One hundred thoughts on Hinduism
- Foreword and About this Site
Introduction and Basics
- Hinduism: my religion and God
- Hindu/Indian History - Indianness
- Hinduism - who is a hindu?
- Why God (any Purpose?)
- God is love
- God and Godmen
- Spirituality (will be updated soon)
- Bhagavad Gita Essence or Summary of Indian scriptures
- Purananuru, Tamil words of wisdom (Tamil Gita)
- Tirukkural, life and soul of culture
- Vedas and Vedic terms
Ancient Gurus and Reformers
- Selfguru ex. Dattatreya
- Vyasa a title and ancient rishis
- Ajivika Sramana traditions (will be updated soon)
- Buddha and Buddhists
- Siddhars (will be updated soon)
- Auvaiyar & her Writings
- Ancient Empires
- Northern Kings: Kanishka Maurya guptas Harsha
- Bhartrihari Vikrama Bhoja
- Salivahana: New era
- South/Dravidian Kings: Pallava Chola Pandya (will be updated soon)
- Vijayanagar Maratha (will be updated soon)
Rejunevation and revival
- Shankara: An Institution
- Tamil Saiva saints
- Ramanuja Madhva Vallabha ...
- Alwars: Dravida Vedas
- North Indian Bakthi Movement
- Recenta times and Modern Saints
How to live? Code of living
- Life a journey or drama
- Cosmic Dance: Fundamentals of Living
- Four stages of life (will be updated soon)
- Dharma Common To All (more to come)
- Wealth for our Needs (will be updated soon)
- Kama or Desires (will be updated soon)
- Living in present (more to come)
- Wisdom is all about accepting reality.
- Swarga: Blissful Living (will be updated soon)
Living: Purpose, Meaning, ...
- Karma, Fatalism and Reincarnation
- Many paths for Understanding (will be updated soon)
- Art of Questioning and Understanding - Accept Contradictions
- Yoga, Meditation, Contemplation (will be updated soon)
- Tantra: a popular topic (will be updated soon)
- Bakthi: Surrender to Almighty (will be updated soon)
- Prayer: Communicating with Almighty
God and Self
- Who am I?
- God and Me (Metaphors)
- God, a concept?
- Sunyavada - Rhythm Yin-Yang (will be updated soon)
- Advaitha to Dvaitha
- ONE GOD - many names and forms
Formeless to Form
- Symbolism (will be updated soon)
- Why idols and Images
- Temple (will be updated soon)
- Places and Pilgrimage (will be updated soon)
Deities - Shanmadha: Different Sects
- Nature Worship
- Vedic and earlier Gods
- Evolution of many Deities (will be updated soon)
- Avataras - Divinities in Life forms (will be updated soon)
- Smartha Shanmadha
- Shiva - saivam
- Shakthi or Devi worship
- Time or kala
- Ancient Astronomy
- Calendars - panchang
- Zodiac - Nakshatra
- Numbers and Mathematics
- Ancient Science and Technology
Language and arts
- Ancient Northern Literature
- Thamizh or Tamil Literature
- Scriptures in other languages
Puranas - Epics
- Suras asuras
- About stories of Murugan (including valli kalyanam)
- Kannan - Krishna Literature uniting all Hindus
- Ratnakaram: fear
- ancestor worship
- social class system
- Ahimsa - Peace
- Festivals and other social events
- Puja and Rituals
- Faith is powerful social force
- Miracles: Unexplained or to be explained phenomena
- astrology (based on astronomy)
- Christ Jesus
- Achieving Nippana (ultimate truth/knowledge)
- bliss joy
- 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
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.
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"
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:
- Truth is eternal.Truth is One, but the wise express it in a variety of ways.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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).
- 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).
Website maintained by: NARA (Venkataraman Narayanan) who is a Consultant by profession and an Engineer by qualification.
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.