Originally posted by Mary Rose
reply to post by spy66
How do the Hindu and Buddhist religions fit in?
Firstly, AMAZING thread... i would say you've hit the nail on the head almost perfectly
Hinduism & Buddhism to apply simply, was modeled to be a way of life.
Hinduism, as most are aware is one of the earliest "religions" or beliefs in known human history.
the vast number of scriptures are almost impossible for a normal (work-home) individual to probably complete in one educated life time.
Buddhism is an off shoot of Hinduism, which has incorporated some of the aspects from the "parent"
Buddhism is concise comparatively, with no GOD as such but Buddha being the God like figure & the "prayers" being meditation. It's main concepts
revolve around peace & humanity.
Hinduism over time, i believe has been "hijacked" by people for mental satisfaction where the need to prove one religion greater than the next & one
God superior to the other.
Most Hindus today probably have forgotten the roots, origins and primary teachings of Hinduism and turned more towards belief in unlimited number of
gods, unlimited types of rituals, prayer services etc.
But honestly speaking, to understand ANYTHING about Hinduism, it greatly advised to read the original scriptures such as the 4 Vedas, Upanishads,
Gita, Kamasutra (this is not a sex guide as most people perceive) in its original form, Sanskrit. when the British invaded India, there were a number
of authors & educated people who were fascinated by the wealth of knowledge and have translated the works in English.
Similarly, the Nazis were also extremely amazed at the knowledge in these ancient scriptures, that they carefully (read - did not plunder) translated
to German. Almost every text on Hinduism is available in German.
That is the origin of the Nazi SWASTIKA which is originally a symbol of Good Luck in Hinduism. So is the Star.
Hope this helps!
Thanks again for this wonderful post. You are on the right track, you will reach your "destination" sooner than later
Star & Flag to you.