The correct name for Hinduism is "Sanatana Dharma" or religion based on eternal truths. The name Hinduism is a misnomer, dating back to the ancient Persians who called the land of India the land of Hindus, after the Sanskrit name for the Indus River (known as Sindhu), the largest river of western India. Hinduism is thus a geographical term. Read more.
In order to communicate the subtle truths about Dharma (the art of righteous living) and Brahma Vidya (knowledge of Brahman) and generate devotion to seek the highest Truth among people, individuals Rishis have presented the Truth through stories and parables wherein the scriptures provide the science of life and the art of living: Read more.
The most important concept in Hinduism is dharma. Dharma is said to be determined by four things: Vedas, smrithi (literature authored by Rishis as remembered and interpreted from the Vedas to assist people; it is time sensitive, not carrying the same authority as Vedas, and can be changed to suit different generations), society's standards for good and noble conduct, and one’s own joy or pleasure. Our actions should be in accordance with all four. Read more.
According to Hindu scriptures, the twin ideals of material prosperity and spiritual emancipation are complementary, and in fact material prosperity is meaningful only when it is oriented to spiritual ideals. The following five principles are recommended in the education of every Hindu: Read more.