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References & Resources

October 10th, 2014: Launch of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism at Vigyān Bhawan









Other Authentic References on Hinduism, Budhism, Jainism, Sikhism

The nomenclature India, Indian, Hindu and Hinduism has been given by foreigners.

The native nomenclature is Bhārath for the country and Sanātan Dharma for the religion.
Dharma is a broader term than religion. It encompasses four faith traditions that originated In India: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. All of them have a lot in common and their followers accept inter-marriages and respect each other. 

   - Hinduism is the oldest Dhārmic tradition. It is very broad in its scope including yoga, meditation, believing in One             formless God (that is worshiped in many forms), non-violence, high moral conduct, brotherhood of mankind, and living in harmony with nature, with vast religious literature and practices.

   - Jainism is also a very old Dhārmic tradition. It focuses on Ahimsā (non-violence).

   - Buddhism was started following the teachings of Lord Buddha who was born as Siddhārth Gautam in India in 500 BCE.           Buddhism emphasizes compassion and moral conduct.

  - Sikhism was started by Guru Nānak at the end of the 15th century. Followers called Sikh (disciples) believe in One Creator,     one holy scripture (Guru Granth Sahib) high moral conduct, and brotherhood of mankind.


Article 25(b) of the Indian Constitution states that 'the reference to Hindus shall be construed as including a reference to persons professing Sikhism'. In August 2005 a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice RC Lahoti ruled that Sikhs and Jains were part of broader Hindu community.


  • Explaining Hindu Dharma - A Guide for Teachers 

  •        Edited by: Dr naval Prinja  (UK)


  • Hinduism: True or false by Prof. Anant Rambachan



  •  A Tribute to Hinduism



  • Overview of Indian Philosophy - Hindupedia



  • Great Hindu Saints and Sages - Hindupedia



  • Wikipedia: Hinduism

  • Discovering Buddhism Module 1 - Mind and its Potential

Examine the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to create a positive and joyous mind! Learn more about Discovering Buddhism at


      by Dalai Lama  (Author), Jeffrey Hopkins (Editor, Translator)



  • Jain Philosophy and Practice I (Jaina Education Series Book 302) Kindle Edition

     by JAINA Education Committee (Author), Pravin Shah (Preface)



  • The Hindu Renaissance – a quarterly magazine

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