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Hindu History - A Search for Our Present in History





Hindu Books > History > Hindu History - A Search for Our Present in History

Introduction Chapters

First Book - Ancient India's Contribution to Modern Civilization
A brief introduction of INDIA - A Search for Our Present in History

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Introduction

Nataraj - The Dancing Shiva is the Hindu God of Dance. Nataraj symbolizes not merely the rhythm of physical force but the cosmic process of creation and renewal of life. Shiva as Nataraj also symbolizes spiritual virility in the Yogi (ascetic). In metaphysics, he symbolizes the unity of the spirit of Purusha (essence) with Prakriti (substance).

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Chapter One : INDIA through the Ages

Time and again we have been told in our text books at schools and colleges, and through speeches by our politicians, economists, etc., that "India is essentially Rural India and Rural India is virtually the Cultivator".

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Chapter Two : Hindu Influences on Different Communities

India is the birthplace of many religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainismand Sikhismare all progeny of this part of our globe. But they are not the only religions that exist here. Adherents of Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrainismand Judaismalso to be found in India.

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Chapter Three : The Hindu Ethos

India is a land of innumerable beliefs, rituals and religious symbols. These beliefs and symbols are highly respected and revered.

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Chapter Four : The Hindu Caste System

Caste is an institution which is truely Hindu (Indian) in character. So much so that even the Concise Oxford Dictionary defines it as, Hindu hereditary class, with members socially equal, united in religion, and usually following same trades, having no social intercourse with persons of other castes.

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Chapter Five : Hindu Festivals

Festivals the world over are occasions of rejoicing celebration. All over the globe, every nation culture, religion have its own festivals.

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Chapter Six : Ahimsa - Non-Violence

Gautama Buddha propounded the philosophy of non-violence, universal love and peace 2,500 years ago. Emperor Ashoka Maurya from India gave this pacifist philosophy official recognition in the 3rd century B.C.E...

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Chapter Seven : Secularism and Rational Humanism

Many a times the question that arises in the mind of an Indian is - why are we secular? This question becomes more demanding for an answer when we feel the heat of communal conflagrations.

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Hindu Customs in Buddhism, Jainism And Sikhism

India is the birthplace of many religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are all progeny of this part of our globe. But they are not the only religions that exist here. Adherents of Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Judaism also to be found in India.

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Free Graphics Pages On India And Hinduism

I welcome you to this non-profit free-graphics page. The list of links below will take you to the graphical pages on Hindu History on which the graphics given at the bottom of this page appear. The information on these pages would give you the context and relevant information about these images.

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