Hinduism is a religion with many Gods and Goddesses - but sadly it seems Hindus lost their way in the rites and rituals of the Gods and Goddesses, their specific types of worship, their specific locations of worship relating to their stories. I am a Hindu aged 31 years and till 30 years of my life, I believed Hinduism was only what I said above. I did not had even a vague idea that there might be something else in Hinduism too. But in the last 8 months, I came to know about some subtle points in Hinduism relating to spirituality, which have been overlooked - can't say overlooked, because until someone goes in that direction, they will not see it - but somehow they are missed in the gross points of rites and rituals of how and where to worship Gods and Goddesses, with the motive of getting something you desire.
Bhagwad Geeta, which comprises of the discourses given by Lord Krishna, is the ultimate guidebook of human life. All its verses have some important meaning. But if somebody asked me what 2 points, I feel are the most important in it, then i shall say that i feel the 2 points which are very important from my point of view are -
1. the ultimate goal of human life is Self-Realization
2. the whole universe is comprised of two things - matter (or prakriti) and Consciousness (or Atman or Self or Soul or whatever name you want to give it)
We all know about Yoga in Hinduism, but only relating to physical fitness. But to see what Yoga actually means, please see the below video:http://www.swamij.com/videos/yoga-meditation-visualized.wmv
The 8 steps of Yoga Sutras can be seen in below link:http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-22629.htm
As per the first step of the Yoga Sutras, the thoughts, speech and actions in the external world should be - Non-harming, Truthfulness, Non-stealing, Remembering the higher reality, Non-possessiveness.
As per the second step of the Yoga Sutras, the thoughts, speech and actions in the internal world should be - Purifying your body and mind, Cultivating an attitude of contentment, Training your senses, Inner exploration, Letting go into your spiritual source.
What is said about karma, please see in the below link:http://www.swamij.com/karma.htm
What is said about the states of consciousness, please see in the below link:http://www.swamij.com/om.htm
What is said about the mind, please see in the below link:http://www.swamij.com/fourfunctionsmind.htm
Unfortunately, these information in Hinduism seem to have got overlooked. So just thought of sharing these information with all.