My Dearest Komal, Anjli and Amar,
One of my deepest regret as a parent is not giving you more knowledge of your family religion of Hinduism. It is too vast a topic for me to fulfill that regret in this one letter but I do hope to give you numerous tales of this religion to arouse your curiosity.
Did you know that the term Hindu was derived from the Persian phrase, ‘people who live on the other side of the river Indus’? From this the word Hinduism was coined to denote a population that followed the Hindu religion. Nowadays the population on the ‘other side of river Indus’ is a mixture of many different religions. As such the term Sanatan Dharam (ancient religion) would be more appropriate for all Hindus. India, the title of the country also has roots from this Persian nomenclature.Continue reading “Hinduism, Religion and Mythology.”