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    What contradictions exist in Hinduism?


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    Somehow we all get exposed to so many diverse ideas about Hinduism many of which are at odds with each other.

    There are temples in USA which houses large number of deities so that as a business they attract all kinds of people. I dont even know proper walk to cover all the deities correctly. Many children coming to temple do not know what to do and end up liking the canteen in the end.

    The puranic stories preach all kinds of funny things. The Satyanarayana puja done by some at their home makes god to be like a vengeful person.

    Many children have no clue what all these deities represent and why there are so many.

    Someone said everyone is divine or something and yet Indians have the most divisions in terms of caste.

    There is something called Dharma and yet India is one of the top countries known for corruption.

    Can we at least enumerate all the known contradictions in today's Hinduism?

    Then perhaps experts in the forum can see if they can be resolved.

    Often many of us do not know how to answer questions of our kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a-TB View Post
    Somehow we all get exposed to so many diverse ideas about Hinduism many of which are at odds with each other.

    There are temples in USA which houses large number of deities so that as a business they attract all kinds of people. I dont even know proper walk to cover all the deities correctly. Many children coming to temple do not know what to do and end up liking the canteen in the end.

    The puranic stories preach all kinds of funny things. The Satyanarayana puja done by some at their home makes god to be like a vengeful person.

    Many children have no clue what all these deities represent and why there are so many.

    Someone said everyone is divine or something and yet Indians have the most divisions in terms of caste.

    There is something called Dharma and yet India is one of the top countries known for corruption.

    Can we at least enumerate all the known contradictions in today's Hinduism?

    Then perhaps experts in the forum can see if they can be resolved.

    Often many of us do not know how to answer questions of our kids.
    hi

    there are some beautiful hinduism books published by chinmaya mission/swami dayananda books published in USA for

    american born hindu kids....very simple english language....you may get all answers....
    asato maa sadh gamayaa, tamaso maa jyotir
    gamayaa, mrityor maa amritham gamayaaa..
    om shanti, om shanti, om shanti...upanishad
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    I am no expert but let me state my opinion.


    I think the Do's and Don't's has nothing got to do with God.

    Contradictions were man made as society started to become more civilized to mainly instill Law and Order.

    Personally I feel what is expected from anyone is to follow some amount of social etiquette as not to offend self or anyone.

    That should suffice.

    Coming to Dharma..Dharma and Religion/Prayer need not always go hand in hand.

    Most people pray for material gain yet have the audacity to call it Bhakti.

    For them they see God as Santa Claus and expect goodies even though they are only "naughty' and never nice.

    Many people pray daily yet indulge in non Dharmic activities.

    Becos they have been fed to think that if they donate some portion of their money to temples their sins can be washed away.

    So you find some of the greatest donors actually leading a very Adharmic life.

    That is why I never admire a super donor or a philanthropists.

    Then the believe that at an old age one can atone for sins by becoming religious and visiting pilgrimage sites..taking a dip in a holy river people think Karma can be washed away!LOL

    So you see there is a lot of cock and bull.

    We know there is the Law of Karma and nothing changes that..yet we find people claiming Pariharams can nullify the effect of Karma..taking a dip in Ganga will make us spotless Karmically.

    We even have Phalashurtis claiming that if one recites this or that, sins done in the day time will be washed away.Sins done in the mid day and night too will be washed away.

    If its so easy why even preach about Karma?

    Tat Tvam Asi....Aham Brahmaasmi is preached but yet mankind is fourfold in Hinduism.

    At almost each step there seems to be a barrier..all rivers lead to the sea but dams are built at every step.

    There must be a long list of Do's and Don't's..follow it if you want to but I am quite sure its not Gods list.
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    Most people pray for material gain yet have the audacity to call it Bhakti.
    Bhagavad Gita gives 4 types of Bhakti and praying for material Gains , to over come distress comes under Aartha Bhkati and Artharthi Bhakti and in BG itself Lord Krishna says who is the true Bhakta .
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    [QUOTE]There are temples in USA which houses large number of deities so that as a business they attract all kinds of people. I dont even know proper walk to cover all the deities correctly. Many children coming to temple do not know what to do and end up liking the canteen in the end.[/QUOTE]

    Same like the music sabhas here . Many say they come for music but are more keen on what is the special dish in the Canteen .
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    Often many of us do not know how to answer questions of our kids.
    The reason being to the extent we invest our time , energy and resources in getting a Secular Education we do not invest the same in understanding our own religion and culture ( at least the fundamentals and essentials ) .Chinmaya Mission has published lot of introductory books on Hinduism , Arsha Vidya Gurukulam has publshed a set of 23 Books under the title "Vedic Heritage Teaching Program" and this is a complete resource for knowing in depth about Hinduism , Hindu Culture and Hindu Religious Practices .
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkrishna100 View Post
    The reason being to the extent we invest our time , energy and resources in getting a Secular Education we do not invest the same in understanding our own religion and culture ( at least the fundamentals and essentials ) .Chinmaya Mission has published lot of introductory books on Hinduism , Arsha Vidya Gurukulam has publshed a set of 23 Books under the title "Vedic Heritage Teaching Program" and this is a complete resource for knowing in depth about Hinduism , Hindu Culture and Hindu Religious Practices .
    hi

    this program ...we teach in BALA VIHAR CLASSES in our temple for young indian american kids....
    asato maa sadh gamayaa, tamaso maa jyotir
    gamayaa, mrityor maa amritham gamayaaa..
    om shanti, om shanti, om shanti...upanishad
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    this program ...we teach in BALA VIHAR CLASSES in our temple for young indian american kids....
    TBS ji
    For me I found many of my questions related to Hiinduism well answered by Swami Dayananda's books followed by Kanchi Paramacharya's Voice of God ( 7 Volumes ) . In the past I used to study in bits and pieces from various books on Hinduism but now stick primarily to Swami Dayananda's Books (http://www.avrpt.com/ ) and Kanchi Pamaracharya's Voice of God ( 7 Volumes ) to get clarity on our Vedic Culture and also side by side study the books written by Rationalists , Buddhists ,Atheists against the Vedic Culture to get their view of things on these issues .
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    Quote Originally Posted by a-TB View Post
    Somehow we all get exposed to so many diverse ideas about Hinduism many of which are at odds with each other.

    There are temples in USA which houses large number of deities so that as a business they attract all kinds of people. I dont even know proper walk to cover all the deities correctly. Many children coming to temple do not know what to do and end up liking the canteen in the end.

    The puranic stories preach all kinds of funny things. The Satyanarayana puja done by some at their home makes god to be like a vengeful person.

    Many children have no clue what all these deities represent and why there are so many.

    Someone said everyone is divine or something and yet Indians have the most divisions in terms of caste.

    There is something called Dharma and yet India is one of the top countries known for corruption.

    Can we at least enumerate all the known contradictions in today's Hinduism?

    Then perhaps experts in the forum can see if they can be resolved.

    Often many of us do not know how to answer questions of our kids.
    It will be an impossible task to enumerate all the known contradictions, superstitions, unwanted things and misinformations etc., within hinduism; may be if it is taken as a long term project like the Mahabharata programme of BORI, it can be completed in 30 or 40 years!

    The Dayanandas, Chinmayanandas, etc., (are/were all udara nimittam bahukrita vesham fellows) have only taken the benefit of the general ignorance of hindu parents about even the basic texts and are happily and successfully hoodwinking our people abroad with various dojiggeries like Balavihar, books, etc., and may be, making good money too in the process. People who give good certificates to these "-anandas" are ignorant of even what all authoritative texts are there in hindu religion! They are getting one kind of brainwashing for their children and find it somewhat logical and cogent, and are apparently led to believe, "Here's unsullied hinduism!". They are completely unaware of the many contra-indications which may be available in some of our religious treatises.

    Kanchi Acharya's books are purely based on the smartha, vaideeki, brahministic view point of hinduism. Children born and brought up in the US will very soon find its teachings uncomfortable. (It may be soothing for the emigrants, however.)

    I will recommend our parents who are first generation migrants, to learn the preachings of Kabirdas, and teach these to their kids. If the kids encounter anything not in conformity with Kabir's panth, it is better to avoid taking the kids to the temple or, leave them in the canteen!
    एकं सद्विप्रा नैव जानन्ति ।
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    a-TBji where do we begin? There are many contradictions in Hinduism, but it is also true in every other religion.
    I too followed Chinmayananda, I was also involved with the bal-vihar. It is helpful to read these books so that you may answer the queries from your children.
    I agree with Samgomsji's post#9.
    We still have to study and read on our own. This forum has been valuable in that aspect.
    I am a follower of Kabir, but it is not for very young children. So you have to pick and choose accordingly.
    The American brand of Hinduism is very unique. Particularly the South Indian Temples of North America. It represents the melting pot of US. A south Indian from India would be shocked to see American Hindu temples.
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