Loving Each and every creation of the God is absolute and real. 'Isavasyam Idam sarvam' Isam (the God) is present (inhabits) here everywhere - Nothing exists separate from the God, because God is present Everywhere. Respect every living being and non-living things as God. That's what Hinduism teaches you. Hinduism Is referred to as Sanathana Dharma, the eternal faith. It is based on The practice of Dharma, the code of life. The most important aspect of Hinduism is being truthful to oneself. Hinduism has no monopoly on Ideas.- It is open to all. Hindus believe in one God (not a personal one) expressed in different Forms. For them, God is timeless and formless entity. Ancestors of today's Hindus believe in eternal truths and cosmic laws and these Truths are opened to anyone who seeks them. But there is a section of Hindus who are either superstitious or turned fanatic to make this an Organized religion like others. The British coin the word 'Hindu' and Considered it as a religion I Said: 'Religions have become an MLM (multi-level- marketing) industry That has been trying to expand the market share by conversion. The Biggest business in today's world is Spirituality. Hinduism is no Exception' I Am a Hindu primarily because it professes Non-violence - 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharma' - Non violence is the highest duty. I am a Hindu because it Doesn't conditions my mind with any faith system. A man/ woman who change 's his/her birth religion to another religion Is a fake and does not value his/her morals, culture and values in life. Hinduism was the first religion originated. Be proud of your religion and be proud of who you are. All of the human race therefore has one common mother culture, mother language, and mother religion. This mother religion is what is known as Sanatana Dharma and the mother language of the world is Sanskrit. All the languages of the world have descended from Sanskrit. Take a look at the connection between Hebrew and Sanskrit --> http://www.viewzone.com/matlock.html The cultural influence of india can be seen all over the world from Mexico to Egypt from Bali to Australia and from South America to North America. - During Navaratri, Mexicans celebrate a 9 day festival called "Rama Sita" - Ancient Egypt has a document that was signed with "Varuna" and "Mitra" as the witness - The Parsi religion is derived from the fire worship mentioned in the Atharva Veda - The Red Indians have been known to perform a Homa (yagna or Havan) - Nature worship of the elements can be seen in Hawai - Thailand and indonesia celebrate Ramayana as their national treasure - The Aborigines of Australia have been known to smear their foreheads with Ashes similarly to south indians - The aboriginal language has a close similarity with Tamil - The Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the largest Hindu temple in the World and contains sculptures of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - Buddhism which is an offshoot of Hindusim influences all of Asia - The Sun worship of the Inca is a concept borrowed from the Rig Veda After all, before several thousand years all the continents were one single land mass. Later on they separated into 5 or 6 pieces. The influence of the mother culture (Sanathana Dharma) can be found all over the world. If some serious research is done, you will connections of Islam, Christianity and Judaism with Sanathana Dharma. The stories of the birth of Jesus and Moses is very similar to what we find in the srimad bhagavatam. The Greek mythological stories have the influence of our Hindu Puranas written all over them. All the religions and languages of the world have indeed descended from Sanathana Dharma. The whole world indeed is one family. !! Vasudeva Kutumbkabam!! What is my religion and Why? I always get lost and speechless when someone asks me my religion. As religion means strict rules and worshiping God in a particular way. But for simplicity, you can call me Hindu or Sanatan Dharm or Vedic. Why - Why I am Hindu - Well, this ia very difficult question to answer.. Let's say it doesn't condition my mind to believe in a faith in particular way. It gives me freedom to accept the diversity - be it in language, food or culture. It teaches me to respect other people faith, even if sometimes I do not understand them. I am able to appreciate the contradictory world. I would say 3 shlokas that really inspires me: 1. Ekam Sat Vipra Bahuda Vadanti (Rig Veda 1.164.46) Meaning: There is ONE TRUTH - different sages call it differently. 2. Aham Brahmasmi Meaning: I am Brahman Does not mean I am God but means I have a potential to realize God and be ONE with IT. 3. Tat Twam Asi Meaning: That you are => you are also brahman - that means you also have a potential to realize God and be ONE with it Fundamentals Of Hinduism Understand Linux to understand Hinduism . In many ways Hinduism is like linux… it has no single founder or owner or authority; there is no single version of it which can be defined as so. Many features available in Ubantu may not be available in Redhat and viceversa. If you go by external features alone, then both of them are totally different. But the underlying basic approach is same in all versions of linux. Same with Hinduism. There are 3 Fundamental ideas basic to Hinduism: a. Universality: This is the first principle in Hinduism. Whether in science or in religion, any theory is considered good only if it is applicable universally. The presence of anomalies makes any theory incomplete. Thus Hinduism does not give any exclusive privileges to anyone. If it is possible for one to see God, it should be possible for all others to see God. If one can be a son of God, any other person also should have the potential to be son of God.If Meera saw Krishna, I too should have the potential to see Krishna. ('potential'- meaning- may not be at the present time, but surely has a chance, provided he is determined). b. Cause & Effect: Every action is a result of another action. Every result has a cause. So this principle is everything that happens has a cause and a consequence. Thus no good work goes waste and no bad act goes unpunished. c. Anubhuti: This is also the main idea in the Hinduism. It means 'experience'. The idea is that to know the reality, we ourselves should experience it, and not on some others experience. Religion to us is in practice not theories. I cannot understand the God, until I myself experience it. A person who has seen a horse is trying to tell how a horse will be. But if I have never seen horse myself, my understanding of horse will not be complete, and I may even start to think of horse as donkey, coz I have only seen a donkey. God and Creation Hinduism has NO concept of Ruling God - who controls everything. For Hindus, God is OMNIPRESENT ETERNAL CONSCIOUSNESS. . . In the beginning HE WAS ONE - ONE WITHOUT SECOND - HE WAS WITHIN AND WITHOUT - ALL-PERVADING. Then he thought - let me divide - and he divided itself - FROM THE FULL, FULL CAME OUT - BUT FULL REMAINED FULL. . There is no concept of CREATION from nothing. As you can not create anything out of nothing. IT is only TRANSFORMATION. We are just part of the omnipresent consciousness - evolved due to the TRANSFORMATION in the consciousness from energy to matter. Therefore there is nothing like GOD and God's creation. . Just like the cell divides and transforms into different organs of a human body. The SEED differentiates itself into different objects. . The nature of Consciousness in the object determines what that object is capable of doing. THIS IS CALLED ETERNAL LAWS - Sanatam Dharm (Eternal Laws that uphold). Therefore - every matter, anti-matter, energy and everything follow CERTAIN laws due to the CONSCIOUSNESS present in them. The Law of gravity is due to the Consciousness in the object. . The SEED has no SPECIFIC location - as it pervades everything. Can you tell which is the location of the FIRST cell in your body? . This is the reason - Hindus consider everything DIVINE. Everything is the manifestation of the CONSCIOUSNESS. We do not worship SPECIFIC GOD - but we praise the Manifestations. . We do not believe in FEARING of a God. But we believe: . Ahm Brahmasi = I am Consciousness. Tat Tvam asi = You are that (Consciousness). . So therefore - there is no difference in Aatma. In short: REALITY = All-pervading, OMNIPRESENT, INFINITE CONSCIOUSNESS We all are connected and ONE. . The differences we see is due to the Transformation of this consciousness - that gives each object - shape and attributes and it's "laws".