Acharya Arumuganathaswami and the Ganapati Kulam have been working with our long-time friend Dr. Shiva Bajai for over a decade on books for Hindu education. This collective initiative to produce the book, the “History of Hindu India,” has been Himalayan Academy’s/Hinduism Today’s response to the problem of negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in school text books. While school boards and courts and publishers wrangle over making changes, we went ahead and produced the content that really should be in those books. After the printed lessons and book by that title were so well received, the initiative took on a new development when a video was proposed and the Uberoi Foundation agree to fund this effort. We are proud to announce today the official release of The History of Hindu India (Part One) on YouTube. Versions with sub-titles in other languages will be coming on line in the weeks ahead. Special mentioned goes first, of course, to Shivaji, who is Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge as he was instrumental in guiding the content development. We also thank video producer Sushma Khadepaun for her infinite patience and long hours she put in both here and in India to get this done on a shoestring budget. Kudos also to narrator Raj Narayan for his collaboration and drive to produce the best audio track we could. This video is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American 6th grade social study classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations on the Hindu religion and history. The documentary is based on the first chapter of the textbook, The History of Hindu India, published in 2011. For more information and for class lesson plans based on the book visit http://www.hinduismtoday.com/education/. Funded by the Uberoi Foundation, Institute for Curriculum Advancement. May be freely distributed for educational purposes. Directed and Produced by Sushma Khadepaun; Produced and Narrated by Roger (Raj) Narayan
16 Responses to “History of Hindu India (Part One) Video Released Today!”
We have to include a swami who lead a very simple life, Kanchimahan Swaminathan 1884-1994 of Kanchipeedam
which was started by Adi Shankara. At the tender age of 12
he was chosen to be the 68 peedathapathi. He was responsible
for reviving the neglected temples for starting of hindu religious
schools during him time.
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I have a suggestion. Please don’t use ‘caste’ word. The word is not same as ‘verna’ word. Both has greatly different meanings. In the video, the presenter translated the word ‘caste’ into ‘verna’. While the word ‘verna’ has meaning related to simple marking of activities of a person or a society; it specifically denies birth based categorization. The ‘caste’ word denotes a complex and hardened birth and occupation based social system, which got its present day meaning completely defined and crystallized around 1900 year after census came into effect in the society reinforcing the categorization while removing all the mobility of a group. An earlier known concept was ‘jaati’ which has the notion of mobility of a whole group when it changes its occupation. Another related word is ‘class’ which may or may not imply birth based categorization in some societies. All have different meanings and connotations.
Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, devotion, penance. Use the intellect to help subdue the instinctive mind. Guilt is not a part of Hinduism. There is no eternal hell. You have a continuity of consciousness when you transition to the inner worlds. There is no devil, but there are mischievous "asuras."