Hinduism* is more accurately known as Sanatana Dharma or Jaiva-dharma. These ancient Sanskrit terms refer to the constitutional nature of the soul as an eternal servant of the Lord. The Vedas (scriptures) teach mankind how to realise this eternal relationship, which is a consummate endeavour to serve Him in a favourable mood. This state of pure bhakti (transcendental loving devotion) is free from any other desire or duty. Differences of language, country, race, gender, etc. cannot create or change this spiritual, constitutional function of the soul. The main practice followed by all Hindus (we prefer the original term Vaishnavas), through which one can be purified of all other designations is the prayerful chanting of the transcendental sound of the most holy names of God. Especially recommended, in appeal for His service, in this current age is the great mantra:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
* The common usage of the term ‘Hindu’ is a recent label of modern times denoting the religious practices of people living on the eastern side of the river Indus and does not accurately define the ancient Vedic culture inferred. The symbol on the right, Tilaka, is the original one used by the Vaishnavas.