Resources on: Hinduism

Introduction to Reporting on Hinduism

  • Reporting on Hinduism

    With nearly one billion followers, Hinduism is the third-largest organized religion in the world behind Christianity and Islam.  Most Hindus are in India, but there is a growing population in […]

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Stylebook entries on Hinduism

aarti

Pronounced “AARa-tee.” In Hinduism, the most common ritual that is performed in front of the image of a deity, whether in a temple or in a home shrine. It typically consists of waving, in a clockwise motion, various items in front of the deity. It is done in conjunction with mantras or prayers.

ahimsa

Pronounced “ah-HIM-saa.” The Sanskrit word meaning non-injury in any form, including action, thought or speech. This is an important principle of Hinduism and a core principle of Jainism. For this reason, many Hindus and most Jains are vegetarians, as are significant numbers of Sikhs and Buddhists.

Atman

The essential, eternal self or soul in Hinduism.

avatar

Pronounced “AV-uh-taar.” Avatars are incarnations of God, who Hindus believe come to Earth at various times to promote dharma and righteousness and to alleviate suffering.

Bhagavad Gita

Pronounced “BAH-gah-vahd GEE-tah.” One of the most popular Hindu scriptures, it literally means “Song of the Lord.”

It is in the form of a conversation between Lord Krishna (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) and Arjuna on the great battlefield at Kurukshetra just before the famous war in the Mahabharata. In the conversation, Lord Krishna illuminates Arjuna on righteous action that is conducive to the well-being of the world and spiritual liberation (moksha), and instructs him on karma yoga (the path of self-transcending action), samkhya yoga (the path of discerning the principles of existence correctly), jnana yoga (the path of wisdom), raja yoga (the path of knowledge) and bhakti yoga (the path of devotion).

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Organizations on Hinduism

  • Yoga of Love: Yoga of Love is an organization in Jerusalem that encourages mental and physical improvements in daily life through the integration of daily yoga. The website provides information and resources on the philosophies of yoga, such as vegetarianism, education for universal values, relationship building, community life and social contribution. Contact: info@yogaoflove.org.
  • Ashram Vrajabhumi: Ashram Vrajabhumi is an organization in Brazil that offers resources for "simple living and high thinking" through Hindu meditation and prayer. Contact: vraja@uol.com.br, 21-9413-6100.
  • Sri Gaudiya Matha Gaurava: Sri Gaudiya Matha Gaurava offers resources on the Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy, festivals, news and practices, and is based in Rio de Janeiro. Contact: contato@gauravani.com.br.
  • Argentina Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center: The Argentina Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center is an organization that promotes Hinduism and Hindu Dharma throughout Argentina. The website offers current news articles, additional associations on Hinduism and resources on celebrations and festivals.
  • Hindu Society of Berbice: The Hindu Society of Berbice is a nonprofit religious organization in Guyana that promotes and preserves Sanatan Dharma and Hindu culture by engaging its community in Hindu projects, programs and activities. Contact: 592-333-3429.

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Books on Hinduism

  • The Puranas: The Puranas are a narrative of the history of the cosmos from creation to destruction. There are 17 or 18 divided into categories named for the Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
  • The Vedas: The Vedas are the primary texts of Hinduism and are among the oldest sacred texts in all the world’s religions, with the oldest of them composed about 1500 B.C. There are four Vedas: the Rig Veda, the Sama Veda, the Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda.
  • The Vishnu Purana: This is a translation of the Vishnu Purana by Horace Hayman Wilson.
  • The Garuda Purana: This is a translation by Ernest Wood of an abridged version of the Garuda Purana.
  • The S’rîmad Devî Bhâgawatam: This is a translation of the S'rimad Devi Bhagawatam by Swami Vijnanananada.

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