Myths About Hinduism
Hinduism is not another religion, rather it is a way of life. It is a dharma. Dharma is not a religion. Rather, it is the rule that supervises all action. Most of the misconceptions and myths about Hinduism arise from the misinterpretation that it is a religion.
Hinduism is a Modern Term
There is no reference in the scriptures to Hindus or Hinduism. These are anachronisms that did not exist in the original lexicon. They have been coined to suit different needs in various points of history.
More of a Culture
There is no single founder or holy book that governs Hinduism. Its followers do not have to adhere to any single idea. Therefore, it is more of a culture than a religion.
More than Spirituality
Apart from spirituality, Hindu scriptures include works on engineering, medicine and science. So, Hinduism cannot be called a religion per se, or even a school of metaphysics. It is definitely not ‘other wordly’.
A Very Old Culture
There is evidence that Hinduism existed even in circa 10,000 B.C. The first vernal equinox mentioned in the Rig Veda, pertains to the star Ashwini, which occurred around 10,000 B.C. The Rig Veda contains many astronomical concepts. The numerous references to the river Saraswati in the Rig Veda, indicate it was composed before 6500 B.C.
Not a Polytheistic Religion
The many deities in Hinduism give rise to the belief that it is polytheistic. However, the Rig Veda says that the truth (Brahman, God, etc.) is one, though Hindus may have various names for it. The multiple deities indicate the spiritual hospitality of the Hindus. A Hindu is free to choose his deity based on his spiritual competence. Hinduism asserts that even the transient contains the unchanging reality or Brahman.