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Hinduism Brief philosophy of Hinduism

Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by Kanwaljit Singh, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Kanwaljit Singh

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    http://qr.ae/TAu85

    Though the question was a bit different, the author touches upon interesting aspects of the 84 lakh lives
     
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    Thanks Kanwaljit Singh ji

    The article is very interesting. I think it also opens up discussion of 19th Century efforts to change interpretations of Hinduism as a modern movement, including the Brahmo movement. Hoping on my end that a good discussion begins.
     
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    Posting the article to invite more readers and people to discuss it.

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    Kriteesh Parashar's answer to:
    Hinduism: How would you define Hinduism?


    http://www.quora.com/Hinduism/How-w...sm/answer/Kriteesh-Parashar?srid=3VOJ&share=1

    Open source religion :: If Wikipedia is an encyclopedia than Hinduism is a religion .Here religious democracy is practised religiously. It absorbs everything, there are regular moderations, revolutions, induction of local beliefs and deities .

    No one God but one God :: It's not a polytheistic religion where Ares will get angry if you pray Hercules. Hanuman will be as happy as Ganesha whether you worship him or not. But every Hindu tries to stick to a God which suits him, so in the end its one God.

    No one prophet but hundreds :: We have seven Rishis, after them hundreds of other Revolutionary saints and philosophers. Each one of them belong to a school of thought and everyone has a following.

    No single philosophy or version of reality :: Dvaita, advaita, samkhya, yoga, nyaya, vaisheshika, vishista-advaita, bauddha, jain and sikh. Choose whichever pleases you .

    No single book to follow :: follow bhagavad gita or ashtavakra gita, follow veda or just vedanta. Follow samkhya karika or brihadaranyaka upanishad. Anything and everything is open to you. Read, explore and enjoy.

    Science is Religion and Religion is science :: Not every school of thought is creationist in Hinduism. Samkhya propounds creation of being from non-being. Those scientists who invented surgery, ayurveda, number system, explored astronomical objects were devout Hindus not necessarily believing in a personal God.

    Yes to Evolution :: every soul has to pass through 8,400,000 lifetimes in various species to get human form. Layman or poetic way to express evolution.

    Vedas :: They are not word of any personal God, but are apaurushya, they are not concieved by one prophet but clans of prophets. They are universal sounds "shabda" and no single man can claim authority over them. Since they are the eternal truth and eternal truth is very difficult to get. Very truly vedas are as mysterious as the truth itself.

    Treat God like Human :: Idols are human-like or anthropomorphic or just animals. Each day Idols are offered the food and dressed with new dresses. Festivals are for us and for the idols as well.

    No proselytization :: One of the few religions which haven't really practised proselytization. No forced conversions. Because forcing itself defeats the concept of open source Sanatan Dharma.

    Absorb and learn from others :: Islam came, christianity came and so did jews and parsis and mingled with Sanatana Dharma. Religious sharing at its best. Sufism could only flourish in India because here Idolatory can be practised. But sufism told native Indians about love and they started doing Bhakti.

    If Islam taught world about discipline in religion, Christianity told the value of love, Jewish taught us undying faith in God's authority in harshest of times.

    Hinduism was the religion that could rightly capture the infinitude of universe and the value each human holds in this vast scheme.
     
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    I hope the writer Kriteesh Parashar can participate in our interaction here because I have so many questions and I am sure I can learn a lot from his answers.
     
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    Tejwant Singh ji

    I understand. Furthermore, from such an interaction do not expect a consensus view, or that Mr. Kriteesh Parashar is giving a point of view which most will agree on. It should be obvious why that would be so from his essay. No one god, but one god. 'No one explanation, but one explanation' would logically follow from the pattern of the author's thinking.
     
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    The goal of absorb and learn for Hinduism was not there always. I wonder who started it.

    So the notion of 84 lakh joons means that we as humans, have evolved from 8.4 million species. From the microbes, to sea animals to apes and now humans. We have impulses and thinking evolved from them, yet we think of ourselves as different. No doubt we have a lot of borrowed DNA in ourselves and we cannot let go of that.
     
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