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HINDUISM - A FAITH OR WAY OF LIFE

Hinduism is the other name for humanism. In many respects, it is more than a religion; it is a way of life. It is not a man made religion, founded or created by any prophet. It has no origin and therefore has no end either. Hinduism has never been imposed on anybody at anytime. It is a religion of freedom and, unlike most other religions, it allows absolute freedom of one's faith and mode of worship. Indeed, it is the only religion in the world, which respects the right of people to realise the Almighty by their own free will. The history of Hinduism has proved that it is a living force. Both hostile rulers and foreign aggressors could not banish it because it is a religion of self-experience and self-realisation. It is not based on any dogmas or set of rules to be accepted with blind faith. Yet, Hinduism has a very close understanding of and relationship with the Almighty God.


HINDUISM WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT IT?

Hinduism is the most ancient religion in the world. It is also known as Sanatan Dharma, which means the eternal right path. Hinduism is never imposed on anybody. In fact it is the only religion in the world, which does not encourage conversion. This is the remarkable feature and nature of Hinduism, which cannot be even imagined by other religions who are always after conversions.

Hinduism is the religion of experience. It is not based on dogmas and creeds to be accepted with blind faith, but is based on self-realisation. It has produced numerous sages and saints like Swami Vivekananda, who had the vision of the Almighty and experienced God in their lives. Hinduism has a very close understanding and relation with the Almighty. Hindus believe that God is not sitting somewhere very far from the human and world. HE is everything and everywhere. For a Hindu, God is in daily life. Hinduism is often described as a way of life because it never separates religion from life and life from religion.

Hinduism is a religion of tolerance and patience and treats other religions with respect. Hinduism never persecuted anyone for his or her faith. Even when people of other religions are critical of Hindu Gods, sacred scriptures or mode of worship, Hindu saints always preach love and calmness. Hinduism gives due respect to each and every creature and to everything in the world. The aspects of nature like earth, sky, mountains, rivers and living beings like animals, plants and things like wealth, education etc are seen as divine and being connected to God. Hinduism considers all the creatures as children of God and the whole world as a single family.

Hinduism is a religion of freedom. It allows the individual absolute freedom in faith and mode of worship. It does not insist that God could be obtained only through a particular name, place or path.

Hinduism is a tradition of ever growing knowledge. It has taught scientific truths centuries before the advent of science in other countries. Hinduism does not separate science from religion. The tantric literature of Hinduism deals with all sorts of science.

Hindus have a reason to be proud of their religion. (Courtesy -Dr. Sivapriya)



BHAGAVADGITA ON "YOGA"

Yoga, the ancient Hindu system of meditation and self-discipline, is known and practised virtually all over the world. However, not many people are aware that it is one of the gifts Lord Shri Krishna gave to the mankind. In fact, the Lord's surmon to Arjun, enshrined in the Holy Bhagavadgita, included a discourse on Yoga as follows:

"Yoga, which rids one of woe, is accomplished only by him who is regulated in diet and recreation, regulated in performing actions, and regulated in sleep and wakefulness. When the mind, which is thoroughly disciplined, gets rivted on God alone, then the person who is free from yearning for all enjoyments is said to be established in Yoga. As a light does not flicker in a windless place, such is stated to be the picture of the disciplined mind of the Yogi practising meditation on God"