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Welcome to the Home Page of the ‘Hinduism Section’ of vmission.org.in site. On this Page we endeavor to present very briefly the basics of Sanatan Dharma or commonly known as Hindu Religion.

If Vedanta stands for the 'science' of life, then Hinduism stands for 'technology' to help assimilate & live the profound truths revealed by Vedanta. Hinduism is one of the most ancient living religions of the world. It has its roots in Vedas, and is rightly compared to an ageless banyan tree, whose roots have sprung all over - with so many apparently different sects, yet all drawing inspiration from one basic source - the Vedas. Another name for Hinduism is 'Sanatan Dharma', which means a way of life based on eternal principles of life.

A Hindu aims & prays for a dynamic, inspired & holistic life. For him divinity is all-pervasive and inherent in one & all. One just needs to awake to it. Our goal of life is to awake to this divinity within and thus revel in utter fulfillment, and exude selfless love outside through all our actions. As everyone is already 'that', we believe that everyone, irrespective of their caste or creed, can be helped to awake to this divinity - so that all can live a truly blessed life. Yes, we dont have one set of rules for all. This is comparable to the prescription of a specialist, which is patient-specific, and not the quack-like generalized common prescription for one & all.

Philosophy without religion is idealism; Religion without philosophy is superstition.

Swami Vivekananda

In all there are eight sub-sections in this Vedanta Section. Their contents are:

Hindu Gods :

The Vedas declare that the truth is one, and the wise call it by different names. It appears strange to a non-hindu that while on one hand the scriptures of this land unequivocally reveal ‘one’ God, still we hear about so ‘many’ Gods. This is no contradiction, because these so called many Gods are just different 'manifestations' of one divinity. However, please understand that God is always considered one here, but we have many devatas. Devatas are instruments of God to handle & run the powers of the nature. Read a brief introduction of some of our main gods on this godly page.

Hindu Festivals :

It wont be an exaggeration to say that Hindu’s look for an excuse to celebrate & sing the glories of God at every turn of event. Such is the degree of faith & devotion in the masses that every significant astrological change, seasonal change, or stage in life etc. brings about a reason to remember God in a special way. So we have lots of festivals. Holi, Diwali, Ram Navami, Navratra, Mahashivratri, Guru Poornima, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Makar Sankranti, etc. Please check out the details of the following festivals by clicking on the links. Mahashivratri; Makar Sankranti; Diwali. Read more on the our Festival Page. 

Short Hinduism Course

We have introduced a new and first-ever comprehensive short Hinduism Course, which shall give an overview of the traditions, culture, religion and philosophy of Hinduism. This ten days course will be organized 2-3 times a year in different locales. This will be an English language course aimed at people who need a valid yet brief overview of Hinduism, and wish to practice spirituality as per the tenets of Vedanta. The course will be conducted by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji. Please check out the details of the course by clicking HERE.

Samskaras :

Samskaras are deliberately inculcated positive impressions in a person. Creation of good person is no accident, but a science. All educationists know this. The Rishis planned sixteen such samskaras in a life of a person, the first of which starts before the ‘birth’ of a person, and the last is after his or her ‘death’. A genetic engineering of a very high order, which the people of India live even today. No wonder the people of this land excel in all knowledge fields. Some of the important samskaras are: Garbhadan, Jatakarma, Nama-karana, Annaprashana, Upanayan, Samavartan, Vivaha, Vanprastha, Sanyas, and Antyeshthi.

Pilgrimages :

Pilgrimages have a very important role to play in bringing about greater devotion towards God, getting satsang of various saints, interaction with other devotees, purity of mind, integration of society, and bringing about greater proximity with nature etc. There are pilgrim centers of every deity. Most of the pilgrim centers were in remote places, so that a devotee had to really believe in God to go there. Going there itself was a great tapasya. The three great sadhanas of Yagna, Dana & Tapasya were integrated into this package. Earlier, in the Teertha Yatra, the yatra was important sadhana, now it is just the place which has become more important. The government too, wants to just encash the tourist potential of the place, and thus lots of facilities & commercial development has taken place in all these places. So because of ignorance the original objective & spirit is very rarely seen. 

 

Three Manifestations of One God:

Brahma-Creator

Vishnu-Sustainer

Mahesh-Destroyer

Main Festivals:

Makar Sankranti

Mahashivratri

Holi

Guru Poornima

Janmashtami

Ganesh Chaturthi

Navratra

Diwali

Main Samskaras:

Garbhadan

Jatakarma

Nama-karana

Annaprashana

Upanayan

Vivaha

Vanaprastha

Sanyas

Antyeshthi

The Four Ashram's

Brahmacharya

Gruhasta

Vanprastha

Sanyas

The Four Varna's

Brahmin

Kshatriya

Vaishya

Shudra

 

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