What is Hinduism?
Answer: Hinduism is the world’s oldest
living tradition. Hindus prefer to call their tradition
"Sanatan Dharma" – the universal tradition
without a beginning and without an end, because the concepts
it believes in are ageless and timeless. It’s not
only a belief, but also a way of life. It is peace loving
and culturally rich There is a saying that : Sanatan Dharma
is timeless in its concepts, rich in its diversity, wise
in its age, practical in its morality, enthusiastic in its
festivals and thoughtful in its philosophy. Today Hindus
worldwide can be proud of their ancient tradition and believe
that this saying is the truth.
What do Hindus believe?
Answer: There are principle 4 beliefs of
Sanatan Dharma. They are:
1. Avatarvad: Manifestation
of God on earth. God Himself incarnates on earth in various
forms to establish dharma and grant liberation.
2. Murti Puja: Worship
of God’s images and His different manifestations.
Consecrated images represent the presence of God which is
worshipped. The images help devotees offer their devotion
3. Law of Karma: Karma
means action. This means we receive the good and bad fruits
of our past actions now, and we also have to bear the good
and bad fruits of our present actions in the future.
4. Punarjanma (Reincarnation). Our souls
are born and reborn in one of the 8,400,000 species until
we attain liberation.
What is Prarthna?
Answer: Prarthna is a way to communicate
with God. By offering prayers to God we thank Him, ask Him
for forgiveness for the mistakes we might have made, and
ask Him to help us become enlightened and attain peace in
our lives. God hears all prayers that come from the heart
at all times of the day. By offering prayers to the Supreme
God, we are able to live our lives without worries and stress,
because we know that God will take care of us.
What is AUM?
Answer: AUM is a divine sound. AUM was
the first sound of creation from which life was formed.
By chanting AUM it generates a creative and divine energy.
The ‘A’ is the sound emanating from the base
of the throat, ‘U’ is produced by the impulse
rolling forward in the mouth and ‘M’ is produced
by closing the lips. So ‘AUM’ covers the full
range of sounds and the entire phenomenon of sound. AUM
also symbolizes the three-fold functions of God: creation,
preservation and destruction.
Why do we need a guru?
Answer: A teacher is needed to guide us
through school. Our parents are needed to guide us through
our lives. A guru is needed to guide us on the spiritual
path. Only a true guru knows how to reach God. We have to
accept a true guru who embodies the saintly qualities of
God as described in the Hindu shastras. A true guru is the
only person who can guide us on the correct spiritual path
that will lead us to moksh.