The religion of the Vedas, is not the present Hindu belief system part -I

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It is necessary to know the fact that, the Hindu belief system is not the source for acquiring Self-Knowledge. It is necessary to know and realize certain truth of the Hindu belief system. The Hindu belief system is founded to revive Indian people from the clutches of Buddhism and Jainism in the past. It is better to peep into the annals of religious history.

The Hindu belief system is introduced in the past by different founders to reform the society . All these different founders had different ideologies to suit the mass mind set. each founder introduced different code of conducts to be, to behave, to believe and to live in the society in peace and harmony. Thus, Hindu belief system is divided by their founders and caste and each having their own ideologies and code of conducts.

There are many branches of ideologies within the Hindu fold, which differs in their ideologies. Thus Hindu belief system is mere societal reforms based on the belief of gods based on the puranas or mythological stories and gurus and sages. Buddhism and Jainism which reject the existence of god and Vedas are also considered as Hinduism in India.
According to the Upanishad the purpose of human life is to acquire Self-Knowledge. To acquire self-knowledge, the religion and its code of conducts are main obstacles.

The codes of conducts of Hindu belief system, which are injected in the name of Vedas from one generation to the next, are greatest obstacle in pursuit of truth. The imposed inherited conditionings are greatest obstacles in realization of Brahman or ultimate truth.

This article is not an attempt to criticize Hindu belief system. It is meant only for the seekers of truth, who are in search of ultimate truth [Brahman]. Since the inherited belief system is the greatest obstacle in realizing the Brahman, one has to overcome all the obstacles in order to realize the ultimate truth. Thus, it is necessary to know the truth of the inherited belief system in order to drop all the conditioning, which has been injected by the belief system.

Many think that Hindu belief system is a continuation of the Vedic religion. But there is no link between present day Hinduism and Vedic religion, because all Hindu practices and rituals are non-Vedic.

Even in the school in India, children have been thought the Vedas as Hindu scriptures and are revered”. Most Indians think the Aryans created the Hindu religion and civilisation so that the Hindus of today are the lineal ancestors of the Aryans.

The beliefs of god, religion, yoga are based on the false self, is nothing to do with the mental [inner] journey. The religious, rituals, worships, prayers god and guru glorification may be useful in the worldly life, for those who believes in the birth, life, death and the world as reality, but they are not useful tools in realizing the ultimate truth. On the base of consciousness [soul] as self, everything other than the consciousness is mere mirage. Thus, man and his experience of the world and his belief of god and religion are part and parcel of the mirage created out of consciousness.

When Sri,Sankara says the world is illusion, it includes birth, life and death, which happens within the world[illusion]. Thus seekers main aim is to mentally trace the formless substance of the illusion, which is also the witness of the illusion. The formless substance and witness of the illusion [world] is the Ataman, and this Ataman itself is Brahman. This Brahman cannot be attained by indulging in egocentric religious orthodoxies. The knower of Brahman is Brahmin not the Brahmin who indulges in orthodoxy, which leads one to utter darkness as per Yajur Veda.

Brahmin is the one who has realized the Brahman [ultimate truth] and helps fellow seekers towards inner path. The one who knows Brahman knows his body and his experience of the world are mere illusion and also he knows his body and his experience of the world are also as Ataman [consciousness], which is Brahman. Thus, the orthodoxy which is crafted on the body based theories will lead one to hallucinated moksha. But real moksha or freedom is possible only through nondual wisdom.

As one peeps into the annals of religious history he finds that the Hinduism which exists today is not a continuation of the Vedic religion, and it has no real historical foundation. The Hinduism is of a much later origin.

As per the researchers, the two faiths the Hindu belief system has drifted miles away from the Vedic faith so that the two seem to be two distinct faiths. It is not difficult to discover that there is no noticeable continuity of Hinduism from the religion of the Vedas.

The distinctive characteristics of Hindu belief system cannot be traced in the Vedic literature. Besides, although the Vedas are revered as sacred texts, there are many people in India who do not know what ‘belief in the Vedas’ means. In most cases, the acquaintance of the Hindus with the Vedas is limited to the few hymns that are recited in temples and household liturgies.

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