I have explained in detail about the word religion, it’s essence, relevance, misuse and misinterpretation, in my previous blog post. In this post, let us understand the meaning, genesis, essence of Hinduism. This is from my point-of-view after reading various ancient scriptures, understanding and limited knowledge of the subject.
The term Hindu has been coined recently, as recent as some 2,000 years. And moreover, this word was framed to be used for political reasons few years ago; by dirty cum smart politicians. Anyway, the original name is Sanatana Dharma that means eternal duty or order. In the past many traders used to come here for trading; especially from Persia. They had to cross river Sindhu to enter. They couldn’t pronounce S properly and used H instead of S. This way Sindhu became Hindu and the land across river Sindhu became Hindustan. Thus, Hindustan, which is also another name for India, is nothing to do with a particular community living here but just a deviation of name that couldn’t be pronounced people and a geographic region. Period.
Respect all irrespective of their work. Yajurveda 16:27.
The heart of Hinduism is forgiveness, kindness, compassion and gratitude—it’s a science of salvation. You can worship anything you like, not worship anything you like, in all situation you can still be a Hindu. You’re a Hindu irrespective of what your belief systems are. You can follow any other way of living, even atheism is allowed. No strings attached and if you find anyone saying things that are out of the context of my article, ask them a valid written proof.
Hinduism does indicate that human beings are completely responsible for their actions and the paths they chose to lead their lives. It gives them complete freedom to follow their inherent nature and explore their inner world to arrive at the absolute truth about themselves and their existence.
Let us remember that Hinduism does not prescribe anyway of life, but a way of life which is in harmony with the eternal law of God as prescribed in the ancient texts, especially the Vedas and the other literature.