The sacred texts of the Hindu tradition are a vast collection, coming from a long history predating other major world religions still in continuous practice today. They include the hymns of the Vedas, the teachings of the Upanishads, and the epic stories of deities, demons, and humans contending in the eternal struggle between light and darkness, found in the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, and many others.1
Many of these texts contain remnants of a knowledge passed down from and connected to the ancient religion of the sun. They tell of an ancient “sun dynasty” and how the sea-faring wisdom-bringer Manu set out with seven sages to re-found civilization on its principles after a great flood. They describe the mysterious and formless Brahman, the source of all creation associated with the sun in the Upanishads, and the many myths of Vishnu, who represents the Spiritual Son and acts as a divine savior and preserver of light and order.2
Hinduism also venerates Mother goddess figures, such as Kali or Durga, who represent the feminine spiritual part of a person’s higher Being that can eliminate the inner darkness of egoic states and liberate the light of consciousness within.34
Comparable stories and depictions of divinity are found in other traditions linked to the Religion of the Sun, like ancient Egypt and Sumer, whose mythologies also trace their origins back to to a “sun dynasty” and sea-faring wisdom-bringers.
Hindu texts contain numerous spiritually beneficial practices such as meditation and concentration exercises, mantras, techniques for eliminating egos, and many more. Below are a collection of practices taken from Hindu texts. A more detailed overview of Hinduism’s links to the Religion of the Sun can be found in the article, “Cultures Descended from the Civilization of the Sun.”
- For example, the story of the churning of the milky ocean (samudra manthan), recounted in the Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana, and Bhagavata Purana, symbolizes the struggle between light and darkness, as explained here: https://belsebuub.com/articles/the-churning-of-the-milky-ocean.
- Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, 2016), 109
- Dr. Satya Prakash Choudhary, The Glory of the Goddess – Devi Mahatmyam, 4-5.
- Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, 2016), 73-80.