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Hinduism-Truth is one, Paths are many

Hinduism has no founder or date of origin



Hinduism-Truth is one, Paths are many

The history of Hinduism is unique among the world religions. Unlike other religious traditions, Hinduism does not originate in a single founder, a single book or a single point in time. It contains many different beliefs, philosophies and viewpoints, not always consistent with each other. The origins and authors of its sacred texts are largely unknown.

Unlike the Greeks and the Egyptians, the ancient Indian scholars had very little sense of history. Hence they didn’t  left any true historical scripts of their times. The problem is compounded further by followers of different religious schools who thought, modified and improved the original scripts of their predecessors, without leaving a trace of their own identities. So for the earliest periods scholars must rely on educated guesses based on archaeology and contemporary texts.



Creation of Life as per Hinduism


Was human created by God?. There are many views about creation of Life as per Hinduism,
One of the script says the universe came into existence as a result of the sacrifice of a primeval being, Purusha, who existed even before time. The gods appear to have been his children. Purusha is dismembered by the gods. Purusha’s mind became the Moon, his eyes the Sun, the Sky came from his head, and the Earth came from his feet.

Creation of Life as per Hinduism

There is another script on how the universe started, which has no equivalent in any other tradition. The universe is actually the dream of a god who after 100 Brahma years, dissolves himself into a dreamless sleep, and the universe dissolves with him. After another 100 Brahma years, he recomposes himself and begins to dream again the great cosmic dream.



Meanwhile, there are infinite other universes elsewhere, each of them being dreamt by its own god.

Then was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it.
What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water?
Who verily knows and who can here declare it, when it was born and when comes this creation?
The Gods are later than this world's production. Who knows then whence it first came into being?
He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it,
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not.
Even the gods, even the Highest Seer in the Highest Sky, could possibly not know it all.


The Hindu insight claims that the Oneness expresses itself in many different forms.


Hinduism is not a religion it is more than that: it is a vast and complex socio-religious body which, in a way, reflects the complexity of Indian society. A rich geography, many languages and dialects, lots of different creeds, racial diversity, all these elements have shaped Hinduism and made it so heterogenic. The lack of unifying overall religious authority and the total absence of a book claiming supreme truth and dogmas have contributed to the diversity of Hinduism as well. It is fair to mention that even the texts we find in Hinduism that claim some sort of divine inspiration do not declare their view to be better than any other and they all exist together in a tolerant fashion. The many manifestations of Hinduism go from highly intellectual philosophies concerning numerous and puzzling metaphysical concerns, many rituals, mental and physical exercises such as Yoga to simple, almost childlike, tales and legends.

In Hinduism, the more the better: many gods, many books, many sages, many insights.Discussing about God’s of Hinduism, Agni, Indra, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu and Ganesha are just a few examples of very important Hindu gods that were regarded at different times and by different sects as the most important gods. Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma were part of a holy Hindu trinity known as Trimurti. Shiva is sometimes associated with the destruction process and Vishnu as the creator who takes the remains destroyed by Shiva in order to regenerate what has been destroyed. Ganesha is the most important deity. Ganesha is highly recognizable with his elephant head and human body, representing the Atman and the Maya (Soul and Body) respectively.

In this ever-growing community of endless gods and goddesses, the roles of the gods and even their hierarchy are somehow diffuse. Some gods get more attention than others and different accounts suggest different hierarchies.

Principle of many religions is - “One is better than many: One God, One Book, One Son, One Church, One Nation of God.”  In Hinduism, the more the better: many gods, many books, many sages, many insights.



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