Hinduism is not a religion..it's a way of life. Let's know how.

Tim Crosswell By Tim Crosswell, 16th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3.wp49jy/
Posted in Wikinut>Family>Religion

I like Hinduism because It does not compel me to read the religious books. It leaves everything to my choice. It allows me choose my god, the shape of my god, the color and clothes of my god. At last what I said was:

"I like it because It is so liberal that it liberally teaches you how to liberate yourself and your imagination for a good and healthy life in harmony with nature."

Hinduism is not a religion...It is a way of life.



I live in a shared house with a girl and a boy. Yes, the Landlady of course stays with us in the house. I am a Hindu by birth. I am from India. The guy is from Saudi Arabia and is a Muslim by Birth. The girl is Turkish and also a Muslim by birth. And the most important person in the house is the landlady who is a Christian and an English by birth. She talks a lot and criticizes people who support patriarchy and traditional rotten ideas. Such a diverse environment could only be found in England where society is so multicultural.

Now you can imagine in such an environment where you have representatives of all the major religions of the world, it is inevitable to have a discussion on religions. The Muslim started talking about his religion and told us so many things about greatness of Prophet and the Holy Book (I call them rule books). Since the landlady herself has a PhD degree which is a privilege in Britain, she does not behave like she is mad after religion. We both were listening to the boy. All the stories used to start from some 1400 years ago and every story would mention "Allah" and "Prophet" in it.

Now when I was given a chance,I didn't have much about to say about my religion because I have always been a free bird living in hostels since my early childhood (14 years in a row in the hostels and a year in a shared house) I am more of a atheist and non-religious guy. I simply said a few words.

1. Hinduism is not an "ism". It is not a religion. Religions do have 'holy books' and 'prophets'. We neither have many holy books nor have many prophets. We have many holy books because all the good things in this world cannot be written in one book. And we have many prophets because we think that as the wheel of the time moves, we have to have reforms in the religion or the rules following which live our life because over they become obsolete with changing circumstances. We have never been static.

2. Hinduism is a way of life that has evolved over time and a particular geographical context. Since it has evolved over time, it does not contain the rules of leading a good human life in a "Holy Book". The rules for good and happy life are spread over many books like Vedas, Upanishads etc. We don't have any fixed prophet because we needed to change the things when the times changed and our rules became obsolete or they were manipulated by some of unwanted elements in the society. So we have seen many religious reformers like Buddha, Guru Nanak or Shankaracharya who are like prophets to us.

3. This Hindu way of life was so much advanced even before when according to Bible this Earth was not born. Bible says it was born some 5000 (6000) years ago. We had full fledged planned cities thriving in India (read Harappa and Mohen-jo-daro) at that time.

4. This Hindu way of life was so advanced that even before Jesus Christ and Prophet, it had loads of "life rules" tested and proved for centuries. The many of the basic concepts of science and math's which we dedicate to the scientists in the western or Muslim world for their discovery, were actually Indian.

The concept of Latent Heat.
The concept of Zero (0) without which all these ipods, laptops and all sorts of computers were impossible.
The Pythagorus Theorem was actually propounded by Boudhayana.
The approximation of Pie (3.14) by Aryabhatta.
The Diophantine Equations
The Earth rotates in a elliptical orbit.
The heliocentric model of the solar system.
The eclipses.
The sidereal rotation (23 hours 56 minutes and 4.1 second) with an error of 3 minutes and 20 seconds only.
The definitions of sine, cosine, versine and inverse sine

When Europe was in Dark Ages and Islam was rising in the middle east, India was making strides In the field of medical sciences.

Shushruta, the great surgeon, complied and invented the methods and materials of Medical Sciences and surgery (Ayurvedic Medicine System) which was based on the tenets of Hindu way of life.

He knew how to do incisions, probing, extraction of foreign bodies, alkali and thermal cauterization, tooth extraction, excisions, trocars for draining abscess draining hydrocele and ascitic fluid.

Removal of the prostate gland, urethral stricture dilatation, vesiculolithotomy, hernia surgery, caesarian section, management of haemorrhoids, fistulae, laparotomy and management of intestinal obstruction, perforated intestines, accidental perforation of the abdomen with protrusion of omentum.

Classification of eye diseases (76) with signs, symptoms, prognosis, medical/surgical interventions and cataract surgery. for more go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sushruta

I discussed much of the things given above and put my points forward. They all were still reiterating the same old things that why don't Hindus go for religious expansion. They will be extinct after some time. Also the things which are purely non-sense and out of my capacity to think like life after death, Allah and Jesus are supreme and they made this life, the Earth and the Universe. I have forgotten the other things I told them but I remember a few few things which ended my discussion with them.

I said I like today's Hinduism for the freedom it gives me to choose my own prophet and my own holy book. I like it because it gives me enough freedom to claim that I am not a Hindu. I like it because it gives me the freedom to not to go to temple, not to follow the Geeta, not to follow the rituals, not to follow the particular dress pattern etc.

I like Hinduism because It gives me freedom to read any book I like and does not compel me to read the religious books. It does not force anything on me. It leaves everything to my choice. It allows me choose my god. it allows me choose the shape of my god. At last what I said was:

I like Hinduism because it is a way of life evolved over centuries of trial and error method which is in harmony with nature. No wars for religion, No exploitation and no violence against nature.

"I like it because It is so liberal that it liberally teaches you how to liberate yourself and your imagination for a good and healthy life in harmony with nature."




moderator Mark Gordon Brown moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Great article Aditya. Thank you.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Tim Crosswell
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks Steve. :)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Rathnashikamani
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Wonderful presentation, Aditya.
I gave it a +1.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Tim Crosswell
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Oh really . Thanks a lot. Rathna. Can I spell your name as :Rathna"? :)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Rathnashikamani
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Yea, Rathna in short.
Thank you.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Aug 2011 (#)

I love the Hindu religion. Found out lots about it in Goa, in Kuala Lumpur and in Malaysia. I have a statue of Gnesh in my bedroom. And ornaments of Gnesh all over the house. He's my hero.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Tim Crosswell
18th Aug 2011 (#)

Really, Wow! that's great. Thanks Sheila for stopping by and posting a comment.

Reply to this comment

author avatar MidgetGem
19th Aug 2011 (#)

A fascinating. I like your comment about rule books, I will remember that one.

Reply to this comment

author avatar MidgetGem
19th Aug 2011 (#)

Sorry, I meant a fascinating article:) Thanks for sharing.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Tim Crosswell
19th Aug 2011 (#)

Oh thanks a lot MidgetGem. "Rules Books" are for the ruled, not the rulers. I mean they are for the mass not the priests and prophets.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Tim Crosswell
19th Aug 2011 (#)

read masses not mass

Reply to this comment

author avatar Neha Dwivedi
19th Aug 2011 (#)

well...according to me every religion is beautiful in its own sense...but i indeed liked your article...great share!

Reply to this comment

author avatar pateluday
8th Jul 2012 (#)

It is ironical that most compassionate religion on Earth is suffering from malicious social stigmas among its illiterate class.
I believe the Hindu religious text are not didactic in nature but have presented the good and bad as examples and suggestions this idea of rule books does not gel with Hinduism.

This notion of Hinduism not being a religion is difficult to accept you can say it is a social system as well the basic characteristic are drawn from Vedas which is inherent to all Indians. With respect to all religions no ideology should be presented as superior. Religion is a belief and each to his on way of living on this Earth.

Let us concentrate on peace and development religion is a private matter. Live and Let Live!

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password