Pompi wrote :
> Sanskrit wrote :
> > 1. Hinduism is the oldest known religion in the world. In fact, it goes
> > back as far as 5,000-10,000 B.C.
> > 2. There is no known founder or governing body of Hinduism.
> > 3. “Hinduism” is not the real word for the religion. That was made up by
> > Greeks and Arabs to those living by the Sindhu river. The real name for
> > Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma. This means “eternal dharma”, or eternal truth.
> > 4. Hindus believe the purpose of life is to attain self-realization, or
> > enlightenment.
> > 5. Hinduism is the 3rd largest religion in the world, with over a billion
> > followers.
> > 6. Hindus believe there is only one unmanifested, eternal reality that can
> > be found through enlightenment. This one reality has taken on the form of
> > everything we see today- including gods and goddesses. So even though they
> > worship many gods, in reality it’s a monotheistic religion.
> > 7. Dharma (righteousness), Artha (means of money), Kama (right desire), and
> > Moksha (salvation), make up the 4 main life-goals of Hinduism.
> > 8. The major books of Hinduism are: the Vedas, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, 18
> > Puranas, and Mahabharata.
> > 9. The most common language for Hindu scriptures is Sanskrit- the oldest
> > language in the world.
> > 10. Hinduism strongly encourages a vegetarian diet- something that many
> > Hindus follow. However, many practitioners in India simply omit beef and
> > pork from their diet, and follow vegetarian guidelines on auspicious days.
> > 11. Hindus believe in reincarnation- the soul is immortal, but takes on the
> > form of many bodies until they achieve enlightenment.
> > 12. The Rig Veda is the oldest known book in the world.
> > 13. The Vedas were preserved for over 5,000 years without the use of
> > printing. This was done by memorization!
> > 14. The ideas of decimals and many other complex math equations were
> > created by Hindus.
> > 15. Om is considered to be the subtle sound of the universe, and can be
> > heard in deep meditation.
> > 16. The supreme divine spirit is considered to be both male and female.
> > 17. Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Vastu, Jyotish, Tantra, Astrology are huge
> > contributions to the world, and have become extremely popular in the
> > west…often influencing many different aspects of culture- fashion, diet,
> > lifestyle, and spirituality.
> > 18. The Kumbhamela, a spiritual gathering of all types every 3 years, is
> > the largest gathering of human beings in the world.
> > 19. There are three major sects in Hinduism: Shaiva, Shakti, and Vaishnava.
> > But these are not strict; a follower can practice multiple paths because
> > they’re so similar.
> > 20. Hinduism accepts the idea that anyone in any religion can attain
> > salvation/enlightenment through perseverance, devotion, and personal
> > experience in deep prayer or meditation. Instead of closing off to many
> > religions, they have opened themselves up to it.
> Hinduism would have been one of the greatest religion had them Hindus not been so
> wacko about the cow and the eating of beef. I can have a very intelligent
> conversation with a Hindu until the topic of beef comes up. That's the only time you
> realize, this man is out of his freaking mind. damn them Hindus with their damn cow
now that is one big pile of cow manure