have knowledge more tahn you sorry if you felt so but you cannot tell like this as you only .Your text is simple copy paste and sorry if it is not then also you should drop the I used for yourself good bye JAIGURUDEV.The post was really good and people should go with it good bye

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  48. The various deities like Rudhra (or Shiva) for the function of destruction, Lakshmi for Prosperity, Saraswathi for Learning, Vishnu for Sustenance or protection and the like are many attributes (Not individual gods themselves) of the Supreme being Brahman (or Allah or Father or Lord). The qualities of the Supreme being are infinite and some of the known attributes are in the form of deities each with it's assigned role. This is my understanding.

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  49. God is someone who is present everywhere, is felt in and beyond this earth, has no beginning and end..... everything is described in his context but has no defination.

    TIME is present everywhere, it can be felt in and beyond earth, it has no beginning (it exited beyond big bang as it happened in some point of time) nor any end, everything can be explained in context of time but i haven't found any sactisfactory defination of time (and i don't believe it's something measured with watch). So,
    I strongly believe
    TIME is the suprime power, IT is the Shiva.... Jai Shambhu....

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  50. Interesting article, but Hindus should seriously reconsider the misuse of the Monotheistic term "God." God is a noun and refers to a Male, Creator Being. Note that the even the "Monotheistic" religions fight over this "One God." Hindus should know better. The Sanskrit/Hindu term "Brahman" is a neuter term to express the Absolute "no-thing-ness" as well as the impersonal forces of Light/Energy and Bliss/Love (Satchidananda). Also in the misuse of god (small "g") the confusion only gets worse. Who is the God and the god? Hindus have their Ishta Devatas (Male and Female) but there is no one provable God.

    Swami Param
    Dharma Yoga Ashram (Classical Yoga Hindu Academy)

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  51. Casteless & Discrimination-less Quadri-Divisional Social System of Non-Aryans of Primitive India!

    It is absolutely wrong to be believe that warriors (Kshatriya), intellectuals (Vipras) and merchants (Vaishyas) had not evolved until the arrival of Aryans to India. The Indus Valley Civilization was not evolved by the Aryans. This was the civilization of non-Aryans (either Dravidians or Austric people) of primitive India. For the evolution of civilizations, warriors, intellectuals and merchants classes are required constituents. The labour class is readily available everywhere.
    The book written (Post Doctoral work for D.Lit.) by Dr. Lalan Prasad titled - ‘Tantra : Its Mystic and Scientific Basis’ says :- “There is a wrong and biased view about the non-Aryans. Indian culture and civilization fathered by the non-Aryans is the oldest. When the rest of the world had not even seen the twilight of civilization, the non-Aryans of the pre-historic India enjoyed a spiritual form of cultural life. Thus, it will be wrong to believe that all the best elements of Hindu religion and culture came from the Aryans. It will also be wrong to think that whatever is lowly, degrading, or superstitious comes from the primitive, uncultured non-Aryans. On the contrary the Aryan culture, religion, thought and beliefs have been profoundly modified by the superior and subtle Tantric cult of the non-Aryans. The mysticism and the scientific approach of the Tantric civilization have had a great influence over the thought and beliefs of the Vedic culture of the Aryans”.
    Shri Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (P.R.Sarkar) (spiritual name- Shri Shri Anandamurti Ji) writes in his book Human Society Part-II : – “By reviewing history we find that the four class or quadric-divisional social system in the HUMAN RACE was in vogue everywhere in the world, and that it occurred and is still continuing in accordance with a special type of Parikranti or Peripheric Evolution.”

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  52. A discourse from the book – ‘SUBHAASHITA SAMGRAHA’


    - Written by Shri Shri Anandamurti Ji


    Title : - ‘THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIETY’

    This creation of five fundamental factors is the crudest manifestation of ‘Macrocosmic Chita’ or Cosmic Mental Stuff. During the introversial phase of the Cosmic Mind, or pratisaincara (pratisanchara) the quinquelemental factors (five elements- ether, aerial, luminous, liquid and solid) came in touch with the divine powers of Purushottama, the Supreme Knowing Entity, and developed the vibrations of life. The more this vital energy received the brilliance of Brahma or Supreme Consciousness, the more enlightened it grew, and this glow led it forward on the party of self-realization. The highest of the thinking creatures have been able to accelerate the speed of their unit consciousness ahead of the speed of attraction, or the introversial phase of Brahma. The highest living being was called a human being or ‘Manusha’ , which means an intellectual being.
    The development of intellect is not uniform in humanity. No two individuals are identical. In the perspective of time, the people of the ancient past had a less developed intellect than the people of the present day. Millions of years ago, when according to Brahma Chakra, or the cycle of creation, the first human baby was born, this earth was not as safe as it is today. The human beings of that era were completely surrounded by dense forests which were infested with ferocious animals and reptiles – by huge carnivorous creatures with fierce protruding teeth in search of prey. They had not have a sweet home to protect them from thunder, storms, hurricanes and meteors. The scorching heat of the midday sun tried to destroy the very life of the first human babe. This was the kind of environment in which human beings found themselves in those days.
    Such circumstances were not conducive for human beings to develop their intellect or treat the past of self-introspection. In those days people employed all their energy just for their self-preservation against ruthless nature, and during that age of bitter struggle the most important thing was physical strength. In that distant age people realised the value of one thing – that might is right. As all forces were hostile to their existence, they did not feel safe living a scattered, isolated existence. So they came close to ech other and formed many small clans or tribes with the sole purpose of self-preservation through collective struggle.
    In those days the mightiest person of a clan or ‘Gotra’ became the group leader and was worshipped as a hero by the society. Thus there arose in the ancient past the first ‘Kshattriya Society’ (Warrior’s Society).
    The world moved on. Primitive people could not maintain their original structure and began to realize that physical powers alone were inadequate. Physical strength required the support of intellect which would control their physical powers, leading them towards the path of real material progress.
    Those who first invented the use of the fire through friction, who provided that pleasant touch of heat to the human body frozen by cold winter nights, became the greatest of people. This greatness was achieved by dint of merit and not by sheer physical force. Society held such people in the highest esteem as ‘Rishis’ (Intellectuals) or pioneers of human welfare.
    [Continued……1/1….. below]

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  53. [ Continued from …..1/1… above]

    Later on human beings made food delicious and easily digestible by roasting it in fire. The person who first taught people how to utilize fire was also acclaimed as a ‘Rishi’ (Intellectual) , a disciple of the previous ‘Rishi’ Those who discovered the art of weaving cloth in order to clad the naked human body, those who taught how to domesticate animals and provide cow’s milk for babies deprived of their mother’s milk, and those who solved the problems of transportation by inventing bullock cart, all of them were called ‘Rishi’ . All of them were the honoured forbearers of human society and all of them are worthy of being remembered, welcomed and revered. The ‘Rishi’ (intellectual) were the harbingers of new innovations for society. ‘Kshattriya Society’ (the warriors) held them in highest esteem as ‘Vipras’ (the intellectuals) and lavished them with honour.

    Years rolled by, human beings became more closely acquainted with the external world. They learnt to use many more objects and to utilize those objects in a better way. Some people naturally remained preoccupied with mundane objects to make them more useful. This group of people, obsessed with mundane objects, were known as ‘Vaeshyas’ (the merchant class).
    As a natural rule the ‘Vipras’ (intellectuals) or ‘Kshattriyas’ (intellectuals) gradually become subservient to the Vaeshyas (Merchant class) just to seek out an existence. In the absence of farmers no food was available; without weavers no clothes were available – blacksmiths, potters, cobblers, leather merchants, etc. were also indispensable. Generally ‘Vipra (intellectual) Society’ had no alternative but to surrender to Vaeshyan (merchant) supremacy.
    Those who were entirely devoid of any of the attributes of the Vipras, Kshattriyas or Vaeshyas became the obedient servants (Shudras) of these groups, but all of these three classes mercilessly exploited such people.
    The world advanced still further. More changes occurred in the social structure. As a natural consequence of the flow of creation human beings discovered money. Money gradually became the means of physical enjoyment. This gave rise to tensions amongst people because the more money one could hoard, the richer one became. If rich people so desired they could own vast property and all the amenities of life. In the Vaeshya (merchant class)-dominated society the Vaeshyas were the most affluent class, and other classes were completely dependent on their money for their self-preservation.
    This ‘Vaeshya’ (merchants)-dominated society exists even today, and as a consequence of exploitation, the ‘Viprian’ (intellectuals) and ‘Kshattriyan’ (warriors) societies have been degenerated to the level of ‘Shudras’. It is a natural law that only a few persons can attain opulence, but the ‘Shudras’ are the majority. Today these ‘Shudras’ are collectively determined to destroy the domination of the ‘Vaeshyas’ and annihilate them. There is a clear indication of the emerging dominance of the ‘Shudras’, but is this dominance of ‘Shudras’ an absolute truth?
    Will ‘Shudra’ society remain as a final order? If the control of society slides into the hands of the ‘Shudras’, won’t the material prosperity and the spiritual progress of humanity be obstructed? As a consequence of the struggle for ‘Shudra’ domination people are coming to understand what type of social pattern will ensure the genuine welfare of society.
    No social class should dominate society. If one class is dominant the other classes will surely be exploited. Therefore, everyone is to be guaranteed equal opportunities and equal-rights. For the progress of humanity a harmonious adjustment in the society is essential. A good many genius students are compelled to drop their studies for want of money, and for the same reason many artists are obliged to curtain their extraordinary talent. This is due to a defective social order. This state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue any longer.
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    Cunning capitalists have built a fragile nest from their greedy intellect, just as the weaver bird builds a nest. In the collective interest of all human beings this nest must be smashed to pieces. Only then can human beings lead the entire society towards supreme good. Otherwise only a handful of people can ever attain perfection. Unless there is a complete transformation, it will be extremely difficult to lead the whole society to the supreme stance. The interest clashes and conflicts of the physical world will continuously turn people’s attention to external objects of enjoyment and create obstacles in the path of their spiritual progress.
    In a harmonious social order, no one will run after fame or wealth like mad dog. A congenial external environment will assist in acquiring psychic balance, and people’s internal poverty will gradually decrease.

    “Sa tu bhavati daridra yasya aasha vishala
    Manasi cha paritushthe ko’rthavaan ko daridrah”.

    “Those whose hopes are vast become poor: If someone is mentally happy, who is wealthy and who is poor ?”

    O human beings, build the Social Structure considering the needs of humanity. Do not try to do anything for your petty personal and group interests, because whatever little you want to do with your limited outlook cannot last. The cruel touch of time will annihilate your aspirations into an oblivion that you cannot comprehend. It is not necessary to study books to know how to work, how to do, how to retain and how to renounce. Rather your should look upon every living being of the university with sincere feelings of love and compassion. Only then will you realize that whatever you make, retain or break is generated and controlled by the Supreme Entity. In that condition you will realize that all your positive and negative activities are embedded in the all – blissful state. Through action mixed with devotion and knowledge you will find the meaning of your life, the supreme treasure of your heart. This treasure you have unknowingly kept carefully hidden in the golden casket of your heart.

    “Sei Aananda Charaana paate shadh rtu ye nrtye maate
    Plaavana vahe yaaya dharaate varna giiti gandhere.”

    “With the silent footsteps of the Supreme Entity the six seasons burst into dance.
    The whole world becomes inundated with welcome songs and incense.”

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  55. Okay, so if the gods are nothing and you are trying to become godlike, what does that say about you?

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  56. I started reading this to get a basic uderstanidng of Hinduis. After finishing reading I am more confused. The idea of Hinduism cannot survive if it cannot be simpliied and explained to anyone. I think this is not simply possible because there is not single whole idea as HINDIUM. There are hunreds of schools of thoughts contradicitng each other yet you say that they are one. I think India is the last fort of Pantheism. Our confusion in society is due to this pantheisitic approach because there is no oen to decide what is right or wrong

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  57. Religion is such that one may spend much time on doing rites, rituals, meditation, prayer, acts of charity, penance etc: the result can be unclear. Work is revered. By doing work one can get a clear result with which to work with further and to keep onself occupied constructively.

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  58. Dear Abhilash,

    Hello. I have been doing some studying on your understanding. In all humility, I strive to realize Truth in its most perfect sence.

    As I see it, the last stage you speak of goes beyond even the Personal God. All has become absolute. Nothing else exists. No more duality between the absolute and the relative. No more mind.

    Thank you for your words.

    Arthur

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  59. thanx for the wonderful and informative post. the matter could not be described better than this.
    hinduism is indeed " nar se narayan ki yatra"

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  60. I think all this is non-sense... the rantings of the people at a period when mankind did not understand anything about the world around him and still had the same curiosity and need to explain things that we now have.

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  61. Hello, friends.

    Would you not say that as part of being a better Hindu, the study of other religions is recommended?

    Also, as a seeker of Truth, opinions are words of ignorance. If a person seeks Truth, why would he want to hear another person's opinion on the matter? Is this not so, Abhilash? Why would you share information with us that you are uncertain of? That you call your opinion? How is that illuminating?
    As a student of Sanatana Dharma, you should ever strive to speak only truth, not opinions. Yes or no?

    I do not need an explanation.

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  62. Hello, friends.

    In understanding Hinduism or any other religion, one must first be grounded in Truth. Without this, one's understanding is mere opinion.

    And Hinduism teaches this: that you are God before you are a Hindu. It teaches that Hinduism is a part of you. You are not a part of it. A real Hindu embraces all religions as his own, as parts of his own Self. So why aren't you devoting yourselves to worshipping with other religions and yet want to call yourselves Hindus?

    A real Hindu has no identity for he has become all. He has no attachments, because everything is his. He knows everything, but never expresses himself to please the world.

    Therefore, unless you know that you fulfil these requirements, you really do not have any right to call yourselves Hindus. You are practicing, practiicing, practicing Hinduism, but are not a Hindu as yet.

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  63. Sir Arthur, your views are really appreciable. I think you are a human being in true sense. However, the selfish and vested interests have created narrow and fictitious psychic barriers in the minds of common people, even though the ‘Hindus’ believe that all the human beings are the progeny of same Cosmic Father. Like it or not, it is the Universal Truth.

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  64. From a religious subject perspective a Hindu does not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ or of Mohammed Mustafa. The followers of these religions are called Christians and Mohammedans/Muslims. The Hindu is supposed to take their teachings primarily from divine communication with sages of ancient times written down in the Vedas and Upanishads. The sect or community or organisation that they belong to has its own practices, principles, administration and literature and this is adhered to. Jesus and Mohammed are respected as ways of religion and can be considered in a Hindu context but they did not follow Hindu theory, principles or practices and so are not Hindu exactly.

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  65. Confucius (Kong Zi/ Kung fu-tzu) was very educative. Confucius was associated with many subjects such as law and ethics, sociology, management, finance and politics etc. To do these one has to learn, research, experiment, implement, work, do regular checks and conduct reviews i.e. have in place a sort of governance.

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  66. Economics rather than finance.

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  67. You see i think you got this knowledge by reading books or by rdoing research but exact knowledge & wisdom about HINDUISM is get by only who belive in it knowing it under the guideliness of PROPER GURU .u mentioned that majarity of hindus don't know that ,don't know this ( u don't now that hindus forgot all those thing due that british rule & wesrtern culture.

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  68. Hinduism forms the bane of society... mankind at large! As is the importance of a soul atman in body... mother earth simply cannot survive in absence of Hinduism! Rightly said... Hinduism can all be termed as Sanatana Dharma... a Dharma (righteousness) that exists from times immemorial! Hinduism is also stated as "a way of life"!

    If we correctly understand meaning of Hindu Dharma... all becomes clear by itself! The simplest definition of Dharma is, "Your right to do what is just and right and not what was destined". Mounted with this power of Hindu Dharma... Hinduism shall regain its lost shine in coming years... beyond 2014!

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  69. Mr. Godrealized !!!!

    Kindly explain how " Hinduism forms the bane of society..."
    As per the Oxford Learners' dictionary i got the following meaning of " bane"---
    bane noun
    the ~ of sb/sth something that causes trouble and makes people unhappy:The neighbours' kids are the bane of my life.


    My intention is just to draw your attention towards the possible mistake and definitely not to offend you.

    Hope, you shall be a little cautious while commenting about sensitive issues like religion.

    I appreciate the rest of your comment.

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  70. On the issue of Truth, Hinduism says "Words are the root of distortion". Truth will never be found in the words. The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon, but is required nevertheless. There is this beautiful Akbar Birbal story that Sri Sri Ravishankar shared with us. It so happened that Akbar in the love for truth, passed a law one day stating that anyone speaking the untruth would be hanged the very same day! Now this caused serious consternation in the minds of the people.
    - The lawyers felt that it would be impossible to practice their professions.
    - The doctors always tell their patients that nothing will ever happen to you. Dont worry. Knowing fully well that nothing can truly be salvaged
    - The mothers always tell their kids that the stork brought them home when embarassing questions are asked by the child.

    There was no dearth to the confusion and fear this law caused and they all went to Birbal.

    To get the point across to the emperor, Birbal went to the court the next day and openly declared that he was to be executed that day. Now this was a lie. So as per the new law, he had to be executed that very day! But if he was hanged, then what he said would become the truth and an innocent man would have been executed. If he was not executed, then the law would be redundant! :-)

    So Birbal explained to Akbar that truth lies not in the words, but in the intentions. Krishna teaches that "No act by itself is a sin. The context in which the act is done and the intentions with which it is done, makes it a sin"

    Silence is said to be the language of God.

    I appeal to all to do the "Basic Course" of the Art of Living and experience this reality.

    Jai Guru Dev

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  71. Try Taiji and Yuji (Tai Chi and Yoga). They make one feel better and are another type of self development.

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  72. Anonymous... my fault! Never thought... I would go wrong! Since last 28 years I have understood the meaning of bane wrongly! It is what was taught to me by my English teacher! Never checked the dictionary! what my teacher told me... the meaning of bane was to be understood as inner strength... the sum substance!

    My comment should have read, "Hinduism forms core of mankind... society at large!

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  73. Nantha Here,

    All the explanation I understand, that we are the brahman, Then why HUMAN are created, and why they are not leaving with nature, what actually divert them. I believe for current world for hindus bakthi yoga is better , because it is very hard to find true Guru`s.

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  75. Nantha, if you have the ability to choose a guru then you really donot need one. All that is required is the deep quest and thirst to know the truth. Pray in your own way, the way you understand, the Guru and knowledge will come to you. Thats my experience and this said so in many scriptures. As swami Vivekanand says, YOU GET ONLY WHAT YOU DESERVE AND NOT WHAT YOU DESIRE. so make your self worthy by being sincere and honest in your pursuit with unclinching faith.

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  76. In the course of improving oneself, one learns, studies, works and mulls over these activities. Then one practices and this is followed by experience. After this self development occurs then cultivation. The next stage is enlightenment.

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  77. Bar study and work, spare time can be filled with maintenance tasks. These can include carrying out chores such as cleaning oneself, the belongings and the living space, tidying where there is a need to, dealing with financial concerns, giving heed to health matters, spending time with family, friends and acquaintances and being involved in their matters of concern, taking a break and/or doing miscellaneous activities from which experience is gained or from which one feels calm in the rest or business.

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  78. Maintenance tasks are a basis from which study and work continue. Whether study or work are being performed or not maintenance tasks have to be done.

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  79. very good article. I agree with your concepts which are in books or got from some guru.

    let me tell one thing that what i got from my grand father. he always telling that Hinduism is the way for travel in smooth and safe life for humans which is created by our elders. Here elders are also treated as gods like Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Hanuman ....etc.

    Is my grand father is right or wrong.

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  80. Om namah shivaya


    1)Geetha Bagwan shivshankar bole nath not sakaar Krishna.
    2)Bagwan is not sarva vyapi.He is ek vyapi.
    3)Pathith pavan is not ganga.Pathith pavan is ParampithaParamathma.
    4)Manushyathma will not come in 84 lakhs births only 84 births of wheel.

    In HISTOTY it is said that hinduism religion came from MOHENJADARO.Mohenjodaro meaning is mound of dead.Does hinduism came from the dead?YES!This is the time of destruction of the universe,the golden age starts from 2036.After Destruction,the adisanathanadevidevatha dharam starts.
    We say 'bharatha kande jambhu dwipe'.This bharath in starting was a little island.The foriegn countries came before 2000 years.Australia came before 400 years only.
    The father of whole universe is supreme soul.All religions say about supreme soul.He will not take any birth.
    In bagawath geetha we say this body is like a dress.Like we change the dress,our soul changes the body.LORD SRI KRISHNA drags the sarees of the gopikas,the meaning is he is taking of the dehabhiman and saying that you are a soul not body.
    In indian tradition only we pray for both male and female gods as couple.
    Can any human guru can say these answers?
    When did the world started?
    Will adidev(adam)and adidevi(eve or havva) take births?them how many births?
    In every religion, the mala of rosary beads will be rotated in hand.Brahmins,mulla in muslims,father in church,gurunanak of sikhism.What is this mala,who are those beads?
    Why krishna has pecock leaf on head?Pecock is the purest among all living beings.When peacock dances,the peahen will drink the tears from the eyes of peacock and gives birth to children.
    Why vishnu is on garuda bird?
    No other bird will fly more higher than garuda.
    What is the meaning of allah ho akbar?

    These can be answered only by supreme soul shiv(yahova or allah).He is now on earth only,saying all secrets of the world.All religions give same information about god and about destruction.WE ARE ALL SAME AND CHILDREN OF SHIV.

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  81. very good ! maunam sarvartha sadhanam !
    http://savadhan.wordpress.com

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  82. very good....
    its good description and according to the new era....
    Likable

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  83. Nice pictorial introduction to hindu culture.
    this is niju from Hindu culture. am from kerala.
    you blog is great! i also have a passion to hinduism, yoga, tantra..

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  84. I really appreciate that so many people are there who spends some time to learn about our indian culture. Most of the todays generation people spend their time learning the western culture and if you ask them about our Indian Culture they will be blank. That's why I engage myself in some spiritual activities in my free time. I chose gayatri pariwar community because here I found the rituals are very simple to follow and has scientific relationship. Thanks again to all of you.

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  85. This is really good narration. Thanks a lot. I am 40yr old and learnt that if we can observe self and look inside then we will learn "DHARM" of mankind in better way. Hindu, Christian, muslims etc are a group of people and not the "DHARM".

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  86. No doubt, God /nature takes care everything to get balanced automatically, preprogrammed.

    It is taught that soul (jivatma) which gets liberation (moksha) unites with Paramatma.
    No more births for such souls.

    In our time where the population has multiplied manifold, and assuming one jivatma needs one body, does this mean that unelaborated jeevatmas go on increase in proportion to population!

    If earlier generation believed in dharma more than our time (Kali Yuga), more number of souls should have attained liberation (moksha) than the present generation [adharma is supposed to be more in 'Kali Yuga'].

    Is there any correlation or possible equation on number of souls not liberated versus number of bodies for their rebirth?

    Kindly clarify if this question is sensible or ignore if otherwise.

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  87. thank you very much abhilash...
    wht an artical tht was..

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  88. Jaya Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhunityananda
    Sri advaita Gadhadara srivasadi Gaurabhaktavrinda
    Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

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  89. Thanks for such an enlightening article

    smgandhi

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  90. Dear Abhilash,
    I would like to share a couple of drops out of few drops which I realised.
    Brahmam is different from Brahman. Brahmam is the supreme power which we humans visualize as Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra or any other Goddesses, etc.
    But a Brahman is a person who tries to or had experienced that Brahmam, because brahmam cannot be seen but can be experienced as it is formless or Sookshma Sareera.
    A brahman is he who sees that brahmam in himself and in his fellow living forms be it humans, animals or any other living forms.
    Correct me if I'm wrong and its not my intention to argue with you but share.

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  91. All these differences are superficial. Truth is one.

    I feel you have confused between Brahman and Brahmin. The definitions that you have given for Brahmin - he who sees Brahman in all animate and inanimate.

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  92. From my personal experience I can say that reading scriptures to the extent of following their teachings on 'way of life' is good enough to assimilate in the society around you. The moment you start questioning and debating on them, you go nowhere and only become argumentative to the extent of making it an issue of verbal duel. Ancient times chronicle such debates amongst learned Pandits for days without any result (as there is no result in the first place). Our five sense organs are not enough to experience God (the name given to the ultimate) and are, in fact, the hurdles in that path. The development of this extra sense is the subject of search for the seeker and can be cultivated by turning ones five physical senses inward.To start with one could train oneself so that any sensual input may not create any outward response of any kind.
    I have had a near death experience which turned me to scriptures and contemplation without seeking a guru in physical form as the concept of a spiritual guru was not acceptable to my argumentative mind. I liked your pictorial representation and would like to share how I interpreted it.
    First, there was pure energy (read Bliss) and nothing physical. Then we created a God riding on a high pedestal. Then we tried to come closer to Him. In the fourth stage we seem to be becoming one with the God which resulted in the final stage of pure energy (read Bliss) with nothing physical. That could form one cycle. Thanks for a nice blog to which I subscribed recently.

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  93. NA PRAKSH I WUD JUST LIKE TO CORRECT SINCE U ASKED ME TO DO SO
    ...brahman(all reality)is the effulgence that is ever existing eternal & radiated out of the body of the supreme being.

    secondly... brahman is not a form of brahma,visnu,rudra since they r influenced by the modes of nature while brahman is transcendental above all three modes of nature namely goodness passion & ignorance.

    thirdly brahman is not the sooksma sareera or subtle body as u think it to be,infact even our subtle body cannot percieve the reality of brahman realization.

    fourthly a "brahmana" is supposedly(from many definitions). a person who has good understanding of brahman,& a person who does not lament or hanker after silly material things.

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  94. why do indians have so much sahajiya mentality
    we hindus of the present age cannot shy away from the fact that krsna(all beautiful)is the supreme being & that he is the lord of all that surveys.other philosophies & religions are also respected since they r also originated by krsna.
    but time has proved that abramic religions are spineless & cannot decrease the growing sin around the world.infact they can be used as hegemonies to promote sin all around the world.


    krsna says
    " sarva dharman parityaja maam ekam saranam vraja
    aham tvam sarva papebhyo mokshesyami masucha"

    "abandon all varities of religions & surrender unto me with all heart & soul...i shall deliver u of the most abominable of sins.this is my promise "

    krsna consciousness or love of krsna is the crownhead of all vedic wisdom
    a person can get confused knowing hindu religion(mind boggling rituals) & the flowery words of the vedas. but,hinduism is not all that important in front of krsna consciousnes.
    one may argue that since krsna has come from hinduism,hindu philosohies & vedic rituals r all important,but the reality is that hinduism has come from krsna & not vice versa so krsna is all important.
    what all we learn in hinduism is nothing but the chronicles & the stories of lord krsna, his avatars & his devotees which itself is a huge stockpile & there is no need to add anything extra i guess.
    all sacrifices prescribed in the vedas r directed towards krsna & that he is the ultimate benefactor & supreme enjoyer of us all.
    forget the magnanimity of vedic literature even advaita philosophy cannot match krsna's words.
    but out of the many dieties whom to worship & which scripture to read?
    krsna is the supremely worshippable,he is such wholesome that all the demigods(33 million)get thoroughly satisfied when krsna is happy & there is no need to worship all of them.
    for eg
    "a tree gets thouroughly replenished as we water it's roots,we need not water the whole tree as such"
    one cannot mug up all the vedas & upanisadas, they r too vast & complicated for human intelligence nor do anybody have so much time for devoted study of all the vedas.the ultimate conclusion of scriptures is krsna .
    try reading srimad bhagvatam, bhagvad gita, bhagvat purana & stuff related to krsna written by his authorised devotees.just take care u do not offend anyone in the process.

    the present age is kaliyuga & it is time for lord krsna.
    "harer naama harer naama harer namaiva kevalam
    kalau nastaieva eva nasteiva eva nasteiva eva gatir anyatha"

    this verse of the brhn naradiya puran which means harinaama,harinaam & harinaam is the only way in kaliyuga otherwise there is no other way, no other way,no other way to reach final emancipation in this age of kali
    krsna is the supreme spiritual being & absolute truth..brhman & parmatma r nothing but partial realizations of krsna.
    krsna is best known to a spiritual master therefore we should approach a bonafide guru in disciplic succesion
    krsna is the seed giving father of us all.
    krsna is purely transcendental & cannot be tainted by sin
    krsna is 'satcitannanda vigraha' that means all real,all knowledge & all bliss.
    krsna is the most supreme & sublime form af happiness where all living entities are equally welcomed.
    krsna & his abode with his devotees are all one & the same.
    krsna has innumerable expansions
    ,EVEN GOD(MAHA VISHNU)IS AN EXPANSION OF THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH(KRSNA).
    krsna is waiting for all of us(since 5000 yrs) to transmit his message of bhagvad gita thruout the world.
    this is real kaliyuga dharma

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  95. The blog is beautiful,undoubtedly. The feeling that I have felt during times that, if we can think ourselves as one with nature then many of the problems can be solved. After all we are animals first and there are all the characteristics of different living beings are existing in us. we people are always trying to go against nature and each time we are getting pains. I don"t know that whether I am able to express myself or not but Be one with this great nature and only remember the creator behind that. 5 Purest Janams also will not be enough to understand HIM but at least we can try to understand and love his creation. Thus HE will be happy also. This is applicable for all the sects and community. Go in the deepest forest, high mountains ( Like Madmaheswar, Tunganath, etc.) Deepast seas, quietest places, and you will feel HIS presence with HIS creation. And when you will start to feel the nature, you can feel him in a cosmopolitan metro also. Everything even the street dog is his creation and the organism in the drain......everything....FEEL HIS GREATNESS....OM NAMAH SHIVAY..... FEEL OM.. the sound....... only to feel .....
    Paramartha, Kolkata.

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  96. This Blog is a rare meaningful one that gives an in depth and most of all non-biased view of perception as a whole (even the perception of I and you and what exists).
    As well mentioned in the Blog, its not easy to understand or digest this. Nowhere in our Vedas is it mentioned this is God worship him or else.
    Instead in our religion God is realized not discovered or understood and so are the things mentioned in this blog.
    For eg. no-one can explain what is supreme bliss. Realization can never come with reasoning alone irrespective of how great you are.
    For realization of the truth, the truth will attract attract you when you are ready for it. This attraction can be called the grace of the Guru. To understand what the word "Guru" means read this link:
    http://www.nochurlisteners.com/files/GURU_TATVAM.pdf.
    Knock inside and you will be revealed to the truth.

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  97. Whats tantra and yantra?are they good or bad

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  98. hi,in india majority of the doctors are hindus,but majority of them are most corrupt,they are looting poor patients by prescribing sub standrad medicine and getting comission,is this they learn from our religion,how to loot poor people,it is very shameful

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  99. परमात्मा के स्वरुप को वेद भी नहीं जानते किन्तु यज्ञ आदि ,पारलोकिक से लोकिक व्यवहार को अधिक महत्त्व देते हैं .
    आज अशिक्षा के कारन आम परिवार का स्वरुप बदल रहा है . अध्यात्म की जगह फिलोसोफी ले रही है योगध्यान की जगह कसरत ले रही है .
    आवश्यकता है की कुछ पाखंडियों को छोड़कर मूर्तिपूजा भगवन ज्ञान का एवं ध्यान का उचित साधन है .
    http://vedastra.blogspot.com/2011/01/sanatan-dharmeternal-discipline.html

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  100. DO SOMETHING FOR HINDU EKTA

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  101. Even during my asian history subject, I was really fascinated about hinduism. Thanks for a worthwhile article to read.

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  102. Enjoyed the post- the best fruits of the faith are meditation, yoga , holy living and karma. We learned of the tree but lets taste of the fruit. The physical benefit of yoga, the mind benefit of meditation, and karma leading to Thought , Word and Deed. I am a christian who also derives benefits from other faiths. I find it interesting in hindu faith one is born into bliss, in the christian faith one is born into sin. Both teach to be born again,some and again, and again. Thank God for the reset button - eventually we will need to deal with karma and live a holy life.

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  103. First of all we are the followers of sanathana dahrma and not Hinduism:-)
    Realise the basic first before you want to advance further.....you need to go step by step and don't jump the GUN.Even years in spiritual it is very difficult to give up the EGO...I hv seen even sanyasi have EGO....in kali yuga you will see DEMON in the dress of devotees...ha ha ha.So devotees you want to realize brahman you to start from the primary ...even though you may be a doctor/lawyer or even the King.Spiritual knowledge and advancement does cater your material qualification.You need to be submissive and render service to the Guru who have realize brahman through diciplic succession...Happy finding

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  104. You are like The Lord Buddha

    Very nice result of an unbiased study. This is very similar to what The Lord Buddha had experienced when HE followed the scriptures and Gurus of that time. (At that time there was no any particular religion called Hinduism but 64 religions or philosophies. But later years many people began to put many from those 64 into one basket and called it Hinduism.)

    Ultimate truth is within ourselves. We have to find it. There maybe different ways but the destination of the truth is one.

    Matale Kalum

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  105. lets get together...form a group and contribute for our hindu culture. we are aware but too tied up for the actual action.

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  106. Whoever is seeking the source of this knowledge, read Yoga Vasishta by Swamy Venkatesananda.

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  107. Dear Abhilash
    Hey i just read the article and found it very true. And i guess that I'm in between the third and the fourth level. I would also like to praise your wisdom. You have given me a wider concept.

    Thank you!

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  108. the blog is inspiring and informative for the pioneers of hinduism.i hav a doubt in ur explanation.in the 3rd phase word 'brahman' was used.but in upanishads its spelled as 'brahmam'.are they both same?
    -prasad

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  109. A sect, organisation or college of thought will have its own philosophy, practices and approach to issues. One can follow any of these and feel better in themselves.

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  110. A sect, denomination, organisation, institution, seat of learning or college of thought will have its own philosophy, ethos, practices and approach to issues. One may follow any of these and may feel better in oneself.

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  111. Self realisation is a path that one may take to understand more about oneself.

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  112. Everthing in this universe is lord vishu.He is present everywhere.Try to find him within you.The most important way to find him is vishnu sahasranamam and bhagabat..May god bless u all.

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  113. thhis is the best post on hinduism that i read till date..keep up the gud work...

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  114. These are the questions and answers that one has to do with oneself in order to realize the philosophy(not religion as pointed out) of Hinduism. I hope this blog stays on till my next life so I can continue with this quest there too!

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  115. I dont understand the thing ik there is 7 things of hindusm but i dont get it could someone explain to me?
    ~Br@n|)0n $H!PP33

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  116. Dear Living beings (Humans)

    We have to pray to God and not be confused what is wrong and right. Please goodle Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji Maharaj , read his Geeta and listen to his online parvachan and download same and his books. You will know the truth.

    Once you do that let others know.

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  117. omg i todaly agreee lmfao

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  118. Well Written post and all the inputs here are itself very informative...

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  119. This is a beautiful article about Hinduism. I read this article about two years ago, and I wanted to share it with everyone, but then I didn't have a blog of my own. Now I am managing Gayatri Divine Blog and I wanted to publish this in our blog, but unfortunately graphs don't show up. Hope you are Okay with this. I am sure those who read this article in our blog will visit hindu-blog and read the article with the graphs. If you don't want your article without the graphs please let me know I'll remove it. I am not technical savy and I don't know how to get the graph as it appear in your blog.

    Vadur

    Miracle Yantra blog

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  120. There is only one God Lord krishna whom you only remember once a day at your convenient time. That is all. All religions are good if they provide religious principles of our Revered Book called Geeta.

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  121. please guide me whether an hindu family which had the habbit of taking nonveg food can worship vishnu photo/ idols in their house

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  122. You can worship murtis (idols) in home.

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  123. bahut hi achchhi jankariya miltee hai

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  124. Very nicely done and the feedbacks are good as well.

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  125. WITHOUT CONSCIOUSNESS - what is red? what is blue? what are colors? what is big? what is small? what is heat? what is cold? what is sound? what are everything?... nothing!... absolutely nothing!

    "you are that - tat twam asi"

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  126. I feel bramha and bramhana are same. Bramha is the supreme god who created the universe and earth which is self sustaining. To continue growth death is necessery, thus he implimented birth and death cycle. Lord vishnu is looking after life on the earth and lord shiva ia looking after death of the life according to sins.
    Part of Brahma Vishnu and Shiva is present in every life. Only human can understand them, hence to live happely and allow otheres to live happely is the work of Human. This thinking capacity is given by Lord Brahma to humans only.

    When human becomes arrogant he forgets god and creates havock. God has took birth on the eart on various occassions and handled such humans or animals and brought harmony on the earth.

    One who understands this goes closer to Brahma, these thoughts comes from brain. Thus every human brain is called as brahma or Brahaman. one who makes use of this thought goes out of birth and death cycle. When one develops distructive thoughts, his brain loses godly power of Brahma and then lord Vishnu also stops support to such humans. Vishnu resides in the heart, if he goes life ends. according to sines shiva handles such sprits and gives life into lower order of creatures. Some humans have wishes which is not fulfiled they becomes Chandals and moves in the form of sprits in the space Lord Shiva handles such sprits and gives birth in some species. This is the reason why Lord Shiva does yoga in himalayas to handle most difficult situations, because sprities have power of Vishnu and Brahma due to some good things which they have performed during their life time and thus they creat havock on the nature.

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  127. It is the case with me as well as sometimes it comes to mind that there is no such thing like god,but on the other hand when I think about luck it give a hint that god exists.But really there are so many god and whom to worship...
    I worship Ganesha.

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  128. I AM CONFUSED ... WHY WE ALL NOT FOLLOW THE GREATEST IDEOLOGY OF "HUMANITY",,ALTHOUGH EVERY SINGLE RELIGION GIVE US SAME LESSONS AND THAT IS "LOVE ALL ,FORGIVENESS IS THE SUPREME VIRTUE,GREED IS THE CAUSE OF ALL WORRIES",,,,IF ALL RELIGION HAVE SAME LESSON SO WHY WE ALWAYS FIGHT TO PRETEND THAT OUR RELIGION IS THE BEST... I THINK WE MISUNDERSTOOD THE TRUE MESSAGES GAVE BY OUR GREAT SAINTS, PROPHETS,,,
    ...
    ..
    IN MY OPINION IF WE ALL START LOVING EACH AND EVERY LIVING CREATURE ON THIS EARTH ,, WE SPONTANEOUSLY FIND THE ANSWERS OF OUR EVERY QUERIES..

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  129. hi! all! nice posts...but so many questions r still there...if we r part of tht energy n have
    got to finally merge in it ..then y ever was this energy created..
    wht is the purpose of our existance..
    y r we here at all...n yeah while we r here
    y wud we want 2 live is sadness...we do need food
    n various other comforts(not luzuries 4 survival)
    so y will we not bribe or pray 2 god 2 give us this n that..(sure upto a limit 2 live decently)

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  130. Your interpretation is very well termed in realistic sense.The understanding of Hinduism and treat the way needs to be treated is the real vacuum which we all find lacking in the minds of people.For everything we seek in the outside world are answered well if we could seek and find who am I then the whole confusion exist around us will get answered and the cloud of confusion hovering around us would get dispelled.It takes lot pain and effort to understand it.

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  131. This is too simplified view and takes no account of how Hinudism developed as progression of Man's religios mind. Hinduism in amalgmation of varying thoughts and that is its power and beatuy. You need to study little more history of vedic faith and indigenous beliefs like Nagas, Kinnars workship and also Tantra. Hinduism was and is fusion of , as I said, many philosophies, all pointing to same abstract divine. History of Hinduism and its fusion is in its myths. It was not that man woke up one day and realised the path to this one abstract god.

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  132. God and jiva was always one and will always remain one in all the stages u mentioned, the only difference was your perception of GOD changing with the steps. Its because of ignorance that one sees soul different to GOD. It soul that is immortal and transmigrates, our body dies and mind evolves but soul is always the witness to all.

    http://dharmarevival.blogspot.in/

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  133. Namaste, Mr. Abhilash
    Very nice explanation of Hinduism. I read all the questions asked by other readers that are pertaining to Level 2. The only thing I have to say to them is that when you climb a ladder and reach 5th step, that does not mean that steps 1 to 4 is NOT needed. So if you are at level 4, you can not say that level 1, 2, and 3 are useless. Do you agree ?

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  134. Yes all levels are important. When self realization dawns we smile at our ignorance.

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  135. Abhilash - Good summary. In matters of religion and the abstraction of Brahman, words are truly the root of all distortion.

    Add personal gods into the mix of religion, and one gets "American democracy" in its purest form. Live and let live.

    I wish I had sufficient time to discuss some of the key aspects that appear in most of the comments - but I do not. What I can say though, is that I have learnt from each of the comment and it has strengthened by own beliefs.

    Oriental - Great comments! Thanks

    Nagaraj Sarma

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  136. well said, simple there is no more want to talk. we want to see in to our empty space then really we will find the god this is yours explanation.that i got it from yours animation.

    but i have i suggestion, slokas and manthras r will get value when we understand that meanings from there is a only one thing we will get from that. what we r and why we r?


    think this qus when you were in silent ans singel so that surely u will get ans.

    we r here coz for not to live a enjoyment life with external thing in this life.thier is some some value things r here like peace and motsham.

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