It was 2000. Place - San Francisco Bay Area, USA. We visit this house.
I ask my soon to be teacher, if he could teach me Veda. He immediately agrees.
That was a significant small step in my attempt to know my tradition. And I have come a long way since then.
I am Hariram. I presently live in a village near Kumbakonam along with my wife.
In the past, my knowledge of Hindu traditions was as much as an average urban practicing Hindu. However, due to my teachers, have been able to learn much more.
Between that day in 2000 and now, the most significant change ? A career change.
A change from an information technology job to a full time commitment to learn and teach our spiritual traditions. This website is one way of meeting that commitment.
Having lived through a fast urban lifestyle both in India and USA, and now striving to maintain a spiritual lifestyle in a quieter location, it is my every day adventure to understand and interpret traditions.
I wish to share those experiences through hinduinside.com in the hope that it is useful for you.
Scriptures are like records of traditions of the past. And many of the ancient books are in Sanskrit. I have worked on my Sanskrit. Now I can read and understand some of the Hindu texts.
Some of the traditions described in books are still in practice while some others are not in use and yet others are followed in modified forms.
In addition to knowing the traditions, there is a need to customize the traditional practices to this changing world.
A dictionary meaning of tradition is: "A long-established custom that has been passed on from one generation to another."
Passing from one generation to another implies there is a person who knows the custom (teacher, Guru). Guru is an important entity in any tradition.
I owe my knowledge of traditions to all my Guru-s starting from my parents to the teachers I currently learn from.
My parents are Tamil Brahman-s from the Kaveri Delta region. So, that tradition was the first I was exposed to.
I have lived in 6 different states in India. Those experiences taught me about the variety in Hindu traditions.
My biggest inspiration is Paramacharya through his published speeches. Paramacharya is formally known as Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi.
He was the 68th Acharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. Through his Tapas, he inspired many.
His major published work is a seven volume book of his speeches in Tamil. It is called Deivattin Kural.
English translations - 'Hindu Dharma' (translation of first two volumes) and 'Voice of God' (translation of all seven volumes) are also available. The volumes cover different aspects of Hindu traditions.
If you need answers to your questions on Hinduism or want to learn more about Hindu traditions, you have come to the right place. Explore your way ...
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