Friday, November 2, 2007

Today's Hinduism – Does it truly depicts India’s past ?

Hinduism – Does it truly depicts India’s past

I thought of writing this post to shed light on some of the myths about Hinduism.
As many of us believe, Hinduism is not a single religion. People who call themselves as Hindus might have completely different beliefs.

It might be hard for the pro-Hindu activists to actually accept this fact. But, inspite of all the differences we are all united with the hypothetical term “Hinduism”.
Digging into the past, the term Hinduism was framed by British in early 1800’s.
So, if Hinduism didn’t exist then where did it come from?

It has been proved genetically; India is multi-cultural, multi-racial society.
Historically, different forms of worship or religion have been closely tied to races. Each race had its own religion to the least.
Hinduism is a term used to conglomerate the beliefs of Shaivism, Vedism, Shakthism, Tantrism and other popular beliefs that seemed to have existed in the greater sub-continent of India.
People in South of the Vindhyas followed Shaivism and people in the north of Vindhyas followed Vedism or Vaishnavism.
Mongloids followed Shakthism and Sino-Tibetian people followed Tantrism. Of course, Buddhism and Jainism are other popular religions that branched out from here.

Vedas which were contributed by the Brahmans, was unable to make inroads into the already pre-existing form of worship by the Dravidians. That’s the reason it was restricted to specific caste in South. Contrary to the popular belief where Brahmin priests are only allowed to do Poojas in the temples, South Indian villages have devoted non-Brahmin families to do Poojas in temples (also called as Pandarams in Tamil).

Vishnu is one of the Gods worshipped by Aryans. But, he developed into supreme God because all other Gods are depicted as the incarnation of Vishnu in the Vedic religion/beliefs.

The reason that lord Siva is of Dravidian worship is tied to the fact that the name “Siva” does not occur in Vedas. The word “Siva” means “redenned” in Tamil. It can be tied to the fact that ancient human race worshipped fire. There is no sensible etymology from Sanskrit for “Siva” or any other Indian language for that matter. Also, interesting to note that Dravidian God “Murugan” is similar to the East African form of worship named “Murungu”. Dravidians are god fearing and are excellent temple builders. This is so obvious from the excellent temple architecture in TamilNadu.

Thought I don’t believe below theory, crime rate in Tanjore, TN (place with more temples than any other part of the world) is the lowest in the world. And pro-God worshippers believe that it might be tied directly the number of temples and the God fearing nature of the people.

At least in ancient India, women were treated with mutual respect in all other religions except Vedism. This can be attributed the number of female poets in the Tamil Sangam period.
Of all the forms of religions practiced in India Vedic religion are the considered most inhuman as far as treatment of women is concerned. The horrific practice of Sati can attribute its root to Vedism.

But, Vedism has contributed to Indians history and culture a lot (both good and bad). There is no point in arguing who is superior as we all binded by our common mother (Bharatmata).

Though there is no existing proof that caste system was introduced by Vedism, they had tried to preach their Varna (color) system throughout India. Many people tend to believe that cruel caste system doesn’t exist in India anymore. Deep rooted casteism still exists in Indian villages and it is time we get rid of this hierarchical mess.

PS: The intent of this article was to specify the hidden truth about Hindu religion. There is no point in arguing which is the best as each and every belief is independent and unique to specific group of people. Trying to paint Vedism is Hinduism will only hurt the sentiments of other people.