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"We meditate upon the glorious effulgence of That Supreme Reality from which emanates Existence, Conciousness and Bliss;
May It enlighten our minds and direct our understanding."
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"Aum Bhoor Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat"


In Devanagari script:

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व:
तत सवितुर वरिण्यम
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः परचोदयात

In Tamil Script:

ஓம்
பூர்: புவ: ஸுவ:
தத் ஸவிதுர் வரேண்யம்
பர்கோ தேவஸ்ய தீமஹி
தியோ: யோந: ப்ரசோதயாத்







Gayatri Mantra, Rig Veda 3.62.10


"From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists, and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hindu's religion"
- Swami Vivekananda

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The "Shruti" scriptures
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The primary scriptures of Hinduism are called "Shruti" which translates as "heard" since they were transmitted orally/aurally from teacher to student or parent to child before they were written down. These are the four Vedas:

(Click on the names for direct links to the translations)

1. Rig Veda
2. Yajur Veda which is split into two parts: Shukla Yajurveda and Krishna Yajurveda
3. Atharva Veda
4. Sama Veda

"Vedas" comes from the Sanskrit root "Vid-" = "knowledge" and thus the Vedas are considered books of knowledge; both spiritual and secular.
The four Vedas themselves are each comprised of four layers:

- Sanhitas (hymns and mantras used during prayers and rituals)
- Brahmanas (commentaries on hymns and instructions for rituals)
- Aranyakas (philosophy behind the rituals)
- Upanishads (abstract philosophy and spiritual concepts)

The Upanishads are the most widely read parts of the Vedas and the ten principal ones are shown here:

1. Isa Upanishad
2. Kena Upanishad
3. Katha Upanishad
4. Prashna Upanishad
5. Mundaka Upanishad
6. Mandukya Upanishad
7. Taittiriya Upanishad
8. Aitareya Upanishad
9. Chandogya Upanishad
10. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

The Upanishads, however, are highly abstract and difficult to understand for the lay person since they are principle orientated, hence few Hindus will actually read them.

The Bhagavad Gita
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The Gita is perhaps the most accessible Hindu scripture since it puts the abstract and lofty philosophy of the Upanishads into some context and is hence considered a link between the "Shruti" and the "Smriti".
It is a philosophical dialogue between Krishna and his cousin, Arjuna, and touches on a range of different concepts such as Dharma, reincarnation, karma, as well as the many ways through which an individual can attain Moksha (liberation from the cycle of reincarnation).

Translations can be found here:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gita/agsgita.htm
http://www.dlshq.org/download/bgita.pdf (from pg. 9)
http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/intro.html

A selection of significant verses from The Gita:

"Just as a person puts on new garments after discarding the old ones; similarly, the living entity or the individual soul acquires new bodies after casting away the old bodies." (2.22)
"Weapons do not cut this Spirit, fire does not burn it, water does not make it wet, and the wind does not make it dry. The Spirit cannot be cut, burned, soaked, or dried. It is eternal, all pervading, unchanging, immovable, and primeval." (2.23-24)
"You have control over doing your respective duty only, but no control or claim over the results. The fruits of work should not be your motive, and you should never be inactive." (2.47)
"Whenever there is a decline of Dharma (Righteousness) and a predominance of Adharma (Unrighteousness), O Arjuna, then I manifest Myself. I appear from time to time for protecting the good, for transforming the wicked, and for establishing world order (Dharma)." (4.07-08)
"As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes; similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all bonds of Karma to ashes, O Arjuna." (4.37)
"A yogi, who is in union with the Supreme Being, sees every being with an equal eye because of perceiving the omnipresent Spirit abiding in all beings, and all beings abiding in the Supreme Being." (6.29)
"Whosoever desires to worship whatever deity with faith — using any name, form, and method, I make their faith steady in that very deity. Endowed with steady faith they worship that deity, and obtain their wishes through that deity. Those wishes are, indeed, granted only by Me." (7.21-22)
"The same multitude of beings comes into existence again and again at the arrival of the creative cycle; and is annihilated, inevitably, at the arrival of the destructive cycle." (8.19)
"Self-realization is more difficult for those who fix their mind on the impersonal, unmanifest, and formless Absolute; because, comprehension of the unmanifest by embodied beings is attained with difficulty." (12.05)
"The one who sees the same eternal Supreme Lord dwelling as Spirit equally within all mortal beings truly sees." (13.27)
"Thus the knowledge that is more secret than the secret has been explained to you by Me. After fully reflecting on this, do as you wish." (18.63)

The "Smriti" texts
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These are texts of lower authority and yet are the most widely read Hindu works since they are much easier to relate to and understand. The word "Smriti" means "remembered" or "tradition".
This group of texts help explain the abstract "Shruti" philosophy using narratives and story telling as well as being the records of prevalent traditions in Ancient India.
However, whenever there is a contradiction between what the "Shruti" teaches and what the "Smriti" teaches, the former is always considered to supersede the latter.

The Smritis include a wide variety of different texts such as the Agamas which propound the worldview of the different sectarian movements, the Epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata), mythological stories (Puranas), codes of conduct (Dharmashastras) and much, much more.

These are freely editable and the application of their contents, especially the codes of conduct, are limited by time, place, participants and situation.




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Eternally grateful to jr2007 for creating the Hindu Soc

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ye alright then, if there int one already :cool:

Happy belated Shivratri!
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Surprising there isnt already a Hindu Soc but cool !
Im in :yy:
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well i guess it would be good but these societies are pointless to be honest...
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i'll join
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This is good but I reckon with a couple more members we could start some real discussions.

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ye alright then, if there int one already

Happy belated Shivratri!
And to you too!
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Count me IN!! This society should be linked in some way with IFG, dont you think?
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I want to join but when i post a message it will say that i'm a member of the Hindu society. I spend alot of time in the D and D forums, and there i dont want people to know which religion I am. Is there anyway of being a member, but not letting it show up when its convenient?
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(Original post by __WiZaRD__)
Count me IN!! This society should be linked in some way with IFG, dont you think?
Dont see why not

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I want to join but when i post a message it will say that i'm a member of the Hindu society. I spend alot of time in the D and D forums, and there i dont want people to know which religion I am. Is there anyway of being a member, but not letting it show up when its convenient?
You could be like a secret member (?) but im not sure about that, I guess its one for the mods.
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I think the "papad" gives it away tho lol!
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i'll join
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Not sure yet how to add members manually but we're on the socs panel so everyone can join formally. I need to redo logo, it didnt turn out how it should have
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iv got a hangover
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Unlucky, try drinking water with honey and eat some bananas
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As Hindus you shouldn't be drinking
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Can I join??
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im hindu, can i join?
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As Hindus you shouldn't be drinking
i agree!

youve been a naughty boy! :mad:

lol kidding. Although i do think you should not drink.
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Can I Join?
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As Hindus you shouldn't be drinking
Exactly right, its tamas and will make you dull and detract your energy away from your studies. Anyway, alcohol is a poison, you wouldnt drink cyanide would you??
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