Introduction to Hinduism

Origin, Definition and Introduction to Hinduism

One of the astounding features of Hinduism is that it is the oldest living religion that has retained its mass appeal as well as the breadth and depth of its universal vision. In its long and checkered history, it absorbed many traditions and beliefs, without compromising its core beliefs and losing its vitality. As a result, Hinduism continues to remain today as one of the most popular religions of the world, defying the traditional definitions of religion and withstanding severe competition from organized religions and materialistic ideologies. From the Book An Introduction to Hinduism by Jayaram V

In search of a true definition

Surprisingly, though Hinduism is a very ancient religion, the word "Hinduism", is of much later origin...

Hinduism in the context of scriptures

The purpose of this article is to examine whether Hinduism relies upon any particular scripture for its existence...

Hinduism- the many influences Part !~

In this article we will examine how various scholarly influences and thought processes went into the formation of this great tradition called Hinduism...

Hinduism- the many influences Part II

In this article also we will examine further how various scholarly influences and thought process went into the formation of this great tradition called Hinduism...

Hinduism- a mass of contradictions

In this article we will examine the contradictions inherent in Hinduism and try to formulate a fair idea of who a Hindu is. Today there are a number of people among Hindus who are basically non-believers of God and who do not accept any religion to conduct their activities. Still it is very doubtful whether any Hindu would consider them as non-Hindus.

An overview of Hinduism

What makes Hinduism so unique? A one page information on the essential aspects of Hinduism, what it means to be a Hindu and what are his beliefs and philosophy of life.

Hindu way of Life

Hinduism is not considered to be a religion but a way of life, because religion is deeply interwoven into the life of a Hindu the way nerves are interwoven in our bodies. Total there are 22 articles in this section...

Hinduism and marriage

According to Hinduism, marriage between two persons is a sacred relationship that is not limited to this life alone. It extends across seven or more lives, during which the couple help each other progress spiritually.

The Pros and Cons of the Theory of Aryan Invasion into India

The theory of Aryan invasion of India and the connection between the early inhabitants of India and of Europe both racially and linguistically stretched the imagination of many Indo European historians. It led to a great deal of confusion and distortion of Indian history in the backdrop of British imperialism.

The Hindu Theories of Creation

The development of early Hindu theories of creation coincided more or less with the evolution of religious thought in Vedic India.

Ashrama dharma

The Hindu tradition divides the whole life of an individual into four stages called ashramas. If life has to be considered as a learning and evolving experience for an individual upon earth, these four stages become the four stages of a person's learning process.

Scriptures of Hinduism

A huge collection of free online scriptures. Includes all translations of all the Vedas, several Upanishads, Manusmriti, the Bhagavad gita, Yoga Sutras, and the Ramayana

Links to Hindu Scriptures

The scriptures of Hinduism are many and they add to the richness of Hindu religion. Know more about Hinduism in the context of its scriptures from here. (Opens in a new window.)

Introduction to Hinduism- link page

Find your way into the world of Hinduism from here. (Opens in a new window.)

e-Texts of Hinduism

A huge collection of links to e-texts currently available online. Some of t e texts are free downloads and most of them are by prominent saints and gurus of Hinduism.


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