Hinduism in a nut shell.

What is Hinduism:

Hinduism is a misnomer rather a colloquial term given by outsiders mainly Turkish and Arabs. Bharat i.e. India as it originally stood was separated from rest of the land by river Indu (later called Indus by English speaking people) in the West and Brahamaputra in the East. India was called by the name of river Indu. However, the Turkish & Arabic languages have no vowels & therefore they chose to speak Indu as Hindu. Thus, the term Hindu was coined. As a matter of fact the so called Hindus call all creatures on Earth as ‘Jeev’ and human beings as ‘Manav Jati’(human cast). The law governing Universe including human beings is called Sanatam Dharam.

Core Principles of Sanatam Dharama

According to Sanatam Dharam, the world exists between Pralay to Pralay. There are 4 yugyas called Satyug, Treta, Dwapar and Kalyug. Thereafter, the world destroys itself which is Pralay (a kind of cosmic catastrophe which destroys everything ) and the cycle starts again. In a way it is similar to the views of Stephen Hawking’s views on “Beginning of time.” Click on link to read his lecture on the subject.


When there was/is nothing, there existed a sound pronounced as Om. Om written in Devanagari (Hindi/Sanskrit) script is also a reverend Hindu symbol. Which is:

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