A Rationale for Hinduism as a Societal Structure
Essentially as we have no actual knowledge of the who we are in terms of our where and why in the universe, we must fall back to questioning the essentials of our existence as has happenned within Hinduism.
Firstly we are confined to planet Earth, to our physical bodies and to a lesser extent to a local area of habitation. While we have increased in numbers to populate the globe and establish social and trade networks, the latter are not essential for our wellbeing as local regions provide the nesseties for life.
The basic necessities are food and shelter with protection from hostile organisms perhaps lower on the food chain or less evolved in terms of having any similar ability to create on a human scale. But lets not forget all life has a similar innate intellegence as we do albeit a differntly shaped capacity to survive, communicate and affect local environments.
Fungi is an excellent example of an organism evolving a hightly complex and mutually benificial communication system in conjuction with other organisms, and clearly humans are not the only evolved species and certgainly not the most evolved species yet we may have the potential to become so if we could "get our shit together".
Though we are highly creative, Humans so often invest more energy in seeking to control and aquire as per our perception and desires dictate. Yet our needs like all life form are basic, we need food, shelter and mates to breed with plus the social structures for education though learning to be responsible and creative is somewhat instinctive.
Hinduism offers the essentials of life in co-operation with a good educational structure and one aspect comes from yoga - the ability to know the workings of our inner consciousness and reverance to evolve this inner knowledge as a science corresponding to the physical sciences.
Evolution and Earth History.
While we may dissagree as to the nature and origins of the universe, it is clear there was an evolutionaly process that led to the formation of our solar system and life on earth. We may have evolved on earth as Darwin suggesrted or we may have evolved elsewhere and been planted here, whatever, we have been evolved and created hightly sohisticated sosieties over a long time, perhaps 50,000 years or more.
These societies ther destroyed during the Younger Dryas, a period when perhps Earth was bombarded from space, the ice melted and sea levels rose. Within a few generations most survivors reverted to that of hunter gatherers and a great deal of technology was lost. Yet there seems little doubt that following the destruction, survivors of considerable standing taught groups of survivors the basics not only of survival but how to construct stable and creative societies with the technical ablity to explore the visible univere and the importance of explolring our internal universe.
It's my understanding that for a time the human world was relatively harmonious and governed by a sense of Dharma centered on a Greater India, but this was shattered by a dissatisfied faction who had succumbed to their more base desires and assuming the reality of the eyes and ears was the only truth. The leadwership became aware of an inner spiritual need and in order to mmaintain control, they invented religions.
That was reflected in the biblical garden of eden story in which greed became a dominant manifestation and continues to plague the modern world.
It's said the some 15000 years ago various teachers appeared - they were perhaps the last of a lost civilisation who taught the vbasics of agriculture and society building though more importantly it was Shiva who's focus was more on teaching the technology of being human and how to create a social structure where every individual could participate in the creation with equal opportunity.
The concept of Sanatana Dharma was born and a civilisation still existant today empasises spiritual appreciation as a prerequisit and backgound to social structure thus creating a 'flat' or communal society with the only heirachy being in the fields of spiritual, scientific and creative expertise. The phrase 'as above so below' reflects the fractile shape of nature and an increasingly common perception that reality can be viwed as holograpic.
Hinduism empasises that since we are born naked and can't take anything physical into any afterlife that may exist, there is no point in collecting and accumulating stuff, rather we should better appreciate life, internal and external with our desires directed towards supporting life and the lives of our fellow humans.
In terms of the collective, life is democratic and otherwise communal with the wellfare of all a priority. In this regard knowing plantary history is important as a survival tool. By knowing sufficient numbers may survive any disaster and disasters are certain though we know not when as our memories are too short and with focus on satisfying selfish desires, the lessons from the past although drawn onto the landscape have been overlooked and whitewashed from history.
How to define Hinduism?
Given that India has been divided, occupied and plundered by hostile forces over the past 1200 years, it endures despite gross misrepresenation - false opinions that most accept as unquestionable truths. Life was never 'universally perfect' but most importantly the quest for inner knowledge and experience was supported, and that contributed to a great advancement in human understanding and the physical sciences.
Please see other pages indexed above right..
A Hindu Defined
A Dharmic Insight
Work and Income
A Rationale for Hinduism
Hinduism World Solution 1
Hinduism World Solution 2
What is Dharma?
Samsara - Origins of the Universe