1. What is the point of origin? Hinduism originated in India during the Vedic and Epic ages. Hinduism or Santana Dharma is also known as the “eternal spiritual path", it began about four thousand years ago in India. It was the religion of the people known as the Aryans also known as the "noble people", whose philosophy, religion, and customs are written down in sacred texts known as the Vedas.
Hinduism and Buddhism are both two religions that are similar, yet different in many ways. Known to be one of the oldest religions in the world, Hinduism began in India about 4000 years ago. Hinduism was originally practiced by an ancient population, the Aryans. About 2500 years ago, or 1500 years after the beginning of Hinduism, a prince by the name of Siddhartha Gautama realized that even princes can not escape illness and death after he saw those who suffer from them. It is said that he practiced praying, meditating and fasting until he was given the name Buddha, meaning the Enlightened one because of his understanding of the truths of life.
The Two Great Indian Epics The Indian mythology consists of two great ancient epics The Mahabharata and The Ramayana. The Mahabharata was authored by Veda Vyasa known so as he had also compiled the four Vedas. Ramayana was authored by Valmiki. Both epics revolve around the concept of dharma and in both epics the protagonist is an avatar of Vishnu. Bhagavad Gita: What Krishna told Arjuna Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important texts in Hinduism as in it, god speaks directly to man.
Hijras have shown through history that they do not share a full positive light, however, they have grown prominently and they are striving to fight for their fundamental rights and stability in the 21st Century. The roots of the Hijras of India dated back 4,000 years ago. Hindu hijras trace back their origins through ancient epics and with the religious era of deity Ram. Since the hijras are neither men nor women, Ram blessed them and promised them to rule at later ages of mankind. In addition, religion is also a big aspect of Indian culture, which most of the hijras base their beliefs on a polytheistic religion.
The Brahmanic tradition as existed in the 6th century BCE was entirely opposed to the doctrine introduced by Buddhism. It does not mean that the Buddha abominated Br?hma??s. He used to visit Br?hma? ?s and had friendly talks. Tevijja, Ca?k?
Stephen Prothero breaks it down very simple that seems too easily understood. The problem in Hinduism is Samsara. Samsara is defined as wondering or flowing cycle of life, death, and rebirth (reincarnation). To be clear, reincarnation in Hinduism is classified as a problem rather than an opportunity. The solution is moksha.
Lately, it has been thought that Mahabharata was originated between 8th and 9th centuries BCE and came into its final form by the early Gupta period (4th century CE) (Basu, 2). Researchers are still working on for more accuracy about its origin and background history. Not only Indian researchers, but also many western scholars like W J Johnson, John Brockington, Annic Bessant etc. have also shown great interest for its historical importance. According to Tagore, this is not just an epic but an “oral history” which shows life style,
Vastu shastra, the ancient architectural science, was first mentioned in the Indian holy texts called The Vedas. More specifically, it was mentioned in the Stapatya Veda, which is a part of the Atharva Veda. The Vedas are more than five thousand years old. The sages in those times plotted
half-male and half-female form. Shiva's symbol, which is today known as Shivalinga, actually comprises a combination of a 'Yoni' (vagina) and a 'Ling' (phallus). The third genders have been ascribed spiritual powers by most indigenous societies. In the Indian subcontinent, e.g., the Hijras are supposed to have supernatural powers, through which they can bless people or curse them. This gives Hijras a unique space in the society, and traditional Indians still invite Hijras to seek their blessings on important occasions such as marriage.
While Christian and Mohammedan theologies attach a sense of sin and guilt to woman and hold her responsible for man’s fall, Hindu Vedic philosophy believes that both man and woman are complementary to each other’s existence. In fact, it holds that the whole of the universe is conceptualized as a conjugation of Purusha and Prakriti. In other words, the world comprises two principles, life and matter. Purusha or the pure consciousness represents life and Prakriti or nature represents matter or material world. Thus, the ancient Indian philosophy assigns the position of Purusha and Stri not on biological basis but as embodiments of cosmic essence and substance.