Common misconceptions on Hinduism
The Hindu Temple Society of Canada is an organization in Canada that offers a variety of spiritual services at an affordable rate. Customers can use the temple halls and gatherings for sacred events.
The organization believes that the rich history behind Hinduism is important and must be taken seriously. Many misconceptions have been made about the religion. Here are some of them.
The religion is called Hinduism
The term Hinduism and Hindu are anachronistic, meaning they are terms associated with the wrong period in time. The terms actually refer to the people of the Indus River in India and likely came from the Persians who invaded the Indian subcontinent. “Hindu” means “river”.
Sanatana Dharma (“eternal duty of God”) is the original term for hinduism. The followers are called Dharmis, meaning the followers of Dharma. Hindu and Hinduism are mainly used in Western countries. Despite having the original term, many modern Indians have adapted the term..
Hinduism has a discriminatory caste system
The caste system divides the Hindus into four: Brahmins (priests and teachers), Kshatriyas (warriors and rulers), Vaishyas (farmers and merchants), and Shudras (laborers). Those who fall outside the system are Dalits (outcasts/untouchables). The common misconception is that the religion is the same with the caste system and that the discrimination that exists in india is related to Hinduism. However, many modern Hindus believe that this system is not created by the religion, but the culture of India itself.
Patriarchy rules in India only because of Hinduism
No, not mainly because of Hinduism but because of the culture in India.
Like most religions, Hinduism is patriarchal. But this belief, unlike other major religions, are also filled with feminism ideologies. However, these feminism ideas are ignored because of the culture of India, which is patriarchal. This is because a lot of Hindu leaders and activists are men who don’t agree with the feminism ideologies of the religion.
The Hindus worship Shakti, the personification of the one true God’s energy through a female figure. This is what differentiates Hinduism from major religions Christian or Islam. Some commonly worshipped goddesses are Parvati, a primary form of Shakti Saraswati, Saraswati and Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity. In Hinduism, female goddesses are equal to male goddesses. For instance, Indra, a male deity, has to treat Durga, a female God, with the same respect as he has for the gods Vishnu or Shiva. However, this does not mean that Durga is of the same level as the three main Gods.
Karma is fatalistic
Hindus believe they have to face the consequences of past actions. For every action, “a person sets in motion, there is a corresponding reaction”. The Hindus believe that each person creates a destiny of his own and the ultimate goal be rebirthed with a free soul. But the truth is, everyone is free to create their own life.