Hinduism Essay

910 words - 4 pages

Hinduism
Kierra Williams
REL/133
June 5, 2012
Jefferey Hineline

Hinduism
Hinduism is such a complex religion it is a very difficult topic for individuals to study. The fact that Hindus have no specific God and they have so many different belief systems made it difficult for me to interpret. Hinduism is considered one of the world’s largest religions’s and was created in the Indian subcontinent. Hinduism is not just a religion; it is more so the way of life. It has its own beliefs and traditions. It is a group formed of diverse traditions and has no specific supernatural being or no single holy text. According to Huxley (2010) “Hinduism unites the worship of many gods with a belief in ...view middle of the document...

Hindus adore animals, spirits, and trees. Hindus are very devoted to respecting animals, in fact they believe that they were once human or either will be human in another life.
Within Hinduism it is said that different individuals requires different spiritual paths and that individual’s personality can help establish the type of yoga to practice. The first yoga is the Jnana Yoga, which means “Knowledge Yoga”. It is a yoga that is appropriate for priests. Then there is the Karma Yoga, which refers to “Action Yoga”. This particular yoga helps a person gain a sense of wanting to do things out of passion rather than doing something in returns of a reward. This type of yoga suggests when work is performed unselfishly; the reward is greatness or perfection. Another yoga practice is Bhakti Yoga, which is “Devotion Yoga”. It is a form of yoga that fosters love and faith. It can engage expressions of devotion such as, food offerings, chants, songs, and so on. There is the Raja Yoga, which stands for “Royal Yoga”. This practice promotes meditation. It is a yoga that gives a person some mental stability and helps one gain a sense of peace. An additional yoga practice is the Hatha Yoga, which means “Force Yoga”. Hatha Yoga includes exercises that make a long meditation period easier to follow; which includes balancing, stretching, and breathing techniques. A different form of yoga is Kundalini Yoga, which is a combining of the hatha yoga and the raja yoga. Kundalini Yoga shows that there are seven psychic centers, called Chakras. Huxley (2010) noted that “the chakras are centers through which energy rises from the base of the spine to the crown of the head” (p. 95). Chakras help increase insight and joy during meditation
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