Hinduism – Questions & Answers – An introduction…
Hinduism encourages questioning. It is not a religion propagated by one Messiah through one source book, where both are considered beyond any questioning by ardent believers.
In the multifarious schools and sects of Hinduism, the divine knowledge and spiritual wisdom are transmitted from Guru (Master) to Sishya (disciples) through verbal interactions. The student is encouraged to ask questions to clarify his doubts. The more the disciple is probing, the more he is considered earnest in learning and the more the Guru becomes happier to teach.
Right from Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and other Bhashyas (explanatory scriptures elaborating on original scriptures), the scriptures contain questions and answers — disciples ask questions and the answers are elaborated by the masters.
From time immemorial, interestingly, questions and doubts on spirituality almost remain the same or similar and many answers too remain similar, modified only by the specific school’s thought flow and the Guru’s style of response..
In the olden days, where there was a conflict between two schools of philosophies and when one school tried to establish its supremacy over the other school, debates between scholars and acharyas were arranged. The debates involved posing questions from one side and the other side should give fitting and convincing answers quoting the appropriate passages from scriptures as a supporting authority.
In this website, we have specifically accommodated lots of Q&As as per the time tested practice of Hinduism to facilitate deeper understanding. We have also grouped the Q&As in line with the groups in the Main Menu (Q&A on Hinduism Facets, Q&A on scriptures & philosophies etc). There are many questions for which answers have been based on teachings of spiritual masters. Many of the answers here have in fact been the ones given by this Author earlier in the website Quora.com
If a son of a so-called or pure Brahmin deploys himself as a farmer with some land then is he called a Shudra? Why not?
Why is there no unity among Hindus unlike people of Islam or Christianity? Are not Hindus weakened by their lack of unity and constant internal squabbling leading to religious conversions?
Are Hindus indifferent to people of other religions? Why is there no practice of converting others to Hindu religion? Are Hindus indifferent to their own religion?
With so many sects within Hinduism fighting and contradicting each other, is not Hinduism weakened? Are not other religious people more united?
With so many Puranas and stories of Ramayana, Mahabharata and so on, is not Hinduism just a religion of fairy tales?
Why do some elders say not to keep Mahabharata book at home and not to worship some specific God forms at home?
If people are suffering because of their Karma, why should we help them? What is the need to be compassionate towards others despite knowing that they are suffering because of their Karma?
How does one prepare for Girivalam (Giri Pradakshina) at Thiruvannamalai? Seeking advice on stay, items needed to carry with, making reservations etc.
Is the belief in God in Hinduism slowly coming down due to the wrong activities of some self-styled Gurus, Sadhus and so called “God men”?
Where can I find a real guru? All popular gurus of today seem to be rolling in wealth, immersed in materialism, running multi crore institutions and doing globe trotting
Why do some believe that ordinary persons like Mata Amritanandamayi or Sai Baba have extraordinary powers?
Is life after Moksha pretty boring because you can’t have sex there? Doesn’t Moksha mean slave soul who can’t do anything?
Will it be a bad karma on my side if I run for safety when I see a mob or somebody assaulting another?
How does a seeker get his right guru? How to seek him? How to approach him? How will you know that he is the right guru?
If God has given us the power of choice (free will), why he has not given us any choice about our taking birth here or not?