Hinduism (Sanskrit Hindū Dharma—हिन्दू धर्म, also known as Sanātana Dharma सनातन धर्म, and Vaidika Dharma वैदिक धर्म) is a religion originating in the Indian subcontinent, based on the Vedas, and is thought to be the oldest religious tradition still practiced today. The term, "Hinduism," is heterogeneous, as Hinduism consists of several schools of thought. It encompasses many religious rituals that widely vary in practice, as well as many diverse philosophies. Most Hindus believe in a Supreme Cosmic Spirit, which may be understood in abstract terms as Brahman or which may be worshipped in personal forms such as Vishnu, Shiva or Shakti. The religion is classified by many different forms of theism such as monotheism, monism, pantheism, polytheism and even atheism. Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with approximately 1 Billion adherents, (2010), approximately 930 million of whom are in India.
refers to the underlying order
and human behaviour considered to be in accord with that order. Ethically, it means 'right way of living' or 'proper conduct,' especially in a religious sense. With respect to spirituality
, dharma might be considered the Way of the Higher Truths. Dharma is a central concept in Hinduism and other Dharmic religions
According to Hindu beliefs, beings that live in accordance with Dharma proceed more quickly toward Dharma Yukam, Moksha or Nirvana (personal liberation). In traditional Hindu society with its caste structure, Dharma constituted the religious and moral doctrine of the rights and duties of each individual.
Duladeo Temple is a temple in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments in India. Built sometime between 1000 and 1150, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(September 1, 1896–November 14, 1977) was born Abhay Charan De, in Kolkata
, West Bengal
. He studied at the Scottish Church College, Calcutta
, which was then administered by the British
. In his later years, as a Vaishnava sadhu
, he became an influential communicator of Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology
and specifically to the West
He took sannyasa vows in 1959 from his Godbrother Sri Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Maharaja at Mathura, following which he singlehandedly published the first three volumes of his thirty volume translation of the 18,000 verse Bhagavata Purana and the commentary on it. He then left India to fulfill his master's spiritual mission. In his possession were a suitcase, an umbrella, a supply of dry cereal, about seven dollars worth of Indian currency, and several boxes of books.
- ...that Krishna (pictured) literally means "black" or "dark one" in Sanskrit?
Sanskrit: एकम् सत् विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति
Transliteration: Ekam Sat Viprāha Bahudhā Vadanti
English: "Truth is One, though the Sages know it by many names.
— Rig Veda
(Book I, Hymn CLXIV, Verse 46)
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