Hindu Religion Hindu Religion Shaki Alam Axia College of University of Phoenix HUM/130 Religions of the World

Marc Rhoades June 27, 2010

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in essence. Basically Hinduism is a set of beliefs and tradition that includes lot of rituals and practices. of the human and the divine. and Shiva. what are the cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the region where it originated. This. There are several divisions within Hinduism but they all follow the same ancient scriptures called Vedas. Hinduism is his or her beliefs in multiple manifestations in life. at once evanescent and eternal. When comes to Hindu 2 religion. it generally means that he or she is in the quest of recognition of god and blessing from all the gods. the belief in karma. within time and in eternity. So the ultimate god is Brahman. Shakthi (Devi). who are children of the past and the future. and the law of cause and effect. I will be discussing what makes up the Hindu religion.Hindu Religion In this paper. of the world and beyond it. to rise above our terrestrial limitations. and. is the message of . Reincarnation means that once your soul leaves the dead body and then takes birth again not only as a human but can also born as an animal or other form of life. Based on what I have read so far and understand. which is formless and infinite. When someone practices Hinduism. yet have the capacity to comprehend our condition. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion and has been around since 1500 BC. The most worshipped Hindu gods are Vishnu. Hinduism is an old religion. to transcend the throbbing abyss of space and time itself. The primary theory of Hinduism is the belief in the ultimate reality called Brahman (universal soul) and its identification with the Aatman (individual soul). Hindu scholar Karan Sing stated “We. finally. of earth and heaven. I will also talk about the desire for liberation from earthly existence. Hinduism does not have any known origin and no time frame as to when Hinduism was first created or formed. Hindu religion beliefs in worshipping more than one god and rebirth or reincarnation called Samsara. also known as Hindu Dharma or Sanatana Dharma. of light and darkness.

they all have some form of similarity. The understanding of the ancient Vedas will always make them relevant to the human condition (Fisher. Everyone thought to believe that Hinduism was founded in what is now known as India. they must experience desire. Liberation or mukti (moksha) means being free from all ignorance and bondage. The great Mahatma Gandhi emphasized that “the people’s strength lay in awareness of spiritual truth and in nonviolent resistance to military. 2005). Quote from Hindu religious book Bhaghavad Gita “Karmanno vadhikaraste maphaleshu kadachana”. he communicated with her through intense love. .Hindu Religion 3 Hinduism.industrial oppression. Before someone can achieve moksha. dharma. including Hinduism. One of these was Ramakrishna (1836–1886) who was a devotee of the Divine Mother in the form of Kali. you go to heaven or hell. and liberation. worldly success. for the ultimate prize is moksha. but he longed only to be a vehicle for pure devotion” (Fisher. In addition to being made a focus for political unity. and reportedly a visible brilliance. There are several social groups in India and Hindu religious is being used as guides for all the people who are believer or follower of Hindu religions. He practiced Tantric disciplines and the bhavanas (types of loving relationships). These brought him spiritual powers. and culturally diverse. spiritual insight. The people of the Indian subcontinent are religiously. racially. ethically. Eschewing ritual. Hinduism itself was revitalized by a number of spiritual leaders. Though India consist of many different culture from north to south. which he considered the universal religion. their belief in Hinduism and how Hinduism is being practiced and followed from generation to generation. 2005). Hindu religion does not believe that once you die. The cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the region that has been thought to have started over thousand years. which means that you do your karma and not worry about its prize. He claimed that these qualities were the essence of all religions.

and Shiva. Shakthi (Devi). The most worshipped Hindu gods are Vishnu.Hindu Religion In conclusion. Hinduism is been around since 1500 B.C. Hinduism is the belief in the ultimate reality called Brahman and its identification with the Aatman. 4 . There are several social groups in India and Hindu religious is being used as guides for all the people who are believer or follower of Hindu religions. and is the third largest religion.

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