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Common Myths About Hinduism

Much More Than Just Another Religion!

Common Myths About Hinduism



Hinduism is a unique faith! The most obvious misconception about Hinduism is that we tend to see it as just another religion. To be precise, Hinduism is a way of life, a dharma. Dharma does not mean religion. It is the law that governs all action. Thus, contrary to popular perception, Hinduism is not just a religion in the tradition sense of the term. Out of this misinterpretation, has come most of the misconceptions about Hinduism.

Hinduism – A Modern Term:

There has been a debate and a propaganda that word “Hindu” was derived from “Sindhu” due to incapability of Greeks to pronounce “H”.  But in reality, Hindu word has been used throughout history in Asia and older scriptures for thousands of years.  For more details, please CLICK HERE

A Culture More than a Religion:

Hinduism does not have any one founder, and it does not have a Bible or a Koran to which controversies can be referred for resolution. Consequently, it does not require its adherents to accept any one idea. It is thus cultural, not creedal, with a history contemporaneous with the peoples with which it is associated.




Much More than Spirituality:

Writings we now categorise as Hindu scriptures include not just books relating to spirituality but also secular pursuits like science, medicine and engineering. This is another reason why it defies classification as a religion per se. Further, it cannot be claimed to be essentially a school of metaphysics. Nor can it be described as ‘other worldly’. In fact, one can almost identify Hinduism with a civilization that is flourishing even now.

A Common Faith of the Indian Subcontinent:

The Aryan Invasion Theory having been completely discredited, it cannot be assumed that Hinduism was the pagan faith of invaders belonging to a race called Aryans. Rather it was the common meta faith of people of various races, including Harappans. The Sanskrit word ‘Aryan’ is a word of honorable address, not the racial reference invented by European scholars and put to perverse use by the Nazis.

A Culture Much Older than We Believe:

Evidence that Hinduism must have existed even circa 10000 B.C. is available: The importance attached to the river Saraswati and the numerous references to it in the Vedas indicates that the Rig Veda was being composed well before 6500 B.C. The first vernal equinox recorded in the Rig Veda is that of the star Ashwini, which is now known to have occurred around 10000 B.C. Subhash Kak, a Computer Engineer and a reputed Indologist, ‘decoded’ the Rig Veda and found many advanced astronomical concepts therein. The technological sophistication required to even anticipate such concepts is unlikely to have been acquired by a nomadic people, as the Invasionists would like us to believe. In his book Gods, Sages and Kings, David Frawley provides compelling evidence to substantiate this claim.

Hinduism is a Not Polytheistic!

Many believe that multiplicity of deities makes Hinduism polytheistic. Such a belief is nothing short of mistaking the wood for the tree. The bewildering diversity of Hindu belief – theistic, atheistic and agnostic – rests on a solid unity. “Ekam sath, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti”, says the Rig Veda: The Truth (God, Brahman, etc) is one, scholars call it by various names.

What the multipicity of deities does indicate is Hinduism’s spiritual hospitality as evidenced by two characteristically Hindu doctrines: The Doctrine of Spiritual Competence (Adhikaara) and the Doctrine of The Chosen Deity (Ishhta Devata). The doctrine of spiritual competence requires that the spiritual practices prescribed to a person should correspond to his or her spiritual competence. The doctrine of the chosen deity gives a person the freedom to choose (or invent) a form of Brahman that satisfies his spiritual cravings and to make it the object of his worship. It is notable that both doctrines are consistent with Hinduism’s assertion that the unchanging reality is present in everything, even the transient.

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6 Responses to "Common Myths About Hinduism"

  1. Vijay agrawal  July 14, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    It was a very bad translation that we equated Dharma with religion which applies to a narrow manmade philosophy. The worst part is that it allowed people to treat Hinduism and other India born life philosophies at par with Christianity and Islam, which is utterly flawed.

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  2. Saraswati Nair  August 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Born as Hindu.follow Rituals prayers,visit Temples,light lamps. But Truly
    how many SO CALLED Hindus know about the Rich Hinduism?

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  3. Ujjwal Kumar Banerjee  August 29, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I belief that Hindu is about knowing the self the atman. We are part of the infinite existance but we see lord shiva in stone and worship. I think the worldly things as we perceive are are reflection. We may see a snake in rope and a rope in snake . Even if God stand before us if we cannot perceive we will not recognise him. However the greatest mistry is we can realize god in stone , pure reflection can do miracles. Without purity even actual god cannot be realized . This is eternally followed in Hinduism. In the perceivable Universe and in infinite dimension all are relative in limited field but looses the scale difference in face of infinity. Hinduism is all about that.

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  4. Anindya Chakraborty  November 12, 2015 at 2:36 am

    twktena bhunjhitha , ma gridhah kasya chid dhanam.- can it be fundamental?

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    • Dennis  November 13, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Veda literally means to ‘know’ and individual self is consist of knowledge. But ‘faith’ is defined as having a strong belief on something where there’s no evidence or proof. They are poles apart. Here Veda is purely a matter of true knowledge which elevates man from lower to higher level of consciousness. But on the contrary ‘faith’ hijacks knowledge and overturns reasoning.which is the only tool to measure the depth of one’s knowledge gained. Christianity and Islam are been centered on blind ‘faith’ that its followers tend to think that there is a god-dammed ‘judgement day’ on which only the faithful would be awarded with an eternal life in “heaven”. Whereas those who doesn’t have a ‘faith’ in god would be dammed in eternal hell-fire. This is quite a religious blunder designed to confuse level-headed man. Since God can only exist in and through man, knowledge is essential to know god!

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  5. Dhawal Khakhar  April 30, 2016 at 3:08 am

    It is the best article that I have read about the true face of Hinduism. It’s title should be “an introduction to Hinduism (for fools)”. Jokes apart, I really really loved it.
    Thanks so much, amazing article!

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