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A Hindu —- What is a Hindu? Hinduism under construction.


Hinduism Under Construction

What is a Hindu?

1. A Hindu, having the eyes, knowledge, and awareness for Intellect (right from wrong).  
2. It is understanding Arhata, who is fit for worthiness. 
3. It is following the rules of samsara, the “Conditioned life.”
4. It is living by example.  
5. It is doing your duty – “karthavyam deva mangikam.
6. It is realizing Karma, that for every thought, deed and action there is a manifestation happening bigger than our universe.
7. It is following the guidance of a Guru or realizing who the teacher is that may have opened your eyes.
8. It is yada yada hi dharmasaya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tada atamanam srjamya aham. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasya ca dustkrtam dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge. One of the favorites verses in all of Bhagavad Gita. It is belief that god will come through for the good, the righteous and the just, millennium after millennium.
9. It is an awakening or enlightenment, a type of wisdom associated with knowledge – Jna.
10. It is a realization of being aware of your own 5 senses or the Indriyas. 
11. It is a realization and consciousness of the self.
12. It is about Dharma, the eternal law of this universe and its manifestation. Truthful living, righteousness and duty that which you treasure.* The greater good each individual feels and one hopes for in this world.
13. It is knowing each individual you meet has atma (the soul). That which cannot be killed or murdered. Also not every soul on this earth is divine, it is that every soul is only potentially divine. It is for us to discover that divinity in our lives.
14. It is using your consciousness to be your guide.
15. It is having faith and bhakti (Devotion) towards God, that pour through your eyes. The foremost sense and aspect of worshipping God and surrender.
16. It is looking into and seeing with your eyes the “expression of others eyes” in way you can see their ttava (behaviours)/prakriti (nature) /gunas (character traits)
17. It is understanding the value and values of education.
18. It is meditating on Om.
19. It is seeing things for what they are and people for who they are – admiring them or keeping your own self-respect.

20. It is respecting “Guru” or really respecting what we value the most — the learning.

21. It is seeing the Maya and yet not fully being able to understand its manifestation.

22. It is living by God’s principles, the moral,  ethical way to transforming the self. Why else would anyone need religion?

23. It is embracing the power of: shradha, siddhi, buddhi.*
24. It is understanding the expression: Children are equal to god – in purity.
25. It is understanding the values in education of sanskriti, sampradaya and samskar.
26. It is seeing the wealth of sadhana (practice) to understand the term perfection.
27. It is understanding what god has blessed you with, Anna (food). And that is the term in Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit for food.
28. It is Anatha ——- Orphan —that does not have neither beginning nor end.

Are you a Hindu?

Do you see a resemblance based on your foundation, upbringing and experience?

How does one see this, as a Hindu, non hindu and how you may or may not even know a Hindu? A priceless ques. for you.

How do you measure each of these? *

Do you still consider yourself a Hindu after reading this post?

What do you think the difference is? where this is coming from? That is also something to learn from about a person and ourselves.

Thank you for taking the time to read it!


What is that reality that inhabits in each of us that is beyond all change, are the words of Deepak Chopra. To that I say, it is the soul. The reality that holds our personality, ego and body is our soul. Our essential state with, or otherwise in the end. Knowing that we are the soul, each of us have a svabhava (an innate prakrit quality) is important to know. Svabhava (prakriti/ innate quality) is not the same as a person’s Gunnas (qualities in behavior, trained/untrained) or ttavas (the way of thinking). Svabhava is one’s own mentality behind behaviors or way of thinking, that seed or gift you are born with, that shapes personality/nature, can help transform if you know it.  One must look within to understand this of the body. It is the essential state, that you have mastered of the self. That answer is within, when we are at a spiritual place, and know our own bodies in truth, and are aware that we are the soul. Here are somethings to examine. What is it about the self, you love with a teardrop, that no one can touch or change or take away, that you know of and gathered of self, to be the self and in a way that you are happy and still honor that experience of the soul? What have you discovered about yourself through meditation, in silence, through experience, and in solitude? Hope it is the self that knows the difference now among others, your soul. And the self that is still aware of the four walls of our existence, keeping the idea of prakriti (the greatness of nature, the ever changing nature in all that surrounds us) and Sristi (that which creates in this world). It is what is in GOd’s control and the nature of our ever changing experience and what is manifested.  The reality nonetheless is the body’s soul, what you have come to discover of the self, for the evolution of the self of one’s soul. When we realize our essential state is the soul we understand our duty and purpose through yoga. It is this reality that teaches us harmony with our body’s soul.

Dharma – What is Dharma?


Dharma Chakra


Dharma is:

1.  It is doing what is right/just.  It is the code of right conduct.

2. It is doing your duty to your family.

3. It is doing your duty for the society.

4. It is doing your duty with purpose, understanding karma.

5. It is following the principles of right conduct (Dharma) — a way of life.

6. It is upholding Dharma  — The principles of justice and fairness.



1. Doing what is right and just and following the right code of conduct.

What does that look like?  It is following the right conduct by doing what is right.  One cannot mistreat a person based on caste, creed and status. That is not “right” in terms of Dharma.  One cannot mistreat a person for their obstacles in life. That is not Dharma. One cannot be involved in scandalous behavior and participate in activities that are not right for the mind and body.  All of these behaviors promote adharma.  All those adhering to the right behaviors, character and thinking, they promote Dharma.

2. It is doing your duty to your family.

How do you do that? By taking responsibility for your duty to family one upholds the dharma. Dharma or duty to family lies in sacrifices and not self centered in motives.

3. It is doing your duty for the society.

Helping the poor, volunteering, and donating food is one’s Dharma.  It is done for the common good of the society. Does one’s place in society define their duty for society? Always yes! Sometimes being blessed with status allows for people to contribute to the society. Doing your duty for the society for the good of others, shows your real value in the society, it shapes your buddhi (intellect) and”perhaps” karma.

4.  It is doing your duty with purpose and understanding karma.

Dharma is not a spiritual progression like karma, Jna, Bhakti, siddhi and buddhi.  Dharma is purpose driven. Each individual has a purpose, should see their life with purpose.  A life that does not uphold or take responsibility for themselves, body and behaviors will eventually face that karma.  For a person to be in the spiritual progression they need to do their duty and what it is they treasure about life inorder to have good karma in life. Doing duty for an aspect in life that one teasures with purpose and understanding has influence on ones karmanas. Having and doing duty with purpose shapes the the evolution of one’s consciousness and makes Dharma possible.

5. It is following the principles of right conduct (Dharma) — a way of life.

Dharma is upholding the religious, cultural values and a way of life.  Is education only good for buying luxuries and living a comfortable life? What good is education that we value so much when people cannot uphold the religious principles and it’s Dharma. It is dharma of the caste to do the duty of their caste to the society.  Dharma also comes from walking on the ground.  Even in Ramayan, the princes had plough the ground, and went begging for food. Therefore it is important to see and honor the surface, the ground that you walk on to understand Dharma.

6. It is upholding Dharma — The principles of fairness and justice.

Dharma is Just. It is right.  It is just because it follows the right rules of conduct or behavior.  How can one follow the right rules of conduct or behavior?  You hold the principal of fairness and justice and standing up for it. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna had to uphold dharma, for himself, for his family and for the country. To do what is right in his life.  What is done wrongful in other’s part, Dharma has to stand up for it.  Dharma is not a coward, it is righteousness and truthful living. It happens in action. It is seen in action, done in action. It is more than a duty/responsibility, it is UPHOLDING the principles of fairness and justice for the good of all.

When I think of the words “upholding the dharma” I think of the verse yada yada hi dharmasya (4.7).  God says, where there is adharma (injustice), or mistreatment I shall come again and again to rise for justice. One verse, I have come to love.

In essence, however you look at Dharma, it stands for the eternal law of this universe, and how our matter manifests in this universe.


The difference between Om and Aum



OM is —– The spirit of God, the sound, vibration of this universe that is the absolute truth.


What is Aum then?

AUM is a representation of the three Gods in three planes.


The representation of the three Gods:

A — Stands for Shiva — the past, the birth, rebirth and reincarnation.

U — Stands for Vishnu — the present, the time/space of our universe

M — Stands for Brahma — the future, the manifestation/creation of our universe Om.


The three planes of existence:

Bhur Bhuva Svah

Bhur — Earth —- Lord Shiva

Bhuva — In the sky — Lord Vishnu

Svah — In space — Bharm


Therefore, AUM represents the past, present and future.  If you say — the names of Shiva, Vishnu and Bhrama, they do sound true to their representation — past, present and future.

On Namaste



On Namaste

What does Namaste Mean?

a. Please come again —–

b. I see the god in me in you

c. I think you are god

d. I respect you —– you are like God.

e. My salutations and oblations to you —


A sense of admiration. And greater thanks!

The inner meaning really implies I am grateful to you as I would be to God.

It is the highest form of respect and regard Hindu’s have traditionally held for another human being.

It also shows Sanskar and one’s place in society.

In essence, we bring our hands together to show respect, admiration and thanks.

On karma and Sacrifice 3.15




karma brahmodbhavaḿ viddhi brahmākṣara-samudbhavam

tasmat sarvagatam brahma nityam yajne pratisthitam


Karma — the past actions

Barhmodbhavam — are the vast dwelling of Brahma

Viddhi — the way it is or the manner in which

Brahmaksara – brahma’s writing of letters or fate

Samudbhavam —- like the ocean.

Tasmat — therefore

Sarvagatam — the entire past

Brahma –is with  brahma

Nityam — we are eternally

Yajne —  sacrificing

Pratisthitam — for the status of reputation.

Full Meaning:

The past actions rest in the vast dwelling of brahma, the manner in which brahma’s writing of letters (our fate) is like the ocean. Therefore the entire past is with Brahma, we are eternally sacrificing, for the status of reputation or for our reputation.


What it says in Prabhupada’s Gita about Text 3.15

Regulated activities are prescribed in the vedas, and the vedas are directly manifested from the supreme personality of Godhead. Consquently the all-pervading transcendence is eternally situated in acts of sacrifice.

Ramayana: Guru’s final message



Ramayana — Guru’s final message


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Pay attention to Guru’s message at 2:21 sec .

“On this occasion of leave taking… I initiate you into the final wisdom. True knowledge liberates. That is real learning is that which frees you. Now I free you — from all the percepts I gave you. Now the mantra to traverse the path of life is —Atma deepo Bhava – express yourself in the way that lights your soul.  That is, you need not take my percepts with blind faith. Use your knowledge (knowledge that you gained) and discriminating intellect to decide your own duty and the path you choose in life.” 

The guru in his final message defined the true purpose of education. You learn from the Guru till you can’t learn anymore, and use that knowledge and discriminating intellect to decide YOUR OWN DUTY and path in life. I would also like to add that not only did he define the true purpose of education but defined the nature of education. You study till you can’t study anymore and then you question everything till you arrive at answers again. Now, Guru has taught me what the words Guru means.

Now I know why they compare Guru to Brahma, vishnu and masheshwara in the prayer our duty to or learning is equivalent to just that prayer.

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur devo masheswara

gurusakhat tasmai guruve namaha.