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A Background on Hinduism

A science embedded in culture

B. B. Vishnu discusses the myths and facts of India. Some of the dates have been revised since this video was made. The Harrappan civilisation existed before 6000 BC and the Rig Veda as old if not older. Characters like Rama and Krishna who were thought to have been mythological characters have been proved to be actual people who lived some 5000 years ago.

Theory has the ancient port city of Dwarka as being built/ occupied about 1600BC, however some think that it was submerged at the end of the last ice age when ocean levels rose. Much of history as has been learned in the West attributes a great deal to the Arabs,

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Vedanta

Foundations of Hinduism

The ancient books referred to as the Veda’s contain systemic knowledge referred to as Vedanta, it’s a collection of esoteric stories to give people insight into the nature of life so that they may better live in accord with life. Vedanta also contains formula or maps with which individuals can journey in consciousness to know the absolute nature of reality.

It is more traditionally referred to as (Vedanta or Uttara Mīmāṃsā) being one of six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. The term veda means “knowledge” and anta means “end.” Some say Vedanta originally referred to the classical Upanishads, a collection of foundational texts in Hinduism, but there’s more.

Many traditions that continue today are supported by

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Dharma

The art and science of living while supporting life

Dharma is described as a noun meaning to live by the eternal law of the cosmos that is inherent in the very nature of things.

For many people, this may be too much of a stretch of the imagination, but I can be redefined as living in accord or in harmony with nature.

The idea of Dharma arises from Yoga and Hinduism because the ancient yogis were able to identify and relate with nature. Unfortunately this is beyond any people’s ability today because we live in such a consumer driven world where personal identity and happiness is dependent on external phenomena.

But the idea of Dharma and the idea of living

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The Potential of Hinduism

The Science of Living and Attaining World Peace

Most people associate the idea of Hinduism with India and the pantheon of gods and goddesses as depicted in this image to the right. But this is only part of the story that stretches back for tens of thousands of years.

There is no quick or five-minute description that can convey much of this subject, but what is called referred to as the Hindu or the Indian civilisation is the oldest and most enduring civilisation on record. In this world of fast moving politics, hostile takeovers and general corruption, India has survived against all the odds.

The country we call India today is smaller than it once was and like the

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Hinduism in Cambodia

Part of and ancient Vedantic Empire

Our knowledge of the world and its history is poorly known, but in the past few years it has become well-established that what people refer to as Hinduism which may be better described as Vedanta influenced all life from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.

Over 2000 years ago, Indian elephants helped to build Roman edifices and before them, Vedanta helped to shape Greek civilisation. But in the Far East architects and builders from India created the great temple complexes of Angkor Wat and Angkor Tom. Not only that, you’ll find Sanskrit words in the Filipino language and the Japanese and Korean temples all feature Hindu deities.

In fact Southeast Asia is filled with what

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Who Was Abraham?

In his History of the Jews, the Jewish scholar and theologian Flavius Josephus (37 – 100 A.D.), wrote that the Greek philosopher Aristotle had said: “…These Jews are derived from the Indian philosophers; they are named by the Indians Calani.” (Book I:22.)

Clearchus of Soli wrote, “The Jews descend from the philosophers of India. The philosophers are called in India Calanians and in Syria Jews. The name of their capital is very difficult to pronounce. It is called ‘Jerusalem.'”

“Megasthenes, who was sent to India by Seleucus Nicator, about three hundred years before Christ, and whose accounts from new inquiries are every day acquiring additional credit, says that the Jews ‘were an Indian tribe or sect called Kalani…'” (Anacalypsis, by

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The Mother of Nations

A 75000 year history

Bhārata is the official Sanskrit name of the country we call India. The name is derived from the Puranas; ancient Indian texts refer to the land that comprises India as Bhārata varṣam, and uses this term to distinguish it from other varṣas or continents.

Scientifically the entire out of Africa theory for the populating of the world is looking more unsound as it is the Big Bang theory and the entire story of our creation. There is no doubt that evolution is a fact, however the way in which this universe, this solar system and life on earth have evolved is still a mystery.

There is evidence that India was populated 75,000 years ago and artworks

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Indonesia

A land of mysteries

One of the worlds most exotic countries, Indonesia is a tropical archipelago with more than 17,000 islands of which about 6,000 are inhabited. It straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans (between mainland Asia and Australia) and is one of the worlds most crowded countries with and estimated population of over 238 million.

There have been some controversial archaeological discoveries in Indonesia from pigmy men dated to more than 70,000 years ago and more recently architecture has been uncovered dating to more than 30,000 BC. In more recent history, about 5000 years ago Indonesia like much of Southeast Asia came under the influence of Hinduism.

Then Buddhism spread across the region. It complemented Hindu

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Philosophy - East Verses West

Before Christianity and Islam

There are two fundamentally different approaches to our reality the determine how we see ourselves, our world and shape our civilisation. In simple terms, the West is exclusive and separatist, the East inclusive.

Some Differences between Eastern and Western Philosophy

Broadly, speaking, Western society strives to find and prove “the truth” in quantifiable terms, while Eastern society accepts the truth as given and is more interested in finding balance, and as a consequence, Westerners put more stock in individual rights and Easterners practice greater social responsibly.

Within Eastern Philosophy there are the schools of Vedanta, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Yoga, Taoism, Zen which describe a cosmological unity and life is seen as a journey towards a greater

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