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 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.
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

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  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

    Great Kings

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

  27. Shankara: An Institution
  28. Tamil Saiva saints
  29. Ramanuja Madhva Vallabha ...
  30. Alwars: Dravida Vedas
  31. North Indian Bakthi Movement
  32. 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
  49. 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

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

    Formeless to Form

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

    Deities - Shanmadha: Different Sects

  62. Nature Worship
  63. Vedic gods
  64. Evolution of many Deities (will be updated soon)
  65. Avataras - Divinities in Life forms (will be updated soon)
  66. Trinity
  67. Smartha Shanmadha
  68. Shiva - saivam
  69. Vaishnavam
  70. Shakthi or Devi worship
  71. 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

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

    Language and arts

  79. Languages
  80. Ancient Northern Literature
  81. Thamizh or Tamil Literature
  82. Scriptures in other languages

    Puranas - Epics

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

    Society

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

    Faith Sciences

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

    Other faiths

  100. Christ Jesus
  101. Islam

    Conclusion

  102. Achieving Nippana (ultimate truth/knowledge)
  103. bliss joy
  104. 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:
  1. Truth is eternal.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. Hindu scriptures which 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.