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 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 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.
Many topics have to be developed and updated.
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, then all your wounds will heal and pains shall go.
Time will heal and Everything will be fine
- Foreword and About this Site
Introduction and Basics
- 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)
(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!"
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.
Rejunevation and revival
- Shankara: An Institution
- Tamil Saiva saints
- Ramanuja Madhva Vallabha ...
- Alwars: Dravida Vedas
- North Indian Bakthi Movement
- 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
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) Excelent 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/knowlegde/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"
God and Self
- Who am I?
- God and Me (Metaphors)
- Art of Questioning - contradictions
- God, a concept?
- Sunyavada - Rhythm Yin-Yang (will be updated soon)
- Monotheism (will be updated soon)
- ONE GOD - many names and forms (will be updated soon)
- 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
Core Beliefs of Hindus
Hinduism is not an organized religion and has no single, systematic approach to teaching its value system. 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 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.
- Brahman is Truth and Reality. Brahman is formless, limitless, all-inclusive, and eternal. Brahman encompasses everything (seen and unseen) in the universe.
- Hindu scriptures which contain wisdom from ancient saints and sages.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
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.