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Transcript of Hinduisim
Basis of Hinduism
Hinduism in Malaysia
The world's 'Oldest Living Religion'
Western approach: 1500 BC to 3000 BC (origin). This theory has proven to be incorrect.
Third largest religion with approximately 1 billion followers worldwide.
Hindus don't view this as a religion but rather a way of life.
The word 'Hinduism' is a collective term referring to the philosophical and religious traditions of India.
It was a term given by the Musilm invaders who invaded Ancient India.
Unlike other religions it does not have a single founder or prophet. It is more of a 'melting pot' of religions and cultures.
There is no record of the origins of Hinduism. It is believed to be timeless and eternal.
It has always been a part of India and slowly through trade and commerce spread through the other parts of the world.
In Malaysia like the Chinese the origins of Hinduism can be traced back to the ancient medieval era and WW II.
The Holy Trinity
To understand the Holy Trinity one must first understand how they came to be. This can only be understood through the Puranas.
Brahmanda Purana: the creation.
Vishnu: the Preserver, Brahma: the Creator and Shiva: the Destroyer
The Four Branches of Hinduism
: Focus on the veneration of Vishnu.
: Worship Shiva as the Supreme God
: Followers of the philosophy of unity. As put forth by Adi Shankara.
: The worship of the Divine Feminine Form
The trio no doubt is primordial
But then thou alone art original.
Sects of Hindus in Malaysia
Shaivites: In Malaysia Shaivites are the dominant branch of Hinduism. As can be seen in the sheer amount of temples located in Malaysia
Vaishnavas: Are the second biggest branch of Hinduism that can be found in Malaysia.
The temples in Malaysia are similar to that of India as part of the culture that was brought to Malaysia
Temples here include the: Tebrau Glass Temple, Sri Kandaswamy Kovil,, Sri Mariaman and Batu Caves.
Deliverance? Where is this deliverance to be found? Our master himself has joyfully taken upon him the bonds of creation; he is bound with us all forever.
Gitanjali XI by Rabindrath Tagore
As a great wind,
In all places,
In the sky,
So all beings
Dwell in me.
Think of this.
The Bhagavad Gita:
The primary texts of Hinduism, which form the ground work of Hinduism are the Vedas.
The Vedas contains hymns, incantations and rituals from the ancient world.
These Vedas are the : Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda.
After the Vedas come the Upanishads which are the continuation of the Vedic philosophy. And they tell one how to achieve enlightenment.
Then come the Puranas. The Puranas contain a complete narrative history of the creation of the Universe right up till its destruction.
And then come the epics: the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.
This is my thought:
wherever there is Krishna ,
the Lord of Yoga,
wherever there is Arjuna,
Son of Pritha, bearing his bow,
there will always be splendor,
victory, well being,
and wise conduct.
Ramayana & Mahabharata