I grew up in India where religion was everywhere. Like the air we breathed. Temples, churches, mosques, gurudwaras were to be found in almost every street. And being born into a Hindu home meant we also had our own little temple with an assortment of gods and goddesses.
Yet, we never talked about what it meant to be a Hindu at home. Thank god for that. It allowed me to make of it what I will and enjoy what I love, the legends and festivals.
So while I may write about all things Hinduism and bring you well researched posts, it is by no means an exhaustive or an academic blog.
I am simply trying to explore an ancient culture that has carried on unbroken for at least 5000 years. I am trying to understand the many traditions, core beliefs, and ideas that we now term as ‘Hindu’ religion. And one which I find immensely fascinating.
When I started, I was merely hoping to delve deeper into the many colorful myths and legends, which I so love, in the hope of finding answers to very basic questions. What makes a Hindu? Why the many million gods and goddesses? What do the festivals and rituals stand for? The quest has led me down a wonderful path of discovery. The Amar Chitra Katha comics of my childhood have led me to the Gita, the Upanishads, and even the Vedas. In their readings, I have encountered an ancient wisdom so profound, modern and liberal that it fits right into the Twenty First Century.
Here, I found an idea of God or the Divine that goes beyond form and name to encompass all of the manifest universe and beyond. An idea of God that defies definition. Simply a Cosmic Consciousness which our human minds call God.
The underlying theme of the Vedanta Philosophy is non-dualism. The idea that we are all one. We all part of the same Cosmic Consciousness. Tat Twm Asi, You are that proclaim the Vedas.
All the wise rishis were seekers in search of the Ultimate Reality, whatever that was. They walked their own path and they worshiped a pantheon of gods and goddesses which are as human as they are divine. God was not someone up there but something within.
This blog holds a torch to that spirit. I hope through various posts I can introduce or re-introduce to you this ancient religion or school of thought, by demystifying it a bit and simplifying it a lot.
Thank you and Namaste!
A disclaimer – This is a personal blog. I don’t care for any form of organized religion. Not even Hinduism when it is presented to me in that form. Hence, I do not associate with any organisations or ideologies which seek to do so.