This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

World Religion Report Hinduism

1547 words - 7 pages

Hinduism; organized religion or compilation of smaller belief systems? Some would argue that Hinduism is a combination of both of those terms and much more. What encompasses the Hindu religion? Why do people of today, even in modern America still practice a faith that some may even consider paganism? In comparison to the dominant monotheistic religion of Christianity, where does the Hindu religion rank?
Although Hinduism is not the world’s leading religion, there are still large numbers of followers today. Hinduism is ranked as the number four world religion with approximately 900 million followers (Adherents.com, 2007). According to the Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance (2006), ...view middle of the document...

Despite the original and emerging theories as to the origin of the Hindu religion, Hinduism has developed into a religion of its own rites.
Hinduism, monotheistic, polytheistic, or something else?
Hinduism or Sanātana Dharma is a henotheistic religion; it can also be viewed as polytheistic and monotheistic. It all depends on one’s view and perspective about how the Hindus worship their god. Hinduism recognizes a single deity and views other deities as a manifestation of that supreme god. This is a part of the central theme or fundamental of Hinduism belief in the Absolute, Supreme Reality, called Brahman and its identification with Aatman (individual soul). It is said that Brahman, which is formless, infinite, and impersonal in nature, can manifest in many forms, thus the worship of many gods/goddesses, some are even human. For the sake of making the worship more personal, the gods/goddesses had been personified and given different attributes. However, of all the deities that are worshipped by Hindu’s, the most worshipped are Shiva, Vishnu and Shakthi (Fisher, 2005). Hinduism is sometimes believed as the Trinitarian because Brahman is often seem as a triad—one god with three persons (Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance, 2007). The Trinitarian includes Brahman who is the creator; Vishnu is the preserver or the one who sustains, and Shiva the destroyer who can also be seen as compassionate.
Hindu belief about life and death
Hindus believe that all creatures go through the cycle of birth and rebirth called reincarnation. The principle of karma, which means action, and the consequences of action, follow from lifetime to lifetime, determines the status of each being’s birth. To escape from the cycle of birth, death, or rebirth (samsara) lead by karma is to achieve moksha. According to Fisher (2005), “To escape from samsara is to achieve moksha, or liberation from the limitations of space, time, and matter through realization of the immortal Absolute. Many lifetimes of upward-striving incarnations are required to reach this transcendence of earthly miseries” (p. 75).
Hindu sacred and religious text
There are many scripts and text in the Hindu religion; among the most sacred are the Vedas and Upanishad, which is often referred to as the foundation of the Sanatana Dharma. In Hindu Philosophy, there are six orthodox schools. They are Nyaya, Vaishseshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva Mimamsa, Vedanta (Fisher, 2005).
Hindu ethics and religious practices
Hindus organize their lives around the Four Aims of Hinduism often referred to as the “doctrine of the fourfold end of life” (Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance, 2006). The first is dharma, which is righteousness in their religious life. The second is Artha, which means success in their economic life. The third is Kama, which is the gratification of the senses to include sexual, sensual, and pleasure. The fourth is Moksha, which is the liberation from samsara and the ultimate...

Other Papers Like World Religion Report Hinduism

Hinduism Essay

910 words - 4 pages reincarnation they do not determine death as the end of life or a fear, instead they acknowledge death as a resurrection of the soul. They do not focus death on fear. Hinduism is such a powerful religion that it has persuaded the world with its informed beliefs. This particular religious group has a freedom of practice and belief. Hinduism has been a huge influence amongst the world for many years. It is a known religion that has created

Hunduism Paper

826 words - 4 pages Week 3 Assignment Hinduism is the oldest known religion, has been around from 10,000 to 5,000 B.C., and is the third largest religion of the world with over one billion followers. (Hinduism Facts , 2012) While Hinduism is a popular religion, there are differences with it and other major religions. There no central belief system in the religion and they have different beliefs as well. There is no founder of the religion and it has been

Joanne Perrin

600 words - 3 pages religion spread to Malaysia very early until the 15th century when the Islamic arrived. Hinduism revival occurred among the Malaysians Indians around The Second World War. This created foundation or organizations and councils to bring unity and reform. Hinduism was once spread over the subcontinents, but later remained in the Indian subcontinents. Today, there are a large number of followers in Hinduism as it is the oldest and active among the

Islam vs. Hinduism

943 words - 4 pages Hinduism Vs. Islam Throughout the history of our world, thousands of new developments, achievements, and advancements have occurred, coming from people and places across the nations. One of the most important of these was the development of religion, which has been a way of life for the people of our world for centuries. From the nomads of Africa, to the idolized leaders of the Roman Empire, religion has always been a fueling force for the

Religious and Ethnic Groups

1311 words - 6 pages ETH/125 November 29, 2013 Religious and Ethnic Groups Hinduism is a complex religion. It is the world’s largest religion, after Christianity and Islam, with over a billion followers. It originated in India and is a mixture of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas and practices. Hinduism is characterized by the belief in reincarnation (Samsara), the multiplicity of deities, the laws of cause and effect (Karma), following a

Hinduism

573 words - 3 pages and the beginning of Hinduism. Hinduism is one of the most complex religions of the world. There is no single scripture or single founder. The religion was developed from Brahmanism. Brahman in Hinduism is the highest god. Hinduism is believed to be one of the oldest religions. It is the religion of the Indian people, Aum is the symbol of Hindu, and the texts are Shruti and Smriti. Many scriptures, rituals, and chants are found in the text. Most

World Religious Report

1576 words - 7 pages World Religions Report Rough Draft The religion that was selected by the author of this paper is Hinduism. This is due to his lack of working knowledge on the subject of this religion. There have been a few hurdles in the writing of this paper such as a severe lack of religious diversity in the area of the writer’s home town. This has lead the author to find alternative methods of gaining insight into these religious practices. Hopefully

Hindu Religion

1628 words - 7 pages Hindu Religion Hinduism is one of the oldest organized religions in the world. The religion has thousands of diverse religious groupings that evolved in the Indian subcontinent from as far as 1500 BC. The Hindu religion has a variety of traditions, and, therefore, freedom of practices and beliefs are some of the notable feature of this religion. Hinduism includes the following traditionsVaishnavism, Srauta, and Shaivism, among others

Hum/130 Syllabus

1812 words - 8 pages their beliefs and practices. | | | Capstone Discussion Question | Post your response to the following questions: In what ways has learning about world religions influenced the way you think about religion? Why is it important to learn about other peoples' beliefs and attitudes? How will you utilize this information in the future? | | 30 | Final Project World Religions Report | Resources: Appendices A, B, & FSelect a

Hinduism And Buddhism

1016 words - 5 pages ASSIGMENT TITLE In this assignment, you will select two (2) religions from those studied thus far in the course (i.e., Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism). Next, compare and contrast them . Hinduism is unique among the world religions in that it has no founder or date of origin. While most major religions derive from new ideas taught by a charismatic leader, Hinduism is simply the religion of the people of India, which has

Hinduism Vs. Buddhism

1165 words - 5 pages religion and one of the oldest in the world. “Hinduism denotes the religions of majority of the people in India and Nepal as well as communities in other continents, who refer to themselves as Hindus.” Flourished between 2500 BCE to 1500 BCE, and developed by Aryans. (Flood) What is Buddhism? Many say that Buddhism is an offspring of Hinduism. However, Buddhism founded in 560 BC is a religion that originated from Northern India. This religion’s

Related Essays

World Religion Report

2020 words - 9 pages World Religion Report Today there are over one billion members of the Catholic Church and that number grows daily. What it means to be catholic is to love Jesus completely and to follow him and his teachings. Catholics try to integrate Jesus into every aspect of their daily lives. They believe Jesus is lord, father, the son and the Holy Ghost, the Holy Trinity. They follow the Ten Commandments, Thou shalt have no other gods before me, Thou

Yoga Impact In America Essay

630 words - 3 pages , and basically stressed out. With this, the entire world is always left to wonder “what is this life all worth?” Going through this phase leads to self examination, and what better way to get to that state of mind than through Yoga. Yoga is the latest rave and craze that is in the fitness world in the nation. It is hard to come a cross a name brand gym here in the United States that does not offer some time of Yoga class. Hinduism is a religion

Rel/133 Week 5 Team Paper

2206 words - 9 pages Introduction Hinduism is a major world religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent and consists of several schools of varied rituals, philosophies and beliefs. The name, Hinduism, is actually coined by British journalists and writers in the early 19th century to refer to the tradition of texts and practices. It is believed that Hinduism is now the worlds oldest and widely practiced religions known today having dated back to around the

Hinduism Paper

909 words - 4 pages Hinduism Paper Greg L. Fowler Hum/130 Religions of the World March 6, 2011 Michael Harris Hinduism Paper 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