Every day I rise on a prayer That's all I got to take me through I know one day, I must and I will Free myself from everything that holds me captive
I’m a born Hindu and a very religious person.
In my younger years I wasn’t practical at all. The only thing I did was praying in the mornings and evenings before going to bed. At the age of 8 I was one of the first pupils of the Shri Saraswati School ( Netherlands). We learned a lot about Hinduism at school and every morning we prayed together (that is still a part of my daily routine). But that was it, only with my hands together I talked to God, in my own way. And once a year my parents had a Havan Yagya ( sacred fire – offer) at home. My father is from Arya Samaj and my mother Sanatan Dharma, both Hindu movements.
One of the differences between Arya and Sanatan is that in Arya Samaj only Vedas are the true revelation, there is only 1 God and the most proper name of God is Aum, they don’t worship idols or any image representation of God, they perform nature worship.
Sanatan Dharma believes in the presence of Gods and Goddesses and considers Ramayana and Mahabharata sources of religious texts. This is a big difference, they have also different ways to perform rituals, I’ll write about it in the future.
I recently realized that I have never heard tales of Gods and Goddesses from my parents when I was younger. When I was in my early twenties I went to a Hindu priest, and because of him I became more interested in Sanatan Dharma, their rituals and the ways they worship God. At that moment I wasn’t feeling very well, not mentally and also not physically. It has been a long journey to come where I am now, to find inner peace and to have the balance between my body, mind and soul……….
More in my next blog