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Hindu Tattoos - The word 'Hindu' originally meant 'those who live on the other side of the Indus River', which, in the Sanskrit language was the Sindhu. Of utmost importance to Hindus, then and now, are the world's most ancient scriptures - the Vedas - the 'knowledge of God'.
In Hinduism, the one supreme Absolute and divine starting point of all reality is known as 'Brahman'. While this overarching concept has no single manifestation, it is represented in the myriad gods and goddesses to which Hinduism has given rise. For every spiritual craving there is a vast array of deities to call upon. The diversity of nature is truly divine in Hinduism, and provides for everyone.
Hindu deities come in a dazzling array of forms, each displaying some aspect of the Absolute. Just as there are many different kinds of individuals, so are there many different ways to worship God. What is good for one, may not be good for the next. Hinduism allows for an almost infinite variety of ways to approach God and the Divine. Whatever temple, symbol, or image helps a person to realise the God within, Hinduism is open to it.
The 'Big Three' deities, known as the Trimurti, are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Their equally famous consorts are Saraswati, Laxmi and Parvati. Lord Krishna, known for his playfulness and great wisdom, is one of the best loved of all the Hindu deities. But gods and goddesses are not confined to human form. Many beloved deities display animal features - the monkey god, Hanuman, for instance, and Ganesha the elephant god, two of the most popular animal deities in Hinduism. Images and idols of these Hindu gods are found everywhere in India, from the humblest mud hut to the most magnificent temple.
With so many gods and goddesses, Hinduism has evolved the enlightened belief that all genuine religious paths are facets of God's love. The religion, therefore, claims no monopoly on saving souls, which is an important aspect of the spirit of Hindusim.
To be nearer to God, this is the goal of Hinduism. In the search for God, a Hindu travels the path that best suits his or her nature. The various spiritual practices are called Yoga, practical methods designed to bring the body, emotions, will or intellect into union with the universal Soul. According to one's nature, one style of Yoga will be prove more effective than the others. A person chooses the Yoga, which, from experience, best attunes oneself to the Divine. Whichever device best helps a person achieve the goal of Moksha, or freedom.
Hindu scriptures, which include more than just the Vedas, constitute a mass of sacred texts devoted to examining philosophy and spirituality. It is not surprising that many sects have arisen within Hinduism, each with its own interpretation. But belief in the divinity of the Vedas is not optional. These primordial teachings underpin the Hindu religion, which is believed to have no beginning and no end. Authorship of the Vedas aren't credite...