Hindu scriptures have discussed the existence of a third gender (trtīya prakrti) alongside the genders of male and female. The third gender includes LGBTQ and has as many as 20 variations. The recognition of all the three genders have been found in Hindu medical texts, texts of jurisprudence and soteriological texts. This informs Hindus to not measure human dignity and worth by sexual orientation, fertility or the features of our body and instead to respect all beings. Hence Hinduism promotes a happy and cohesive society where no one feels harmed and instead our differences are respected.
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What is the ONE WORD that has become synonymous to Hinduism?
Yes, you guessed it right. It is Vedanta.
In my 20 years of Seva in the Hindu community locally and studying the development of Hinduism across the world, one thing appeared very clear to me. And that is the over exposure to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta and its allied school, Yoga.
Tamil literature is a vast subject that has hardly been properly dealt with and explored into by the world. If only we take a peek at the immense amount of knowledge and wisdom that is present in the Tamil literary works, we would be able to grasp the true potential of this untapped gold mine. In that attempt, we explore into the ancient, more than 2000-years old literature called Thirukkural, which is a product of the Sangam period of the Tamil history.
Our duty is explained beautifully through the above drawing. A child's responsibility towards his aging parent. Son cradles his mum with lots of compassion as he recalls all her sacrifices and hardships as she brought him up. In Hinduism, it is an obligatory religious duty of the children to look after their aged parents and provide them with decent means of living.
There are two distinct life styles - one in pursuit of Artha and Kama, while the other, a life style oriented towards attaining Moksha (liberation). A Sannyasi is an individual who has experienced a level of dispassion and discontentment with the first lifestyle of pursuing wealth, prosperity and pleasure. One makes a choice to put down (renounce) such a pursuits as this individual finds no meaning in such living. In Hinduism, there are four life stages and Sannyasa is one of them.
The Hindu Hub would like to share the awesome news about the birth of the World Institute for Hinduism (WISH). WISH is a dream come true for every Hindu around the world. Hindus from all walks of life can now learn about Hinduism at the comfort of their home. Please read about the News Release here