Karma: The Way of Action

Karma the Way of ActionKarma (literally “action”) is a teaching on the consequences of actions: every action that a human being performs will leave an “imprint” or have its consequences. Teachings on the path of karma from the Bhagavad Gita and Mahatma Gandhi encourage Hindus to live a life of renunciation while engaging actively in the world.... Read more about Karma: The Way of Action

Bhakti: The Way of Devotion

Bhakti: The Way of DevotionBhakti – devotion to the divine – is based on another interpretation of Vedanta: that the soul and the Divine are not One, but inexpressibly, mysteriously, both One and distinct, allowing for a relationship of love. This loving devotion, bhakti, is expressed through songs, hymns, offerings, dances, and plays. ... Read more about Bhakti: The Way of Devotion

Veda: Scripture and Authority

Veda Scripture and AuthorityThe Vedas (literally “wisdom”), are key religious texts. They consist of four collections of hymns, philosophical teachings and instructions that are recited verbally: the Sama Veda (chants and melodies), the Rig Veda (hymns to different gods), the Yajur Veda (ritual instructions), and the Atharva Veda (popular incantations and folklore). Other prominent religious texts, like the epic Mahabharata, are often called “the Fifth Veda.”... Read more about Veda: Scripture and Authority

Agni: The Fire Altar

Agni: The Fire AltarAgni and the fire altar occupy a central role in the Hindu tradition; they are integral to domestic rituals as well as temple consecration. The Vedas noted that historically, Brahmin priests were tasked with starting and handling the fire. ... Read more about Agni: The Fire Altar

Many Gods and One

Many Gods and OneThe Hindu tradition acknowledges different forms and representations of the divine, all understood in their relation to the supreme being, Brahman. In a single temple, for example, there may be a central sanctum dedicated to Shiva or Vishnu along with auxiliary shrines to different deities. ... Read more about Many Gods and One

A Context for Diversity

A Context for Diversity“The one and the many” reflects the Hindu philosophy of India as well as the exchanges between India and the West. Hindu practices influence and are influenced by other religious traditions in India; the diversity of different religions continue to create dynamic patterns of interrelation.... Read more about A Context for Diversity

What Does “Hindu” Mean?

What Does Hindu MeanThe term “Hindu” was first used by people outside of the tradition (particularly by the Greeks and the Persians) to refer to people who reside beyond the Indus/Sindhu River. Hindus today worship different deities and form complex social systems. The similarities of beliefs between Hindus include affirming that the Brahman or the Divine are always present in the universe in different forms, that it takes many lifetimes for self-realization to occur, and that one’s actions will contribute to the soul’s journey in the next life.... Read more about What Does “Hindu” Mean?

Hindu Priest Brutally Attacked Outside Temple, Faith Groups Blame Trump's Attack On Immigrants| Newsweek

July 22, 2019
Faith groups are urging that hate crime charges be brought forward against a man accused of attacking a Hindu priest in New York. Swami Harish Chander Puri Ji was beaten as he was walking down the street in religious attire near to the Shiv Shakti Peeth temple in Glen Oak, Queens, on the morning of July 18. According to Pixx11, the suspect is alleged to have shouted "this is my neighborhood" during the attack. Sergio Gouveia, 52, was later arrested on... Read more about Hindu Priest Brutally Attacked Outside Temple, Faith Groups Blame Trump's Attack On Immigrants| Newsweek