[quote="mardukm, post:1, topic:304706"]
I just saw on old movie on YouTube called "NIght Monster" from way back in 1942. In the movie, there was a Hindu that stated that according to his religion, the universe is made up of vibrations, and that reality can be controlled if one can learn to control these vibrations,
I was thinking how similar the concept is to String Theory.
Does anyone know if this is really part of the Hindu religion, or was this just another Hollywood invention?
Actually, at least from what you've stated, the movie is spot on.
Vibrations and intonations play a very significant role in ancient Brahmanism. I believe its due to the high regard they have for the rituals and verses within the Vedas.
Somewhere in the hoary ancient past, the Brahmins (the priestly caste) came to regard the rituals within their texts to be of higher importance than the deities that the rituals were addressed to.....save 1 exception of course. The rituals were seen as a means by which reality was manipulated and the cosmos renewed - not unlike the religious rituals carried out in other cultures.
But what was of great significance was the emphasis they placed on carrying out the procedure - especially with the chanting/prayers/songs etc.
For instance, you know the sound "Om?" "Om" doesn't "stand" for anything - its not a designator or a referrant in the same manner that the word "cat" refers to actual felines we know and love.
Om is supposed to encompass all of reality.
Just because Hinduism isn't an organized religion doesn't mean it isn't the oldest. Yes there is no single organization or list of dogmas that tie them together, but that does not mean just because there is no word to describe something it does not exist. Many Christians are under the false assumption that the Hindus are polytheist and therefore are primitives who worship anything they can think of. The Hindu religion could be considered a form of Polymorphic Monotheism. The worship on supreme god under many different names. The only argument is what the name of the supreme God actually is Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna. And even If you don't want to admit the possibility that they are monotheists they are at least henotheist and believe that the other gods are an extension of the one they worship. Hinduism is in fact older than Judaism, unless you believe in Adam and Eve.
Part of the problem is our attempts to classify each others social actions.
Best way to indicate this would be a story I heard from one of my own Hindu friends from Tamil Nadu.
One of his friends, an evangelical christian (unsure as to the sect), found it bizzare and odd that he could find Sikhs, Hindus, and many other sectarians showing up at each others places of worship and feverently praying to God(s).
"This would be an offense in my own religion. It would be an insult and betrayal of God." he said. He then went about inquiring via my friend as to why these various sectarians were worshipping at another group's place when they visited.
The translated response he got back from one of the revelers was, "To not pay respects to God, regardless of his manifestation, would be an insult to him."
Do you see the point? ;)
The two civilizations concepts of what constitutes religion or God diverge wildly.
Because Western civilization got the upper hand on India, China, et al. their defintiions and categories were predominate for a time.
When analyzing something as complicated as the religious life of India, all they could do was make reference to their own experiences and label accordingly.
Hinduism sorta looks like Graeco-Roman/Semitic Polytheism to them....even though a close examination of it reveals otherwise.