One hundred thoughts on Hinduism

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.
Hinduism is a great ocean and what is presented here may be a drop. Life is about learning and I am still trying to understand some basics. The contents below cover diverse topics on Hindusim ranging from cosmos to daily life. But, here attempt is made to present basic information/facts from scientific, historic and literary view point.

Prayer Page

Prayer is like talking to god or creator or ultimate reality. The goal of Hinduism is to realize our connection with the absolute reality.
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, then all your wounds will heal and pains shall go. Time will heal and Everything will be fine

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Many topics have to be developed and updated.
  1. Foreword and About this Site

    Introduction and Basics

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

    Indian scriptures

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

    Ancient Gurus and Reformers

  13. Selfguru ex. Dattatreya
  14. Vyasa a title and ancient rishis
  15. Ajivika Sramana traditions (will be updated soon)
  16. Buddha and Buddhists
  17. Siddhars (will be updated soon)
  18. Pattinathaar
  19. Auvaiyar & her Writings
  20. (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 to be believed. All believers fought among themselves and killed each other. Finally agnostic won
    (3) Agnostic's Prayer:
    "God if there is one, save my soul if there is a soul!"

    Great Kings

  21. Early Kings: Maurya Harsha Kanishka (will be updated soon)
  22. Hindu Golden Age: Bhartrihari Gupta
  23. Salivahana: New era
  24. Great Tamil/Dravidian Kings: Chola Pandya (will be updated soon)
  25. Vijayanagar Maratha (will be updated soon)

    Rejunevation and revival

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

    How to live? Code of living

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

    Living: Purpose, Meaning, ...

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

    God and Self

  48. Who am I?
  49. God and Me (Metaphors)
  50. Art of Questioning - contradictions
  51. Metaphysics
  52. God, a concept?
  53. Sunyavada - Rhythm Yin-Yang (will be updated soon)
  54. Monotheism (will be updated soon)
  55. ONE GOD - many names and forms (will be updated soon)

    Formeless to Form

  56. Symbolism (will be updated soon)
  57. Why idols and Images
  58. Temple (will be updated soon)
  59. Places and Pilgrimage (will be updated soon)

    Deities - Shanmadha: Different Sects

  60. Nature Worship
  61. Vedic gods
  62. Evolution of many Deities (will be updated soon)
  63. Avataras - Divinities in Life forms (will be updated soon)
  64. Trinity
  65. Smartha Shanmadha
  66. Shiva - saivam
  67. Vaishnavam
  68. Shakthi or Devi worship
  69. We 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.
    Despite having the abstract concept of God, Hindus worship the God in personal forms (deities for different aspects). We are encouraged to have many ideas, to suit individual nature. One normally have local or/and state deity, kuladeivam (family deity), and Ishta devada (personal deity).

    Hindu Science

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

    Language and arts

  77. Languages
  78. Ancient Northern Literature
  79. Thamizh or Tamil Literature
  80. Scriptures in other languages

    Puranas - Epics

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

    Society

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

    Faith Sciences

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

    Other faiths

  98. Christ Jesus
  99. Islam

    Conclusion

  100. Achieving Nippana (ultimate truth/knowledge)
  101. bliss joy
  102. Shanthi (Peace) – final goal

Core Beliefs of Hindus

Hinduism is not an organized religion and has no single, systematic approach to teaching its value system. Local, regional, 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 in the authority of the Vedas (sacred scriptures), even though how the Vedas are interpreted may vary greatly. Here are some of the key beliefs shared among Hindus:
  1. Truth is eternal. According to the Vedas, Truth is One, but the wise express it in a variety of ways.
  2. Brahman is Truth and Reality. Brahman is formless, limitless, all-inclusive, and eternal. Brahman encompasses everything (seen and unseen) in the universe.
  3. The Vedas or Hindu scriptures contain wisdom from ancient saints and sages.
  4. Everyone should strive to achieve dharma, but no single English word adequately covers its meaning. Dharma can be described as right conduct, righteousness, moral law, and duty. Anyone who makes dharma central to one’s life strives to do the right thing, according to one’s duty and abilities, at all times.
  5. Individual souls (atman) is neither 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).
  6. The goal of the individual soul is moksha or liberation: the soul’s release from the cycle of death and rebirth. It occurs when the soul unites with Brahman by realizing its true 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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The author NARA (Venkataraman Narayanan) 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.