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)
What is Abhiman or Self Pride?
The Life and Legend of Abhimanyu
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
The Concept of Ajnana, Ignorance in Hinduism
Akasa, Ether or The Sky and The Fifth Element
Amritam - The Nectar of Immortality
Ananda, the State of Bliss or Happiness
The Concept of Anatma in Hinduism
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 or Ashrama Dharma, The Four Stages of Human Life
Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali
Ashtravakra, Vedic Seer and Teacher
Asteya, the Virtue of Non-Stealing
The Concept of Astika (Existence) in Hinduism
Asvins, the Hindu Gods of Healing and Medicine
Atma, Atman, the Eternal Soul
Maharishi Atri, A Great Sage of Hinduism
Attachments (Pasa) and Human Behavior
The Concept of Avatar or Incarnation in Hinduism
Ayurveda, the Ancient Indian Science of Medicine
Meaning and Definition of Bhagavan
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
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
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
Ego and Egoism According to the Bhagavadgita
Natural Evolution According to Hinduism
What is Faith? Faith According to Hinduism
The Ganapathya Sect
Lord Ganesha, Ganapati or Vinayaka
Garuda - Hinduwebsite.com
The Meaning and Significance of Guru in Hinduism
Know All About Hindu Temples
Indriyas, the Sense Organs
Japa or Japam in Hinduism
Jayadeva, A Biography
Jnana, Right Knowledge in Hinduism
The Concept of Jnana or Knowledge in Hinduism
What is Kaivalya?
Essays On Karma
What is Kausthubham?
Manas or the Mind
The Meaning and Concept of Mantra in Hinduism
Matmam - Tolerance and Dogma in Hinduism
History and information about Mathura and Vrindavan Temples
Meat Eating in Hinduism and Buddhism
What is Mount Meru?
The Meaning and Significance of Namaskar or Namaste
Nastika Vada or Atheism and Materialism in Hinduism and Related Religions
The Concept of Nirvana
The Meaning and Significance of Pashupata or Pashupatha
Pramanas - How Do You Know What is True or False?
What is Prana? The Five Types of Breath
Pranam or Salutation
The Purusharthas, Chief Aims of Human Life
Pushtimarg or the Path of Pushti Bhakti
Papam or Sin in Hinduism
Hindu Goddess - Rati Devi
Reincarnation or Rebirth in Hinduism
Rudra, Rudras the Gods of Hinduism
Sadhus Meaning and Significance
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?
The Meaning, Significance and Symbolism of Shri or Sri
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
Significance of Tirtha Yathra or Pilgrimages in Hinduism
Truth According to Hinduism
The History and Antiquity of Varanasi
The Hindu Varna System
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
Yakshas and Yakshinis
The History, Practice, Benefits and Types of Yoga