Greg L. Fowler
Hum/130 Religions of the World
March 6, 2011
In this paper the subject is the religion of Hinduism. In this paper the subjects to explain are the makeup of the Hindu religion, what the cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the region in which it originated are and finally will explain the desire for liberation from earthly existence.
The Hindu Religion
“Hinduism is the oldest religion on the planet. Hinduism is actually known as the Sanatana Dharma or Eternal Truth. The uniting belief systems of Hinduism, and there are many, include the conviction that Truth is knowable and can be ...view middle of the document...
The actual name is the Sanatana Dharma or Universal Truth or Way.
One of Hinduism's greatest strengths is its able to unite the diverse beliefs and practices of its people in a way that is unquestionably necessary for India to continue as it historically has” (Allfaith, 2007, p.1). This belief is why the government of India opposes Christianity and Muslim missionaries. Both Christianity and Islamic religions require a body of ideas that teach people as truth or correct that would not work well for the people of India. “Christianity and Islamic religions destroy the historic traditions and beliefs of those who practice Hinduism” (Allfaith, 2007, p.1).
“India's people believe that their traditions are their nation's greatest riches. As an example, think about the differences between modern India and Pakistan. India allows Muslims to live in peace; Pakistan makes it impossible for Hindus to live there” (Allfaith, 2007, p.1).
“The religion of Hinduism's practices vegetarianism. In history, India's lifeblood was its cattle. Modern day Indian villages also believe that its cattle are still the lifeblood. The bulls plow the fields so that food can be grown. Cows give milk, an important ingredient in many Indian foods and a vital source of protein. Cow dung is used for making cooking and heating fires as well as some medicines. The Hindu philosophy of revering all life and refraining from harm to any living thing, maintains a civility that otherwise would not exists considering the religious and political differences in the region” (Rood, 1995-2011, p.1).
“Hinduism's greatest strength remains its diversity and its ability to incorporate all belief systems. Indeed, one can literally argue that Christianity, Islam and all other religious systems are part of the Sanatana Dharma or Universal Way of spiritual practice.