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Hinduism Hinduism is Indias native religious and cultural system followed today by nearly one billion followers mostly in India but with large populations in many other countries Also called Sanatana Dharma eternal religion and Vaidika Dharma religion of the Vedas Hinduism covers a broad range of philosophies spanning from polytheism to monotheism It is a family of countless faiths with four primary denominations Saivism Vaishnavism Shaktism and Smartism These four hold such differing beliefs that each is a complete and independent religion Yet they share a vast heritage of culture and belief karma dharma reincarnation all-pervasive Divinity temple worship sacraments manifold Deities the many yogas the guru-nishya tradition and a reliance on the Vedas as scriptural authority himalayanacademy In todays world it may be accused of being a purely unorganized religion but its getting better daily Its temples and active organizations surround the world Whatever its faults it has kept the practices of sadhana and renunciation of spiritual life and yoga disciplines alive No other faith has done that to the same extent beliefnet Hinduisms nearly three million swamis gurus and sadhus work tirelessly within and upon themselves and then when ready serve others leading them from darkness into light from death to immortality Those who follow this way of life are Hindus By definition Hinduism is a way of life a culture both religious and secular Hindus are not accustomed to thinking of their religion as a clearly defined system distinct and different from other systems for it fills their life It encompasses all of life beliefnet Partly this pure simple view stems from the relative isolation Hindu communities have enjoyed for centuries with little interaction with outside faiths to highlight Hinduisms uniqueness Even more so it has to do with Hinduisms all-embracing quality which accepts so many variations of belief and practice into itself There is no denying that Hinduism is a distinct world
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