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Origins



Beginnings

Hinduism is a perpetually evolving collection of an astounding array of philosophical, ritual, and devotional traditions. There is no founder, and there is no fixed moment of origin. Hindus often refer to their religion as "sanatana dharma" — the timeless, eternal truth.

Influences

What we call Hinduism has for thousands of years been in a constant process of change, absorbing and reacting to a tremendous array of influences.

Founders

Hinduism does not have a founder or date of origin. Rather, it has been traditionally viewed as a timeless tradition that has been and continues to be revealed to humans at the start of each world cycle.

Sacred Texts

Hinduism does not rely exclusively on any single scripture, but rather on a vast collection of sacred writings of which the Vedas are the foundation.

Historical Perspectives

The context of colonialism has hovered over western representations of Hinduism. Many Indians have objected to western scholarly stereotypes and misrepresentations.

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