Monday, June 18, 2012

Psychology of Hinduism (Part 1)

Yentharo mahanubhavu, anthariki vandhanamu - Shri Thyagaraja

Rough translation - "all great souls, I salute you."

I have been thinking about concepts of God, organized religion etc. I have scratched the surface of  teachings of various gurus. As far as I am concerned, I see God and (organized or otherwise) Religion as two distinct concepts/entities.

I find, that the concept "god" not very different when It comes to major religions. Unlike Christianity, Islam, Judaism there is no "Single" book that you can refer to  understand how God is defined in Hinduism. By and large the upanishads' define god as formless, and something that you cant see, hear, touch etc and omni-potent and omni-present.

Over a period of time, I began to develop my own opinions about people and their behavior, how they react to what happens to them etc, which I loosely call Psychology.

I intend to share what I THINK/BELIEVE are the fundamental principles that govern some of the practices followed by Hindus, are rooted in some aspects of Psychology.

Click here for the second part, where I explore the concepts of worship, idol worship, prayers etc
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