The Hindu religion is one that is lacking a uniting belief system, but is made up from many different Indian religious ways that have been categorized together as if they were a single tradition named “Hinduism.” This term is derived from a name applied by foreigners to the people living in the region of the Indus River, and was introduced in the nineteenth century under colonial British rule as a category for census-taking. Some of the unified religious systems that are included are Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Some cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the religion in which is originated are influenced in their everyday life by devotional traditions. Their lives are so imbued with spiritual meaningful aspects that spiritually are never far from one's mind. Rituals, castes and social duties, life stages, home puja, homage to the guru, fasting, prayer, auspicious designs, and reverence paid to trees and rivers, pilgrimages, and religious festivals and a few things that make up the Hindu way of life. Rituals from a cradle to the cremation ground, the Hindu's life are wrapped up in rituals. Life stages of attaining spiritual realization or liberation is thought to take at least a lifetime, and probably many lifetimes. Hindus believe that the death of a human being only extinguishes the bodily form of existence as the soul reincarnates in another life form. The exercise of Sanatana Dharma (the central theological system) is to gain the favor of the powers of creation so that the soul finds a happier and an elevated existence in its next life-episode. A failure to live a virtuous life would force the human soul to find the body of a lesser animal in its next life. These reincarnations are not meant to go on in never-ending cycles. The purpose of a Hindu’s life is to achieve the ultimate experience of Absolute Reality, through the achievement of which there should be no more re-births and the soul merges into this ultimate reality. This liberation from sensual realities to the absolute reality is called Moksha. A human being has it within his ability to attain Moksha by applying the principles suggested by the scriptures. Now, an animal, lacking in powers of higher cognition and control of the self cannot ever achieve Moksha. This makes it important for a Hindu to utilize the precious occasion of human life toward reaching the ultimate goal. It also explains why Hindus desire liberation from earthly existence. Moksha is a core concept in Hinduism and all other philosophical discourses in the Vedas and Upanishads revolve around this core. To attain Moksha, a Hindu subject embraces principles such as Bhakti Yoga in his daily life. Application of Bhakti Yoga is said to help the individual overcome hurdles and challenges (also known as Karma) in his march toward enlightenment. Tensions…
Hinduism is the term that is derived from a name applied by foreigners to the people living in the region of the Indus River. They were introduced in the 19th century for colonial British rule for census-taking because of this type of labeling and interpretations of these Indian religious traditions by those who were outsiders, this has turned into a debated issue. (Fisher, 2014).
Even the Hindu…
August 11, 2013
Hinduism Paper - Unity
According to Das Subhamoy (2013), “Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion, with a billion followers, which makes it the world's third largest religion. Hinduism is a conglomeration of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas and practices that originated in India, characterized by the belief in reincarnation, one absolute being of multiple manifestations, the law of cause and effect, following the path…
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The term “Hinduism” is often construed. Many including myself grow up believing that this is one set particular religion. In reality this is far from the truth. The term was given to the people of the Indus River many years ago. The term has since then stuck. The British initiated this within the 19th century. The main reason was to asset in a censoring…
Hinduism - belief, religion, or something else?
One can devote a lifetime to the study of the Hinduism and still be left with more questions than answers. The nature and origins have been contemplated for years leaving the ever-present mystery in humankinds claim as the third largest religion on the planet. Only asking over and over is Hinduism a belief a religion or something else.
One can begin with the overall sense that time has distorted and convoluted the true origin of Hinduism to the…
July 27, 2014
The historic foundation of the Hindu religion dates back to BCE c:8000-6000 (Fisher, 2014). Hinduism is a fascinating and respectable religion that is practiced widely in the world today. Specifically. This religion has quite a dominant presence on the geographical plains of India, which is located in the southern subcontinent of…
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REL/133 World Religious Traditions I
November 24, 2014
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Week 2 Paper
The early studies of Hinduism are traceable to Harappa Culture. This religious devotion continuous in India today. Hindus continued to worship the path of the God on God’s in temples and also construct altars in their homes this involves offerings of flowers, food, incenses, and fire images for the Gods singing hymns is a divine reality. There are…
May 16, 2013
Hinduism traditions are very ancient and are not just a single religion it also embraces many traditions along with it. What makes Hinduism very unique? Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and there was not a founder for it. Hindus worship god by calling him Jesus, Allah, Brahman, or Buddha. According to www.religioustollerance.com/hinduism.htm they stated, “Hinduism differs from Christianity and other monotheistic religions…
According to our reading, moksha is the liberation from the limitations of space, time, and matter through realization of the immortal absolute. Many life- times of upward-striving incarnations are required to reach this transcendence of earthly miseries. This desire for liberation from earthly existence is one of the underpinnings of classical Hinduism, and of Buddhism as well.
Hindus believe in reincarnation this a belief that the soul is…
The Vivid Culture of Hinduism
Faith and religion plays an important role in the lives of people around the world, and often the faith of one person or nation has an effect on other individuals or countries. The importance of religion is apparent in the daily routines of people all around the world (Breuilly pg 29). Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world the culture of it is very interesting. Many historians believe that the early Hindu practices can be dated as far back as the 10th…
Hinduism vs. Buddhism
In the world today there are many different world religions and also smaller divisions of belief which are based on certain philosophies. There are three major religious beliefs in the world today. The largest two of these three are Christianity and Judism. Hinduism is the third largest world religion which is mainly practiced in India. Within this third main religion, we can find almost any form of religion from simple animism to elaborate philosophical systems…