Friday, May 25, 2012

Hinduism - What it is all about?

What are the benefits of being a Hindu? Does Hinduism grant complete freedom? What is the basic principle of Hinduism? Who founded Hinduism?

Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. It was not founded by a single person or sect. It is a way of life. There are many benefits of being a Hindu. A follower of Hinduism is not limited by strict rules or obedience codes. There are no liabilities either. A Hindu has complete freedom of thought, word and deed. One who has understood the scriptures and the Itihasas and Puranas will understand why a person is granted complete freedom in the religion of Hinduism.
The Vedic period was a golden period. The women were treated equally and there was no bias against them. Women also did sacrificial rituals. The basic principles of Hinduism have been distorted by the so called modern Hindu purists. In reality, Hinduism recognizes complete equality by stressing the need to realize and recognize the omnipresent in every atom that exists in the universe. 

Benefits of being a Hindu
1.       No strict rules for attending places of worship
2.       No need to by heart long prayers
3.       The conscience is regarded as God’s presence in an individual ( that is why when the shivam leaves the body, it is regarded as shavam)
4.       Colorful festivals brighten up a follower’s life and reduce the boredom of daily life.
5.       Love is the underlying principle. Though there are rituals and prayers, it is not strictly enforced and punishment is not given.

I invite fellow Hindus to contribute towards this list so that others also understand and learn more about Hinduism.