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
> 5. Hinduism is the 3rd largest religion in the world, with over a billion
> 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.
son of a bitch!