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As a layman if I desire to know the basic beliefs of Hinduism... the central beliefs of Hinduism around which rotates Hinduism religion... can we enumerate the core Hinduism beliefs in a manner easy to grasp by a commoner... the masses!

The major Hinduism beliefs consist of -

1. Belief in continuity of life. As per Hinduism religion... as per the sacred scriptures of Hinduism... the form of a human being is not the ultimate essence of life! There is something more than meets the eye... something that needs unveiling by fathoming the depth of wisdom contained in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism.

As per sacred Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna... the human form is but a sojourn... in the vast expanse of cosmic life that every soul atman undergoes. Hinduism firmly believes in the existence of a soul atman... the spirit within that has manifested the human form to work out its karma... remove the dross impurities within!

The continuity of life as enumerated in Hinduism is different from the concept of reincarnation rebirth as understood by most in the West. Reincarnation is the most grossly misunderstood concept world over. The definition of Reincarnation as per Wikipedia encyclopedia is rebirth of a part of body (after death of the form) in a new body.

The ignorant contributors of Wikipedia fail to realize that the concept of reincarnation can never be explained by one who has not yet reached the stage of self realization... nee enlightenment! Mahavira... the 24th Tirthankara (preceptor) of Jainism rightly said... do not preach anything unless you become a Mahavira... an enlightened one!

The concept of reincarnation... rebirth is not difficult to understand! The fact of the matter is... when something does not die... how it can take rebirth in a new body! As stated in Bhagavad Gita... the entire life of a soul atman is one single span of life... a span consisting of 8.4 million manifestations... an earthly life cycle of 96.4 million years!

Does it mean the life cycle of every soul atman consists of a journey of 96.4 million earthly years... yes, the truth is so! In its life every soul atman which is indestructible by nature... that which cannot be created or destroyed starts its cosmic journey as an amoeba (single cell formation)... The first manifestation in the cosmic life cycle!

It further evolves into multi-cell formation... then insect life, plant life, animal life and finally the form of human beings. Does it mean before reaching the stage of human beings... we as human beings have already crossed the stages of insect, plant and animal life... yes, the truth is so! The prime reason why human beings sometimes behave like insects, plants or animals!

Similar as a student continues journey from class 1 to 12... Our soul atman... the spirit within also continues its cosmic journey uninterrupted! Even though the entire cosmic life span of soul atman is one continuous journey... but no two manifestations... the journey of two life forms is ever interconnected directly... Why?

The prime reason why most human beings do not remember their past! It was never meant to be. There is a specific reason for it details of which have been clarified in various essays articles on karma. Whatever the residual balance of karma of one life becomes the opening balance for the next manifestation.

If the residual balance of karma of present life after the death of the body demands our soul atman manifesting the form of a laborer... one simply cannot manifest the form of a prince! In the cosmic system the law of karma is dominating... the controlling factor! It is only based on karma souls atmans proceeds from manifestation to manifestation... body after body!

Every soul atman does not take rebirth or reincarnate... it simply manifests a new body after death of the old body... as simple as changing of guards at Buckingham Palace! In the physical manifest domain the family weeps bereaved but in the domain of soul atman nothing much has happened. Based on the residual balance of karma the soul atman manifests a new life form.

As per Hinduism, the teaching of sacred Bhagavad Gita... human form is the highest manifest stage in the cosmic life cycle... particularly our planet Earth! Only in the human form our soul atman gains release from the cycle of birth and death forever... never otherwise! The moment human beings reached the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) all is over for the soul atman.

The beliefs in continuity of life are the most important fundamental of all Hinduism beliefs. This confirms the existence of a soul atman on its cosmic journey. This also confirms that as human beings we are the highest manifest stage in the cosmic system... our ultimate goal... gaining enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and then finally salvation (moksha).

2. The second important Hinduism belief is the existence of God Almighty... the one and only one... the Creator of the cosmic system! In Hinduism God Almighty has also been termed as Brahman, Parmatman, Creator, Karta and Sanatana Purusha! Hinduism believes in existence of only one God as the ultimate Creator of the whole cosmic system.

Still, Hinduism also believes in existence of the cosmic system... existence of life from times immemorial. How is that possible? How can both analogies withstand scrutiny and still be correct. Simply as duality is part of life in the cosmic system... the cosmic system also has duality which is best explained by the doctrine of Maya (veil of illusion) best explained by Adi Shankaracharya.

As per the doctrine of Maya (veil of illusion) if we assume the Cosmos exists from times immemorial... then what beyond... the Cosmos must have boundary. If it does have... then what beyond! The Cosmos does not seem to have a boundary. As per the doctrine of Maya... the whole cosmic system is an illusion... a dreamy state of God Almighty!

As per the doctrine of Maya the world exists only in thoughts of God Almighty. The physical manifest world that appears solid to us results from the presence of senses within human beings. When viewed from the senses point of view the whole world appears solid... truthfully... there is nothing solid in the cosmic system! Everything is gaseous in nature.

Broken down to the basic building block of the Cosmos... everything in the Cosmos is but a cluster of atoms and molecules. Every human being... every object is but a gaseous formation... a cluster of atoms and molecules! When perceived from senses point of view things appear solid... in the domain of God... in the world of souls' atmans nothing solid exists in the cosmic system.

It is also a proven fact that when God Almighty explodes self with a big bang... the whole Cosmos gets created. Finally, God Almighty is the Creator of the cosmic system! The moment God Almighty explodes self with a big bang... God Almighty (the cluster of all purified souls atmans in the Cosmos) disperses all over the Cosmos at unimaginable speed.

The prime reason why the saying... God is everywhere! If an individual grain of sand is an independent soul atman... the whole mound... the whole cluster God Almighty! All pure souls atmans in the Cosmos at the time of big bang which had combined together to form the volume of half a thumb now due to explosion of the big bang scatter all over.

In the melee... the purified souls' atmans gather impurities similar as a rolling ball gathers moss! And starts the cosmic journey of every soul atman! From the beginning of life the goal of every soul atman remains... regaining its original pure prime pristine primordial form at the earliest. From the first manifestation to the last... the 8.4 million manifestation... the goal of life for every soul atman remains regaining its original purified form at the earliest.

This becomes possible when human beings gain enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha). The purified soul atman having liberated forever from the cycle of birth and death gains entry into the abode of God... the kingdom of God (aka Vaikuntha in Hinduism). The portals of Vaikuntha are one way entry.

The purified souls' atmans having reached Vaikuntha... the kingdom of God need not leave again. Having gained absolute purity the need for the soul atman to manifest a new body ceases to exist. The karma having burnt forever... the purified soul atman lives in Vaikuntha... remains in the kingdom of God until Pralaya (dissolution of the Cosmos) occurs.

From the above we shall visualize that God Almighty is the Creator of the cosmic system yet, the Cosmos seems to exist from times immemorial... for the prime reason it does not seem to have a boundary. If it does have... then what beyond! To understand the intricacies of the cosmic system we need assimilating the wisdom contained in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism.

For an enlightened one it is not difficult to analyze and fathom the inner meaning of all 700 shlokas (verses) contained in Bhagavad Gita. To believe in existence of God is difficult for some... but for serious seekers of spirituality... believing in God Almighty is the first step forward! In absence of absolute faith in God Almighty nothing much can be achieved on the spiritual platform.

3. A very important Hinduism belief is belief in the fact that every human being has the potential to become a Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or prophet Mohammed! As per Hinduism... as per the teachings of sacred Bhagavad Gita... the journey in human form is the last leg of cosmic life for the soul atman.

Contrary to beliefs of Christianity that Jesus Christ is a son of God... one different from human beings Hinduism teachings believe in the cosmic truths of life... that have always withstood the test of time. Believing in the fact that Jesus Christ is a son of God is a misnomer. God Almighty is not the form of human beings... it is a cluster of pure cosmic energy!

In the circumstances to misguide the humanity that Jesus Christ is a son of God is being fundamentalist... something that gives rise to fanatic tendencies... the prime reason why Christianity is doomed to failure in the coming times... the prime reason why people await the coming of Antichrist.

It is one who shall unveil to the masses the flaws of Christianity... the inherent basic flaws! Without a foundation, Christianity would die its own death! Such a one who exposes the flaws of Christianity would be termed Antichrist even though this messiah... the awaited Bhagwan Kalki would be a truthful person... one who develops a following of 2000 million people world over!

If we look into the fundamentals of spirituality... we would find no matter what all human beings have to take the same path... the path of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha). No one comes from the top... there is nothing like a son of God... and even the concept of an Avatar (God manifesting a human form) in Hinduism is a farce. Why?

A single loner... an independent human being developing a following of about 2000 million people... what would be termed one... nothing much than a true son of God! Does not mean one is truly a son of God... a non existent being! God Almighty is the combined power of all souls' atmans in the Cosmos at a given point of time.

Lord Krishna... an Avatar of his era (God manifest in human form) was termed an Avatar in Hinduism for the prime reason that as a young kid he had supernatural powers. The existence of supernatural powers does not mean the incumbent is God Almighty himself manifesting human form.

When Joan of Arc... a commoner... a young girl took the reins of France and changed the destiny of mankind... what more can be expected of travelers of the spiritual path... those who have gained enlightenment and salvation. When power flows from the barrel of a gun... the world recognizes that power!

What when supernatural powers are demonstrated by a young kid... something inconceivable by all standards! For a commoner... the mass... the likes of Lord Krishna is nothing but God Almighty himself. One is termed a messiah... God Almighty in human form! I again repeat God Almighty never takes the form of a human being... no never under any circumstance!

As time demands... when the situation is ripe... a commoner... one amongst us dons the mantle of an enlightened one combined with powers of Chanakya (the most able administrator world has ever seen). Such a one would be termed Bhagwan Kalki in present times... the awaited messiah of the present era... the one and only one... the stated 10th Avatar of Lord Vishnu!

4. One another important belief of Hinduism is the doctrine of karma... the ultimate master and controller of all things cosmic! In absence of the laws of karma... the entire Cosmos simply could not sustain! If the Cosmos exists... so do the laws of karma! In absence of karma... it would just be impossible for a soul atman to manifest a form of life to remove dross impurities within!

The doctrine of karma has never been understood rightly by people in the West. As per laws of karma... we are always supposed to work in a fashion... in a manner that we never attach self to the fruits of karma performed. As per Bhagavad Gita every single individual human being must live life Nishakama karma way... as lived by JRD Tata... a Karma Yogi par excellence!

As per JRD Tata... every single individual human being is just a trustee of God! As per JRD Tata nothing truly belongs to any human being. Whatever we see with the physical manifest eyes... everything belonged to God Almighty! We are simply an instrument in the hands of God... always supposed to work as a true trustee taking care of everything on behalf of God Almighty!

The world has yet to see another Karma Yogi... as excellent as JRD Tata... one who truly believed in the simplicities of life! Living life Nishakama karma way is an important ingredient on the path of pure spirituality. Belief in Nishakama karma way of life is a fundamental teaching of Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna!

Until human beings kept themselves attached to the fruits of karma performed... there is no point traveling the spiritual path... the prime reason why only two persons world over gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) in the last about 150 years. Only two persons amongst a population exceeding 7 billion... traveling the path of spirituality definitely is difficult!

King Janaka... Father of Sita in Ramayana was a Karma Yogi par excellence. King Janaka all his life performed karma Nishakama karma way! Even while taking care of his country and countrymen... the whole administration he never even once attached self to the fruits of karma performed... King Janaka gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) in his lifetime!

To cut the shackles of karma... to free self from the bondage of karma is extremely difficult in the present materialistic world yet, not impossible! Dominated by a bloated ego... most human beings find it difficult to practice forgiveness... the inner strength and fundamental principle of Nishakama karma way of life.

Unless we have the power of forgiving one... we simply cannot live life Nishakama karma way! To become a true trustee of God... to travel the path of spirituality unhindered... performing karma Nishakama karma way is the fundamental necessity... something that can never be overlooked! In present times how many people do we find working Nishakama karma way.

Even technical stalwarts like Bill Gates... the chief architect of Microsoft Corp bitterly fail on this point. Bill Gates does not understand even the fundamental principles of spirituality... how one can be expected to take care of the community at large! Donating huge sums of money for the Aids foundation does not mean anything... true charity always begins at home.

Madame Curie... a Karma Yogi par excellence gave away her life for the sake of community. In her search for radium in pitchblende... her body was totally scarred in the end. At no stage of life she had enough money to leave a sustainable life. In all situations of life she always ploughed through... searching for radium was as important to her as the meals and her living!

Furthermore it is the doctrine of karma through which the chromosomes from one manifest life passes to another... the new form of life! After the death of body based on the residual balance of karma of the present manifestation... the soul atman manifests a new body and starts a new journey of life. The closing balance of one life becomes the opening balance of the next!

Based on the doctrine of karma... life moves uninterrupted from one manifestation to another... body after body! Understanding the fundamentals of karma is essential for human beings... particularly the travelers of spiritual path! How many people in the West truly understand what karma is? The physical action hardly constitutes 10% of the job... 90% is mental... inherent!

The moment the entire karma dissolves... the need for the soul atman to manifest a new body ceases to exist. This is the stage when human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)... the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... the stage of nothingness when one can have a dialogue with God Almighty on one-to-one basis... and that too permanently!

Similar as human form has four stages in life... as per Sacred Bhagavad Gita presuming a human life span of hundred years... the initial 25 years is the time for learning... gaining Wisdom to excel in the physical manifest world! Next 25 years are meant to work... engage in a profession... develop a family in a meaningful manner until the children grow up, marry and get settled in life.

The Next 25 years is the period of contemplation when we get time to learn the basics of life... the fundamental essentials of the spiritual path! The time for reckoning... when apart from our family duties we have sufficient time at our disposal to peep into the inner domains of life... the working of our soul atman... the spirit within!

The remaining 25 years is the period of sanyasa (renunciation). Having lived a meaningful life... at 76 years of the age one must become a renunciate... totally unattached from the physical manifest world. This is the period for human beings to reach the portals of God... gain enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha).

Similar as above four periods of time... in the life of soul atman the initial three stages are spent as insect life, plant life and animal life! In the final stage when soul atman manifests the form of a human being... it is expected of human beings to cross over the world of Samsara (worldly life) at the earliest and step into the portals of God... the path of spirituality!

Who knows what we shall be in the next manifestation... why not travel the spiritual path now! Believing in most fundamentals of Hinduism... the different beliefs of Hinduism I finally realized God in 1993 at 37 years of age. This is my last life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation! Having reached the Mount Everest of spiritual pursuit... I have nowhere further to go!

God Almighty had ordained a particular task for me in this life. Ever since six years of age I have been pursuing that goal! With the blessings of God Almighty... the one and only one God... before I leave this mortal frame... I would impart back to the masses whatever I had gained on the spiritual path. May God bless us all!

By: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani"

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