Hinduism Essay

1636 WordsOct 23, 20127 Pages
The actual identity for the Himalayan tradition and Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma. Sanatana means "Eternal or Universal". Dharma is a synonym for "Truth or Wisdom". Therefore, Sanatana Dharma means "Eternal Truth". It can also be translated as "Perennial Wisdom". The expression dharma is also relative to Buddhism. The correct identity of Buddhism is "Buddha Dharma" which means, "Truth of Enlightment". Hinduism is also called the "Hindu Dharma". Many Hindus resent the name Hinduism because Hindu Dharma is not and "ism", or ideology, rather it's a way of life. Dr. David Frawley, who changed his name to Vamdeva Shastri, adds: Sanatana Dharma is a tradition conceived as inherent in the cosmic mind, arising with creation itself. Sanatana Dharma is a set of teachings, which comprehend Universal Life and Consciousness, including religion, yoga and mysticism, philosophy, science, art and culture as part of a single reality. Yet as the term Sanatana Dharma is unfamiliar and rather complex, it has seldom been emphasized in teachings given in the West. One of its main practices is Yoga, which assists us to finding our own spiritual realizations. Yoga originally is the science of union with the Divine. However, in the Western mind, it is an aspect of physical nature because of the asanas, yogic postures. Yoga appropriately refers to the practicing and following of the Sanatana Dharma through meditation. Hatha Yoga uses the physical and personal efforts to familiarize the body in the hunt of elevated states of awareness. The main purpose of Hatha Yoga was Self-realization and not only health and/or flexibility. It is used in conjunction with meditation. Another practice of Hindus, which they get criticized for constantly, is vegetarianism. Hindus don't eat meat primarily because it can cause many diseases. Modern studies have proven that vegetarians have better

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