10 Hinduism and The Secret History of The Law of Attraction
Hindu Origins: Vedic Civilization And Religion
Undertaking the daunting task of breaking down a religion as enormous as Hinduism gives one pause, because Hinduism goes so far beyond your typical Westerner’s basic understanding of religion. It is difficult to grasp all at once. A shallow treatment of this system will not yield anything more than shallow realizations, and delving in too deeply creates the danger of getting lost within an ocean of details and losing the points. We will deal with this by handling the material historically and thematically, and those who wish to study further will have the appropriate terms to begin.
Hinduism is the world’s oldest existing religion, with a billion followers, making it the world’s third largest religion, and within it containing a rich variety of religious beliefs, rites, customs, and practices. Hinduism is unique among the major religions because it claims no historical founder like Buddha, Mohammed, Moses or Jesus were for their respective religions. Hinduism is a belief system based entirely on the tales of mythic Gods, heroes, demons, magic, morality, karma and sacrifice.
The word ‘Hindu’ is English, and named after the sophisticated urban centers located along the Indus River Valley. Harappa and Mohenjodero (located in modern-day Pakistan) were two ancient cities built around 3500 BCE that evolved and flourished as dynamic urban centers from around 2600 to 1700 BCE.
Hundreds of sites have been excavated in the area of Punjab and Rajasthan along the dried-up Sarasvati River, mentioned in the Rig Veda, which places it’s beginning of the Indus River Valley Culture between the Sarasvarti and the Drishadvati rivers. From here, we will use Dr. David Frawley’s suggestion on referring to this as the “Indus-Sarasvati civilization” which appears to be the birthplace of Indian culture.
The Indus-Sarasvati civilization remains an enigma. Their urban centers were the largest and the most sophisticated in the world at that time, including Egypt and Sumer, yet were mysteriously abandoned at some point. The Harappan cities where apparently civic-minded, featuring planned streets, public baths, sewage draining and granaries. They used bronze and stone tools. It appears that these people believed in an afterlife. Graves have been discovered and fire altars have been excavated. They worshipped the forces of nature, animals, the phallus and an all-powerful Goddess.
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