Frequently Asked Questions

The Hindu Hub Frequently Asked Questions

 

Thank you for all your questions. Below are our answers to your queries. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to engage with us to clarify any of the questions or answers or to exchange ideas on more teachings from our scriptures.

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Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma is a way of life that aligns to a wealth of knowledge revealed to a group of people (rshis) thousands of years ago. This knowledge comprises of values, principles and practices that help one uncover the unknown in life and this universe. It also helps one to succeed in ones life. It is a body of knowledge that's relevant to every human being as fundamentally our desires and aspirations are universal. Therefore, anyone can call himself/herself a Hindu, if one is open to this knowledge and at least endeavor to live a life based on the values, which are part of that knowledge bank.

Hinduism is not a religion in the sense that it has no single founder or a single fixed set of rigid rules. Hinduism is a religion, if that means a set of beliefs based on a set of tried and tested principles, that help one to manage one's life better. The knowledge covers all aspects of life and provides enough choices to the individual in the way one practices these principles. Hence it is also called a way of life.

The knowledge comprises of unchanging universal principles that are timeless and therefore it is aptly called Sanatana Dharma (timeless way of life). These have been tried and tested, experienced even now by the practitioners. One can close their eyes to these principles, but they still govern our life, like the force of gravity. There are also aspects of Hinduism that changes with time - that makes the practices current and relevant.

We believe that this knowledge should stay & grow detached from any personality/individual and also freely available to those who want to learn. Knowledge spread through the lens of a personality tend to benefit those whose life goals align with that personality. Our objective is to make the knowledge accessible to all and give them the choice to think about their own goals. There were many people who aligned with these objectives and found a lot value in learning this knowledge. Hence this organization was born of the desire of those who benefitted from the knowledge and not by those who imparted this knowledge.

No. One does not need not be a Hinduism practitioner in order to attend our programs. On the contrary, we encourage every one to attend our programs irrespective of their current practices, so that we learn from each other and even have healthy dialogues that expand our learning and applications. All are welcome!

In Hinduism, a pilgrimage or 'yatra' is described in detail in various puranas. The purpose of a pilgrimage is the to earn 'Punya' or merits by doing an act of devotion. The pilgrimage comes to close with the 'darshan' of the deity or the final destination. In some cases, the yatra comes to an end only after returning to the starting point.

There are many benefits to the pilgrim in addition to Punya, which falls in the category of values. The pilgrim as she prepares for the journey practices a disciplined life style, with a single focus and even taking on some austerities in daily life. She is watchful of her thoughts and actions to maintain the standards of purity. She perseveres challenges with focus on the goal and demonstrates patience. She lives a simple life of devotion, prayers and surrounded by the symbols of devotion. These practices allow one to attain purity of mind, develop discipline, cultivate simplicity, demonstrate compassion, be resilient and grateful. In summary, the pilgrim develops mental, emotional and intellectual maturity while getting deeply involved in devotion.

A hindu prays to her favourite God form(s) out of the knowing that all forms represent the one and only God principle. Our scriptures loudly proclaim the fact the nature of God is one, but people connect to God through their preferred forms.

Hinduism is built on a knowledge repository presented to us through thousands of scriptures, many of them are lost in time. The knowledge base covers a variety of topics relate to creation, God, life styles, art, war, wealth, politics, temple construction, civil codes, liberation, fire sacrifices, meditation, yoga and many more. There is no single text to follow unlike other religions. The four 'Veda' form the foundation of the practices. One usually does not start with Veda as it needs to be learned through a teacher. Puranas, Itihasa (Ramayana etc.), texts on hinduism written by some of the contemporary teachers etc. would be a good place to begin. Please seek advice from a teacher based on a discussion on your specific needs, goals in life and stage of your life.

Hinduism accept the fact that we are all different in our disposition, preferences and goals in life. The philosophy not insist that same formula works for all. Based on the readiness of the individual, family tradition, preferences and life goals, one may choose to follow one of the many traditions. One may switch from one to the other or explore multiple traditions. There is no ranking in terms of quality of traditions - all are valid means to the end goal as long as scriptures are adhered to.

The predominant traditions (sampradaya) are three - Vaishnava, Shaiva and Shakta. In addition there are others such as Ganapatya, Saura etc. The Vaidika tradition encapsulates all the other scripturally legitimate traditions and accepts various modes of practices.

WISH is a credible academic globally accessible learning environment that suits the need of part time students of Hinduism. What makes WISH unique is its presence in Asia, with its in hub in Singapore and its rigorous academic roots unassociated with any Guru traditions, but firmly rooted in scriptures. WISH has partnered with leading institutions in the world with similar vision and values. WISH offers multiple modes of instruction leveraging internet as a platform for distant learning. WISH is operated by professionals in the field - both in Hinduism as well as contemporary sciences of Adult Learning, Leadership & Management, Psychology and Organization Development. WISH believes that anyone in the society who is interested and motivated could learn Hinduism without having to give up anything in life.

WISH is part of a non-profit organization The Hindu Hub which operates on donations. THH continues to offer short learning sessions free of cost to those who are keen to progress in their spiritual journey. WISH on the other hand, is meant for those who are academically inclined, research focused, wants a credible diploma and even explore professions in Hinduism. WISH has cost involved in remunerating our local and international teachers, learning infrastructure, text book materials and other associated resources. Hence we have decided to charge a fees for the programs, thus ensuring sufficient learning resources and commitment from the learners.

Any one irrespective of any distinguishing factors - race, religion, gender, nationality etc. - are invited to join us. We are committed to an inclusive culture and open exploratory learning paradigm, where dialogues and debates are welcome. Please check to see if there are pre-requisites for WISH courses, that you plan to enrol.

Some of our teachers are traditionally trained under a renowned teacher who comes from a tradition (sampradaya) and others are academically trained in reputed organizations. We place emphasis on what is documented in our scriptures in our teaching and follow a pedagogy accepted by the tradition. We do not teach from opinions, personal experiences, teachers outside the accepted traditions, or any diluted forms of scriptures. We do not follow any of the Guru traditions. We refer to the scriptures and document the source wherever possible. We welcome questions on the source of information share and we invite you to engage in conversations with us to extend the learning and clarify the logic.

THH and WISH follows Vaidika Sampradaya (tradition), which is open and accepting of other traditions that does not contradict the scriptures of Hinduism namely our Vedas. Wherever possible our references are picked from Sruti (Vedas and Agamas), Smrti (Bhagavat Gita etc.) and words of a Sishta (a person accepted as a traditional teacher). In the absence of such references, we tend to fall back on inferences based on logic and accepted practices that does not contradict Sruti, common sense and logic. In summary, we stay committed to share knowledge from scriptures without compromising its spirit and purport.

Hindu Business Network is a support and collaboration platform for anyone who is involved in a business or plan to get involved. This is an opportunity to network, exchange services, build partnerships and showcase your business. Budding entrepreneurs, successful business owners, service providers, consultants, vendors, those who want to explore self employment opportunities, freelance professionals and anyone who want to learn about running businesses are welcome to join.

THH is a non-profit organization that runs on donations. We accept donations and sponsorships to run our operations. We do not charge fees for our sessions unless under special circumstances. WISH operates under THH and charges fees for the academic programs to cover the cost involved and compensate our teachers. We publish our accounts on our web site after audit and you are welcome to review them. We also invite you to provide us suggestions to help us become efficient, prosperous and more impactful, in service of others.

At THH, we believe in learning and sharing knowledge from our scriptures in a way that is practical, simple and useful. We believe that access to this knowledge should be unconditional without barriers of entry - no fees, no boundaries in terms of race, religion or gender. We believe that sharing knowledge and serving others are equivalent to worship. We believe that Hinduism is a great tradition, way of life and a philosophy, that should reach far and wide in practice. We believe we should take pride in our traditions and be confident of who we are. We believe that prosperity, wealth, success and pleasure can go hand in hand with spiritual growth.