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Discover Your Own Hinduism And Live

Hinduism is a way of life. It defines our culture - the beliefs, thoughts and mental arena, that define and shape our life. In holistic perspective, it is a culture more than a religion. It may be perceived as cultural with history and symbols contemporaneous with the associated peoples.

Hinduism does not prescribe any particular best way of life. It never binds one to follow some fixed path. It does not require its adherents to accept any one idea and rejecting the others. Rather it directs the mind to blossom and let it blossom fully. It gives respect and credibility to all the paths, as its core philosophy considers the end-point of journey will be same for all.

But a misconception arises in this ‘soft-religion’ perception, that whatever we do in our lives is acceptable and not-banned to the Hindu religion. And this is very popular notion in the minds of many hindus even! The religious freedom offered by Hinduism has got misinterpreted as religious permissiveness and tolerance. And in this pretext, all the actions or inactions come within religious boundaries and they bear that’s stamp.

But religious freedom, per se, means living one's life with a greater sense of responsibility, not irresponsibility. The responsibility is primarily and essentially towards maintaining and following one's basic dharma , that are obligatory to your position and status in life. The scriptures are very clear about this. Human beings are completely responsible for their actions and the way they chose to lead their lives. Our religious scriptures make it amply clear that whoever indulges in wrong actions has to suffer from the consequences of such actions. They also suggest that every human being must live selflessly and without ego.

 The beauty of Hinduism  lies in offering many choices in religious conduct. Thus its teachings have universal and eternal appeal and acceptance. However, it never advocates or approves irreligious, immoral or irresponsible conduct. It always emphasizes the need to protect the Dharma. Now one may get confused that every person will have his/her own version of hindu religion. But we must remember the simple fact of Hinduism that one’s own dharma is not anything that is imposed upon; It is something that one is born with. 

We must understand the religious freedom and various choices offered in our religion in their true spirit. To maintain the social order and inner harmony, there is need of prudence for choosing between right and wrong. One has to always remain active and there is no justification or rationale for inactivity and indifference. What is right and what is wrong for one is according to the scriptures (external dharma) and one's own inner nature( internal dharma) . An individual has freedom in Hinduism to choose what is right for him or her, but only after careful examination and analysis of a given situation.

Every hindu must revere and respect the Vedas, the knowledge revealed by God for the general welfare and guidance of the worldly life. The epics and Puranas are full with examples of wrong actions leading sinful people towards their moral and spiritual downfall and finally landing in the darkest hells. They do convince us by stressing upon this repeatedly in many words, through aphorisms, stories and verses.

Shrawan Singh

Shrawan Singh

An engineer(IITian) by qualification, educationist by profession and mythologist by passion. He fathoms up to the deeper roots of mythological stories and wisdom enshrined in our Sanatana dharma texts like Vedas, Puranas, Epics and specially Gita. He is a naturally gifted speaker and enthrall the audience with the waves of his rhythmic intonation and way of story-telling.

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