Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion, with over 1 billion followers, about 15% of the global population. The word “Hindu” derives from the term “Hindustan,” which refers to the northern part of India. So “Hindu” was originally a geographic term and not a religious one. It is often called the world’s oldest religion, but without a savior, governing body, or binding holy book, it is sometimes difficult to get a grasp on exactly what Hindus believe. Many of the traditions and rituals passed down through the generations are family-specific or regional, but all fall under the umbrella of what Hindus call “the way of life.”
Indian guests Vijay and Divya are patient in their explanations to me of the four Purusarthas - or four tenets - of Hinduism: Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. I really enjoyed learning from them.
We also discussed their arranged marriage, the daily rituals they incorporate into their practice, and the many things rooted in Hinduism that have become popular in the West, including Buddhism, yoga, and meditation.
Because they had welcomed me into their home, after our conversation I was honored to visit their prayer room and enjoy a traditional Indian lunch, where we were joined by their new baby.
This was unlike any experience I've had since recording the show and I came away inspired by the way this Hindu family was living out their faith.
Two books that have made an impact on Vijay and Divya:
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