To answer this question, first I need to explain what the main goal of Hinduism is. The ultimate goal of Hinduism is Moksha not the worship of a god or 2 gods or many gods. This is a very important point to understand Hinduism. We do not pray to gods because we believe in their superiority but because we believe that they can show us the path towards enlightenment and consequently Moksha.
Gajendra Moksha (pictured) is a symbolic tale in Vaishnavism. The elephant Gajendra enters a lake where a crocodile Huhu clutches his leg and becomes his suffering. Despite his pain, he constantly remembers God Vishnu. God liberates him. Gajendra symbolically represents man, Huhu represents sins and the ...view middle of the document...
Hindus can be atheists and call themselves Hindus unlike Christianity, Judaism or Islam and more like Buddhism. I personally am a Hindu atheist and for me Hinduism is a 'way of life' and not an institution for prayers to god.
Hindus believe in the divinity of the Vedas, the world's most ancient scripture, and venerate the Agamas as equally revealed. These primordial hymns are God's word and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal religion which has neither beginning nor end.
Hindus believe in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest Reality.
Hindus believe that the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation and dissolution.
Hindus believe in karma, the law of cause and effect by which each
individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and deeds.
Theism- Yes, Hindus are does believe in god and there are things that has influence over their life.
Creation: Vishnu (Preserver part of the supreme god) appears floating on an ocean. Brahma (Creator part of the supreme god) evolves rom his naval and creates the rest of the universe. Eventually Shiv (destroyer part of the supreme god) will destroy everything and the cycle starts over. This is often referred to as the circle of life.
Heaven/Hell-do not exist. All souls are eternal and will rebirth (Reincarnation) is the phenomenon where the immortal soul is continuously born and reborn in any one of 8,400,000 life-forms until it attains...