Sometimes I receive interesting comments.
They are straight from the heart, they do not pretend they know things even though many may find it difficult to admit.
In an Ocean called Hinduism., one gets doubts all the time and one is encouraged to question it.
When I keep posting on researched articles, I find people are interested, intrigued and many have started reading Sanatana Dharma Texts, setting aside the prejudice of them being myths(propagated by the west) in anew Light.
At the same time they get some doubts and they convey it to me.
Some through direct email or by comments to the Posts .
One such comment is below.
‘Even though I am Hindu and yeah I don’t believe in idol worshipping but sometimes I doubt what was the first society or first rules made on earth whether it’s Hinduism or other Relevant religion.. Please can u light on some confusion’
It requires a Hinduism to allow you to say that you do not follow some of its tenets and yet say I am a Hindu!
Sanatana dharma does not call it as heresy.
It calls it as enquiry which it feels it ought to clarify and clear.
As to the Moral principles rules by a society for the first time in the world, it is undoubtedly Hinduism.
It is in the form of Vedas.
Vedas are nothing but the exposition of Dharma, loosely translated as righteousness.
It is much more than that.
Dharma is the Natural state of Being, unsullied by experience.
The effort of the Vedas lie in the direction of making the Pure Self to realize its pristine nature.
In this effort many deities are worshiped in the abstract form, which later became Gods with forms.
For more on this please read my posts.
In this endeavour, Hinduism lays down rules throughout the Vedas.
Right from the Rig Veda, which states,
‘bathram karnebi srunuyaama devaa”
Let Noble thoughts reach my ears from all directions, thereby indicating what is good and what is not Good.
As disipline for a Man the Taittriya Explains the duties and responsibilities of an individual.
Narayanavalli, and Ananadavalli.
In this the responsibility of a celibate, householder,the semi renounced, and the renounced are explained in detail
Not only this.
These texts expalin the necessity of respecting nature,Plants, animals, food, air.
Shikshavaali begins with ‘Annanna Nindhyaath Tat vratahm’
Take a Vow,
Never insult food( By not taking it or wasting it or eat alone
Goes on to add,
It is because of food one lives and one is made of food.
If a religion can pay so much respect to such an intricate issue, by making it a part of Teaching syllabus at the beginning, can there be any doubt which Religion, Society gave the first Rules to the Mankind?
It is Sanatana Dharma, first through the Vedas later through the Smritis, Manu Smriti being one of them.
- I shall be writing in detail on Taittiya Mantra Kosa.