Ultimate Facts about Eternal Dharma
Hinduism is one of the ancient surviving religions of the world and it still lives in the heart of more than 80% Hindus living in India and other Hindus all over the world. Its origin dates back to 5000-10000 BC. Outside India it has its loyal followers of 30 million around the world covering approximately 10% population of the world. In modern times Hinduism has been able to attract Westerners with its high spirituality, diversity, righteousness and guidance to seek revival of soul through yoga. Hinduism is also best regarded because of Sanskrit, diverse history, epic mythologies as Mahabharata and Ramayana and spiritual characters. Hinduism is world’s third most followed religion and it is successfully making its way to win hearts of even a massive population.
Unified Belief in God
There has been a vast misconception among non-Hindus that Hindu worship a million of men made gods which is not true in reality. Either it is Vishnu, Lakshmi or Hanuman, they are all different forms of a single God. People concern and refer to a different god in terms of their issue. Their reference to specific gods also depends upon their family background and temples in their town or cities. Majority may refer to most common gods of Hinduism like Vishnu and Shiva. Another reason of selection of specifics gods is because of their present situation. If a person I about to leave for a journey or travel, he would refer to the suitable god. They are all different forms of god for convenience but in truth Hindus also believe in a single god. It is highly complex to study the nature of the ultimate God but the gods found in Hinduism are only the carnation of the one Goddess, Shakti. Hinduism is one religion that adores God in female nature. Hindus worship God’s vitality, or Shakti, through its exemplification in a Goddess. Shakti is seen to be integral and not in rivalry with perfect manly powers which show as God.
The Cycle of Rebirth
The cycle of rebirth or karma allows a person to take birth again in terms of his previous acts in last life. A person may attain a good karma if he has been morally good in his life. One can achieve good karma by paying intense attention towards religion, performing pilgrimage and by virtuous deeds. It would lead to fruitful life in rebirth. But if a person is unable to refrain himself from sins and vice actions then it would result in low grade life in rebirth. Surprisingly, one can gain freedom from the cycle of rebirth by continuous positive lives but it may take him hundreds and thousands of years. Karma is simply a cycle of cause and effect. A person would gain what he gives.
Denial of Caste Discrimination
Hinduism does not promote caste based discriminations. It is formed by the society and does not have to do with the religion. The basic divisions based on occupation and family background was introduced in the later law books of Vedic. The four categorization of society is similar to the Plato’s division that I of philosophers, warriors and commoners. The four basic divisions based on the Hindu society are Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas and Shudras. Brahmins are the priest class who performs all the rituals. They act as a connection between god and common men. They believe that they are born to protect and spread the dharma. Kshatriyas, the warriors are opting to offer sacrifice in order to protect its ancestors and people. Their duty is to protect their religion and to promote justice among all. People can only question them if they fail to serve their duties. Vaisyas are the working class such as farmers and traders. Their duty is to cultivate the land and produce outcome, make trade of the required good to make income etc. However, they were allowed to participate in the Vedic rituals but they were not allowed to marry in the higher class. Shudras, the lower class were permitted to serve the upper classes and carry out all the labors and sacrifices. They were not allowed to take part in religious performances or even hear the prayers. Moreover, they also did not have permission to marry in the upper class. The lowest of all the classes Chandalas, also known as impure ones. They did not have the permission to pass through the town of the upper class. They were looked down upon due to their religious practices. They spent their lives in the lowest parts of towns and were restricted to do all the impure jobs for the upper classes.
Hindus trusts that every single living thing has a spirit, or Atma. Each immortal – never made and never will die. Atma is described as a perpetual truth, cognizance and satisfaction.
The Legendary Symbolism in Hinduism
Due to massive number of gods in Hinduism people are unable to extract the hidden meanings behind their existence, behavior and appearance. For example, the three forms of god Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represents as the creator of the universe, preserver and uploader, and as the destroyer. All three forms represent the ultimate god and do not in any mean decrease the superiority of the only god. God and goddess through their behavior, apparel, and surroundings symbolizes the qualities and characteristics of the higher authority.
Divinity Prevails Within Nature
Hindu are of the belief that the magnificent and noble qualities of God are present within His every creation. It spreads the message of equality and peace among humanism and the world acts as a family. Humans are the greatest creation of God and they are held with the responsibility to maintain justice, equality and fraternity among all. Therefore, worshipping the various forms of God is not a matter of distribution in the divinity but praise in the ultimate authority. The concept of divinity is also present in the way of Hindu greetings called as Namaste, which translates to, “The Divine in me bows to the Divine in you.”
Despite the fact that most of the world’s Hindus reside in India, there are considerable Hindu populaces over the globe. Hindus are in notable numbers in North America, the UK, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Fiji, and Malaysia.
In the later past, sizeable Hindu populaces existed in Bhutan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, yet those have decreased significantly because of human rights infringement and absence of religious flexibility.
Conclusion, Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma
Sanatana Dharma, approximately interpreted as “Endless Law or Way,” is self-explanatory. The expression “Hindu,” is a twelfth-century Persian deliberation alluding to the Indus valley civilization they discovered embracing certain convictions, practices, and a lifestyle on the banks of the Indus (accordingly Hindu) stream.
Throughout the hundreds of years, the differing devotees of Sanatana Dharma have embraced the references of the Hindus and Hinduism. Various terms used to allude to Hinduism incorporate Vedic, Yogic, Sanskrit, Indic, and Indian.
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