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One hundred thoughts on Hinduism

  1. Foreword and About this Site
  2. Universal Prayer

    Introduction and Basics

  3. Hinduism: my religion and God
  4. Hindu/Indian History - Indianness
  5. Hinduism - who is a hindu?
  6. Why God (any Purpose?)
  7. God is love
  8. God and Godmen
  9. Spirituality (will be updated soon)

    Indian scriptures

  10. Bhagavad Gita Essence or Summary of Indian scriptures
  11. Purananuru, Tamil words of wisdom (Tamil Gita)
  12. Tirukkural, life and soul of culture
  13. Vedas and Vedic terms

    Ancient Gurus and Reformers

  14. Selfguru ex. Dattatreya
  15. Vyasa a title and ancient rishis
  16. Ajivika Sramana traditions (will be updated soon)
  17. Buddha and Buddhists
  18. Siddhars (will be updated soon)
  19. Pattinathaar
  20. Auvaiyar & her Writings

    Great Kings

  21. Ancient Empires
  22. Northern Kings: Kanishka Maurya guptas Harsha
  23. Bhartrihari Vikrama Bhoja
  24. Salivahana: New era
  25. South/Dravidian Kings: Pallava Chola Pandya (will be updated soon)
  26. Vijayanagar Maratha (will be updated soon)

    Rejunevation and revival

  27. Shankara: An Institution
  28. Tamil Saiva saints
  29. Ramanuja Madhva Vallabha ...
  30. Alwars: Dravida Vedas
  31. North Indian Bakthi Movement
  32. Recenta times and Modern Saints

    How to live? Code of living

  33. Life a journey or drama
  34. Cosmic Dance: Fundamentals of Living
  35. Four stages of life (will be updated soon)
  36. Dharma Common To All (more to come)
  37. Wealth for our Needs (will be updated soon)
  38. Kama or Desires (will be updated soon)
  39. Living in present (more to come)
  40. Wisdom is all about accepting reality.
  41. Swarga: Blissful Living (will be updated soon)

    Living: Purpose, Meaning, ...

  42. Karma, Fatalism and Reincarnation
  43. Many paths for Understanding (will be updated soon)
  44. Art of Questioning and Understanding - Accept Contradictions
  45. Yoga, Meditation, Contemplation (will be updated soon)
  46. Tantra: a popular topic (will be updated soon)
  47. Bakthi: Surrender to Almighty (will be updated soon)
  48. Prayer: Communicating with Almighty

    God and Self

  49. Who am I?
  50. God and Me (Metaphors)
  51. Metaphysics
  52. God, a concept?
  53. Sunyavada Advaitha Dvaitha

    Formeless to Form

  54. ONE GOD - many names and forms
  55. Symbolism (will be updated soon)
  56. Why idols and Images
  57. Temple (will be updated soon)
  58. Places and Pilgrimage (will be updated soon)

    Deities - Shanmadha: Different Sects

  59. Nature Worship
  60. Vedic and earlier Gods
  61. Evolution of many Deities (will be updated soon)
  62. Avataras - Divinities in Life forms (will be updated soon)
  63. Trinity
  64. Smartha Shanmadha
  65. Shiva - saivam
  66. Vaishnavam
  67. Shakthi or Devi worship

    Hindu Science

  68. Time or kala
  69. Ancient Astronomy
  70. Calendars - panchang
  71. Zodiac - Nakshatra
  72. Geography
  73. Numbers and Mathematics
  74. Ancient Science and Technology

    Language and arts

  75. Languages
  76. Ancient Northern Literature
  77. Thamizh or Tamil Literature
  78. Scriptures in other languages

    Puranas - Epics

  79. Puranas
  80. Suras asuras
  81. About stories of Murugan (including valli kalyanam)
  82. Ramayana
  83. Mahabharat
  84. Kannan - Krishna Literature uniting all Hindus
  85. Ratnakaram: fear

    Society

  86. ancestor worship
  87. social class system
  88. Ahimsa - Peace
  89. culture
  90. Festivals and other social events
  91. Puja and Rituals
  92. hinduwomen.htm

    Faith Sciences

  93. Faith is powerful social force
  94. Miracles: Unexplained or to be explained phenomena
  95. astrology (based on astronomy)

    Other faiths

  96. Christ Jesus
  97. Islam

    Conclusion

  98. Achieving Nippana (ultimate truth/knowledge)
  99. bliss joy
  100. Shanthi (Peace) – final goal
Hinduism is a huge library with scriptures on all possible topics. Hinduism is a great ocean and what is presented here may be a drop.
Life is about learning and we are all trying to understand some basics. The contents below cover diverse topics on Hindusim ranging from cosmos to daily life.
Many topics have to be further developed and updated.

Prayer, poems, songs.. page links

Prayer is like talking to god or creator or ultimate reality. The goal of Hinduism is to realize our connection with the absolute reality.
Prayer is communicating with intelligence within you.

It has offered many, the courage to withstand any problem. A prayer full of belief is an antidote to a pain full of sorrow. Believe - Trust - Have complete faith in God/Nature/Higher power, then all your wounds will heal and pains shall go.
Time will heal and Everything will be fine

Click to go to Prayer Page

Click to go to Divine Songs Page

Click to go to Poems or Literary Works Page

Hinduism is not a religion, but a set of beliefs, rites, ceremonies, customs, traditions and cultures. Hinduism is an Indian way of life. Hinduism is based on eternal principles/philosophies. Hinduism would call any scientist seeking truth or a person of wisdom a great Rishi. Such seers of truth are not confined to any one age or place. "Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions"- Rig Veda.

(1) We believe in so many unknown things. Let us include God too in the list. If there is a God, we will benefit. We do not loose much if there is no God.
(2) How agnostic win!
When an agnostic/atheist meets people of many faiths, to say, God does not exist, every one joined and he was forced to run away to save his life.
After becoming wiser, same agnostic met people of many faiths, and asked them to say, which God is to be believed. All believers fought among themselves and destroyed each other. Finally agnostic won
(3) Agnostic's Prayer:
"God if there is one, save my soul if there is a soul!"

I have come across many persons, who are indifferent or do not feel any need for GOD concept. They showed others by their own example, how to be honest, helpfull, respectful and good persons. They did no harm to any one or anything.
They just did their duty/work very well. For them work/karma is ultimate. They understood Universal Eternal Law (Sanathana Dharma). They proved one's belief is more a personal matter (or individual choice).
If people, try to open up their mind a little….life would be much better then.

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I am proud to be Hindu:
(1) Dharma (cosmic order or duty) is the main theme. Stresses on all powerful, limitless, all-inclusive and eternal God or Brahman. But supports all forms and methods of worship (formless, symbols, idols..)
(2) Hinuism has a rich heritage evolved over time, enriched with new concepts/literature/stories over time. It has maintained its identity, though it has absorbed best ideas from native tribes, immigrants and other faiths
(3) Excellent ideas like freedom, unity in diversity, tolerance, compassion. But includes some traditions/rituals/practices, which needs to be changed/modified/updated
(4) No central authority or aggressive conversion to any sect/group. But welcomes every one to benefit from rich heritage/knowledge/history/content.

(5) Hinduism is good for me. But, I do not want to claim it is the best one and unnecessarily compare with other faiths. "Live and Let Live"

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Core Beliefs of Hindus

Hinduism is not an organized religion and has no single, systematic approach to teaching its value system. Hinduism is an Indian way of life based upon teachings of many sages/wise men. Local, regional, tribal or caste, and community-driven practices influence the interpretation and practice of beliefs throughout the Hindu world. Yet a common thread among all these variations is belief in a Supreme Being and adherence to certain concepts such as Truth, dharma, and karma.

All believe that there is a great power (God or Brahman), who is ultimate of every thing (logical as some thing should be there responsible for starting everything or for things happening around). Individual is left to define or develop further details.

All believe in the authority of the sacred scriptures (Vedas and many variants). Here are some of the key beliefs shared among Hindus:

  1. Truth is eternal.Truth is One, but the wise express it in a variety of ways.
  2. God is Universal, beyond religion/race/language. God/Brahman/The Great force is is formless, limitless, all-inclusive, and eternal. It is the Truth and Reality. It encompasses everything (seen and unseen, known and unknown) in the universe.
  3. Despite having the abstract concept of Brahman, Hindus worship the God in personal forms (deities) every day. Each deity is a manifestation of Brahman and symbolizes one particular aspect of Brahman. Plurality is encouraged. One can have kuladeivam (family deity), local deity, state deity, and Ishta devada (personal deity).
  4. One understands and feels the Supreme Being through Devas (natural forces and objects like mountains and rivers and super beings); Rishis (teachers, heroes, great personalities and prophets); and pithrus (ancestors).
  5. Respecting and Understanding Scriptures or Vedas or Marai, which embody the regulations, the laws of the universe as perceived by gifted prophets, or seers, the rishis. Vedas can be used to denote all sacred texts.
  6. Scriptures contain: Morality/Ethics; Right means for obtaining basic needs, wealth and power; Healthy Enjoyment/pleasures/joy; and Salvation/liberation. (அறம் பொருள் இன்பம் வீடு or தர்மம் அர்த்தம் காமம் மோக்ஷம்). These 4 terms are difficult to describe in few words.
  7. Aram or dharma is doing right things and avoiding wrong things. Not doing rightOne should make dharma central to one’s life strives to do the right thing, according to one’s duty and abilities, at all times.
  8. "Karma" means work or action. When you perform a work or action, it is bound to produce an effect, a reaction or a result. Good karma will get you good effects and bad karma will get you bad consequences. Karma and fruits of Karma are interwoven with time and divine will. This is supposed to answer many observations in life.
  9. Real You/soul/atman can neither be created nor destroyed. The process of movement of the atman from one body to another is known as transmigration. The kind of body the soul inhabits next is determined by karma (actions accumulated in previous lives).
  10. The goal of the individual soul is moksha or liberation. Moksha refers to atman or soul uniting or staying close with Universal/Brahman or realizing its true divine nature. Several paths can lead to this realization and unity: the path of duty, the path of knowledge, and the path of devotion (unconditional surrender to God).

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Nara has been interested in Hindusim from early days. Now he devotes much of his personal time in understanding asian culture, beliefs and languages. He was an active researcher for language Observatory Program. He visited many holy places in India, Nepal, SriLanka, Cambodia, Bali, Java to understand evolution of Indian religion and spread of Indian culture to south east asia. He has given many talks on Indian astronomy, Philosophy, Science and IT industry.