Needless is to say that Hinduism is the vastest concept on this earth. Keeping political mindsets aside, anyone truly passionate about philosophy and spirituality would thoroughly agree about the above claim. But, unfortunately, India, the inception land of Hinduism is not realising its true worth. The so-called aggressive Hindus are moreover abided by some traditions that they are blindly following. Unfortunate is that Hinduism never tells anything like that. Hinduism is the most “liberal” concept on this earth, which due to ignorance is not being explored properly. It is essential that Hindus be aware about the true concept of Hinduism. This is how Indians would be benefitted, and so the entire world. To be specific, the following aspects those Hindus in India are adamant about, are actually never taught in Hinduism.
Hindu festivals are not for spirituality:
Extortion in the name of festivals is a big issue that Hinduism is facing these days. Some ill-minded people have in fact turned this in to business. There is a great scope in the Hindu society for such extravagant celebrations because most of the Hindus think they can get blessings of gods this way. No doubt this is a huge misconception. Hinduism teaches that spirituality demands “ekaant” or silence. Spirituality is the connection of mind with the soul. And, in celebration, the mind attaches with objects those attract the senses. Hinduism teaches Spirituality gives you strength, but all these celebrations make you tired.
Don’t get wrong; no one says doing these pooja paths have no relevance. These are meant for social integrity in the name of god. When the celebrations are made in the name of god, it gives a scope for a spiritually enriched society and avoids crimes or wrong intentions. True Hindu scholars realized that celebration is also essential in society and in human life for continuity of livelihood. Hence, such festivals were designed for social and spiritual improvement. Talking about the rituals, these hold scientific relevance behind those, which no one understands. For example, the specific days are recommended (not forced) for keeping fast or are advised to avoid certain heavy foods, as digesting those foods in those specific part of the year is tough for the body. This doesn’t mean someone in America has to follow the same rule!
The Vedas is the authentic Hindu Book (like Quran in Islam), not the Bhagbad Gita:
Strange is that Hindus are least concerned about the “Vedas”; whereas, the Vedas are the authentic Hindu books. There is nothing negative to talk about the Bhagbad Gita. But, it’s a fact that the Vedas have been there since the inception of society on this earth. The “Bhagbad Gita” is the excerpt from the “Mahabharat” where lord shri Krishna is giving true knowledge to Arjuna. In fact, Krishna teaches about the Vedas to Arjuna there. Vedas have the most elaborated explanation every aspect on this earth and the humans.
“The Bhagbad Gita is not that elaborated as most people know”
If you ever have gone through the original “Mahabharat”, which is the actual source of the “Bhagbad Gita”, you can realise that there are not so many slokas or the chants in it. There is in fact no such explanation of magic as showcased mostly in Tvs and the locally available Bihagbad Gita books. It’s a common sense actually; everyone is ready to war and Arjuna getting fooled with emotions, and lord Krishna gives him the knowledge, recharges him to do the war again. Would be there so much of time? Thing is, people don’t enquire about the authentic source of knowledge; rather, believe everything that they hear from every random source.
Idol worship is not mandatory; true relevance of idol worship is to bring the “Seva (Service)” mindset:
This is another aspect creating so much of conflict. Whatsoever, but the Vedas never mandates anything like idol worship. According to the Vedas, the God is everywhere. He has no shape. Spiritually is all about developing true intellect, moreover reflecting those on daily behaviour, being selflessness, and above all, connecting the mind with the god. Talking about Idol worship, it is moreover for bringing back the focus in spirituality or to avoid the disturbed mindset through the idol worship rituals, as the person remains indulged with certain activities.
“You should seat in the Mandir; not just ring the bell and get away”
It’s indeed funny the way present day people visit the temples. It’s moreover like a tourist sightseeing and doing some activities. The true purpose of the Mandirs is to develop meditation ability among the beginners. In fact, the structures of temples made earlier were specifically to help people in developing meditative capacity. It doesn’t matter you fold your hand, but you should at least spend some time (a few minutes) there for a better mindset.
“Bhakti is not Bhajan; Bhakti is Service”
Yes, that’s the fact. Bhakti by definition is to understand and develop intellect. It is about being a better person. Bhakti is about serving the mankind, the earth, the animals, the society, etc. Bhajans are the spiritual celebrations as depicted above.
More than “Agarbattis”, “Yagna ahuti/Hawan” is important:
Yagna holds a lot of value in Hinduism. The ingredients used in Yagna, like the pure ghee, and other fragrant are meant to clean the environment. Hinduism always believes in paying back to the nature. As we are polluting the nature in some way or the other, it should be our duty to payback for it in some way. And, there is no better way than the Hawans in proper way.
Mundane and feasts as the death ritual is not mandatory:
There is nowhere in Hinduism such things have been explained. One should definitely take a birth and wash the clothes and pure the entire house to clean the microorganisms that may arise from the dead body. Paying foods to animals and mundane have absolutely no relevance; neither has it been mentioned anywhere. Rather, you should do Hawan as explained above to counter the microbes or for a better cleanliness of the surrounding.
There is no Casteism in Hinduism:
It is clearly mentioned that the four “Varnas” mentioned in the Vedas are meant to refer people as per their profession; there is no discrimination between them. Someone who reads the Vedas were called Brahmins, someone who fought was called Kshatriya, who made businesses called the Viashya, and who did social cleanliness were referred as the “Sudras”. These Vrana systems are simply names; it has nothing to do with spirituality. Anyone can read the Vedas, irrespective of the Varnas or genders.