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THE HINDU RELIGION Hinduism believed to be one of the oldest religions existing today is most-often described as a philosophyperspective The Hindu religion is often thought to have been carried to India by the Aryans in about 1500 BC The Aryans along with their predecessors the Dravidians brought the ideas of worshipping gods and goddesses in the forms of deities and many of the stories and myths that came with them During the Vedic period which was from 1500 - 900 BC the idea of Brahman or the over soul came about Hinduism is a complex religion that depends greatly on what followers make of it Almost every valid point made about Hinduism can be opposed It is quite possible in India or in any area that Hinduism is greatly practiced to find two true Hindus with differing practices and beliefs Devotional procedures are each individuals responsibility as a Hindu Ritual action and daily routine may be what unites all Hindus They will come closer to Brahman by what best suit s them The worship of millions of deities is another important aspect of individual devotional procedures New deities arise every day The people choose what they worship for themselves Hindus may be atheists monotheists or even polytheists The idea of Brahman or the ultimate reality is very essential to the Hindu philosophy Brahman can either be a god or a personal deity Hindus believe that when they go to Brahman they lose their identity and become part of the whole force The idea of Brahman in the human soul is called Atman - it is the individual reality Many Hindus believe in Karma A belief in predestination where the law of cause and effect has great influence Regardless of whether or not they believe in Karma or reincarnation they do believe that when death occurs no matter if it is after one life or many they absorb into Brahman Brahman is what makes
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