Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Being one the oldest have its own downside. The best example is how some theories around Hinduism have no actual existence in Hindu literature. When I was a kid, I learned Sanskrit out of curiosity. I wanted to explore the actualities of beliefs people held, and how the religion I belong to, treats human life and life in general. I went through most of the ancient Hindu literature and my findings changed the way I thought about Hinduism.
A religion with so many gods and books is hard to understand but once it clicks, you'll know that, what you are looking at, is less like a religion with myths and more like a reference to life.
Today, when I see people fight over things in the name of Hinduism or relating it with something totally different and opposite to Hinduism, I feel sorry for them because most of what fed to them actually does not exist and an ancient and scientific philosphy is misunderstood.
In a world full of creatures with uncontrolled emotions, we've almost left humanity behind. Most people are no longer able to control their behaviour and beliefs. They are being driven like puppets by governments, corporations and other powerful entities.
So, here am I, with a religion which is misunderstood by its own people but is capable of making lives beautiful, crafting amazing thoughts and teaching life lessons. I am not a preacher and I can't even tell you everything about this religion. I am someone who sees some other side of Hinduism which is more like life lessons than a religion and which tends to explore the ways to improve human life rather than making people blindly follow it. The motive of writing this book is to make people see the world as Hinduism sees it and bust some of the myths around Hinduism.
We, the human beings are curious creatures. We are never satisfied with what we perceive and tend to explore answer to the things we don't understand. Then there are physical things around us that can be experimented with to understand. We name this Science and categorise according to nature of things we are experimenting with. We also tend to analyze ourself collectively to come of with theories about our collective behaviour. We name this Social Science and this is what drives us. As creatures with enough intellect to understand the harmony of nature, we feed our brains with the harmony according to the nature of our emotions. Also we are good at crafting stuff our of natural resources. This is what we see as Arts.
And we screw doing all this since we are not perfect. We also suffer from our limited life and interconnected emotions, the more connected we are, the more we suffer. And then, we are left with questions when a phenomena occurs which is beyond our intellect. So, we feel the need to explain these unexplored phenomenas to majority of us. We also feel the need something to bind us together and make us follow some conducts to control ourselves. But since we are widespread across the globe, this results various such efforts and the thing we create to bind us together ends up breaking us apart as groups.
Yes, I am talking about religion. Since most of them had same requirements and same unexplored phenomenas to explain, they often came up with similar answers which resulted similar kind of teachings and beliefs but they also differ since they were invented in different time-spans and different conditions. If curious enough, we can not only try studying different religions and see how similar they are but also try to compare there locality and time-span with their beliefs and teachings.
There is was such religion, with diverse and wide locality and a long time-span to evolve. This resulted a lot of exploration of diverse fields and resulted a very diverse religion. They tried exploring things that others didn't even try. They questioned the existence of themselves and started exploring there inner selves. While they came up with arts of mental and physical improvement more vivid then anyone, some of them reached well beyond the limits of known. Their outlook towards human life changed and they jotted down most of their studies in an amazing language invented by them, Sanskrit. They also came of with wide variety of stories make life easier for others. All they wanted is a harmony and mindfulness among others who were not as capable as them. They were called Rishis.
The time passed and people started getting corrupt with power and knowledge well beyond their abilities since those who were able to handle this much knowledge and power were uninterested in this and were exploring more of themselves and the universe. With this corruption, people ended up altering their teachings to their own comfort. It took less time for other civilizations and religions to corrupt but the Hinduism took long enough due to its strong roots. Those intellect tried prevent this all time to time which resulted slowness of decay. With time, the people lost ability to reach that level of intellect and those Rishis became rare. People turned back on their teachings and started the believing the stories more. Some of them took benefit of this and ended up taking control of the knowledge altering accordingly.
In recent history, Lord Buddha tried preventing them but after him their own followers ended up creating another parallel religion. With time passed and knowledge lost. Hindus started caring less about their knowledge and more about their glorious past and strange beliefs injected by their knowledge controlling clan. Thankfully some of the teachings are still accessible and diving into them draws a totally different picture of Hinduism than what we see today.
The beauty of hinduism is how curiously it preceives things and presents them as well as how it changes the life, from a miscerable one to something worth living, asking questions, exploring answers.