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Respected Swami Dayatmananda ji graced the occassion with his presence in the Vivekananda Hindu Sanskriti Utsav on 10th Feb 2018. He has kindly sent us his lecture delivered on the day in writing so that we can share with all. Here is the written version of his lecture. The video will be published soon. We will be publishing the written version of the lecture in 3 parts –

ESSENTIALS OF Hinduism – Part 1 by Swami Dayatmananda 
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The 4 pillars of Hinduism
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– Vedas are our foundational scriptures.
– Hinduism is a misnomer. Vaidika is the correct name. Ours is Sanatana Dharma.
– Brahman; God-realization; the Law of Karma (Reincarnation); and
– The Law of Chosen Deity (Ishta Devata Siddhanta)

Essence of Vedanta by Swami Vivekananda
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A. “Each soul is potentially divine”.

B. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal.

C. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free.

D. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.

HINDU:
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The word Hindu is of Persian origin and was used to describe the people who lived to the East of the river Sindhu, the modern Indus, which flows through the Punjab and Sind. Later it was adopted by the Europeans in its present form.

The ancient faith of India was called either the Vedic Dharma, the religion derived from the Vedas, the scriptures of the Hindus, or the Sanatana Dharma, the religion founded on the eternal principles recorded in the Vedas.

SCRIPTURES:
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Hinduism believes in the Vedas as the highest authority pertaining to his religion and philosophy. The Vedas record universal truths about the individual soul, the universe, and the Godhead. These truths were revealed, in ancient times, to certain highly spiritual souls whose minds were purified through self-control and meditation.

To be continued in Part 2 …..

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