World Religions: Hinduism Links

Updated October 2018 provides unique and original resources on the beliefs, philosophy and essential practices of the following religions: Sanatana Dharma, known as Hinduism or Hindu Dharma, Buddhism or Buddha Dharma, Jainism or Jain Dharma, Sikhism or Sikh Dharma, and Zoroastrianism, as articles, videos, essays, translations, commentaries, scriptures, discussions and books.
HINDUISM: The World’s Third Largest Religion This is a useful internet research site for information on Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion after Christianity and Islam that has evolved since 1500 BCE, with nearly 800 million followers today, predominantly from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Hinduism is generally regarded as the world’s oldest organized religion. Statistics Canada estimates that there are about 158,000 Hindus in Canada.
This site provides interesting information and history that can be used for lesson planning on world religions. What is even more interesting is the Christ-Krishna (both second persons of the Christian-Hindu trinity) linkage and similarities that will surely peak the interest of any scholar. The contents include introduction to Hinduism and Early History, and questions on whether and if there a Christ-Krishna linkage. It also lists the similarities between Krishna and Christ and queries whether details from Jesus’ life were copied from legends about Krishna. This site also features the origins of how and why Christian-Hindu conflicts began in India. –Cecilia DeMello
Hinduism Today The website of Hinduism Today magazine. Hinduism Today magazine is a global public service to the family of Hindu faiths, produced by a small monastic community based in Hawaii. The small editorial team produces the magazine for the same reasons that other orders run ashrams, free eye-clinics or orphanages–as a selfless service to the world.
Internet Indian History Sourcebook Produced by Professor Paul Halsall at Fordham University. Detailed links re: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Indian history.
Om-Guru This page is devoted to introducing westerners to teachers from different Indian religious traditions. It consists of pictures and short life-stories of charismatic seekers, saints, teachers, and gurus from the 19th and 20th centuries who trace their religious origins to India. In addition, references will be given to help the reader learn more about these individuals.
RELIGION AND ETHICS – Hindusim This BBC site enriches people’s lives with great programs and services that inform, educate and entertain. Its vision is to be ‘a trusted organization, free of commercial interest and political bias.’ As stated on the site: “Trust is the foundation of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and honest.”
Morality is the foundation stone of character building. What is right and wrong calls for decision-making that goes beyond simple choices. Teachers would find this site useful as it provides useful ethical discourse on genetic engineering and designer babies; and euthanasia. It also provides interactive multi-faith quizzes and resources like the multi-faith calendars, message boards, civilizations timelines and e-cards for all faiths. Some other contents include Hinduism and its customs, beliefs, worship and holy days. Also, award-winning writer Alan Spence considers the meaning of meditation and its practice from a Hindu perspective. Furthermore, Anita Sethi explores India’s multi-faceted religious identity and writes about how she felt after visiting sacred Hindu places and exploring India’s rivers of beliefs.–Cecilia DeMello (archived site) See also
Virtual Visits Virtual tours of Hindu places of worship as well as other temples, etc.

Additional Resources (October 2018)

Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada Canada is widely, and rightly, recognized as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. The Catholic and Hindu communities of Canada value this diversity and wish to maintain harmonious interreligious relations. For these reasons, and obedient to the call for interreligious dialogue articulated by the Bishops of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined in partnership with the Hindu Federation of Canada, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness and other members of the Hindu community to initiate a national HinduCatholic Dialogue. Members of this Dialogue meet as equal partners, with mutual respect for each other as individuals and for each other’s sacred traditions.

Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has annual messages on the Feast of Deepavali

Hindus, “contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths, and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition either through ascetical practices or profound meditation or a flight to God with love and trust.” – Nostra Aetate 2

Hindu Temples and Mandirs in Ontario

PBS The Story of India . Teaching Resources. See also Hinduism in Images and the accompanying teacher guide.

Images from Wikimedia Commons: Hinduism




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