Beyond religious beliefs and ritual practices, the teachings of Hinduism harbor a deep understanding of human psychology, the nature of mind and consciousness. One of the words often used to refer to the fundamental teaching of Hinduism is Sanatama Dharma, which we could translate as “the eternal law“. It is the perennial and timeless philosophy that lies at the heart of the various spiritual traditions of India, whether Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism.
The ultimate goal of Hinduism is the self-realization of the person that brings with it Moksha (inner freedom). To achieve this freedom it is necessary to carry out a deep process of introspection or self-knowledge. Within the rich practices and traditions of Hinduism we find a great number of teachings and techniques that serve as a means to undertake the fascinating process of self-discovery. It is the duty of each person to find the path that best suits our particular characteristics.
The essential teaching is completely independent of the beliefs of the individual and that is why Hinduism has something valuable to offer to each person, regardless of their origin, religion or spirituality because these teachings are actually a deep psychology, aimed at transforming the mind and the way we perceive the world around us.
Another fundamental aspect is genuine ethics. No true teaching is complete if it does not include the well-being not only of the individual but also of other beings, hence the ethical aspect is inseparable from self-development.
Here you will find a large number of articles written to make accessible the most valuable and universal teachings that we can find in Hinduism, since one of the great obstacles (apart from the prejudices that people have beforehand) is the lack of clarity when disseminating these teachings, partly because they are hidden in metaphors, allegories and symbols that are sometimes misinterpreted.
One of the characteristics of Hinduism is the enormous variety of spiritual and philosophical traditions it encompasses, each with its own ideas and thoughts. In spite of this diversity, there are a series of essential concepts that every person who wants to deepen in Hindu philosophy should know.
Symbols of Hinduism
Spiritual symbols have attracted human beings since time immemorial. We can find them in all ages and cultures around the world. Beyond simple graphic representations, symbols often hide very deep and transforming philosophical teachings, if we know how to look at them from the right prism. The millenary culture of India, which is lost in the mists of time, has given rise to a large number of spiritual symbols, often represented in the rich iconography of the various deities that are part of the immense Hindu pantheon.