Subject (Course) - Hinduism (India). Hindu Businesspeople. Syllabus:
“Truth is one, the wise call it by various names.” (Rig Veda).
Subject on Hinduism consists of three parts:
2- Case studies Hindu Businesspeople (Hinduism).
The objectives of the subject “Hinduism” are:
Sample of the subject - Principles of Hinduism Ethics
“Everyone should follow his religion. A Christian should follow Christianity; a Muslim should follow Islam, and so on. For Hinduism, the old way, the way of the wise Aryans is the best.” Sri Ramakrishna.
Subject Description: Hinduism and business:
Attempting to define the Hinduism is a complex task, the correct term for Hinduism should be “Sanatana Dharma” or the Eternal Law. According to the Master Swami Vivekananda, the spiritual heir of Sri Ramakrishna:
“Hinduism is based on the accumulated treasure consisting of spiritual laws discovered by different people in different times.”
Hinduism is a tradition of wisdom that evolves periodically throughout history. “Live and let live” defines relatively well the Hinduism vision. Hinduism is probably the most tolerant religion with others, as seen in the history of India in the last 2,500 years. Hinduism has lived with Parsees, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Jains.
The Chapter IV of Bhagavad-Gita begins with one of the most beautiful and transcendental verses of the Bhagavad-Gita, which appreciate the tolerance of Hinduism with other religions:
“When the kindness declines, When the wickedness increases
The absolute reality of Hinduism is Brahman. Hindus believe in reincarnation and the law of Karma.
Hinduism proposes different ways to reach God (the path of love, devotion, knowledge) depending on each person.
Renewal of Hinduism: Sri Ramakrishna
Ethical Principles of Hinduism: Ahimsa (Non-Violence), detachment (abandonment of the fruits of the action), Truthfulness, Not to steal, Self-control, discipline, appropriate words and thoughts, and motivation to achieve the goal.
The principle of Non-Violence (Ahimsa) should to be one of the pillars of a global ethic. All religions also share Ahimsa especially Jainists, Zoroastrians, and Buddhists.
Patanjali suggests the ethical practice of five exercises: ahimsa, truthfulness, non-stealing, pure life and not greed. This is widely reflected in the Bhagavad-Gita.
Previously we have seen several values of Hinduism: Ahimsa (non-violence), tolerance, and truthfulness. All of which are part of the five Yamas (restraints or abstentions) and five Niyamas (observances or rules) set by Patanjali.
Yamas (restraints or abstentions).
The difficulty of finding a proper definition is that Hinduism has no central doctrinal authority (similar to the papacy in Catholicism), but they have swamis (teachers) or gurus (spiritual guides). Today; it is common to identify four different types of Hinduism: Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism, and Smartism. Appellations are based primarily on the god worshiped as an absolute reality and the traditions that accompany worship of that God.
The vast majority of Hindus claim that Hinduism is monotheistic, claiming that the Hindu pantheon is only representations of one God to facilitate human understanding of the Absolute Reality.
Bhimji Depar Shah (Kenya).