From various resources that I found by studying mythology and legends and different research papers, Hinduism is believed to be the oldest religion in the world. Because almost all religions of today go back to a particular time period to find their roots but the roots of Hinduism do not belong to a particular era.

Islam was founded by Muhammad the Prophet around 622CE (Common Era), or about 1,382 years ago in Mecca.

Christianity was founded by Jesus Christ approximately 1,971 (33CE) years ago.

Buddhism and Jainism are the newest additions.

Hinduism is said to have its origins in Dravidas who were the natives of  India. The Aryans are said to have come from the Caspian region and displaced Dravidas, but this belief has been contradicted by many people as they say that Indian history has been manipulated by Western scholars to depict that whatever is good in India has come from Western region as Aryans are the race believed to be the creator of Vedas.

Anyway, Hinduism survives mainly through the ancient scriptures like Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata. The rules of this religion have been manipulated by Pundits to suit their way of living.

The inherent tendency of mixing myths with facts is so intense in Hiduism that we hardly see in any other religion. The people of India have always been submissive to the Pundits without questioning their directions and preachings. Lack of logic and cause behind the actions of these Pundits and innocence of their followers filled the religion with many uncultured practices.

We know Valmiki wrote Ramayana and Vedavyasa wrote Mahabharata but we are unable to find their exact time period. To make things more complicated Valmiki and Vedavyasa mixed them with supernatural characters and happenings which are hard to believe in this age.

If we take into account all the religions and the myths surrounding them, we would be surprised to find  innumerous Gods, Goddesses and Demons which are so ridiculous and unbelievable that a proper conclusion can not be drawn from them. At last one takes a deep sigh and asks himself did these things really exist?

As long as we continue proving things logically and scientifically we will never be able to get a positive outcome from the Mythologies. To keep people aware of things like DHARMA and ADHARMA we have only stories to read, there are virtually no instances where God has punished somebody for any wrong doing. People commit rape, murder, robbery and easily get away with their crimes and still remain unpunished.

Another dark aspect of Hinduism is the concept of Reincarnation. As scholars say “PUNARAPI JANAMAM, PUNARAPI MARANAM, PUNARAPI JANANI JATHARE SHAYANAM”. It means a soul takes birth after birth till it gets the ultimate salvation and does not rebirth again. It is also said that a soul gets in to 84,00,000 bodies  through this process until it gets MOKHSHA or salvation. During this process the soul in the body gets reward and punishment depending on its actions and most of the time the sufferings of humans are attributed to their previous birth.

But at this instance one question always pops out in my mind that how a soul will know whether it has done anything wrong in its previous birth? And is there any proof that a particular soul was born as a human in its previous birth as we know that humans are the only ones who have the capacity to judge right and wrong?

There are many things which need to be justified or more specifically falsified before we reach a decision.

For me the conscience is the only spiritual guide. Humans are blessed with enough logic and intelligence to judge the vice and virtues in everyday life. And by using them one can easily justify his/her action.