“The methodology involved in science, including the social sciences, for logical argument and rational proof when adopted by religion helps it to seek sense and truth. It stimulates and encourages debate, protest, amendments and even deletions of those doctrines or beliefs which are senseless, derogatory and far from truth.
Although, it is a utopian attempt for an extensive tune-up of a religious vehicle for spiritual journey, but the passenger has the right for a meaningful ride without nuisances.
In this context let us drive in an area of Hindu theology which is a scene of outrageous violation of human rights especially in the midst of present-day democratic and liberal choices of rationalities.
The case in study is the controversial Hindu “law book” known as Manusmriti with disputed date of its antiqued origin. Its authorship is ascribed to ‘seer’ Manu, a mystical jurist, who claimed Manusmriti’s contents were the direct revelations from Brahma, the god. Thus he got the Manusmriti sanctified”.
The foundation of Hinduism possibly began without one single founder
Archaeologists say the Indus Valley Civilization, along the Indus River in the present-day north-west parts of Pakistan, started around 7000 BC. It reached its pinnacle of that period in 2000 BC with emergence of a fully matured society.
The Hindu way of life was part of that societal evolution. It was here the foundation of Hinduism possibly began without one single founder.
No initiator and no prime authorship have turned out to be distinctive boon for the Hindu faith. It has not bound itself with a consecrated originator. Without that revered barricade Hinduism got a clear passage to be in a progressive and evolutionary mode.
The pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles and noble deeds. Rituals facilitate the walk
The liberalism in Hinduism has encouraged a maze of ritual genesis.
From religious point of view ritual is a symbolic and sacramental repetitive activity which provides manner and order in performing revered service.
Rituals and diversities in Hinduism based on local traditions, customs and languages invigorate the faith while it adapts itself to changing environments. In these social and cultural transitions rituals perpetually take up dominating space in Hindu convictions and sentiments.
Imprints of rituals adequately identify Hinduism as a way of life.
Numerous Hindu gods and goddesses though all are the manifestations of God, hold their respective portfolios in the decentralized regime of the Divine Empire.
Being a Hindu is a rational and fascinating involvement in spiritual knowledge and in its practices offering comprehensive choices. It is also an engagement in philosophies for analytic stimulus to debate life beyond religion.
Hinduism is liberal. It is secular. It is diverse. And it has depth.
The identity of Hinduism lies in its wide-open structure which allows and let develop diverse and distinct ideologies and practices. Without any governing body or binding scriptures, studies in Hinduism are individual experiences.
“A man may not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu”, according to Mahatma Gandhi.
It is indeed a subject of astronomical acceptance that from the very sound frequencies of Om the building blocks of the universe are evolved
The myriad journey of Hindu divinity begins with a simple and pure sound of Om.
Om is also spelt as Aum with subtle phonetic articulation.
As per Hindu spiritual thinking, Om is considered to be the primordial sound introduced in this universe and perhaps in the whole celestial world.
The reasons for its production and its introduction on cosmic scale are part of the God’s ‘lila’ or play responsible for creating this eternal resonance. And that marks the beginning of cosmic creation including the cause of the universe.
Besides being the sound, Om is considered to be the very basis of all that constitutes the universe including life and matter. Thru metaphysical theorization which can be numinous, Hinduism cognized the sound to create the contents of the universe.
The unique symbol of Om occupies the foremost spot in the Hindu iconography. It is a spiritual icon. It is not merely a “tool” for meditations or for contemplating on mantras, but the syllable invokes cosmic presence in them.
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