Hinduism Essays

The Concepts of Hinduism

Hinduism is one of the most sublime religions of the world. The world is slow to recognize its importance in the development of human thought and acknowledge its contribution in the progress of our civilization. Only in recent times, it has been gaining the attention of intellectuals and educated people in various parts of the world. The popularity of yoga, migration of educated middleclass Indians, the teachings of many spiritual teachers who travel the world and the growth of internet are largely responsible for this. The following essays cover a wide range of subjects explaining the beliefs and practices of Hinduism

Hinduism is also a complex religion. It developed overtime accumulating the wisdom of ages for nearly 6000-7000 years. Hinduism, is also known as the eternal religion or Sanatana Dharma. Dharma primarily means duty, which is central to its beliefs and practices. We believe that everyone from highest God to the lowest living being in the manifest creation have been assigned specific duties and act according to natural disposition (Prakriti dharma). Therefore, The scriptures repeatedly emphasize the importance of doing your duty (dharma) and meeting your obligations that come with your  profession and status in the family. Hindu philosophy is also very complex and it has many sects and sub-sects, various branches of philosophy known as Darshanas and several scriptures each of which is revered with a considerable following of its own.

Hence, understanding Hinduism, Hindu way of life, Hindu dharma and philosophy is a great challenge for anyone who wants to explore the subject. In this section we hope to bring you the core concepts of Hinduism, its religious, historical and philosophical importance in the development of world religions and unravel the mysteries and secrets associated with its beliefs and practices. We will keep expanding and updating this section frequently. So please bookmark this page. - Jayaram V


"Acceptance of the Vedas with reverence; recognition of the fact that the means or ways to salvation are diverse; and the realization of the truth that the number of gods to be worshipped is large, that indeed is the distinguishing feature of the Hindu religion." - B.G.Tilak (Quoted by the Supreme Court of India on 2 July 1995 as the basic definition of Hindu)


A

What is Abhiman or Self Pride?

The Life and Legend of Abhimanyu

Abhinavagupta

What Abhyaasa Means?

What Adi means?

Aditi, The Mother of Hindu Gods

About Adityas, the 12 Suns, or Solar Deities

What is Advaita or Advaita Vedanta?

The Concept of Advaita Vedanta

Agasthya the Hindu Sage who drank the oceans

Agni, Deity of Hinduism

What is ahamkara or egoism?

What is Ahimsa, Non-violence or Non-injury?

Ajivikas - Their History and Philosophy

Akasa, Ether or The Sky and The Fifth Element

Amritam - The Nectar of Immortality

Ananda, the State of Bliss or Happiness

An Account of Angirasa, A Hindu Sage

Sri Anjaneya,The Most Ancient Superman of the World

Annam or Food in Hinduism

Arjuna of the Mahabharata

The Meaning and Concept of Arya

The Origin and History of the Aryans of ancient India

Varnashrama Dharma, The Four Stages of Human Life

Ashtravakra, Vedic Seer and Teacher

Asvins, the Hindu Gods of Healing and Medicine

Atma, Atman, the Eternal Soul

Attachments (Pasa) and Human Behavior

The Concept of Avatar or Incarnation in Hinduism

Ayurveda, the Ancient Indian Science of Medicine

B

Meaning and Definition of Bhagavan

The mother of all

What is Bhakti or Devotion?

Bhakti Marg, the Path of Devotion

Bondage – Bandha in Hinduism

What is Brahmacarya in Hinduism?

Brahman the Supreme Universal Lord of All

What is Buddhi?

What is Buddhi Yoga

C

The Concept of Chakras or Energy Centers Of The Human Body

Citta or Chitta in Yoga and Hindu tradition

What is Citta or Chitta?

Creation Theories in Hinduism

D

Daksha, Daksha's Sacrifice and the Slaying of Daksha

Damaru, The Drum of Shiva

The Darshanas or Schools of Philosophy in Hinduism

Hinduism and the God of Death

Devayana - The Immortal Path of Liberation

Dharma, Collection of Essays

What is Dhyana? Definition and Significance

Durga, the Divine Mother

Main Concepts of Hinduism

E

Ego and Egoism According to the Bhagavadgita

Natural Evolution According to Hinduism

F

What is Faith? Faith According to Hinduism

G

The Ganapathya Sect

Lord Ganesha, Ganapati or Vinayaka

Garuda - Hinduwebsite.com

The Meaning and Significance of Guru in Hinduism

H

Know All About Hindu Temples

I

Indriyas, the Sense Organs

J

Japa or Japam in Hinduism

Jayadeva, A Biography

Jnana, Right Knowledge in Hinduism

The Concept of Jnana or Knowledge in Hinduism

K

What is Kaivalya?

Essays On Karma

The History and Antiquity of Varanasi

What is Kausthubham?

M

Manas or the Mind

The Meaning and Concept of Mantra in Hinduism

Tolerance and Dogma in Hinduism

History and information about Mathura and Vrindavan Temples

Meat Eating in Hinduism and Buddhism

What is Mount Meru?

N

The Meaning and Significance of Namaskar or Namaste

Narayana Suktham

The Concept of Nirvana

P

The Meaning and Significance of Pashupata or Pashupatha

What is Prana? The Five Types of Breath

Pranam or Salutation

The Purusharthas, Chief Aims of Human Life

Papam or Sin in Hinduism

R

Hindu Goddess - Rati Devi

Reincarnation or Rebirth in Hinduism

Rudra, Rudras the Gods of Hinduism

S

Samatvam or Sameness

Samsara or the Transmigration of Souls

Samskaras - The Sacraments of Hinduism

Hinduism As Santana Dharma, the Eternal Religion

What is Satsang and its importance in religious life?

Siddhas

The Idea of Perfection or Siddhi in Hinduism

The Concept of Sin in Hinduism

Skanda Matha, the Mother of Skanda

The Meaning and Concept of Sruthi in Hinduism

Svadhyaya or Self-Study in Hinduism

The Concept of Swasti or Wellbeing in Hinduism

The Meaning And Significance Of Swastika In Hinduism

T

Truth According to Hinduism

V

Gods of Hinduism, the Eight Vasus

The Vedas, Meaning and Significance

The Vedangas: The Limbs of the Vedas

A Summary of The Vedanta

Visadevas, Gods Hinduism

The Meaning and Significance of Vratas in Hinduism

Y

Yakshas and Yakshinis

The History, Practice, Benefits and Types of Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali