The History Of India Tradition

With hundreds of years of history and thousands of cultural, social and religious traditions, India has many specialisations within its rich and varied heritage. Many of these traditions come from temples built in ancient times.

In the Hindu religion there are many temples, which are still in use today. There are several that have been left standing even after so many centuries and are still in use, some even more than a millennium later.

Among these specialisations are the Puranic, Math, Astanga, Tantric, Tantra, Siddha, Tantrik, Vatika, Shaiva, Maayaa, Vikramashastra, Kundalini, Matanga, Kaula, Nirvikalpa, Jnana, Ksheer etc. The list goes on. Some of the religions found in India also have an underlying spiritual heritage to it, sometimes in a form of a tradition but also a special knowledge and way of life.

In Hinduism the culture, the spiritual and the state of spirituality as well as our earthly life are influenced by our practice of their religion. We are bound together by the spirit through their teachings and practices, in the same way as they are bound together through their understanding of the truth.

As with any other religion, the rituals and the traditions are held close to the heart, though with differences of practice and philosophy. The religious practices that are linked to the temples are taught to us in our early years, to make us aware of what is the value of each, as well as what it means to follow the path that we are told is right. Often times the learning is done through personal experiences and has a higher spiritual purpose for many of us.

All this is influenced by our personalities and our individual preference to follow what we believe in. All religions are similar to some extent, but each has a particular influence that is unique to them. Every tradition has a basic concept, however it varies greatly from one group to another.

Within Hinduism, the foundations of all traditions are rooted in the teachings of the Vedas, however different traditions have practices and traditions that are influenced by the teachings of the Vedas. The beliefs held within each tradition are varied, some are very spiritual and hold no belief in outside forces such as politics or the world economy. Others have more of a practical world view and also have a belief in the Universe.

It would be fair to say that every tradition is not the same in terms of spiritual belief and practice, but they all have very similar ideals and principles to learn from. We need to realize this and allow for the differences.

Even within the Hindu tradition themselves there are thousands of specialisations within each branch, from how to perform marriages to specific types of meditation and much more. However with the spiritual framework of Vedic teachings in Hinduism, no one branch of this Hindu tradition should ever be considered as being separate from any other.

We cannot attempt to simplify the various branches and their ways of doing things and call them a Hindu tradition, because in reality they are each a part of this one tradition. As each has their own set of beliefs and practices, there are forms of meditation and prayer that are different from others. Some specialisations in Hinduism are grouped together as part of the main lineage of Hinduism, though many of them are considered to be independent practices.

Our spirituality and practice are also a part of our individual, cultural and spiritual journey that all traditions are comprised of. We all come from different traditions but have come from the same one.

Different practices and traditions will have different origins and explanations for the laws of karma and other spiritual concepts. Nevertheless, each has the potential to create a spiritual bond between ourselves and the Divine.

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