Hinduism - A short summary..

Hinduism - A short summary..

aum

 

 

Hinduism is mankind's oldest living religious tradition, which has practiced since time immemorial. One English missionary in India, comparing Hinduism with other world civilisations long since dead, paid tribute to its endurance “...but Hinduism lives on. Age has not decayed it, rivals have not destroyed it."
 
The term ‘Hindu’ is related to the word Sindhu – the name of a river, which is known in English as the river Indus. Because of the difficulty in pronunciation by the Persians the river Sindhu became the river ‘Hindu’.   And the inhabitants living across the river ‘Hindu’ became Hindus and the land became to be known as Hindustan. Hence, the major religion of India (Latin derivative of Hindu), became to be known as Hinduism.

Hinduism became an umbrella description for the multitude of religious ideas in the Indian sub-continent. Some of these ideas adhere closely to the original Vedic tradition, while over the years many have incorporated local influences with regional, linguistic and doctrinal variations. The proliferation of Hindu denominations fall within three main groups: Vaishnavaism, worship of Krishna and His incarnations; Shaivism, worship of Shiva; and the Shaktas who worship Kali. The all-embracing nature of Hinduism often appears confusing for the Western mind, but despite external variety, much philosophy is common for all Hindus.

A notable feature of Hinduism, referred to as Sanatana Dharma (the eternal religion) or Vedic Dharma (pertaining to the Vedas), is that it does not originate from one prophet or teacher. The earliest record of Hindu teaching is found in the Vedas (c. 3000 B.C.), but many authorities claim that Hinduism is as old as the universe, being based upon eternal truths, which have no mortal source. Other great religions - Jainism, Buddhism, and more recently Sikhism - appeared from the Vedic tradition.



Quick Donation!

Please Enter Amount

Register for Newsletters

Please register to receive our Newsletters
captcha 

Follow us on Twitter

nchtuk Civilization implies a process of ever greater civility, is the West moving in this direction? Aa Gandhi said "west… https://t.co/oMaUUn0FCb
nchtuk "For Hindus, there is nothing more sacrosanct than the conversation a person has with their inner Guru or guide, wh… https://t.co/nU4GZ0UhGc
8570123
Today
Yesterday
This Week
This Month
All days
2634
3775
15913
45382
8570123

Your IP: 173.231.59.203

Current Visitor Map

NCHTUK Word Cloud

more   ncht   with   were   they   been   will   which   that   about   only   india   save   would   your   yoga   being   lord   very   many   some   community   even   hindus   what   body   temples   also   other   temple   their   such   hindu   when   this   human   religious   like   there   time   these   people   from   life   british   over   into   those   mind   have   JoelLipman.Com