The world's oldest continuously surviving civilization is Hinduism. The intriguing aspect is that in addition to being the oldest, it is a durable and continuously thriving civilization. Have you ever pondered the reasons behind this civilisation's persistence and further growth? The answer is found in the spirit of its culture. Hinduism is a way of life, not a religion. As civilization advanced, certain ideals, principles, creeds, and beliefs were developed by the Hindu intellect. Based on these fundamental principles and essential values, the Hindu way of life is constantly expanding and sustaining itself. This civilization has endured for almost 5,000 years thanks to a fundamental set of values. It's interesting how these principles have permeated our culture and become a part of our everyday life. Since these ways of living transcend time and geography and are applicable to all people, they are known as Sanatani (beginning-less).
The world has embraced many Hindu ideas, and there are many more that should be implemented in order to improve the quality of life for everyone. Some of them are as follows:
A life value is having a large family.
Dan Buettner, a National Geographic researcher and the creator of the Blue Zones, observed that the majority of centenarian-populated areas share a common practice: placing family and other loved ones among daily priorities. According to this study, spending time with family is a prudent investment that can lengthen your life by up to six years! One of Hinduism's core principles is the importance of extended families.
Hinduism emphasises family values over individualism as a whole as its foundation for existence. The fundamental element of Hindu identity is not the individual but rather the "individual in family." Hinduism centres its entire way of life around the family. A Hindu person is born, raised, and receives his value system in the family. Living with a family relieves stress and provides psychological support for success.
Hindu parents have a responsibility to bring up their kids and care for their ageing parents. This type of family is typically an extended family, where even if some members may not reside under the same roof, they yet have very strong emotional ties. Hindu families cannot exist without the family as the fundamental element.
Honouring parents and senior citizens
To respect, love, and obey his parents and grandparents, a youngster is raised. In order to uphold his father's promise, Lord Ram sacrificed his kingdom. Hindu children have living Gods as parents. According to Indian folklore, Shravan Kumar carried his blind parents to all the holy cities. Given that she gave birth, the mother is respected more than the father.
It is difficult to imagine any Hindu youngster disobeying his parents, in contrast to many Western societies where parents are frequently defied. Respect for senior citizens is another societal ideal. Uncles, aunts (both paternal and maternal), other family elders, and elders in general can all be considered elders. Teachers are revered as gurus and accorded the same respect as parents. Gurus are regarded for serving as their students' mentors, friends, philosophers, and guides.
Regard towards visitors
In any culture where visitors are revered as gods, you won't get such a warm welcome. Hindu philosophy is based on the principle of Atithi Devo Bhav (Guests are Gods). The host shows the visitor the highest respect and consideration. This virtue has been ritualised as a tradition and is ingrained directly in family culture. This is one of the factors that has contributed to the Hindu civilization's openness to all new civilizations and willingness to make room for them all. All six of the major world religions are practised in India, and because Hinduism promotes tolerance, many followers of other faiths have relocated there.
Getting along with other creatures
For many Hindus, visiting the temple and saying the prayers is a daily practise. The prayers' recital, which concludes with the axioms "Parniyon Mein Sadbhavna Ho" (Let all living things coexist in harmony) and "Vishva Ka Kalyan Ho," is the most fascinating section (Let the whole world prosper). The Hindu is not simply concerned with me, myself, or other people. Praniyon is the term for all living things, including plants, animals, birds, and trees. Even the Panch-Tatva, which are the five fundamental components of existence (water, air, earth, space, and fire), are revered and regarded as living beings. A Hindu worships the sky, the rivers, the mountains, the fire, the forests, etc. According to "Vishva Ka kalyan Ho," a Hindu is considered to be a true humanist and universalist if they are concerned about everyone, not just their own countrymen.