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Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world following Christianity and Islam Hinduism stands for the faith and the way of life of most people who live in India It is unknown where Hinduism was started and by whom The beliefs of the Hindus is very different then that of Christians Hinduism is based on beliefs in things such as reincarnation dharma and in three main gods Foundation of Hinduism No one knows where Hinduism was started or who started it Their oldest written documents the Vedas were first copied onto paper in 1000 BC they had however existed orally long before that time Hinduism is thought to have originated from the Vedas Hinduism has changed greatly since it was first practiced there are now different sects also known as denominations and new beliefs have developed There are still many things connected between the different sects of Hinduism their basic believes are what ties them together Basic Beliefs of the Hinduism Religion Hinduism teaches that the individual soul of all living bodies including animals was part of the creator spirit Brahma They believe that each souls job and wish is to eventually return to Brahma No soul can return to Brahma however until becoming clean of all impurities and sins of the world they mush be holy and pure to return to Brahma The process of becoming pure enough to return to Brahma is not an easy task it takes more than one life to cleanse oneself The soul is forced to live life after life until it is pure enough to return to Brahma The Hindus call the cycles of rebirth samsara or the Wheel of Life It is called moksha when a soul is finally cleansed and ready to go back to Brahma When a soul finally returns to Brahma it is there for an eternity of contentment and ecstasy There are certain things the one must
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