Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Story of Sindus

When Persians invaded India during 6th century BC, They called the practices flourished beyond the river Indus as Hindu. In Persian the letter H and S are pronounced almost same so they mistook the Sind (Sanskrit name for the river Indus) as Hind and started calling Hindus. The discipline having no founder for itself and is in existence from the time undefined does not refer to itself as Hinduism. It was referred as Sanathana Dharma. It is not a religion. It is "A Way of Life" of People from Himalayas to Kanyakumari. Even Gautama Buddha and Mahavira taught the basic truths of life and how to overcome sorrow and misery. But in later stage their teachings were followed as religions.

In Ancient time there was very little tendency in our country to find out truths by historical research. They lived over their faith and belief than the data. This habit slowly resulted in corruption of ancient historical data. "India prior to 800 A.D produced philosophers and writers who accepted Man as the Supreme Being. India after 800 A.D. adopted quite a different outlook. The ideas proposed by writers and commentators were now mostly matters of belief and faith, colored by religion, mysticism and caste. There was Heaven and Hell. Not Man but God was held to be supreme".1 People of India after 800 A.D did not realize them self as special, instead they saw their ancestors as Supreme Being.

1 "The Gita as it was, Rediscovering the Original Bhagavadgita" by Phulgenda Sinha. page - ix.

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