Borin Van Loon,Vinay Lal

Introducing Hinduism

Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted3 months ago
Cyberspace and Hinduism appear to have been made for each other. Both are decentred, polyphonic and polymorphous. The web is just as hard to regulate as Hinduism, which has no founder, no supreme doctrinal authority, no precise place of origin
Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted3 months ago
At his prayer meetings, Gandhi read passages from the Gita, the Quran and the Bible. Syncretism, multiculturalism and pluralism are among the many words used to describe his religious outlook
Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted4 months ago
An elaborate set of rules, which has considerably loosened in the urban areas of modern India, has governed the relations between the four varnas. These rules are set out in the dharmashastras, or law books, the best-known of which is Manusmriti, “The Laws of Manu”
Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted4 months ago
the Rig Veda, which can be dated as far back as 1400-1000 BC, has a famous hymn, Purusha Sukta, the “Hymn to Man” (X.90) which describes the origins of the four castes from the Primeval Man
Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted4 months ago
The Gayatri mantra is the first thing that even little children are taught
Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted4 months ago
The law books (dharmashastras), the epic literature of the Hindus, the mythological texts (Puranas), and even the Bhagavad Gita, the most widely known work of Hindu literature in the West, all number among the smritis
Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted4 months ago
there are four Vedas [caturveda]: Rig, Sama, Atharva and Yajur. Along with a class of texts known as Aranyakas (forest books), Brahmanas (ritual manuals) and, most importantly, the Upanishads (philosophical meditations), the Vedas are known as shruti (meaning “heard”) or divinely revealed texts
Yaroslav Smirnovhas quoted4 months ago
Shiva, the all-important god besides Vishnu, is almost certainly a non-Aryan god (absent in the Vedas) who eventually made his way into the Hindu pantheon
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