Who is the founder of hinduism
was hinduism founded - Age of hinduism
most often talked about query related to Hinduism on the Internet is who the founder
of Hinduism is! Indeed... Hinduism religion (if you can call it a religion?) does
not have a founder. Hinduism exists from times immemorial. Ever since mankind
developed intelligence... the first words of God that were invoked were Vedas...
the first Hindu revelations!
took its time. It was not the work of a century or a millennium.
It took many millenniums for human beings to develop intelligence
before mankind invoked the wisdom of Vedas... the spoken word; as
Lipi (the written script) had not yet evolved. Vedas were direct
revelations from God Almighty... the first words of wisdom given
Vedas are above
5000 years old. About 3600 years before came Lord Krishna and much
before the coming of Lord Krishna existed the Vedas. Vedas form
the first work of Hinduism that dealt more with rituals than the
path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom). During the times of Vedas
Hinduism was still in its infancy... people often worshipped and
prayed to God out of fear.
prime reason for seeking blessings of God was... mankind was still ignorant about
the essential values of life. Science still was in its nascent stages. If draught
was there... people prayed to rain God, if the cold was unbearable... people prayed
to Sun God and sought its mercy! For anything beyond the purview of mankind...
people sought blessings of God Almighty!
was Vedas that initially gave to mankind paraphernalia of rituals for every circumstance
of life. As more time elapsed... mankind realized there was more to rituals than
was ever before. The existence of a soul atman... the spirit within was clearly
recognized by mankind. As science developed its space... human beings started
having faith in their latent capabilities.
no stage of life mankind lost its faith in God Almighty yet, belief in the inherent
capabilities of mankind was an eye opener. Mankind had started thinking...
by rationalizing and reaching conclusions logically human beings finally realized
the importance of jnana wisdom. As times passed by... rituals were done away
with... became a passé!
on the path of pure spirituality... those who desired peeping into the bottomless
pit of jnana wisdom contained in Vedas abhorred the act of rituals. For them the
rituals were not now necessitated. During the time of Vedas sacrifices were an
important part of rituals. Those on the path of jnana wisdom advised that the
need for rituals no more existed. Why?
per learned seers of that era... it was established that the seed of wisdom lay
within human beings themselves. By controlling our karma... one could govern ones
destiny. It was apparent that not everything lay in hands of God. On the contrary
during time of Vedas human beings considered themselves an instrument in hands
of God almighty... living under fear all the time!
percolated the wisdom of Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads... mankind realized
the goal of life was reaching the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and
finally salvation (moksha). The wisdom in the sacred scriptures of Hinduism remaining
the same... only the interpretations changed. There was more to life than mere
rituals... the act of worshiping and praying!
men of wisdom evolved further... independent treatises works were further composed
and compiled. They were termed as Upanishads. The Upanishads were independent
treatises by accomplished sages of that era dealing with a particular topic or
general subjects at large! Those pursuing the path of spirituality... absolute
jnana wisdom found value in Upanishads!
came Lord Krishna considered an Avatar of his era (God manifest in human form).
During the times of Lord Krishna it was strife all over. The situation almost
beyond repair... the coming of a messiah... a learned one was necessitated. In
the history of mankind there has never been any one like Lord Krishna ever. Lord
Krishna was one and only one of his kinds.
coming of Lord Krishna brought with it the nectar of wisdom in the shape of Bhagavad
Gita... the song divine! The 700 shlokas (verses) of Bhagavad Gita are pure
jnana wisdom knowing which any human being can reach the stage of enlightenment
(kaivalya jnana) and then salvation (moksha). Assimilating the wisdom of Bhagavad
Gita was reaching the end of mankind.
Krishna can rightly be termed as the founder of Hinduism... though he is not!
It was from the times of Lord Krishna Hinduism was recognized world over as the
essence of life... the primary teachings of jnana wisdom. It was now accepted
that for reaching the portals of God Almighty... the wisdom contained in sacred
Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism was a necessity... a compulsion!
knowing God... for reaching God... for communicating with God... for remaining
in permanent communion with God... one need not assimilate the teachings contained
in Vedas... the 700 shlokas (verses) of Bhagavad Gita were sufficient for gaining
enlightenment and salvation in one's lifetime. The wisdom of Bhagavad Gita became
the end of all.
wisdom contained in Vedas was beyond the capture of the masses. The voluminous
Vedas... the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda being incomprehensible
to the masses... the coming of Lord Krishna and the teachings of Bhagavad Gita
was a necessity... a compulsion on part of God Almighty that was essential to
be delivered to mankind.
though Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna in the battle
of Mahabharata forms the core of Hinduism yet, Hinduism existing from times immemorial
truly has no single founder! The wisdom of Hinduism directly percolated from
God Almighty initially through Vedas and then in the form of Lord Krishna... a
messiah of his times!
the various Upanishads which total above 200, the prime Upanishads are Katha Upanishad,
Ken Upanishad and Isa Upanishad. One Upanishad can never be compared to another...
every single Upanishad having its own value and existence. Every single Upanishad
treatise discusses an independent chapter of jnana wisdom.
In a nutshell...
the wisdom of Vedas... the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita by Lord
Krishna can be treated as the founder of Hinduism... the foremost
of all sacred scriptures of various religions existing on Mother
Earth. Amongst all the scriptures... the wisdom of Vedas was the
first to percolate to mankind. Hinduism forms the inner strength
of society as it is today.
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 explains the concept
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