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Hinduism is going through a phase of regeneration and reform through the vehicle of several contemporary movements. These movements stress the spiritual science aspects of the Hindu traditions, creating a form that is egalitarian that does not discriminate based on jati (ethnic group), gender, or race. Jump to: navigation, search It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hindu people. ...


Active Hindu communities are to be found in all parts of the world. In particular, the former Soviet Union countries and Poland have thriving Hindu communities due to the missionary work of the Hare Krishnas. It is notable that most of the Hindu movements, with the exception of Hare Krishna movement, reflect a Smarta ideology. Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Smarta is a Hindu follower of Smartism. ...


There are groups in India that are actively engaged in getting women and those from socially disadvantaged jatis to become priests of Vedic ritual. Jump to: navigation, search Jatis (the word literally means births) comprise the subcastes found within the four major castes, or varnas, of the Indian caste system. ...


The new movements look up to Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore,Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo (for his Integral Yoga), Swami Ramatirtha, Narayana Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda,Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji and A.C._Bhaktivedanta_Swami_Prabhupada for inspiration. More recently, the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sathya Sai Baba, Shirdi Sai Baba who has many Muslim followers, Swami Muktananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Dayananda Saraswati, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Ammachi has inspired millions to create new centers of spiritual development. In the intellectual field, the writings of Ananda Coomaraswamy, Ram Swarup, Sita Ram Goel, Subhash Kak and David Frawley have been influential. Jump to: navigation, search Swami Vivekananda (Bangla: স্বামী বিবেকানন্দ, Hindi: स्वामी विवेकानन्द) (whose pre-monastic name was Narendranath Dutta Bangla: নরেন্দ্রনাথ দত্ত, Hindi: नरेन्द्रनाथ दत्त) (January 12, 1863 - July 4, 1902) is considered one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of the Hindu religion. ... Jump to: navigation, search Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore (Bangla: রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, Robindronath Å¢hakur) (May 7, 1861 – August 7, 1941) (in the Bangla Calendar, 25 Baishakh, 1268 – 22 Srabon, 1348), also called Gurudev, was a Bengali poet, Brahmo philosopher and nationalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913, becoming the... Jump to: navigation, search Ramana Mahrishi as portrayed in a loving oil painting by Jayalakshmi Satyendra Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 - April 14, 1950) was a great Hindu mystic of the Advaita Vedanta stream and is regarded by some as one of the greatest saints of Hinduism in... Śrī Aurobindo Śrī Aurobindo (August 15, 1872–December 5, 1950) was an Indian nationalist, scholar, poet, Hindu mystic, Evolutionary philosopher, yogi and guru. ... Swami Rama Tirtha (स्‍वामी रामतीर्थ) (1873-1906) was one of the greatest spiritual figures of modern India. ... Jump to: navigation, search Narayana Guru Narayana Guru (नारायण गुरु) (1856 - 1928) was a great sage and social reformer of India. ... Paramahansa Yogananda (परमहंस योगानन्‍द) (1893-1952) was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a devout and prosperous Bengali family. ... Jump to: navigation, search A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (September 1, 1896–November 14, 1977) was born Abhay Charan De, in Calcutta, West Bengal. ... Jump to: navigation, search Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born January 12, 1917) is the founder of the Transcendental Meditation or TM Movement. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sathya Sai Baba Sathya Sai Baba (born Sathya Narayana Raju with the family name Ratnakaram, circa 1926-1929) is a popular, controversial Indian guru who has millions of followers and hundreds of Sathya Sai Baba groups in many countries. ... This article is about the original, turn of the century Shirdi Sai Baba from Bombay state (now Maharashtra). ... Swami Muktananda (स्‍वामी मुक्तानन्‍द) (1908-1982) is the monastic name of an Indian guru. ... Swami Chinmayananda (स्‍वामी चिन्‍मयानन्‍द) (1916 - August 3, 1993) was born Balakrishna Menon (Balan) in Ernakulam, Kerala in a very devout Hindu family. ... Swami Dayananda Saraswati (दयानन्‍द सरस्‍वती) was born in Tamil Nadu. ... Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (श्री श्री रवि शंकर) is a spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living movement to spread the knowledge of breathing, living and spirituality worldwide. ... Jump to: navigation, search Mata Amritanandamayi Mātā Amá¹›tānandamayÄ« Devi(माता अमृतानन्‍दमयी), also known as Amma, Ammachi or Mother (born September 27, 1953), was born Sudhamani in the small village of Parayakadavu, near Kollam, Kerala. ... Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 Colombo - 9 September 1947 Sri Lankan legislator and philosopher Sir Mutu Coomaraswamy and his English wife Elizabeth Beeby. ... Ram Swarup (राम स्‍वरूप) (1920 - December 26, 1998) was perhaps the most influential Hindu thinker in the second half of the 20th century. ... Sita Ram Goel (सीता राम गोयल) (1921 - 2003), author and publisher, is an important figure amongst late 20th century Hindu thinkers. ... Jump to: navigation, search Subhash Kak (born March 26, 1947, Srinagar, Kashmir) is Delaune Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor in the Asian Studies and Cognitive Science Programs at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. ... David Frawley (Sanskrit: वामदेव शास्‍त्री) (born 1950) is one of the few Westerners to be recognized by a major Hindu sect in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient wisdom. ...


In social work, Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Baba Amte have been most important. Sundarlal Bahuguna created the chipko movement for the preservation of forestlands according to the Hindu ecological ideas. Jump to: navigation, search Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869–January 30, 1948) (Devanagari : मोहनदास करमचन्द गांधी, Gujarati મોહનદાસ કરમચંદ ગાંધી) was a national icon who led the struggle for Indias independence from British colonial rule, empowered by tens of millions of common Indians. ... Jump to: navigation, search Vinoba Bhave (September 11, 1895–November 15, 1982), born Vinayak Narahari Bhave, often called Acharya Vinoba Bhave (Acharya in Sanskrit means teacher) is considered as a National Teacher of India who has left his firm imprint on the religious, social and political consciousness of India. ... Pandurang Shastri Vaijnath Athavale (1920-2003, affectionately known as dadaji, meaning elder brother) was an Indian guru and social reformer who created the Swadhyay movement in India. ... Murlidhar Devidas Amte (born December 24, 1914), or Baba Amte, as he is fondly known, was born in Wardha in a family of jagirdars. ... Sundarlal Bahuguna is a noted environmentalist who has fought for the preservation of the Himalayas. ...


The increasing popularity of yoga and meditation has helped Hindus to re-discover their roots such as the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organisation. The revival of Indian classical arts like dance and sculpture have been influential in instilling pride. Jump to: navigation, search Yoga is a family of spiritual practices that originated in what in the present-day is known as India, where it is seen primarily as a means to enlightenment (or bodhi). ... Jump to: navigation, search Meditation refers to any of a wide variety of spiritual practices (and their close secular analogues) which emphasize mental activity or quiescence. ... Jump to: navigation, search Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organisation, or Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya in India, previously known as Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University . Teachers of a form of meditation, or spiritual channelling, called Raja Yoga [ not to be confused with classical Patanjalis Raja Yoga ]. A New...


A socio-cultural organisation called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was formed by Dr.Keshav Baliram Hegdewar in 1925.The motto was to unite Hindus,make them rise over their caste differences and work for the glory of the Hindu Rashtra(Bharat). Jump to: navigation, search The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is an Hindu nationalist organization which bases itself on the principles of Hindutva. ... ...


In Indonesia there are several movements in favour of return to Hinduism in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi. Balinese Hinduism, known as Agama Hindu Dharma, has witnessed great resurgence in recent years. Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ... Jump to: navigation, search Map of Java Java (Indonesian, Javanese, and Sundanese: Jawa) is an island of Indonesia, and the site of its capital city, Jakarta. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sumatra (also spelled Sumatara and Sumatera) is the sixth largest island of the world (approximately 470,000 km²) and is the largest part of Indonesia. ... Map of Kalimantan Kalimantan is the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) is a large island in Indonesia. ... Jump to: navigation, search Topography Map showing Bali within Indonesia Sunset at Jimbaran Beach, Bali Young Balinese Dancers Rice terraces at entrance to Gunung Kawi Temple Statue of Dewi Sri — Ubud, Bali Bali is an Indonesian island. ... Jump to: navigation, search Agama Hindu Dharma is the formal name of Hinduism in Indonesia. ...


Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar(founder of Ananda Marga) composed 5018 songs called Prabhat Samgeet from 1982-1990 and initiated a new renaissance in indian world of samgeet.


The Hindu Renaissance

Since the late 1970's, Hinduism has been going through what the Hindu community calls a "Hindu Renaissance". British rule in India and western cultural influence had weakened the faith, but the popularity of Hinduism in the West and activism of certain influential leaders, such as Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, reversed this trend. Instead, today Hindus who live in foreign countries are building temples for Ganesa, Murugan and Siva in varied places such as Norway and Australia. Jump to: navigation, search It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hindu people. ... Jump to: navigation, search By region Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance French Renaissance German Renaissance English Renaissance The Renaissance, also known as Il Rinascimento (in Italian), was an influential cultural movement which brought about a period of scientific revolution and artistic transformation, at the dawn of modern European history. ... Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927 - 2001), affectionately known as Gurudeva, was born in Oakland, California on January 5th, 1927. ... Popular image of Ganesh In Hinduism, Ganesha (Gaṇeśa, lord of the hosts, also spelled Ganesa and sometimes referred to as Ganesh in Hindi, Bengali and other Indian vernaculars) is the god of wisdom, intelligence, education and prudence. ... In Hinduism, Kartikeya (also Murugan, Subrahmanya, Skanda, Kumaran, Swaminanda) is a deity born out of a magical spark created by Shiva. ... This article is about the Hindu God. ...


In India, followers of the Hindu faith have been increasingly proud of their faith and heritage. The nationalist propaganda of the Indian government and the consistent economic growth of the country have added strength to this movement.


Hinduism has a widespread and widely accepted magazine called Hinduism Today, which has played a fundamental role in uniting widespread communities as well as reviving and bringing to light old precepts of Hinduism. Hinduism Today yearly awards the "Hindu of the Year" prize to notable people of the Hindu faith.


See also

Jump to: navigation, search Scope The article presents a comparative overview of the leading Hindu organisations of India. ... Hinduism in Southeast Asia influenced the Champa kingdom in Vietnam, the Srivijayan kingdom on Sumatra, the Singhasari kingdom and the Majapahit Empire based in Java, Bali, and a number of the islands of the Philippine archipelago. ...

External links

  • ISKCON A Vaishnava Bhakti movement
  • Swaminarayan Sampraday Infomation on the Swaminarayan faith

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