Vedanta & Hinduism Category

Vedanta...formerly Hinduism...but some Hinduism too...the Religious One...
I don't care about cultures, but a better - If Hinduism is not a Religion, I call it Vedanta...
Vedanta seems too narrow to encompass all 6 Darshanas, and Hinduism too confusing...

Hindus - practitioners of religious duty (Dharma)
not to be confused with Indians & Indian heritage

Hinduism: Overview | 1

Hinduism is the religion of almost a billion people: While most of them are in India, there are almost 2 million in the United States and substantial numbers in Great Britain, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and East Africa. Marked by diverse beliefs, practices, and organizational structures as well as multiple chains of authority, Hinduism is one of the largest and oldest religious traditions in the world.

Path of Bhakti

The Sanskrit term Bhakti is most often translated in English as “devotion,” and the bhakti-mārga, the “path of devotion,” is understood to be one major type of Hindu spiritual practice. The bhakti-mārga is a path leading toward liberation (mokṣa) from material embodiment in our present imperfect world and the attainment of a state of abiding communion with a personally conceived ultimate reality. Thus bhakti is

Vaishnavism | Introduction

Vaishnavism is the name given to the faith and practices of those Hindus who hold Vishnu (Viṣṇu) (“the all-pervasive one”) and the goddess Lakṣmī (Lakṣmī) as supreme deities. The Sanskrit term Vaishnava (Vaiṣṇava) means “follower of Vishnu.” Devotion to Vishnu seen in the Vedas and later Sanskrit literature, amalgamated with the worship of many local deities and texts, eventually gave rise to the Vaiṣṇava faith.

Shaivism | Introduction

Shaivism is a complex body of South Asian traditions centred on the worship of the Hindu male deity Shiva, or Śiva (Sanskrit: “Auspicious One”). - Shaivism forms one of the most important currents of classical and modern Hinduism. In classical Hindu mythology Shiva is portrayed both as the destroyer, who annihilates the universe at the end of each cosmic cycle, and as the lord of

Vishnu Sahasranāma | by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa

Thousand Names of Lord Viṣṇu with the “Nāmārtha Sudhā Bhāṣya” of Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa. Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa was the foremost teacher and author of Gaudīya Vaiṣṇavism of 18th century (disappeared on 1768). For His works on Vedic wisdom he earned the Title “Vidyābhūṣaṇa” – meaning “Ornament of Knowledge”. What follows next is the commentary of Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa to the famous Viṣṇu Sahasranāma – the 1000 Names of

Śrī Lalitā Sahasranāma | Introduction

Lalitā Triśati and Lalitā Sahasranāma Stotram are dialogues between the sage Agastya and the God Hayagrīva as recorded in Brahmāṇḍa-Purāṇa, which is well known for the extolling Śrī Lalitā Devī. Lalitā Triśati and Lalitā Sahasranāma are dialogues between the sage Agastya and the God Hayagrīva. It is said that the recitation of Lalitā Sahasranāma will confer great benefits on the devotee and also mentions how

Gādya Traya | 3 Poems of Śrī Rāmānuja

Śrī Rāmānuja has blessed us with nine Śrī Sūktas and Gādya Traya, the Triple Prose, which belongs the category of his latter day compositions is dedicated to the concept of Śaraṇāgati – the complete surrender to the God – Śrīman Nārāyaṇa. These 3 Poems are: 1. Śaraṇāgati Gādya, 2. Śrīraṅga Gādya and 3. Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādya. In short, the theme of the Gādya traya is

Bhakti Yoga | Swami Vivekananda | Index

BHAKTI-YOGA is a real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in Love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love to God brings us eternal freedom. “Bhakti,” says Nārada in his explanation of the Bhakti-aphorisms, “is intense love to God.”—“When a man gets it, he loves all, hates none; he becomes satisfied forever.”

Chaitanya Movement | History

What follows below and in the following attached pages – is a treatise on the History of this Chaitanya Movement – from its beginnings – in 16th century Bengal – when Chaitanya Mahāprabhu lived – up to the 1925 – when Prabhupāda Bhaktivedanta – was still a young and learning men, but didn’t create new religious organizations and teachings, as of yet... written by a

Tattvatraya | Manavala Mamunigal

Manavala Mamunigal is known as the leading Light of Teṅkalai or Southern school of Tamil Vaishnavism in 15th century and closely referred and studied up to this day, along with his root preceptor - Pillai Lokacharya (1205–1311). The current work of Manavala Mamunigal – Tattvatraya or The Three Principles of Truths – is dedicated to the 3 Essential Principles or Truths constituting the Universe –