What is Hinduism? How old is it? And what is its real History?
Some people see the beginning of Hindu culture as connecting it with the civilization of the Indus Valley. which is wrong. In fact, according to the facts of the history of Sanskrit and many ancient languages, the history of Sanatan Dharma in ancient India started about 13 thousand years before Christ, that is, 15 thousand years before today. Science has also researched this and that too believes it to be true.
The development of life also took place for the first time on the banks of river Narmada in the Indian southern peninsula, which is the first river in the world. Here the oldest eggs and fossils of dinosaurs have been found in the whole world.
Sanskrit language: Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world and is the mother of all Indian languages. The literal meaning of 'Sanskrit' is 'perfect language'. Before Sanskrit, the world was divided into small, fragmented dialects that had no grammar and no linguistic corpus. The practice of writing the language in scripts started in India only.
Sumerians, Babylonians, and Greeks learned it from India. Other scripts around the world were born from Brahmi and Devanagari scripts. Brahmi script is an ancient script that is believed to be older than the Devanagari script. The people of the Harappan culture used this script, then the Sanskrit language was also written in this script.
World's first Scripture: Jain mythology describes that the first Tirthankar Rishabhdev to bring civilization to humanity had a daughter named Brahmi. He discovered this writing. The civilization settled on the banks of the Indus and Saraswati rivers was the most prosperous, civilized, and intelligent in the ancient world. There are many proofs of this. It was spread from present-day Afghanistan to India. In ancient times, Saraswati was a much bigger river than the Indus. The world's first scripture was written sitting on the banks of the Saraswati river.
According to archaeologists, this civilization came into existence around 9,000 BC, it saw the Golden Age in 3,000 BC and it disappeared due to some terrible natural disaster around 1800 BC. On the one hand where the Saraswati river disappeared, and on the other hand, the people of this area migrated towards the west.
Hindu People Thousands of Years Ago: Hundreds of thousands of years ago people from all over the world used to live in tribes, communities, nomadic forest dwellers, etc. They neither had any clear governance nor any social system. There was no understanding of family, culture, and religion at all. In such a situation there were only a handful of people in the Indian Himalayan region who thought in this regard. He only heard the Vedas and narrated them to human society. It is worth mentioning that since ancient times, Indian society has not been in the clan. He remained in a larger and more exclusive community.
It was the Hindu Vedic religion on the whole earth that had established religious ideology in different forms in different areas to civilize the people. Today, a glimpse of Hinduism can be seen in the religious culture and society around the world, whether it is Judaism, Zoroastrianism, or Christian-Islamic religion. Because 2300-2150 BC Sumeria, 2000-400 BC Babylonia, 2000-250 BC Iran, 2000-150 BC Egypt (Egypt), 1450-500 BC Assyria, 1450-150 BC Greece (Greece) Rome's civilizations existed between 800-500 BC.
But even before all these, that is, 5000 years ago, the war of Mahabharata was fought. Even before Mahabharata, 7300 BC ie 7300+2000=9300 years before today, the creation period of Ramayana has been proved.
Manusmriti: Now since there is a mention of Manusmriti written earlier than that in Ramayana composed by Maharishi Valmiki, let us now know when Manusmriti was written which is older than Ramayana..!
Referring to the verses of Manusmriti for punishing the oppressor Bali by injuring him in the Kishkindha case, Shri Ram calls him guilty of Anujbharyabhimarsh and says – How could I not have punished you appropriately?
Shruyate Manuna Geetau Shlokau Charitra Vatsalau.
Grihitau Dharma Kushalai: Tat Charitam Maya.
Foreign proofs of Manusmriti: Now let us know on the basis of foreign proofs how ancient Manusmriti is even before Ramayana..??
In the year 1932, when Japan broke the historical wall of China with a bomb blast, and an iron trunk was found in it, in which ancient manuscripts of the Chinese language were filled. Those manuscripts fell into the hands of Sir Augustus Fritz George. He took them to London and kept them in the British Museum. Prof. those manuscripts. Anthony Graeme was taught by Chinese scholars.
It is written in one of those Manuscripts of the Chinese language – 'Theology of Manu is the most valid in India which is written in Vedic Sanskrit and is more than ten thousand years old' and the number of Shlokas of Manu has also been mentioned as 630. The same description is also given on page 232 of Motwani's book 'Manu Dharmashastra: A Sociological and Historical Studies'. Apart from this R.P. Pathak's Education in Emerging India is also on page 148.
Now see the time of construction of China's wall is about 220–206 BC, which means the writer wrote about Manu in his handwriting at least before 220BC, 220+10000 = 10220 BC i.e. at least 12,220 years before today Till then Manusmriti was available for reading in India.
Vedas have been mentioned at hundreds of places in Manusmriti. That means Vedas were written even before Manusmriti. Now let us know the antiquity of Vedas, the basis of the Hindu religion-
When did the Vedas originate?
The time of the creation of Vedas is so ancient that no one knows about it accurately. Western scholars estimate the date of creation of the Vedas on the basis of the earliest found manuscripts of the Vedas. Which is very funny. Because before the Vedas were written, they were recited from generation to generation for thousands of years. That is why Vedas are also called "Shruti". In that period it was written on Bhojpatras, so even if Vedas would have been handwritten in that period, it is impossible to find those Bhojpatras after thousands of years.
Nevertheless, Swami Dayanand ji, who did the most research on Vedas, has described in detail the origin of Vedas by God in his books. In Rigveda, Yajurveda, and Samaveda's Purusha Sukta (Rik 10.90, Yaju 31, Atharva 19.6) the origin of creation is described that the Supreme Personality of Godhead created the land, the moon, and the sun produced different kinds of grains on the land. created animals and birds etc. That same infinite powerful Supreme Person created humans and preached the Vedas for their welfare.
He quoted a quote from the Shatapatha Brahmana and said-
'Agnerva Rigvedo Jayate Vayoryajurveda: Suryatsamveda.
At the beginning of the first creation, God revealed one Veda each in the souls of the three sages Agni, Vayu, Aditya, and Angira.' (Satyarthaprakash, Saptamsamullas, page 135) Therefore, the time of the origin of the Vedas is considered to be the same as the origin of the human race. Is.
Sage Manu and Rishi Vedvyas also support the belief of Swami Dayanand. At the beginning of creation, God created the names of all things and creatures and the deeds and cosmic arrangements from the words of the Vedas. (Manusmriti 1.21)
At the beginning of the creation, the self-manifested God revealed the daily divine speech in the form of Vedas, by which all the behavior of human beings is proved (Ved Vyas, Mahabharata Shanti Parva 232/24).
Overall, when did the Vedas, Sanatan Dharma, and Sanatani tradition begin? This is still a research topic. This means that thousands of years ago there was a fully developed civilization in India. And the people here also knew how to read and write. After this, the light of Indian culture gradually started spreading all over the world. Then the 'religion' of India was prevalent in the world with different names.