Religion – A Myth ? (Continued….)
We all did have a little thought about how far these religions are true today. Now, what is this religion all about? Why are we being pressurized with this? Has anybody questioned on these things earlier? – I have no clue. But, Let me tell you about one such religion that I have my views and opinions on. HINDUISM – Third largest religion in the world with its base in India. A religion which is regarded as the oldest of all. It is also said that Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism took its birth from this religion. This religion has given us concepts in Astronomy, physics, mathematics, astrology, yoga, vaasthu and many more. Home to various thoughts that are considered in current world as an invention, hinduism has been giving its ideas free of cost to the world.
Now, Hinduism is NOT actually hinduism. Confused? We were never called Hindus until someone came upto us and said “Hey you guys are hindus and you all belong to hinduism” (satirically). We were a part of a group which followed “SANATANA DHARMA”… pretty shocking to hear? Yes! Sanatana Dharma, not a religion but a way of life ( Seen in Bhagavata Purana and Manusmriti ). This was later coined to a new term called Hindu by persians. It is said that Persians who came to trade with the people who lived on the banks of river Sindhu could not pronounce Sindhu and instead called it as Indhu, which later after thousands of years it became India.
Sindhu > Indhu > Indus > India. Also, Indhu > Hindu (7th Century, author Xuanzang) and Hinduism/Hindooism (18th Century, British).
There is also a 3 year long study that was done by 2 botanists names Amruthalingam and P Sudhakar, who have scientifically proved that Ramayana is not a myth and it has actually happened. The flora and fauna that were mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana (around 182 types of flowers, fruits and trees) are found in the same route that Lord Ram travelled from Ayodhya to Sri Lanka. Isn’t this astonishing? We do not know if Lord Ram was really an avatar of Lord Vishnu or a god, all that we have learnt is how Lord Ram (Maryadha Purushotham) lead his life, the life story of Ram was considered to be an example for us and learn from it. All that we did was, turned it into a cult and followed the principles that he did. Followers of Lord Ram became the Cult of Lord Ram. Repeating, we only followed his way of life! Last but not the least, Sanatana Dharma believes in ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam‘ and ‘Sarva Dharma Samabhava‘, where we believe that the entire world is one family and all religions deserve equal respect. My question to you “Is religion really a myth?”
Lots of Love
Ganesh Datta Lakkur
http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/indian-religions/hinduism/three-year-long-botanical-study-confirms-ramayan-is-not-a-myth/ – For article on the research about Ramayana
Anirudh Jain’s views.
Article Originally published on 16th October 2016.