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Introduction to Hinduism - 01.1 - Overview of Hindu Philosophy

Introduction Hindu Philosophical thoughts have their origin in antiquity - for example, as early as the 10th book of Rk Veda,  in the Nasadiya Sukta (RV 10.129), we find the Seer contemplating on the Origin of Universe. However, by the Upanishadic age, dvelopment of various philosophical schools were in full swing. Differences in Philosophy Development Style in East and West Development of philosophical ideas in India, were quite distinct from the way it happened in the Western World. In Greece for example, a philosopher propounded his views. He himself or someone else, documented the ideas and others debated on it. The next philosopher entered the scene and did the same thing and so on. Thus a clear chronology of philosophical ideas is available to the student of history and philosophy. In India, things were different. First of all, there were different schools of philosophy as opposed to a single person, and the inter-school rivalry was intense. Secondly, the entire philosop

Introduction to Hinduism - 01.0 - Origin of the Hindu World View

The Hindu World View, hereafter referred to as Hinduism for the sake of simplicity, is vast, Most Ancient and encompasses a lot of different practices and sects. How old is Hinduism? Hinduism is very ancient ancient - ask any average Hindu and he will say the same. Great men like Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Dr B R Ambedkar have also said the same. But during the period 1800 to 1900, Indologists like Max Muller, who were primarily driven by Christian missionary zeal, arbitrarily insisted that Hinduism started in 1200 BC - approximately 300 years after the Central Asian/ European barbarian tribesmen whom they dubbed as "Aryans" conquered the Indian sub-continent on horses and destroyed the "Indus Valley Civilization". This so called "Aryan Invasion Theory" has since been disproved although "Aryan Migration Theory", a linguistic hypothesis has found acceptance (and also non-acceptance). Modern Hinduism had its root in the

Introduction to Hinduism - 05 - Scriptures - Non-Vedic Scriptures

4. Non-Vedic Scriptures -------- 4.1 Agama ---------------- 4.1.1 Vaishnava Agamas ------------------------ Agastya-Samhita ------------------------ Aniruddha-Samhita ------------------------ Ahirbudhnya Samhita ------------------------ Brahma Samhita ------------------------ Brihat-Brahma-Samhita ------------------------ Isvara-Samhita ------------------------ Kapinjala-Samhita ------------------------ Gautama-Samhita ------------------------ Citrasikhandi-Samhita ------------------------ Jayakhya-Samhita ------------------------ Jayottara-Samhita ------------------------ Nalakubara-Samhita ------------------------ Naradiya-Samhita ------------------------ Pancaprasna-Samhita ------------------------ Parama-Samhita ------------------------ Paramapurusa-Samhita ------------------------ Parasara-Samhi