Philosophy gives a clear understanding to the questions of cycle
of life and death, the nature of Soul, the Universe and its creator
and reasons for joy and sufferings, happiness and sorrow, health
and disease and the ultimate understanding of man's relationship
with God. It also explains his duties during this birth as well
as about his past and his future. It investigates and inquires
the Truth and allows us to think and reason in our search for
though the Agamas and Vedas appear to be professing different
doctrines, they both are written on the same philosophy but for
different population group. The Agamas give us the Theological
aspect of our practice with prayers to God in various manifestations.
The Vedas give us all the rituals and also the philosophy of our
of them are based on the principle that the Soul is a part of
the Divine spirit and is covered by the sheaths of "Upathis"
as an effect of ones Karma. It goes through endless rebirth according
to ones Karma to purify itself. Every one should follow his Dharma
and perform their duties or Karma without attachment, as an offering
to God to receive eternal salvation and liberation as Moksha.
The basic principles of the philosophy are essentially presented
in a very elaborate manner in the Upanishad portions of the Vedas.
It is further explained through the six Dharsanas and subsequent
Bhashyas written on them by many great Acharyas who have helped
to preserve this treasure for all ages.
system of Vedantha by Vyasa Maharishi is widely followed as the
Hindu Philosophy in modern times. A study of the other five Dharsanas
is also essential to understand Vedantha philosophy fully. Various
theories of Adhvaitha, Visishta-adhvaitha and Dhvaitha schools
explain the philo-sophy very well.
for Hindus, is experience and full realization of the Divine Spirit
in one's heart and not the mere acceptance of certain time-honored
dogmas or creeds, reading of scriptures or performing certain
rituals or prayers. The rituals were only the means to reach and
understand the faith. The one who has fully realized the Divine
needs to perform no rituals.