Who is a HINDU?
1.Belief in one God, many adorable forms, names and incarnations
2.Acceptance Karma and the fruits of each deed
3.Upholding Dharma as a duty towards all aspects of life
3.A true Hindu will give up his life to defend and protect Hinduism.
4.Will fight evils perpetrated against our religion and will take up arms if his/her Bharat, its’ people and religion are under threat from enemies
5.Knowing Hinduism as the eternal religion
6.Acceptance of various paths leading to God
7.Respecting all ancient Hindu scriptures
8.Seeing God in all
9.Body dies but the soul is eternal
10.Belief in the concept of reincarnation
11.All living things have souls & moksha as the final destination
12.Respect of Gurus and their teachings
A true Hindu is one who has tasted the sweetness of freedom of choice and is wiling to choose death before giving up his freedom. Freedom of choice to follow a path is the basic human right and no one shall tell him/her otherwise. Any Hindu who converts to islam or christianity is giving up his rights and virtually giving himself and his future generations to slavery.
A Hindu is one that believes in one God who incarnates, as and when He feels fit, in the shape and form He wants. God creates, sustains and destroys when time comes. Many names and forms are given to each with the love and affection of each individual devotee. He has, can and will send us as many prophets (Only prophet?) , saints and sons (only son?) and is fully capable of doing so. Our Dharma is eternal, so is God and all the souls. It is our conviction that body dies but not the soul. The old scriptures are a guide to salvation and an individual can
steadily make his way back to God in the speed and path selected. Karma (deeds) and results of
Karma are the basis of our lives. Knowing that good karma will bring good results and vice versa, our lives can be guided towards fruition of Salvation termed as Moksha. Guru plays a very important part in molding our lives and whilst the Holy book Gita can be accepted as Guru so can the word of Guru Nanak . A Hindu may or may not agree to some of the points above but he will willingly give his fellow human the right to practice religion as and how the other sees fit.
Future of islam as per Hinduism
The future of one religion is mentioned in the Kalki Purana.
It says when the dharma is destroyed by Asura (Rakshasas); Lord Vishnu will take form of Kalki and destroy the Asuras. Thus the truth, dharma and peace will be established in the universe.
Now, who are Asuras? Kalki Purana describes Asuras like this:
1. The meaning of Asura is those who do not
drink sura (alcohol/liquor). What religion officially
2. Asuras will breed fast in the earth – their
population growth will the fastest. Which is the
fastest growing religion in the world?
3. Asuaras are always involved in mundane and
physical sexual pleasure – they will have multiple
wives. Who can have multiple wives?
4. Asuras derive pleasure from killing cows.
5. Asuras enjoy killing “sajjana” (good and
6. Their Guru (Master/Prophet) will be
Sukracharya and their worship day will be
Sukravar (Friday). Which religion considers Friday
7. While normal human beings and gods will
grow their hair in the head and shave off facial
hairs (moustache and beard), Asuara will do the
other way around.
8. Asuaras will be a faith cult and will not believe
in cosmic truth. They blindly trust their Master
with a slavery mind. (Truth has nothing to do
9. Asuras will be “vigraha-bhanjags” – they don’t
worship idols, they break idols everywhere.
Which religion destroyed temples, shrines and
places of worship all over the world? Who
destroyed 125,000 temples in India? Who
destroyed the biggest Buddhist statue in the
10. Asuras do not believe in education and deadly
against “vijnana” (knowledge). They destroy
gurukula (ancient universities and libraries). Who
destroyed our ancient universities in Nalanda and
Taksila? They say, it took more than six months
to burn all books in those ancient libraries. I might point out however that the sastras speak
of them not drinking “soma” not “sura.” Soma is
the nectar of the gods that brings immortality that
was created by churning the Ocean of Milk.
The asuras are “a (non) suryas (gods),” in other
words, demons. In Indian philosophy demons
are often evil humans rather than spirit beings as
in Christianity and many other religions (for
instance, Hiranyakasipu, Ravana, Kamsa etc). At
the end of kali yuga (the current age) these
demons will arise and attack the humans of this
planet as you describe.
Lord Kalki (the final Visnu Avatar) comes to defeat
them and brings the world, after some time, into
satya yuga (the first and highest age).
The rise of the Muslim Ummah appears to be
fulfilling many prophecies in diverse religions.
NATHU RAM GODSE’S SPEECH AT THE TRIAL
” On January 13, 1948, I learnt that Gandhiji had
decided to go on fast unto
death. The reason given was that he wanted an
assurance of Hindu-Muslim
Unity… But I and many others could easily see
that the real motive…
[was] to compel the Dominion Government to
pay the sum of Rs 55 crores to
Pakistan, the payment of which was emphatically
refused by the
Government…. But this decision of the people’s
Government was reversed to
suit the tune of Gandhiji’s fast. It was evident to
my mind that the force
of public opinion was nothing but a trifle when
compared with the leanings
of Gandhiji favourable to Pakistan.
….In 1946 or thereabout, Muslim atrocities
perpetrated on Hindus under the
Government patronage of Surhawardy in
Noakhali made our blood boil. Our
shame and indignation knew no bounds when
we saw that Gandhiji had come
forward to shield that very Surhawardy and
began to style him as ‘Shaheed
Saheb’ – a martyr – even in his prayer meetings…
….Gandhiji’s influence in the Congress first
increased and then became
supreme. His activities for public awakening were
phenomenal in their
intensity and were reinforced by the slogans of
truth and non-violence which
he ostentatiously paraded before the country… I
could never conceive that
an armed resistance to the aggressor is unjust…
Ram killed Ravan in a
tumultuous fight… Krishna killed Kansa to end his
condemning Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru
Govind as ‘misguided patriots,’
Gandhiji has merely exposed his self-conceit…
Gandhiji was, paradoxically,
a violent pacifist who brought untold calamities
on the country in the name
of truth and nonviolence, while Rana Pratap,
Shivaji and the Guru will
remain enshrined in the hearts of their
….By 1919, Gandhiji had become desperate in his
endeavours to get the
Muslims to trust him and went from one absurd
promise to another… He
backed the Khilafat movement in this country and
was able to enlist the full
support of the National Congress in that policy…
very soon the Moplah
Rebellion showed that the Muslims had not the
slightest idea of national
unity… There followed a huge slaughter of
Hindus… The British
Government, entirely unmoved by the rebellion,
suppressed it in a few months
and left to Gandhiji the joy of his Hindu-Muslim
Imperialism emerged stronger, the Muslims
became more fanatical, and the
consequences were visited on the Hindus…
The accumulating provocation of 32 years,
culminating in his last pro-Muslim
fast, at last goaded me to the conclusion that the
existence of Gandhiji
should be brought to an end immediately… he
developed a subjective
mentality under which he alone was the final
judge of what was right or
wrong… Either Congress had to surrender its will
to him and play second
fiddle to all his eccentricity, whimsicality… or it
had to carry on
without him… He was the master brain guiding
the civil disobedience
movement… The movement may succeed or fail;
it may bring untold disasters
and political reverses, but that could make no
difference to the Mahatma’s
infallibility… These childish inanities and
obstinacies, coupled with a
most severe austerity of life, ceaseless work and
lofty character, made
Gandhiji formidable and irresistible… In a position
of such absolute
irresponsibility, Gandhiji was guilty of blunder
….The Mahatma even supported the separation of
Sindh from the Bombay
Presidency and threw the Hindus of Sindh to the
communal wolves. Numerous
riots took place in Karachi, Sukkur, Shikarpur and
other places in which the
Hindus were the only sufferers…
….From August 1946 onwards, the private
armies of the Muslim League began
a massacre of the Hindus… Hindu blood began to
flow from Bengal to Karachi
with mild reactions in the Deccan… The Interim
government formed in
September was sabotaged by its Muslim League
members, but the more they
became disloyal and treasonable to the
government of which they were a part,
the greater was Gandhi’s infatuation for them…
….The Congress, which had boasted of its
nationalism and socialism,
secretly accepted Pakistan and abjectly
surrendered to Jinnah. India was
vivisected and one-third of the Indian territory
became foreign land to
us… This is what Gandhiji had achieved after 30
years of undisputed
dictatorship, and this is what Congress party calls
….One of the conditions imposed by Gandhiji for
his breaking of the fast
unto death related to the mosques in Delhi
occupied by Hindu refugees. But
when Hindus in Pakistan were subjected to
violent attacks he did not so much
as utter a single word to protest and censure the
Gandhi is being referred to as the Father of the
Nation. But if that is so,
he had failed his paternal duty inasmuch as he
has acted very treacherously
to the nation by his consenting to the partitioning
of it… The people of
this country were eager and vehement in their
opposition to Pakistan. But
Gandhiji played false with the people…
….I shall be totally ruined, and the only thing I
could expect from the
people would be nothing but hatred… if I were to
kill Gandhiji. But at the
same time, I felt that Indian politics in the absence
of Gandhiji would
surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and be
powerful with armed
forces. No doubt, my own future would be
totally ruined, but the nation
would be saved from the inroads of Pakistan…
….I do say that my shots were fired at the person
whose policy and action
had brought rack and ruin and destruction to
millions of Hindus… There was
no legal machinery by which such an offender
could be brought to book, and
for this reason I fired those fatal shots…
….I do not desire any mercy to be shown to
me… I did fire shots at
Gandhiji in open daylight. I did not make any
attempt to run away; in fact I
never entertained any idea of running away. I did
not try to shoot myself…
for, it was my ardent desire to give vent to my
thoughts in an open Court.
My confidence about the moral side of my action
has not been shaken even by
the criticism levelled of against it on all sides. I
have no doubt, honest
writers of history will weigh my act and find the
true value thereof some
day in future.”
Interesting Facts about Hinduism
Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma is the oldest of the world’s living faiths. Though its origin is dated between 10,000 – 7,000 BCE by most historians, its traditions extend back before recorded history. Despite its antiquity, Hinduism is interestingly still a living and growing religion and has global acceptance. There is no founder to give credit to its discovery and establishment. Rather, Hinduism is a dharma or way of life evolved by the great sages of ancient India. I
Hindu Philosophy, Rituals and Myths
In every religion there are three main parts: philosophy, rituals and myths. It is important to completely understand these aspects since many people have misconceptions about Hinduism.
Philosophy is the essence of religion. It sets forth its basic principles or fundamental tenets, the goal and the means of attaining it. Myths explain and illustrate philosophy by means of legendary lives of great men or of supernatural beings. Ritual gives an even more concrete form to philosophy so that everyone may understand it. Ritual consists of forms, ceremonies, etc.
All religions have their own mythology. Although the word mythology is sometimes deliberately used by the media about Hinduism, Hinduism is more about “Truth” at different levels of understandings. It is difficult to make a clear distinction between history and mythology. If a Christian stands up and says, “My prophet did such and such a marvelous thing,” others will say, “This is only a myth. Our prophets did still more marvelous things which are really historical.” It is not easy to differentiate the two into watertight compartments.
Hindus hold the belief of the four Vedas high in their minds. This is considered the most ancient scripture in the world. The Puranas describe the teachings of the Vedas through myths, legends and examples of great people. The cosmogonic myths of the Puranas are very interesting. A certain portion of Hindu mythology is even now presented to the public in the form of dramas during days of Hindu festivals. Thus the minds of the people are saturated with sublime ideas and ideals and lifted to great spiritual heights.
Basic tenets of Hinduism
Hinduism is a conglomeration of diverse beliefs and traditions and hence cannot be confined to any one system of belief and ideas. Nevertheless, the prominent themes include:
• Dharma (ethics and duties)
• Samsara (rebirth)
• Karma (right action)
• Moksha (liberation from the cycle of Samsara)
Hinduism also encourages truth, honesty, non-violence, celibacy, cleanliness, contentment, prayers, austerity, perseverance, penance, and pious company.
The essence of the Hindu vision of reality lies in the relation between dharma (social duty or righteousness) and moksha (release from the material world, final liberation from the endless cycles of rebirth). Both these perspectives, the world-supporting and the world-denying, are necessary to fulfill human destiny.
Hinduism is a way of life, a Dharma, that is, the law that governs all action. It has its own beliefs, traditions, advanced system of ethics, meaningful rituals, philosophy and theology. The religious tradition of Hinduism is responsible for the creation of such concepts and practices as Yoga, Ayurveda, Vastu, Jyotish, Yajna, Puja, Tantra, Vedanta, Karma, etc.
Hundreds of millions of people continue to believe in the multitudes of gods which inhabit the Hindu pantheon. This tapestry of religion is the result of millennia of integration. The Indian sub-continent has been a crossroad for several cultures, and the Indian people have incorporated numerous ideas from different faiths.
Though there are some core beliefs common to virtually all Hindus, there really is no “Hindu orthodoxy”- no hard and fast dogma that all Hindus must believe. It’s actually a family of gradually developing beliefs and practices.
Ten important Hindu Realities vs. Myths
Hinduism is like an ocean of the combined knowledge of various rishis, sages, and saints. It was they who gave the religion the depth and complexity for which it is known today. Because of them Hinduism became more or less like an ocean that would absorb every thing that flowed into it from all directions.
There are wide misconceptions about the Hindu religion. According to my understanding, the following facts are realities in an effort to clarify such misconceptions.
1. Who is Hindu? Anybody who practices a little of and believes in the above listed tenets of Hinduism is a Hindu. There is no baptism, no fixed gods, and going to the temple is not compulsory.
2. Idol Worship: Hinduism does not promote idol worship. To the contrary, Hinduism urges to transcend all physical aids to worship, in our spiritual progress. Realizing that it is impossible for the mortal human to visualize the Infinite and instead of sustaining false hopes of such achievements, the religion urges us to slowly and steadily continue our progress in pursuit of the Truth. For such steady progress, it asks to start with physical aids such as temples and idols, and through practice and devotion, ultimately succeed in visualizing God without the aid of temples and idols.
3. Habits: There are no specifically laid out rules constricting a person’s eating/drinking habits, or clothing style or anything like that. In fact, Hinduism deals with concepts on a much higher platform, where such things are insignificant. It deals with the spiritual aspects of trying to understand God and to approach Him through many varied means (principal of which is love). As natural fallout, it also shows how to lead a meaningful life full of bliss, peace and love.
4. Conversion: Since Hinduism is a way of life, there is no formal conversion process. In fact, there is no fixed name for Hinduism; some call it Sanatana Dharma, some call it just Dharma, some call it Bhagawat Dharma, etc. There was no name “Hindu” in old scriptures but later invaders of India named people here as Hindu because they used to live on the banks of the river Sindhu.
5. Unity: This feature of Hindu religion has been unique. Some call the religion broadminded because Hindus believe in ‘Vasudhev Kutumbakam,’ meaning that all the world’s people are one family.
6. Rituals or superstitions: Hinduism runs on value education and some rituals. These rituals are added from time to time and changeable. But these rituals convey a lot of meaning when deeply thought and understood. They are not compulsory for Hinduism; some follow, some don’t.
7. Criticism: Another feature of Hinduism is there is no blasphemy clause; you may criticize openly some features you don’t like and may not follow or change them still you will be a good Hindu. I think it’s democracy like.
8. Food: Though many Hindus are vegetarian, still many Hindus are not. The rationale behind a vegetarian diet is to promote a physically, mentally and spiritually healthy lifestyle. However, there are no rigid rules concerning vegetarianism.
9. Caste System: The caste system, originally described in the Vedas, but much abused and maligned over the years, is nothing but a representation of an efficient human society. The four castes described in the scriptures are – the Brahmins, the Kshatriyas, the Vaishyas, and the Shudras. According to the Vedas, an efficient human society is based on the strength of its educational/knowledge-pursuit system (Brahmin), its military and defense system (Kshatriya), its economical and business system (Vaishya), and a strong, happy, productive workforce (Shudras).
This noble representation was misinterpreted, exploited, and abused by a few in the Indian society, leading to the indiscriminate creation of thousands of castes and sub-castes, including the so-called “upper” castes. It can be seen as a means of maintaining the status quo to the benefit of those in power. However, in ancient times, castes were not rigid (one could move from one caste to another). They were based on one’s karma (actions), not birth.
Fortunately, the distorted caste system has been more or less abolished since Indian independence and the distinctions are beginning to disappear.
10. Hindu Women: The role of women in Hinduism is often misunderstood. In Vedic times women and men were equal as far as education and religion was concerned. In ancient India, women occupied a very important position, in fact in some ways, a superior position to men. It is a culture whose only words for strength and power are feminine -”Shakti” means “power” and “strength.” All male power comes from the feminine.
There are many stories and media attention about Child Marriage, Dowry, Bride-Burning, and Property matters for equality, mass Wife-Burning (Jauhar), Widow-Burning (Sati). Due to Islamic conquest, political instability, poor economic conditions and foreign invasion further made women’s freedom impossible. Hence, society became more protective about the women community, education, power, name and fame; also they linked these issues with caste status. Such situations ceased women rights. But after India’s freedom, the law again restored and protected women’s rights.
How Hinduism differs from other organized religions:
In summary, Hinduism differs from other organized religions in the following aspects:
• It is not based upon one particular founder.
• It is not based upon one particular book.
• It is not controlled by a central institution or authority such as a church or an association.
• It is not averse to examine and assimilate fundamentally diverse thoughts and beliefs into its system.
• It accepts other religions as various paths to salvation and does not favor organized attempts to convert people.
• It has been evolving continuously, through internal reforms and as a reaction to the threats and challenges.
• Hinduism is a way of life, more than a religion
• An attitude of understanding and tolerance is taught within the religion, where all religious teachings are not to be looked down upon and that no one way of worship should be considered better than another.
Interesting Facts about Hinduism
Hinduism teaches the following simple and interesting aspects that are very important to our daily life:
Healthy lifestyle: Unlike others, Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. Hinduism grants you a healthy lifestyle. The Hindu practices like bath in the morning, do Yoga, stay away from meat etc. promote health and hygiene.
Promotes peace universally: Hinduism does not say that only Hindus go to heaven, nor proclaims that only Hindu gods are the true one. Hinduism is the only religion, which says that all paths lead to that ultimate one. An important Hindu prayer is “Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu” which means let the whole world be happy!
Respect living beings: Hindus believe that there is divinity in every one. The Hindu salutation ‘Namaskar’ or ‘Namaste’ means that I bow to that divinity in you.
No hard and fast dogma: Hinduism is flexible and there are really no hard and fast rules you need to follow. It is entirely dependant on you to choose what you want to do. For instance, we are free to worship God in whichever form we choose, wherever we choose, and whenever we choose.
No conversion, no pressure: You do not need to undergo a formal conversion ceremony to lead a Hindu way of life.
Care for the environment: You will see that the temples have gardens and promote growing of trees and vegetation. Even snakes, cows are given a place and fed in some places. Animals are given protection and shelter. The Hindu way of life is based on living in harmony with the environment and not exploiting nature.
Promotes art and art forms: The Hindu temples themselves are masterpieces of art and sculpture. Dance and music forms an integral part of the religion and the classical dance and music are closely tied to Hinduism and a must for many Hindu festivals and occasions.
Hindu festivals: There are lots of fun activities associated with Hindu festivals. For Deepavali or Diwali, playing with fireworks or crackers. For Holi, playing with colors and the list is endless. For Hindus, life is a celebration.
The foundation of Hinduism has been laid on the bedrock of spiritual truths. The entire structure of Hindu life is built on eternal truths, the findings of the Hindu Rishis or seers. That is the reason why this structure has lasted through scores of centuries.
The glory of Hinduism lies in the fact that it has all the features of a universal religion. Its Dharma is universal. Its doctrines are sublime. Its philosophy is grand. Its ethics are soul-elevating. Its scriptures are wonderful. Its Sadhanas or Yoga-Vedanta practices are unique. It has a message to give to a world to get rid of hatred, dissension and war—the message of cosmic love, truth and non-violence, the gospel of unity of Self or Upanishadic oneness.