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Reporting guides on Hinduism
Source guides on Hinduism
The International Society of Krishna Consciousness celebrates its 50th anniversary, despite major setbacks.
Will the next appointment expand the religious diversity of a court that now includes only Roman Catholic and Jewish justices?
Why do all the world’s religions emphasize giving thanks? What are the spiritual benefits of giving thanks? The physical benefits?
Stylebook entries on Hinduism
- 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.
- 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.
- The essential, eternal self or soul in Hinduism.
- 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).
News items on Hinduism
An April 5, 2010 first-person piece that explores the religion in video games for Kotuku-Australia. The author argues that video games and religion will always be in tension because video games place a high value on entertainment.
A July 2, 2012 article in IGN which investigates the claim that the video game Asura’s Wrath is offensive to Hindus.
As Aseem Shukla, a doctor who is also on the board of the Hindu American Foundation, wrote at the On Faith blog for The Washington Post, that the Indian-American candidates for public office do not always embrace their Indian religious traditions.
There are currently at least eight Indian-Americans running for Congress or statewide office, which may be a record, according to this Associated Press report in June 2010.
Read an Aug. 23, 2010, story in The Washington Post about Indian concerns over “yoga theft” by American practitioners.
Organizations on Hinduism
Back to Godhead is the bi-monthly magazine of International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Its American office is based in Alachua, Fl.
The Reference Desk’s Religion page provides resources on all types of religion.
Religion Resources is a directory of Internet resources for all major religions. Contact Stan Taylor, director.
HinduNet provides thousands of resources and links on Hinduism, its history, its beliefs and its principles.
The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association is an organization for LGBT Hindus and Viashnavas both in the U.S. and around the world. Contact through the form on its website.