Ancient Hindu Stories
The Golden Thread of Truth is designed to be used at home with your family, much as the Hindus celebrate their traditions.Hinduism is ripe with stories that have been told through the generations to teach the basic truth of our oneness with God and the search for God within each of us. This month, we use the stories of the celestial entities, or gods, from the ancient texts to teach these truths. Note: The term “gods” do not indicate that there are several gods that are worshipped by Hindus. They call the Supreme Being, Brahman, which is that all reality and truth which we discover within ourselves.
Saraswati celebrates the free flow of Wisdom and Consciousness. In Hinduism, Saraswati represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, music, the arts, eloquence and power.
- Hinduism is practiced in the home with family
- The knowledge of Oneness with the Divine is central to the Hindu practice
Week #2: Ganesh: Teacher with the Elephant Head
Ganesh is the most popular statue in India. The Hindus have many stories about Ganesh that are shared with their families. Over the centuries, some of the stories have varied but Ganesh is always shown with an elephant’s head and one tusk. Ganesh is often shown riding with a rat or with a rat as his feet. These symbolize wisdom and overcoming adversity. Each Hindu home has a statue of Genesh as he represents success and removal of adversity.
- Gifts given with humility and love are the most fulfilling
- Overcoming adversity is available to all of us
Week #3: Vishnu and Laxmi: Bringing Good Luck
The Hindu mythology continues with the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Both provide us with protection and channels for enhancing our lives. Vishnu is the protector of all mankind and represents creation. Laxmi is the goddess of wealth. They are both connected with the lotus flower. The lotus represents our awakening to the spiritual reality of life. Vishnu and Laxmi statues are present in homes and businesses and bring good luck and abundance.
- We create the luck in our lives
- As we give thanks for what we have, we open the door to receive more
Week #4: Shiva: God of Transformation
Shiva represents fortune, goodness, favor and promise. Hindus practice rituals symbolizing spiritual knowledge, purity and penance (the spiritual practice of Yoga). Yoga is integral to the Hindu way of life and promotes self-contemplation, good physical health and good mental health. Shiva is sometimes called the Auspicious One. He is the god of fortune, goodness, favor and promise.
- Self discovery begins with search of knowledge
- Yoga is a self-discipline based upon self-contemplation, good physical health and good mental health