The Hindu Faith has deep strong roots that stem into the BCE. There are many texts, books and scriptures for the faith. Below are some experts from Rajan’s writings for the Washington Post, on Hinduism, the faith, the text, and day to day life.
Read Rajan’s words here on various topics including: non-violence, astrology,death,science,sin,truth,marriage,greed,god’s agent ,and forgiveness<.
Topic: NON VIOLENCE
Title & Link: One Being Should Not Hurt Another
Except: Ahimsa paramo dharma is an ancient Sanskrit formula meaning that ahimsa (nonviolence, wishing no harm) is highest dharma (ultimate law).
In the Hindu ethical code, ahimsa is a foremost virtue. It means that one should not hurt — mentally, physically, emotionally, morally, etc. — another being. Ahimsa doctrine is a unique contribution of Hinduism to ethics. It is sometimes thought of as a means of acquiring punya (merit)…Read More.
Title & Link: Astrology & Hinduism
Excerpt: Astrology, which includes astronomy, has performed an important role in Hinduism since ancient times.
The oldest existing scripture Rig-Veda has references to eclipses. Jyotisha-vedanga contains shlokas about astrology. Legendary sage Bhrigu is said to have perfected astrology and put together astrological charts laying out the horoscopes of everybody born or yet to be born in the universe…Read More.
Title & Link: Greed Disappoints
Excerpt: Greed is a form of pollution and is a transgression of spiritual and moral law and is termed evil.
Disappointment is certain if some act is done merely out of greed. Excessive greed blinds the mind. Lobha (greed) is one of the three root sins, along with moha (desire) and krodha (anger), which must be conquered to achieve moksha (liberation). Do not be disillusioned by wants.
Ancient Hindu scripture, Bhagavad-Gita says: there are three gates to self-destructive hell—greed, anger, and desire. Abandon these three. A person freed from these three gates of darkness seeks what is best and attains life’s highest goal…Read More.
Title & Link: Marriage is the Most Important Samskar (Sacrament)
Excerpt: In Hinduism, vivah (marriage) is the most important samskar (sacrament). The married couple is looked at as a complete module for worship and participation in cultural/social acts. With the marriage samskar, one thoroughly enters into grihasth-ashram (householder phase), where one can attend to the goals of dharm (duty)…Read More.
Topic: GOD’S AGENT
Title & Link: Seeing Ourselves as God’s Exclusive Agents
Excerpt: Religion is a very mighty force, so we should not take it lightly. Sacred texts can be misapplied through handpicked reading, deciphering and interpretation.
It is hazardous:
· When we start seeing ourselves as God’s exclusive agents…Read More.
Title & Link: Hinduism Advises to Stay Away from Sinner
Excerpt: In Hinduism, shunning of sinner is advised as sin is thought to be transmittable by physical contact, by thought, and by speech. Association with big sinners (mahapatakasamsarga) is a capital sin (mahapataka), which is difficult to atone for.
Sin is exonerated by purification, knowledge, penance (prayascittas), etc. Evils and sins are collectively known as dosha.
Hinduism instructs to avoid the following…Read More.
Title & Link: Forgiveness is Powerful
Excerpt: Forgiveness is godly. Forgiveness is a virtue. Forgiveness is holiness. Forgiveness is powerful. Forgiveness is peace.
Ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita says, “Develop purity, forgiveness, vigor, patience, a good will, and avoid pride—these are the riches of the person who is born for heaven.”
Topic: TRUTH, SCIENCE, RELIGION
Title & Link: Physical Truth and Spiritual Truth Inseparable
Excerpt: Physical truth and spiritual truth are inseparable. Religion and science are connected.
In Hinduism, science and religion go hand in hand. The relationship between Hinduism and science goes back to the Indus Valley civilization, as old as 2500 BCE. Vedic science appears to have included components of astronomy, biology, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, metallurgy, etc. The notion of atomic/molecular world was integrated into Vaiseshika school (between around 250 BCE to 100 CE) of Hindu philosophy. Yoga included some remarkable methods of breath/respiration control. Ancient sages were said to be acquainted with radar, microbiology, radioactivity, television, etc. Epic heroes of Hinduism flew first aircrafts…Read More.
Title & Link: Death is Not Final
Excerpt: Life does not end at death. It is just completion of an important particularity. Life rolls on till it merges in the Absolute. Life drifts on to achieve its triumph of the universal.
Self is reborn many times before it advances to moksha (liberation). Atman (self) is Brahman (the supreme being). Soul goes through many semblances…Read More.