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One hundred thoughts on Hinduism

Foreword and About this Site
  1. Universal Prayer

    Introduction and Basics

  2. What and Why of Religion
  3. My religion and God
  4. who is a hindu?
  5. Hindu/Indian History - Indianness

    About GOD

  6. Why God (any Purpose?)
  7. God is love
  8. Cosmic Dance
  9. is God a concept?
  10. Communicating with Almighty

    Why and What of living

  11. Purpose of Living
  12. Life and Death
  13. Why our lives are different? Fate Luck
  14. Karma and Rebirth
  15. Swarga: Blissful Living

    How to live? Code of living

  16. Life a journey or drama
  17. Four stages of life
  18. Dharma Common To All
  19. Ahimsa - Peace
  20. Wealth for our Needs
  21. Kama or Desires
  22. Fear (Ratnakaram)
  23. Wisdom: accepting contradictions reality
  24. Living in present

    Many Paths for Living (Moksha?)

  25. Many paths
  26. Yoga, Meditation
  27. Tantra
  28. Bakthi or Surrender to Almighty
  29. Contradictions

    Indian scriptures

  30. Bhagavad Gita Essence or Summary of Indian scriptures
  31. Purananuru, Tamil words of wisdom (Tamil Gita)
  32. Tirukkural, life and soul of culture
  33. Vedas and Vedic terms

    God and Self

  34. Who am I?
  35. Reasoning and Logic
  36. God and Me (Metaphors)
  37. Metaphysics
  38. Sunyavada Advaitha Dvaitha

    Formeless to Form

  39. Nature Worship
  40. Beauty
  41. Symbolism
  42. Why idols and Images
  43. ONE GOD - many names and forms
  44. Vedic and earlier Gods
  45. Trinity and Many Deities
  46. Avataras - Divinities in Life forms

    Deities - Shanmadha: Different Sects

  47. Smartha Shanmadha
  48. Shiva - saivam
  49. Vaishnavam
  50. Shakthi or Devi worship
  51. Temples
  52. Places and Pilgrimage

    Ancient Gurus and Reformers

  53. Selfguru ex. Dattatreya
  54. Vyasa a title and ancient rishis
  55. Ajivika Sramana Jains etc
  56. Buddha and Buddhists
  57. Siddhars
  58. Pattinathaar
  59. Auvaiyar & her Writings

    Rejunevation and revival

  60. Shankara: An Institution
  61. Tamil Saiva saints
  62. Ramanuja Madhva Vallabha ...
  63. Alwars: Vaishnava saints
  64. North Indian Bakthi Movement
  65. Recenta times and Modern Saints

    Spirituality Saints Godmen

  66. Spirituality
  67. God and Godmen
  68. Sanyasa - Detachment

    Great Kings and empires

  69. Ancient Empires
  70. Northern Kings: Kanishka Maurya guptas Harsha
  71. Bhartrihari Vikrama Bhoja
  72. Salivahana: New era
  73. Southern empires: Pallava Chola Pandya
  74. Vijayanagar Maratha

    Hindu Science

  75. Time or kala
  76. Ancient Astronomy
  77. Calendars - panchang
  78. Zodiac - Nakshatra
  79. Geography
  80. Numbers and Mathematics
  81. Ancient Science and Technology

    Language and arts

  82. Languages
  83. Ancient Northern Literature
  84. Thamizh or Tamil Literature
  85. Scriptures in other languages

    Puranas - Epics

  86. Puranas
  87. About stories of Murugan
  88. Ramayana
  89. Mahabharat
  90. Kannan - Krishna Literature
  91. Local Folk Tales
  92. Myths

    Society

  93. ancestor worship
  94. culture
  95. Festivals and other social events
  96. Puja and Rituals
  97. social class system
  98. hinduwomen.htm

    Faith Sciences

  99. Faith is powerful social force
  100. Miracles: Unexplained or to be explained phenomena
  101. astrology (based on astronomy)

    Other faiths

  102. Christians Jesus
  103. Islam in India
  104. Sikhs, Parsi, Jews etc.
  105. Tribals Faiths

    Conclusion

  106. Achieving Nippana (ultimate truth/knowledge)
  107. bliss joy
  108. 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!"

There are many persons, who are indifferent or do not feel any need for GOD concept.
They show others by their own example, how to be honest, helpfull, respectful and good persons. They do no harm to any one or anything.
They just do their duty/work very well. For them work/karma is ultimate. They understood Universal Eternal Law (Sanathana Dharma). They prov 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.

HINDU WAY
In Hinduism, shastras are made for us; We are not made for the shastras. That is why some parts should be updated. Only the fundamentals and basics, will be unchanging and eternal. These scriptures and rituals should be understood, and viewed from a broader perspective. They should be in harmony with the way we we live. That is how shastras are relevant to differing times, places and circumstances. This flexibility to encompass a wide variety of practices, beliefs and traditions while still retaining a universal principles and values, is the HINDU WAY.

One can be proud to be Hindu:
(1) Dharma (cosmic order or duty) is the main theme. In simple terms, "doing right things"
(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) Stresses on all powerful, limitless, all-inclusive and eternal Almighty or Ultimate Reality or God or Brahman. Free to define one's own Almighty. Need not be a thing, but can be a concept like Nature, Universal laws, Compassion etc. Supports all forms and methods of worship (formless, symbols, idols..)
(4) Excellent ideas like freedom, unity in diversity, tolerance, compassion. But includes some traditions/rituals/practices, which needs to be changed/modified/updated
(5) No central authority or aggressive conversion to any sect/group. But welcomes every one to benefit from rich heritage, knowledge, history and content.

Hinduism is good for us. But, there is no need to claim it as 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:

  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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