Hinduism is a religion followed by millions of Indians worldwide. It is one of the oldest if not the oldest religion in the world, and is still going strong in its birth nation, India. Hinduism is a mystical religion to the rest of the world. When they think of Hinduism, we think of naked Sadhus, vermilion clad women in colorful saris, and people living in communities with traditional and orthodox lifestyles.
There is no definitive proven roots of Hinduism, but it did start in India. If it was a native Dravidian religion, or formulated in India by the Aryans is unknown and cannot be traced back. However, it is clear that Hinduism did evolve over centuries, with influences from Islam and later Christianity, both having a predominant impact over the definition of the Hindu religion as it is today.
Coming to the current era, when structures in society within India, and among Indian communities outside India, have changed significantly, practices in Hinduism still remain more or less unique to the society in which we live. The purpose of this blog is to promote thoughtful thinking on some of the facts and unchanged ethics that have continued to plague Hinduism over centuries. Unless we as Hindus take the responsibility of removing such plaguing issues from our religious practices and beliefs, we will continue to have an India plagued with corruption,violence against women,child labor, and youth unemployment. The root cause of many of these issues need to be addressed at the societal level, considering the fact that the primary focus of societies in India are still around religious and cultural beliefs.