Sri Devasthanam is the website of the Sanskrit Religions Institute (S.R.I.), which is a United States 501 (c) (3) religious organization dedicated to the study and advancement of the Hindu religion. We are a nondenominational Hindu ministry and our goal is to present information on the Hindu religion that is both scholarly and religious. The expression “deva-sthanam” means “a divine place.” The symbol is the letters s-r-i, pronounced “shree“, which is the Sanskrit word for beauty, grace, and splendor. Sri Devasthanam is, therefore a divine place of beauty, grace and splendor.
The essence of Hinduism is direct experience with the Divine and therefore it teaches how divinity exists all parts of life. The verse below from the Kena Upanishad captures the essence of the Hindu experience of the Divine.
yad etad vidyuto vyadyutad a3 itonnayamomisad a3 ity adhidaivatam
Here is a teaching: The flash of lightning that causes one to blink and say, “Ah!”
– that experience of “Ah”, is Divinity. (Kenopanishad 4.4)
Therefore, even a seemingly common experience, a flash of lightning, can be an interaction with the Divine if one’s heart and mind are open. This is the essence of Hinduism.
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