Thursday, July 14, 2016


Hinduism is open source

We first had the wisdom of the Vedas. Then came the Vedanta period (end of the Vedas) and people relied on the Upanishads. Finally the Ramayan and Mahabharat became the most popular books of Hinduism. They had their own philosophies which steadily took forward the narrative as the centuries went by.

Animal slaughter existed in ancient Vedic times, but we adopted peaceful temple worship and vegetarianism, further endorsed by Buddhism and Jainism. Hinduism is not a static religion but the most dynamic religion in the world. After the success of the open course software movement, a lot of people realized that Hinduism too was open course.

Whether it's software or religion: The future is open source.

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4. Hinduism is a huge believer in woman power

Gods and goddesses rule India in equal measure. If Ganesh Puja is the life of Mumbai, Kali Puja is the highlight of Kolkata. The river Ganga symbolizes the goddess and Vaishno Devi is a top pilgrimage centre in North India. Shakti is woman empowerment. Shakti is the power of the feminine divine which can be tapped by both men and women.

Says the Shaktisangama Tantra...

Woman is the creator of the universe,

The universe is her form,

Woman is the foundation of the world,

She is the true form of the body.

Very few traditions in the world talk of the feminine in such a fashion. In Hinduism, at the divine and cosmic level, there is nothing to distinguish the masculine and the feminine

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