Before I start with the article on Hinduism, let me give brief introduction about me as an author and what made me to take up this topic at this juncture.
I am Sachin B., a reasonably educated person who makes a living developing software in Microsoft .Net technology – Sandeep M. can tell whether I can be considered successful (Sandeep — the answer, if you are confused, is “Yes”). Sandeep has had the tough time of managing my disorganized work for more than a year.
For those curious guys, I hold a B.E. Degree and a PGDM degree – kindly don’t ask the University/College, as I don’t want to insult them. My two degrees mean that I can read as well as write English, though not proficiently.
I also have extensive experience in teasing girls, and am a humble recipient of numerous appreciations (from others) and annoyance (from the girls) for the same. I will be glad to humbly show-off the same anytime.
I have chosen to write about Hinduism — rather — my understanding of Hinduism— NOT because I am a Hindu, nor do I want to preach Hinduism.
Both the above reasons do NOT justify what Hinduism has on offer.
Neither would I repeat any/many mantras, Poojas, rituals, mythological stories, Vedas, Upanishads or any other “sacred” book/shloka/songs/bhajans in Hinduism — There are plenty of materials/sources available elsewhere for studying these.
I would also be glad to answer any any queries / questions / clarifications.
In the last and concluding part, I will tell how Hinduism matters even in ANY profession, irrespective of your belief.
Hinduism is NOT a religion — it is much greater than that — least I can say is it is a WAY of life. Its principles are applicable in ANY region/location/Country, ANY time, by Anyone — animal and human included.
Hinduism – Part-1
Monotheism/Polytheism/Atheism/ALL of these
For the uninitiated —
- Monotheism means a belief in the existence ONE god — Formless, Colourless, all-encompassing ONE God.
- Polytheism means a belief in the existence of MANY gods — each having a different form, colour and each with different characteristics.
- Atheism means a belief that there does NOT exist any god – NOT even the ONE GOD that monotheism suggests.
- ALL of these — Could you believe that a religion can preach ALL of the above?? — That is one of the beauty of Hinduism — unlike ANY religion in the world.
As contradictory as it may appear, Hinduism says that there is ONLY ONE formless, colourless, all-encompassing GOD. i.e Monotheism.
Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the maintainer), Shiva (the destroyer) form the three basic gods — this is the beginning of Polytheism.
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva — These are PERSONIFICATIONS of the duties performed by the same Formless, Colourless, ONE GOD.
Parvati — Personification of Nature (Parvat putri iti Parvati).
Ganesha — God with elephant head — as absurd as it may seem, this God is a PERSONIFICATION of wisdom — not just the everyday wisdom — but infinite intellectual wisdom (which, of course, includes the so-called common sense and everyday wisdom).
So, if you see, You can be monotheistic, and still be a Hindu. (You believe in ONE FORMLESS COLORLESS GOD). The problem with this is that you can’t really connect to GOD — You need some image/representation/personification to relate to GOD in a meaningful way.
You can be polytheistic, and believe in ANY of the personifications of the GOD ( there are 33 million such personifications/representations) and still be a Hindu.
You can be an Atheist and still be a Hindu.
ALL OF THESE — Any guesses?
Well, one day you could believe in ONE GOD. Another day, you could believe in ANY / ALL of the 330 million Gods. Still another day, you could be an Atheist.
Today, you may feel like worshiping Tulsi Plant, Tomorrow you may want to worship Surya Dev (Personification of SUN god), Yet another day, you may want to worship Shani Dev (Personification of SHANI/ SATURN Planet), AND still you would be correct.
Hinduism needs to be read/understood from a 1st Person perspective, NOT from a 3rd Person perspective.
To read Part 2 please click here : What is Hinduism? – A Techie’s perspective – Part 2.
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