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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 […]continue reading →
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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.
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).
Current headlines on Hinduism
- Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy: Love Jihad, Rape and Teen Sex: A Complicated Trio
- Vamsee Juluri: Awake! Why Hindus Must Choose Moral Relevance Over Historic Fantasy
- Political Tensions Fuel Religious Riots Between Muslims and Hindus In Trilokpuri
- Murali Balaji: The Importance of Counselors in Cultivating Safe Spaces for Students
- John Backman: What If Death Is Nothing to Fear?
News items on Hinduism
- “Religion In Games: Less A Leap Of Faith, More A Suspension Of Belief”: 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.
- “Should We Keep Religion Out of Games?”: A July 2, 2012 article in IGN which investigates the claim that the video game Asura's Wrath is offensive to Hindus.
- “Haley, Jindal and America’s new religious litmus test”: 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.
- “Record number of Indian-Americans seeking office”: 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.
- “‘Yoga wars’ spoil spirit of ancient practice, Indian agency says”: Read an Aug. 23, 2010, story in The Washington Post about Indian concerns over "yoga theft" by American practitioners.
Research reports on Hinduism
- World Scripture: “Honesty and Expediency”: Read world scriptures on honesty.
- Hindu.net: Glossary of Terms: Hindu.net posts a glossary of Sanskrit terms.
- Gallup: Religion: Gallup's page on religion provides a number of studies and research reports on religion in the U.S. Contact through the website.
- JournalismNet: Religion News: JournalismNet's religion news page has a collection of links to helpful sources on religion, including major religious texts, organizations, and information websites.
- Britannica.com: Religion: Britannica.com has a religions page that provides educational resources and information on religion.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.