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    What would be the pillars of Hinduism?

    Namaste,

    If someone asked you, what are the pillars or 'core doctrines' of Hinduism, what would you say?

    For example, a Muslim would say the 5 pillars of Islam such as faith, prayers, pilgrimage, charity and fasting.

    My attempt: Ahimsa, fasting, prayers, service and pilgrimage. Of these, in my view, ahimsa or non-violence is the most important.

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    Re: What would be the pillars of Hinduism?

    Vannakkam,

    To me, a pillar means something that would hold the religion up, on it's own, the the rest wasn't there. So Holy men, temples, and scripture would be my 3 pillars.

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    Re: What would be the pillars of Hinduism?

    Thanks, EM ji!
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    Re: What would be the pillars of Hinduism?

    Namaste

    Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.17.24

    tapaḥ śaucaṁ dayā satyam

    iti pādāḥ kṛte kṛtāḥ

    adharmāṁśais trayo bhagnāḥ

    smaya-saṅga-madais tava

    Bhagavad Gita 18.42

    samo damas tapah saucam
    ksantir arjavam eva ca
    jnanam vijnanam astikyam
    brahma-karma svabhava-jam
    Last edited by markandeya 108 dasa; 16 June 2016 at 05:34 PM.

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    Re: What would be the pillars of Hinduism?

    Namaste MD ji,

    What would be the meaning of the verse you have quoted from Bhagavatam?

    Many thanks.
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    Re: What would be the pillars of Hinduism?

    Namaste Viraja

    TEXT 24

    tapaḥ śaucaṁ dayā satyam

    iti pādāḥ kṛte kṛtāḥ

    adharmāṁśais trayo bhagnāḥ

    smaya-saṅga-madais tava

    SYNONYMS

    tapaḥ—austerity; śaucam—cleanliness; dayā—mercy; satyam—truthfulness; iti—thus; pādāḥ—legs; kṛte—in the age of Satya; kṛtāḥ—established; adharma—irreligiosity; aṁśaiḥ—by the parts; trayaḥ—three combined; bhagnāḥ—broken; smaya—pride; saṅga—too much association with women; madaiḥ—intoxication;tava—your.

    TRANSLATION

    In the age of Satya [truthfulness] your four legs were established by the four principles of austerity, cleanliness, mercy and truthfulness. But it appears that three of your legs are broken due to rampant irreligion in the form of pride, lust for women, and intoxication.

    samo damas tapah saucam
    ksantir arjavam eva ca
    jnanam vijnanam astikyam
    brahma-karma svabhava-jam

    SYNONYMS
    śamaḥ—peacefulness; damaḥ—self-control; tapaḥ—austerity; śaucam—purity; kṣāntiḥ—tolerance; ārjavam—honesty; eva—certainly; ca—and;jñānam—wisdom; vijñānam—knowledge; āstikyam—religiousness; brahma—of a brāhmaṇa; karma—duty; svabhāva-jam—born of his own nature.
    TRANSLATION
    Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, wisdom, knowledge, and religiousness-these are the qualities by which the brāhmaṇas work.
    Last edited by markandeya 108 dasa; 17 June 2016 at 01:13 PM.

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    Re: What would be the pillars of Hinduism?

    Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, wisdom, knowledge, and religiousness....

    Great!

    Thank you!
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