is the most ancient Religious faith, culture and traditional way
of life of a civilization that has existed for over 10,000 years
all over India and adjoining areas of Asia. Hinduism is not a
true Religion in the real sense of the term but more a way of
life or a "Dharma" -to live a life of purity with simplicity
with a sense of Natural Justice.
does not have any one founder, and it does not have one source
book like a Bible or a Koran to which controversies can be referred
for resolution. Consequently, it does not require its adherents
to accept any one idea like a dogma imposed on every one. It does
not accept any dogmas or dictatorial religious guidance. It encourages
every one to think, analyze, question and accept the faith with
true knowledge and intuition.
Hindu scriptures include not just books relating to spirituality
but also secular pursuits like science, medicine, astronomy and
engineering, it defies classification as a religion. In fact one
can almost identify Hinduism with a flourishing civilization and
that Hinduism must have existed even circa 10000 B.C. is available:
The importance attached to the river Saraswati and the numerous
references to it in the Rigveda (interestingly, Ganga appears
only twice) indicate that the Rigveda was being composed well
before 6500 B.C. The first vernal equinox recorded in the Rigveda
is that of the star Ashwini, which is now known to have occurred
around 10,000 B.C.
technological sophistication required to even anticipate such
concepts is unlikely to have been acquired by a nomadic people.
The faith existed both on the East and the West of this Indus
valley. The Aryan invasion theory having been completely discredited,
it cannot be assumed that Hinduism was the nomadic faith of invaders
belonging to a Central Asian race called Aryans. The Sanskrit
word Aryan is a word of honorable address, not the racial reference
invented by European scholars and put to perverse use by the Nazis.
otherwise specified, Aryan will be used in this document as a
word of honorable address. Within this culture, there were several
variations in the groups, some following narration of recitations
and rituals and others joining together in a common place for
a congregational worship and for marker stones and symbols.
groups of people like hunters, farmers and other nomadic groups
followed it all over this area. It was seen with slight variations
within each group. It is said that there were several forms of
the faith existing at the early history, which was organized into
one faith by King Vaivasvatha Manu [about 8600 BCE]. This evolved
into the Sanatana Dharma or the modern day Hindu Religion of Vedas,
Agamas, Sãstras and rituals as one great faith and practice.