Intro to Modern Hinduism

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Welcome to Modern Hinduism blog.

Happy New Year ! – Jan 1, 2018 is the first day of launching Modern Hinduism blog.

“Make 2018 resolution to explore your authentic self” Madhu Sharma

I am the Hindu Chaplain at Duke University as well as a Hindu Campus Minister at University of North Carolina. I have been a Dharmic Advisor for the young Hindu students for last several years. This blog is my effort to reclaim Hinduism and help the younger generation understand the real philosophy and principles of Hinduism and how it relates to all our lives in todays time. This is true for all Hindus across the world.

Hinduism is “A Way of Life” and Modern Hinduism will bring out the ancient principles of it and help understand how they are still valid and related to our lives in 2018.  It is the bridge between the ancient scripture called “Vedas” and the modern scientific way of life.

Concept of Modern Hinduism

  • Bridge between Religion and Modern science
  • Religion verses Spirituality- Vedas – knowledge of Self
  • Five Principles of Hinduism
    1. One Divine power – GOD
    2. Combination of male and female
    3. Come from that Divine power – part of It
    4. Karma theory
    5. Reincarnation

असतोमा सद्गमय ।             asato mā sadgamaya

तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।     tamasomā jyotir gamaya

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥           mrityormāamritam gamaya

ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।   Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ

From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality

Om peace, peace, peace

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Rigveda 1:164:46] To what is One, sages give many titles: They call Him by many names, One supreme power with various manifestations.  That one supreme power is the Brahman, the absolute alone is real. Hinduism is monotheistic religion but this one Supreme has been manifested into thousands of forms and shapes but the Divine supreme remains One and only One. 

Advaita philosophy- Advaita is often translated as “non-dualism” though it literally means “non-second ness.” This means that we are one with the supreme and not separate from Him but for us to relate to Him we have applied a form to the Supreme and some of these manifested forms of the Supreme are Rama, Krishna and and Devi.  so,  how does this applies to your lives and what tools do we have to apply this to our lives?

Application to life:

  • What does this mean for us as an individual?
  • It means that we are all part of that one Supreme Brahman and so, understand that we are all alike and the same.
  • If we understand that then we will treat everyone the same and with the same respect that we would like to be treated.
  • Treat others as we want to be treated
  • See divine in everyone including non human living beings
  • understand that each cell has soul life
  • Reengineer your self. change our thinking
  • Living life to the fullest is our first business

Tools

  • Learn to put yourself in others shoes
  • Learn non Judge mental mindset
  • If you find yourself judging others “correct it “. Remind yourself.
  • First stop judging yourself because your are a divine soul yourself.
  • Namaste is a good way to greet people but remember that you are doing that to the other person’s soul without judging them
  • “Aham Brahmasmi”- remind yourself that you are a divine soul by reciting this mantra.
  • Recite the mantra above “Asto ma sadgamya…..”

Mantras are recited to communicate with the supreme power in the form of prayers.