Hinduism is the only religion in the world ,which has a holistic approach as characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical....Hinduism is the oldest religion as vouched by Wikipedia on History of Hinduism.
Much research has been done to find out the origin of Hinduism. The followers of Hinduism believe that their religion exists since time immemorial. Several books like Bhagwadgita and scriptures like Vedas are reported to have been handed down by the God himself.
Still, the specialists in history are of the belief that Hindu religion is as new as 5000 years.
The above is a word in Sanskrit pronounced as"AUM"meaning the Almighty God.This word AUM is the composite of three independent sounds"A","U" and "M"and which in turn represent the words as "Adimatva","Utkarsha"and"Miti"(sanskrit)meaning"Beginning","Progress(or) Operation" and "Dissolution or Limit "respectively. In short ,AUM indicates the Powers for Creation, Development and Destruction.
The word GOD can also mean as Generation, Operation and Destruction which corresponds to the AUM of Hindu religion.
The rich culture ,values and ethics of India are actually embedded in the Hinduism and they are passed on through generations.This is the strength of Secularism of India.
Hinduism or Hindu religion has been appreciated for its Tolerance and Freedom of Thinking by many leaders and personalities.The few quotes about Hinduism are given below .
“In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the BhagvadGita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial.” ―Henry David Thoreau
“The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.” -ALDOUS HUXLEY
“One man may read the Bhagavata by the light of a lamp, and another may commit a forgery by that very light; but the lamp is unaffected. The sun sheds its light on the wicked as well as on the virtuous.” - SRI RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHAMSA
"Hinduism has millions of Gods and they don't bother any one.Religions don't thrive in Europe because they are much more intolerant"
-Yann Martel, author of 'Life of Pi"
"Hinduism's basic tenet is that many roads exist by which men have pursued and still pursue their quest for the truth and that none has universal validity.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette