is a complex mixture of sublime Vedic philosophies,
dogmatic Brahmanical rituals, Yogic mysticism, Tantrik
occultism, fertility cults, monastic orders, pagan
customs and the belief in one God who manifests as
innumerable divine beings.
oldest text known to Hinduism is the Rig Veda that
reached its final form around 1500 BC. For at least 2000
years before that, a great urban civilization existed in
North-West India on the banks of the Indus and its
tributaries. The sacred motifs of this mysterious
civilization – like the bull, the serpent and the
swastika – are still part of Hindu worship.
are many contradictions within Hinduism because Hinduism
has tried to assimilate every belief it has come in
contact with. Hinduism acknowledges that the Ultimate
Truth manifests itself in infinite ways, and the human
mind cannot fathom it.