Sunday, November 25, 2012
Hinduism is a Way of Life.
The word Hindu has not been properly defined clearly even by Indian law, leaving it wide open to multiple interpretations. In loose terms “religion” has been expressed to mean a matter of faith, within individuals or specific communities who talk of advancement or endorse a precise set of beliefs. Technically speaking Hinduism is neither a religion nor a community and these are not words of any iconoclasts, philosophers or sages. Hinduism is a way of life of a civilized society and is not a religion. The spiritual traditions native to India beginning from the Iron ages stretch back beyond the prehistoric and Bronze ages when the Indus Valley civilization was in bloom. Indian philosophy consisted of Vedas and some were steeped in Tantra too - the gods in the Rig Vedas are personified concepts of nature. The interconnected and interdependent nature of the universe is the heart of the Upanishads known as Vedanta. It is against anyone who worships divinity other than the inner self. Lord Shiva, Hanuman, Indira, Durga and the multitude of gods represent aspects of nature and do not represent a religion, but are merely superheroes of the universe. Temples are open to everyone irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religions, faith or color, even atheists and communists can visit. There are no specific holy days like Sunday or Friday in a week, nor any commandments. Temples celebrate festivals provide facilities for visitors, social and cultural balance funds are utilized for providing education to the poor, needy and helping people affected by natural calamity. The partition of India saw India emerging as a secular nation with Hindu majority, the word given by British to differentiate them from Christians, Muslims, Parsees